Through Separate Lenses
The Photography of Nancy Nolan, Maxine Payne and Kat Wilson
October 5, 2006 through January 21, 2007
Trinity Gallery for Arkansas Artists
The public is invited to a free opening reception, October 13, 5-8 pm, in conjunction with downtown's 2nd Friday Art Night
Through Separate Lenses: The Photography of Nancy Nolan, Maxine Payne and Kat Wilson on display in the museum’s contemporary gallery showcases three notable Arkansas photographers.
Nancy Nolan is an artistic commercial photographer with more than 20 years of experience. She attended the Art Institute of Atlanta and spent the first 16 years of her career in the Southeast. In 1997, she established her home in Little Rock, Arkansas, opening Nola Studios, now expanded into Nancy Nolan Photography. Several of Nolan’s larger-than-life portraits of local celebrities and philanthropists are on display. “Through the magazine work I have been doing for the past five years, I have had the pleasure of shooting the most interesting people in Arkansas,” she writes in her artist statement. “A couple of years ago I realized there was a significant body of work developing, and I made a commitment to build on it. My goal is to someday have enough material for a book.
Maxine Payne, in 1993, set out to record Arkansas bridges that were in danger of disappearing—72 historic bridges scattered throughout the state. The product of that six weeks of hard work is on display. “The most difficult task was always finding the bridges,” wrote Payne in the April 2004 Active Years magazine. “The saving grace was finding older people within the communities who could tell me which dirt path to turn down and which farmer’s field to cross to find the bridge I was looking for.” Payne shot in medium format with black and white, color and, often, infrared film. The effect is nostalgic and the photographs reveal the artist’s deep sense of place.
Kat Wilson is a Little Rock artist whose work has been published in Oxford American, the Los Angeles Times, the Washington Post, the Arkansas Democrat Gazette, Little Rock Monthly and the international publication Communication Arts. Wilson graduated from the University of Central Arkansas and has had various art shows throughout Arkansas. In her Habitat Series on display in this exhibit Wilson deftly poses both everyday and exotic household furnishings with her sitters as she captures their portraits on film. The series was inspired by Old Masters' portraits and is, according to Wilson, "a study of objects people keep dear to their hearts."