Smith House Galleries opens three photography exhibitions with a reception on April 1

Valley Arts CouncilThe Arts Council of the Valley will exhibit the work of three local photographers – Bob Adamek, Greg Versen and Cara Walton – next month.

The Smith House Galleries exhibitions open with a reception, sponsored by King Photo, on First Valley Fridays, April 1, from 5-7 p.m.

The April exhibitions are:

  • Wildlife: An Intimate Portrait by Bob Adamek
  • Water: Its Iterations and Locations by Greg Versen
  • Cara Walton’s The Danse Macabre All three exhibitions run through April 29, with in-person tours Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The galleries will also be open on the second Saturday (April 9) from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. A virtual album for each exhibition will also be available at

Smith House Galleries is supported in part by ACV’s Cultivating the Arts 2022 Platinum Sponsors, Kathy Moran Wealth Group, Matchbox Realty and Riner Rentals.

Adamek, known locally for his work at James Madison University and public schools in the city of Harrisonburg, began a journey into wildlife photography several years ago.

“I want to bring subjects closer to the natural world for people to see, in the most artistic way possible. he explained. “It will uncover the complexity of nature and inspire an emotional connection to this world. It’s hard to do better than watching the natural world wake up with a camera in hand. »

Originally from Mississippi, Versen is an award-winning photographer who has taken thousands of images over 50 years.

“I came to appreciate the power of photography,” Versen said. “It becomes a time machine that can instantly transport a person to a time and place years distant. It can be a precious gift to a loved one. It becomes a record of their life and the world. in which we live.

Walton explained his exhibited work: “In a life before COVID-19, I was teaching about the bubonic plague and its impact on medieval art, how there was so much death that it was felt in art and culture of the time. This genre became known as Danse Macabre, or the Dance with Death.

“I thought it would be interesting to give this old idea a modern twist,” she added. “I had friends volunteer for hours of make-up and photographed them as Death in various scenarios, some funny and some less so. As a student and teacher of history, he was fascinating and horrifying to see the parallels between this ancient plague and our modern one, I wonder if our modern version will inspire its own kind of art.

Stewart C. Hartline