As a professional graphic artist, Angie Harris says that she’s always been interested in art but has a special place in her heart for photography. She recalls how as a child she always seemed to have a camera in her hand – taking pictures of anything and everything that interested her. After taking a few photography classes in high school and later at college, Angie’s passion for photography began to bloom. She was fascinated by the smallest details in everyday things that most people seem to overlook – the way that light changes contrast, textures, shapes and the subtle relationships between them.
She says that she likes to find the perfect perspective on an object or a scene and try to evoke specific emotions and feelings through the lens of her camera. For Angie, photography provides a way to express herself creatively and draw out the nuances of real-life scenes that we often overlook.
Angie has been pursuing photography seriously since 2009, but in 2012, Angie took a big step – putting her artwork on display at a local art festival. Her first exhibition was at the Little Blue River Art Fest in Blue Springs. She explains that that first art festival was a mix of emotions for her – a little nervous about showing her work in public for the first time, uncertain as to whether or not she had set everything up properly to best highlight her work, then elation as she made her first sale as an artist. Angie says what really got to her was knowing that someone else, a complete stranger, would now be displaying a picture that she had taken in their home.
Last year, Angie exhibited her growing collection of photographs at art shows in Blue Springs, St. Joseph and as part of a black and white photography exhibition at the Got Art Gallery in downtown Lee’s Summit.
On Jan. 30, the Lee’s Summit Arts Council hosted a reception for Angie at the Gamber Center, where a collection of Angie’s favorite pieces are now on display. The exhibition is a mixture of Angie’s black and white photography, as well as some color pictures that feature scenes from nature and relics of American history. One of Angie’s favorites, a framed color print titled “Roadside Barn”, is the basis for her latest project – a collection of barns from around the Midwest that she plans to include in a calendar to be released later this year.
Stop by and support a local artist with a wonderful eye the details of everyday life that we all too often overlook. The exhibition is open to the public and runs through April 10.