(Above: Forest Mystique #2, a landscape photograph captured by Don Myers, part of the PhotoZone Gallery exhibit at the Emerald Art Center)

Mystique is the theme of a group photographic exhibit by members of the PhotoZone Gallery, on display at the Emerald Art Center through Feb. 2, 2024. There will be an opening reception with the photographers from 5 pm. to 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 12.

Painter Holly Sampson, a member of the Emerald Art Center, also has her paintings featured at the center in January, in a show titled Complex Simplicity: The Artistic Journey of Holly Sampson.

In addition, work by other members of the art center also will be on display.

In describing the Mystique exhibit, PhotoZone says, “This one word suggests a special power and an aura of reverence or mystery stemming from feelings or meaning surrounding an image, (bringing) a sense of heightened value by engaging the viewer in wonder.”

The PhotoZone Gallery is a collective of photographers of fine art of various kinds, ranging from landscape/nature and documentary to abstracts, portraits and even simple pinhole photographs. It has been in existence since 1988, and its members use a wide variety of printing types, including traditional silver, digital, collage, platinum/palladium, gum bichromate, hand-color and airbrush.

In her art, Sampson integrates a variety of elements into her art, whether portraying physical realism, emotions, spiritual exploration or observations of nature, via a combination of watercolor, oil, acrylic, even three-dimensional objects.

Photography and Painting shows at the Emerald Art Center

When: Through Feb. 2, 2024; opening reception from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 12

Where: Emerald Art Center, 500 Main St., Springfield

Regular gallery hours: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday


Emerald Art Center member Holly Sampson’s artwork is on display at the Emerald Art Center; her show is called Complex Simplicity: The Artistic Journey of Holly Sampson.