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"Light of the Wild" to debut at the Nature Art Gallery, Friday, November 2

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Scott Hotaling’s Light of the Wild debuts at the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences, November 2

RALEIGH—The Nature Art Gallery at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences is pleased to present the landscape photography of Scott Hotaling beginning November 2 through December 2. A reception to celebrate the opening of this exhibit will be held on First Friday, November 2 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. His new show is called, Light of the Wild.

Few have explored the difficult-to-reach, rarely photographed locations of the Southern Appalachians to the extent Hotaling has. An explorer at heart and a freelance photographer by trade, he gives the viewers a glimpse into the wild places he seeks out. He particularly enjoys scaling mountain summits in difficult weather conditions in order to capture beautiful, compelling images few will ever witness. "The idea that I can bring an incredible scene to a person that's incapable, whether it be geographically or physically, of seeing it in person is a driving force behind what I do,” Hotaling says. “By doing so, I strive to remind the world how incredible our planet is and how imperative it is we do our individual parts to preserve it so future generations can witness the beauty for themselves." 

In addition to western North Carolina and the Appalachian Range, Hotaling has taken his camera to nearly every corner of North America including the summit of Mount Rainier 16 times. Though self-taught, his work has been published internationally and garnered many awards and accolades. He is a three-time winner in the Landscape Category and a multiple winner in various categories of the Wildlife in North Carolina Photography Competition in 2007, 2008 and 2009. In 2010, he won the grand prize in Our State Magazine’s Fall Photography Contest. Twice he has been a People's Choice Award winner in the Appalachian Mountain Photography Competition in 2008 and 2010. In 2008, he was also a finalist in the 5th Annual Smithsonian Photography Competition. He has exhibited his photographs at Western Carolina University, N.C. State University, the Museum’s Nature Art Gallery, Meredith College and the Carrboro Arts Center among other venues.

Hotaling has called the southern Appalachian mountains home his entire life. Despite living briefly in other areas of the country, the western North Carolina landscape has always drawn him back.  Consequently,  the majority of his professional work has been produced in North Carolina. The Nature Art Gallery is located on the top floor of the Museum Store, Main building. Hours are Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, Noon to 5 p.m.; and open until 9 p.m. on First Fridays. All exhibited art is for sale.  For more information about the Nature Art Gallery, call 919.707.9854.


First Friday is a free, family-friendly, social event held the first Friday of each month at the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences in downtown Raleigh.  Visitors can enjoy exhibits, shopping, food and spirits until 9pm. The Natural Horror Picture Show (a vintage, sci-fi flick of 'B' movie caliber) begins at 7 p.m. Arrive early for live music and a film short from the A/V Geek archives.  For information, call 919.733.7350, ext. 379.

The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences (11 W. Jones St.) and its new wing, the Nature Research Center (121 W. Jones St.) in downtown Raleigh, documents and interprets the natural history of the state of North Carolina through exhibits, research, collections, publications and educational programming. Hours: Mon.- Sat., 9 a.m.-5 p.m., and Sun., noon-5 p.m. Admission is free. Visit the Museum on the web at www.naturalsciences.org. The Museum is an agency of the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Dee Freeman., Secretary.

Publish Date: 
Thursday, October 25, 2012