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"Portraits of Nature" at the Museum's Nature Art Gallery July 6-29

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – June 26, 2012      
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Contact: Emelia.Cowans@naturalsciences.org; 919.733.7450, ext. 305

Chuck Carmack blends a love for outdoors and photography to produce “Portraits of Nature”

(Raleigh)—The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences' Nature Art Gallery will host an exhibit by North Carolina nature and wildlife photographer Chuck Carmack titled Portraits of Nature Friday, July 6 through July 29, with a reception for the artist on Friday, July 6 from 4 to 6 p.m.

Black SwallowtailCarmack's mission is to show the wonder and beauty of nature and inspire visitors to want to see and experience nature for themselves. A lot of patience and preparation goes into capturing his images, including research into the habitat and behavior of his subjects. He realized, for example, that planting a butterfly garden at his home would increase his opportunity for photographing butterflies so he did just that.  Having the right host and nectar plants allowed him to raise and release 97 Monarch butterflies in his garden. One of the images won first place in the North American Butterfly Photography Contest.

In order to capture an image of a hummingbird, he planted zinnias and erected a 4-by-8 foot reflective screen to reflect more light on them so he could use a very high shutter speed. Then, he waited three hours for a hummingbird to show up. The resulting image was worth the wait.

Carmack grew up in the mountains of North Carolina and moved to the coast in 1986. His passion for photography began when he was a high school student. He subsequently studied at local community colleges in Asheville and Wilmington. Having enjoyed the outdoors all his life, it was only natural that he turned to nature photography after he retired. He has won numerous photography contests and his work has been published in several books, magazines and calendars. His book, Portraits from Nature, was published in 2011. He is on the board of the Cape Fear Audubon Society, and is a member of the Cape Fear Camera Club, Carolina Nature Photographers Association and North Carolina Wildlife Society. Carmack resides in Wilmington.

The Nature Art Gallery is located on the mezzanine of the Museum Store. 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.  For more information about the Nature Art Gallery, call 919.733.7450, ext. 369.


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 http://www.naturalsciences.org. The Museum is an agency of the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Dee Freeman., Secretary.

Publish Date: 
Tuesday, June 26, 2012