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Lori Kincaid’s Stories in the Appalachian Landscape, March 1 through April 1 at the Nature Art Gallery
RALEIGH — Stories in the Appalachian Landscape, a collection of photographs by Lori Kincaid, debuts in the Nature Art Gallery at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences Friday, March 1. The show continues through Monday, April 1. An opening reception for Kincaid will be held in the Gallery from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Ten years ago, Kincaid decided to become a professional nature photographer after working as an environmental engineer for two decades. She’s never looked back and doesn’t regret her decision. A native of Tennessee and a self-taught naturalist, she thrives on hiking through rain, sleet and snow searching for images that convey both the tranquility and exhilaration she experiences outdoors. She specializes in landscapes and flora of the Southern Appalachians. "I came to photography from a love of the land,” Kincaid says. “Some of my happiest memories are of exploring east Tennessee’s backwoods, the bracing exhilaration of a mountain stream and the tingle in the air just before a thunderstorm."
Kincaid says the aim of her photography is simple, “…to convey some of the wonder I experience while traveling through the Southern Appalachians, especially in the mountains of North Carolina and Tennessee. My artistic goal is to capture more than the obvious beauty of these mountains. I want to explore the quiet calm and serenity I find in the company of trees, in air fresh with the scent of wildflowers, beside a mountain stream or atop a cliff steady in the wind at dawn and dusk."
She uses digital technology and an old-fashioned view camera with 4’x5’-inch sheet film. Her view camera is her first choice, not only for the superior quality and joy of working with film but when she is composing an image under the dark cloth, she feels she does her best work. When conditions dictate, she appreciates that digital cameras can “see in the dark” and “stop wind” and tell her when an exposure is wrong, so she uses both methods. “Regardless of the capture medium, my end goal is to make photographs and prints that evoke an emotional response while remaining faithful to the land.”
Kincaid’s photography has been exhibited at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, published by the National Geographic Society, Sierra Club and Audubon Society and featured in numerous national and regional publications including “Our State” and “Blue Ridge Country” magazines. She teaches photography from her secluded mountain home in the Max Patch area of Pisgah National Forest where she is newly inspired every day by the natural world she loves.
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 919.707.9800.
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, John Skvarla., Secretary.