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Landscape photographer Larry Earley’s Carolina Grasslands to open at the NCMNS' Nature Art Gallery
RALEIGH — North Carolina writer and photographer Larry Earley returns to the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences' Nature Art Gallery this summer with a new exhibit of landscape photography. Carolina Grasslands opens First Friday, August 2, with a reception from 6:30 to 9 p.m., and continues through Tuesday, September 3.
Grasslands cover about 40 percent of North America and comprise a good portion of the North Carolina landscape, from the salt and brackish marshes and canebrakes of the coast, to the Piedmont prairies, and the mountain balds in the western part of the state. This exhibit includes black and white photographs of long leaf pine savannas, salt marshes, Juncus marshes, and old field meadows. Common to all is a liberating sense of open space. Trees are uncommon, but there is a rich carpet of grasses and wildflowers. “These are landscapes that I have made over many years and in a variety of places in North Carolina,” Earley says. “They capture my love of open spaces and my joy and sense of freedom in exploring and photographing them.”
Earley first exhibited in the Nature Art Gallery in 2004. He has also shown his photographs at the North Carolina Museum of History, Tryon Palace (New Bern), Greenhill Gallery (Greensboro), Lenoir Community College (Kinston), UNC Botanical Garden (Chapel Hill), Through This Lens Gallery (Durham), and numerous other North Carolina venues. His photographs have also been published in numerous state and national magazines.
As a former writer and editor of Wildlife in North Carolina magazine, he has written hundreds of articles on natural history and conservation. For 17 years, Earley also wrote a column for the magazine titled “Nature’s Ways.” He has authored numerous freelance articles for state and national publications including Audubon, Nature Conservancy, Wooden Boat, Our State and South Carolina Wildlife.
Earley curated an exhibit called “Workboats of Core Sound” for the North Carolina Museum of History and has published several books, including “The Workboats of Core Sound,” “Looking for Longleaf: The Fall and Rise of an American Forest,” and “North Carolina WILD Places: A Closer Look.” He has won awards for both his writing and his photography and in 2005, was named “Forester of the Year” by the North Carolina Wildlife Federation. Earley lives in Raleigh where he is freelancing as a writer, editor, photographer and exhibit developer.
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 and Thursdays. 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.