Thursday, January 08, 2015

ARTS/West To Host Shirey Photo Exhibit

By 
Bryan Gibson

Dateline 
Updated Wed, Jan 7, 2015 2:52 pm
Photo Credit: 
Zanesville Museum of Art
Jim Shirey of Athens, "Cucullaria" (photograph)  
ARTS/West will host an opening for featured artist Jim Shirey this Friday, Jan. 9 from 6-8 p.m. Shirey's exhibit will hang in the performance space through Jan. 31.
Shirey, who recently won the First Place Photography Award at the 70th Ohio Annual Exhibition in Zanesville, is an Athens-based photographer whose work tends to focus on wildflowers indigenous to Southeast Ohio.
During his time as a math professor at Ohio University, Shirey’s interest in a different hobby led him to start practicing photography.
"I was taking pieces of rotten wood out of the forest and making sculptures out them and I photographed them," he told WOUB in 2013. "I got more interested in the photography than the wood."
Now retired and living in the Athens County countryside, Shirey's art is influenced by his surroundings, as he notes in his artist's statement:
"We moved into an old farmhouse long ago. In the years following we grew gardens, raised fruit trees, and hiked through the wildlife area adjoining our property. Our boys grew into strong men and went their ways, leaving us with the memory of the natural world we shared as a family. That included the wildflowers growing in odd places, some so tiny they could fit on a pinky nail. During the warm seasons I capture their images when the air falls still and the light is gentle."
Refreshments will be provided at Friday's event, which is free and open to the public. For more information about Jim Shirey's work, visit www.jimshireyphoto.com.