‘Sanctuary’ photo exhibit captures animal’s personalities at Pecan Campus Art Gallery

Sanctuary-flyer-webThe South Texas College Visual Arts Program will host Sharon Lee Hart’s “Sanctuary” photo exhibit starting on March 6 and running through April 10 at the Pecan Campus Visual Arts Program Gallery in Building B, Room 103, located at 3201 W. Pecan Blvd. in McAllen. The Art Gallery is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

In addition to the exhibit, STC Assistant Professor of Psychology Dr. Janine Israel will lead a discussion on “The Impact of Animal Presence on the Human Psyche and Soul” on March 25 at 11:30 a.m. at the Pecan Campus.

An Artist Talk will be held on April 1 at 6 p.m. at the STC Mid-Valley Campus Library, located at 400 N. Border in Weslaco, and on April 3 at 11:30 a.m. at the Pecan Campus. A reception will be held on April 3 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Pecan Campus Art Gallery.

The exhibit and events are free and open to the public.

“Sanctuary” is a collection of 40 black and white images of animals living out their lives in various farm sanctuaries.

Sharon Lee Hart’s work in the Farm Animal Sanctuary Project investigates the relationship between humans and other animals, and how animals exist as unique beings with emotions and characteristics as diverse as any human.

“Each photo genuinely gives the sense of a portrait of an individual being with a distinct personality,” said STC Visual Arts Program Associate Professor and Gallery Coordinator Rachael F. Brown.

Hart, an assistant professor of art at Florida Atlantic University, traveled across the U.S. and photographed the animal residents at 10 farm animal sanctuaries that are dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation and lifelong care of abused and neglected farm animals.

The final products are black and white photographs that emphasize a sense of tradition to keep the focus on each animal’s expression.

According to her artist’s statement, Hart says “she chose to photograph each animal alone to remind the viewer that they represent the few survivors and ‘lottery winners’ that now live in a safe, loving environment. This is in contrast to the billions of their species that will never make it to a sanctuary.”

For more information, contact Rachael Brown at (956) 973-7606 or Rose Colorado at (956) 872-2503.

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