January 8 – January 30, 2010

“It is the common wonder of all men, how among so many million faces, there should be none alike.”-Sir Thomas Browne

On two different occasions I’ve traveled to Africa to offer fellowship and humanitarian aid. I went with the intention of making their lives better, but instead they enriched mine. Despite various obstacles faced daily, these people invited me into their homes and lives. As we shared our hearts with each other, the presence of hospitality was evident. They gave much from their little. I witnessed genuine contentment as they adapted to their circumstances and lived fully. My time with these people reminded me of the humanity in us all. We all laugh, cry, love, and ultimately want to be happy.

While there, I took photographs of the people in the countries I visited. It was my intention to capture the contentment and humanity I saw in the faces I came to know. Each photograph represents a shared moment or conversation with a person who touched my heart. Many of the photographs and drawings selected to exhibit were portraits that were cropped in a way that emphasized the eyes of the subject. I may never go to Africa again, but I have been blessed by the time spent and the people met. -- Allie Wynne

Now a senior art student at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, Allie Wynne began her artistic endeavors in a spiral sketchbook kept in her room. With big hopes of being a fashion designer, the majority of her works were evening gowns and party dress just perfect for Barbie’s night out with Ken. Since her days of fashion design, Allie has enjoyed working in various mediums, but has developed a passion specifically for photography and charcoal drawings. Combining a love for art and people, Allie uses figures and portraits in many of her pieces. From collections of Barbie dresses to charcoal portraits, Allie has grown as an artist and aspires to teach in a public school setting in the Fort Worth area after graduation in May.