Out of the Ordinary

Out of the Ordinary

Photography by Gordon C. Henry

Paintings by Susan M. Henry

June 3 - 29, 2016

Reception: June 3, 2016; 6 - 9pm

Gordon C. Henry

The American writer and photographer Eudora Welty wrote, “A good snapshot stops a moment from running away.” In recent years I have walked thousands of miles on the Trinity Trails, a network of trails in the Fort Worth area, trails for walkers and bicycle riders, trails that often trace both sides of the Trinity River. Many of my favorite photos were taken on the Trinity Trails. Others were taken in the Fort Worth Japanese Garden, in the Fort Worth Botanic Garden, or in various other special Texas settings. While taking photographs in such places, I am simply trying to stop some precious moments from running away.

I am a retired teacher, a senior citizen, and a self-taught photographer using digital cameras that are relatively inexpensive but carefully chosen. I enjoy exercise and have walked an average of 21 miles a week since 2002. Walking is good for the body and good for the soul. Most of my favorite photos were taken while I was taking a walk.

Susan M. Henry

I am a native Texan with an eye for detail. Blessed by a mother who showed me how to always see the astounding beauty in our everyday surroundings – the awe-inspiring colors of a sunset, the tiny unfurling of a new fern, minnows in the clear water of a barely trickling creek – I find myself striving to capture that simplicity (and complexity) and share it with others.

I was not exposed to the mystery of watercolors until long after receiving my Fine Arts degree. In recent years I have also fallen in love with the centuries-old medium of soft pastels. I consider it a joy to hold a stick of pure pigment. This poses such a completely different set of decisions than working in watercolor.

Light changes everything! To convey to the viewer that glow or fleeting luminosity or deep wonderful shadows -- the play of light and color in all these and more -- is the challenge I face as a realistic artist.