There are many ways that artists can interpret photography and digital art, which is why there will be something for everyone at the next Capital Arts show.
The photography and digital art fair will open Friday and run through August 7 at Capital Arts, 1203 Missouri Blvd. Currently, the public can view the show from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday, from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Friday and from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday. These hours are temporary as Capital Arts chief executive Lori Jobe has said she hopes to recruit more volunteers so the gallery can extend its opening hours.
This will be the first time that Capital Arts will host a photography and digital art exhibition, according to its website. The gallery will feature photography, photographic art and digital art from local artists.
“What’s so cool is watching how many directions people are taking,” Jobe said. “It’s quite surprising, and I love it because when someone has a preconceived idea of what a photo exhibit is, they’re going to come in and say, ‘Wow, I didn’t know.'”
Digital art is when someone creates works of art from scratch digitally using art software and graphic editors. Pointing at a painting of sunflowers in a vase, she said it would not be immediately apparent that the artist had painted this work completely on her tablet using digital acrylic brushes.
Turning around, she held up a colorful metal photo of a customer in a grocery store. In this situation, the artwork would be considered photographic art since the artist took a photo and then edited it either digitally or using a traditional medium.
Nearby, strange black and white photos, as well as colorful images of hummingbirds, were scattered on a table, making up the third artistic area of the exhibition – classical photography.
“I think some people think (the artwork) has to be a certain way, but it’s kind of a gray area,” Jobe said. “So it’s cool to see how people interpret all of this stuff, and there really is some amazing stuff.”
Jobe encouraged those interested in submitting artwork to attend the next show, see what other local artists are creating and discuss with her. She added that there was a place for everyone, from the beginning artist to the individual who created art for 80 years.
“We’ll help them find a show because we have so many shows coming up this year, so there will be something for everyone,” she said. “And you never know until you try.”
Capital Arts will host a reception for the community to view the photography and digital art show and chat with the artists from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on July 1, Jobe said.