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Inspired by breaking apart rocks as a kid, Cantrell's photography re-imagines the natural world. 
Inspired by breaking apart rocks as a kid, Cantrell's photography re-imagines the natural world. 

Joe Cantrell Exhibit

And So We Walked tells the story of a modern Cherokee woman reconnecting with her heritage, history and family. To complement these themes, we're hosting an exhibit of local Cherokee photographer Joe Cantrell's mesmerizing nature photography. Cantrell's images use perspective and scope to make us re-imagine the familiar scenes of beauty and nature all around us.  

March 31 - May 13

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Want to learn more about Cantrell's work? Attend one or both of our art talks with the artist, May 16 and 17, 6 - 7:30 p.m. 

Artist Statement

I am a member of the Cherokee tribe, raised in Cherokee County, Oklahoma, which may, or may not, have something to do with this. As a child, I thought all things in nature had a Spirit. I broke rocks open to discover what lay inside them, but I always felt a pang when I did it, a little prayer asking forgiveness of the rock and the order that had placed it with me. Plant life was the same way, flowers looked and smelled beautiful, but the changes in their geometry as they passed through the life cycle were more enticing. Zen seemed to have more answers than science for me. Now approaching age seventy, digital photography makes those explorations visible for others. I’m just a valve. I point the shiny side of the camera at something, push the button, and things pass through so you can see them, too. Often, I don’t even “see” what I’m photographing, rather, I feel it and am thoroughly surprised when the final image appears. More here

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