Photographs by Jenny Ellerbe
December 6, 2013 – March 14, 2013
December 6, 2013 at 5pm opens Bayou Landscapes, photographs by Jenny Ellerbe during ArtWalk and Christmas at the Courthouse. Join us to greet Jenny with holiday cheer and spirits. Give the gift of art this year and give a Jenny Ellerbe Bayou Landscape photograph. The show opens December 6, from 5 – 8:30 in downtown Longview at 207 N. Center St.
Here is what Jenny has to say about the work:
“The “Bayou Landscapes” portfolio grew out of my return to my Louisiana hometown after living for a year in Connecticut. I didn’t understand why I had moved back, what I had missed, what had pulled me back home but I knew the origin of all of that was probably buried deep in the bayou where I grew up.
I bought (then built) a kayak and began floating among the cypress trees, immersing myself in the shallow water of my roots, photographing as I explored. I found the silence and the musty timelessness as alive as the turtles that fled their logs with my passing, the moods of the landscape as varied as my own. I stood on the bank drenched in summer rains, braced myself in leftover hurricane winds, wandered through the muffled echoes of early morning fogs and waited for answers that never came. What I found instead was a beginning, the start of a new life of exploring this area with my camera.
That such murky water could lead to such a clear path continues to astound me. Like the cypress trees whose roots are hidden below the surface, unseen and unknown, I accept that sinking into the mud of the Deep South is what allows me to grow. And that’s the only answer I need for now.
I currently live on a tangled stretch of Bayou Desiard that I gaze at daily, grateful for the journey it has launched, one that continues to grow deeper and wider each day.”
The exhibit will be up until March 14, 2014.