Rick Akers--The Bedford Art Gallery's Featured Artist for November
The Bedford Art Gallery is proud to present another new talent addition to our emerging art community, Rick Akers. Rick will be honored as this month's Featured Artist at a reception to be held this Monday, November 12th at 7:00pm inside the Bedford Art Gallery (located inside The Fly art building). His photo art collection, which is currently on display for a limited time, will hang through the remainder of the month, so please take a few moments to stop in and see the display before it's gone.
Rick was born in Nashville and grew up along the Mississippi gulf coast. It was his childhood on the gulf coast that first inspired him to take pictures, "that was where I first got into photography." Currently, he and his wife are retired and living just south of Shelbyville...and while he does shoot people on occasion, it's only with his camera.
Rick credits his love of photography to the aid of a close friend in high school who likewise discovered a passion for shooting.... "through trials and errors, we both taught each other how to shoot and print pictures." While he mainly shoots digital, Rick says he does have a 4x5 view camera (film) that he enjoys shooting with as well, and he is also partial to the look of a well made black and white print.
When asked what advise he would offer others looking to pursue a career/hobby in this field, Rick replied "First, of course, is to learn the basics of photography. It doesn't matter if you're shooting film or digital, the basics apply to both. I learn and get inspiration from looking at other photographer's work. There are a lot of fine photographers out there."
In closing, Rick wanted to take a moment to thank the Bedford Art Gallery for allowing him to share his love for photography with others, and he hopes to have an opportunity to meet with each and everyone of you on Monday.
So please take a moment to stop in on Monday night to meet the artist and listen as he talks about what it means to him to be a photographer.
Here is a sample of his art work being featured this month (please respect the artist's legal copyright on this image):
We hope to see you out there on Monday night. But if you can't make it, please try to squeeze a few minutes out of your day sometime during the remainder of this month to drop by and see Rick's photo display while it's still showing...along with captivating art works from many other talented local residents, including mine. The art gallery is continually adding new talent to the group and a lot of new arts works will be on display now through Christmas. We are open Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 11:00-4:00pm, as well as during all special events at the Fly, and on weekends and evenings by appointment. As always, there is no admission charge or fee to view the many art pieces on display in the art gallery...all of which were created by local talent.