There’s a photography exhibit at Norfolk Botanical Garden

Photo courtesy of the artist, Bob Petersen. (Southside Daily/courtesy of Bob Petersen, BOJUart Gallery)
Photo courtesy of the artist, Bob Petersen. (Southside Daily/courtesy of Bob Petersen, BOJUart Gallery)

NORFOLK — The Norfolk Botanical Garden will host BOJUart photographer Bob Petersen’s exhibit, Color and Light from May 1, 2019 to June 30.

Petersen’s large-scale environmental photography explores nature, translating it into selective detail and viewed large, according to a news release.

The exhibit will feature his “Floral” series, including new work inspired and photographed at the Norfolk Botanical Garden.

The limited edition prints are on a textured rag cotton paper to push the photographic image to favor the feel of a hand applied medium, according to the news release.

That method causes the image to go beyond the expected to create a contemplative impact in viewers with simple images that evoke emotion.

The exhibition space at Norfolk Botanical Garden is located in Baker Hall Visitor Center.

The visitor center is the starting point for guests touring the garden during the day and is also the site of after-hours functions such as weddings and corporate parties.

“Having local and regional artists featured at Norfolk Botanical Garden has been a great way to  blend the natural outdoor arts of the Garden with creative arts,” said Michael Desplaines, Norfolk Botanical Garden president and CEO. “We have displayed many works of arts in our Baker Hall exhibit space where many painters, photographers, and sculptors have shown off their very talented skills. It’s been a great added experience for the visitor.”

Work in the exhibition is available for sale at the Norfolk Botanical Garden Gift Shop.

Petersen works out of BOJUart, a studio gallery in the Virginia Beach’s ViBe Creative District, as well as his home studio, also in Virginia Beach.

BOJUart donates a portion of each limited edition print sold in the “Floral” series to the Norfolk Botanical Garden and his “Coastal Waterway” series to the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, to emphasize the need to preserve and protect local resources.

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