Reception with the artist: Saturday, May 6, 2017 (7-9 PM)
Fine art photographer, Gabrielle Castañeda Pruitt, states that the images included in her new exhibition, Contemplation, allow the viewer to take a look inside her visual journal. All the photographs that are featured in the show, according to the artist, give her an opportunity to record and put feelings and colors to fine art paper.
Gabrielle’s predilection for looking at the world around her with a keen and curious eye has led her to discover aspects of her surroundings, through careful observation, that continuously reveal everyday beauty, soulfulness, and visual significance. The artist explains that she immerses herself visually and mentally in the natural world to gain inspiration for her artwork. She declares: “As I go through my day, I often see objects that make me stop and question what has caught my eye: a shape, a color, a texture? I become electrified with that first encounter. According to what chord it has touched within me, this exchange becomes the springboard for crafting an image.” She concludes by comparing the process of creating her photographs with the process of writing a song in light and shadow.
Gabrielle was born in Caracas, Venezuela, and was raised in rural Oklahoma. The artist has lived in north Texas for many years. She has an impressive record of exhibiting, jurying, and curating art shows. The photographer has displayed her work in several art venues, including the Bath House Cultural Center, the Latino Cultural Center of Dallas, the Black Box Gallery in Colorado, A Smith Gallery in Johnson City, Texas, and LuminArte Gallery. She studied photography and art at Collin College in Plano where she received the instruction of esteemed artists June VanCleef, Chris Regas and Byrd Williams III. The work of the photographer is found in multiple public and private collections.