Gallery to Show Environmental Photography of North Carolina, Appalachian Mountains

clean coalCarl Galie art exhibitHIGH POINT, N.C., Feb. 25, 2014 – The Sechrest Art Gallery at High Point University will feature the unique visual approach to environmental activism of an award-winning photographer in the exhibition, “Lost on the Road to Oblivion: The Vanishing Beauty of Coal Country – Carl Galie Photography.” The exhibit will be open from March 10 through April 22. The gallery will also host an opening reception from 4 to 6 p.m. on March 20 in the Sechrest Gallery. The exhibit and opening reception are free and open to the public.

The exhibit showcases the work of Winston-Salem photographer Carl Galie and his documentation of the devastating effect of mountaintop removal on the nation’s water resources in the Southern Appalachians.

“Galie’s photographs pose the question, ‘Should years of environmental regulations be overruled in an attempt to stimulate the economy by allowing mountaintop removal to continue?’” says Maxine Campbell, gallery director and curator. “The emphasis is on lost beauty rather than devastation.”

The exhibition is in collaboration with North Carolina Poet Laureate and Appalachian State University English professor Joseph Bathanti, who has responded to Galie’s photographs with a suite of poems that will also be included in the show. Bathanti will make a special presentation at the gallery from 4 to 5 p.m. on April 23; the gallery will have extended exhibit hours that day from 1 to 4 p.m.

Carl Galie is a North Carolina photographer who has devoted his work to conservation issues for the last 18 years, and his photographs of the Roanoke River basin have helped protect and preserve that region. He was awarded the first Art For Conservation Grant in August 2010 for his project, “Lost on the Road to Oblivion, The Vanishing Beauty of Coal Country.”

Call 336-841-4685 for gallery hours and more information.

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