Worldly photos on display during Old Town Scottsdale exhibit

"At the Pinnacle" by Stephanie Brand (submitted photo)

“At the Pinnacle” by Stephanie Brand (submitted photo)

Professional photographers will be showing their photos from around the world during a special exhibition event Oct. 20-28 in Old Town Scottsdale that will be benefiting the Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center.

The limited-time exhibition will be open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 7077 E. Main Street.

Participating artists will be present at two meet-and-greet receptions taking place during the Oct. 20 and 27 Thursday night art walk events in Scottsdale.

These opportunities give visitors and patrons time to meet various photographers, hear some “behind the camera” experiences and even have their images signed, according to a press release.

Featured artists include Stephanie Brand, Greg Griffin, Fred Hood, JK Lovelett, Mary Ratner, Kristina Gabrielle, Greg Lawson, David W. Schafer, Stephen Sharp, Jim Twedt, Grazina Wade and Mark Zyga.

“Having a mix of photographers in the show sharing views of nature, wildlife, landscape, still life and urban settings is a treat for all concerned because though most people see, we each see a little differently and that makes photography the perfect medium for displaying both sweeping and subtle differences in visionary style,” said naturalist-photographer and World Tour producer Greg Lawson, in the release. “The World Tour theme promotes an eclectic mix of these variations and of the artists that employ them.”

Mr. Lawson is an all-format film and digital photographer who has been creating images since the age of 14 when his mother introduced him to the art-form on the streets of New York City.

His images, produced in all camera formats, are found in collections around the globe, the release stated.His accolades include being a printed author more than 50 times; a global photographic artist having been published thousands of times; and a gallery entrepreneur who has operated eight galleries.

"Witch's Hat 4" by Greg Griffin (submitted photo)

“Witch’s Hat 4” by Greg Griffin (submitted photo)

Additionally, his photographic art is featured in Arizona’s largest exclusive image gallery currently in Sedona.

Grazina Wade is an award winning landscape photographer who is best known for her images of nature. She has produced more than 20 landscape portfolios over the last three decades.

Her work ranges from documenting the New England landscape to her latest photography project chronicling the stark and colorful magnificence of the southwest. For most of her career, Ms. Wade has covered topics related to nature.

Her work has been in gallery exhibitions in Arizona, Boston, Connecticut, New York, Chicago, and Lithuania, the release stated.

World Tour photographer Mary Ratner has traveled with a camera for as long as she can remember. Self-taught at 19 she did her learning “on the go” while later discovering workshops and participating annually in The Rocky Mountain School, Santa Fe Institute, and LEPP (George) now Light Photography Studios.

“This exposure to great photography, (and great photographers) along with a lot of travel, facilitated my development as a through-the-lens artist with a personal style and outlook,” said Ms. Ratner in the release. “I have chased light and lines from Monument Valley to China, but time spent in India and Africa has shaped my world view. Following wildlife has taught me to love light and movement.”

Meet Mary Ratner, Greg Griffin, Stephanie Brand and Jim Twedt 7-9 p.m. at the Oct. 20 and 27 exhibition receptions. David W. Schafer will attend the 7-9 p.m. Oct. 27 art walk and Fred Hood will be available to meet 2-5 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 25.

This exhibition will support the Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center of Scottsdale which rescues, rehabilitates and releases injured, displaced and orphaned wildlife, the release stated.

For more information about World Tour Exhibitions’ Scottsdale event, visit greglawsongalleries.com/worldtour or call 928-202-0340.

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