South Light is a group of photographers in Nashville, and it consists of Chuck Arlund, Jerry Atnip, Nick Dantona, David Robert Farmerie, Robert McCurley, Mark Mosrie, Jerry Park, and Pierre Vreyen.
These guys -- experienced photographers all -- have found each other in Nashville, and have formed a Salon, and are now having a group show called Southern Light: The South through Eight Lenses, up at The Arts Company, at 215 5th Avenue of the Arts, in Nashville through February 18th, 2012.
You can sample the work on offer in the show by going here, to the website of The Arts Company.
They have taken the opportunity of the group show to expand the event into a photography festival, with a talk by Sylvia Plachy, a portfolio review coming up on February 4th, and a host of other presentations, exhibits, and receptions. You can find the entire schedule here.
I'm hoping this festival will be the precursor of things to come. The guys have what they need to build on -- a sense of purpose, a mission statement, and high aspirations for what they have begun. They are establishing themselves as "an expert resource for the photographic and art community through lectures, workshops and exhibitions."
They say, "The genesis of the name is an indication that photographic art is alive and well below the Mason-Dixon Line."
Which is good to know.
Their "common Artistic Statement" commits them to "participate in a model of art, which is holistic; a meeting of the conscious and unconscious, thought and emotion, spiritual and material, private and public," to "endeavor to make art that is the visible manifestation, evidence and facilitator of the soul’s journey," and to "make photographs as a quest for authenticity and a plea for the rediscovery of connection."
There is much fine work here, much to celebrate in this year's Festival, and much to hope for as they make plans for future events. Keep us posted, guys.