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The Sun-Times - Heber Springs, AR
  • South holds art exhibit at ASU-Heber

  • An art exhibit by local photographer Cynthia South is being held through Friday at ASU-Heber Springs in the Entergy Room. Displayed are photos and photo art she has created over the last four years.

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  • An art exhibit by local photographer Cynthia South is being held through Friday at ASU-Heber Springs in the Entergy Room. Displayed are photos and photo art she has created over the last four years.
    “It was a lot harder to put together than I thought it would be,” South said with a laugh. “I’ve been in shows before but I’ve never put one together. It turned out a lot better than I thought it would.”
    South has over 35 photographs on display grouped in themes, such as photos of nature, photos of people, photo art, etc. “I really liked how it all came together at the end,” she said.
    The exhibit’s grand opening was held March 26. “I wasn’t sure what to expect on opening night,” South said. I knew that the majority of the people I invited would be there but I was surprised by how many people were there that I didn’t know.”
    All the pieces are named and also give location of where the photograph was taken and if there are any people in them, who they are as well. One particular photograph, what South calls her focal point, is a 20x30 framed photograph of Collins Creek. “I asked my grandfather to build the frame for that piece,” she said. “I asked him two days before the show.”
    Several of the pieces are one of a kind, some going as far back as high school. “I didn’t produce all of the photographs over the past year,” South said. “Some of the pieces took weeks to get the print just right. And no matter how hard I tried, I just couldn’t get them to reprint the same way.”
    Two of the prints were entered in a student art gallery competition when she was in high school in Virginia. “The competition was held all over the state and though I didn’t win, I received honorable mention on both pieces and both hung in the Chrysler Museum of Art in Norfolk, Va. for two months,” South said.
    South, who graduates in April from ASU-Heber Springs and plans to go to Harding University in the fall, plans on continuing her photography. “I really appreciate all who helped me get the exhibit off the ground and who came out to support me,” she said. “I want to give a special thanks to Chris Boyett and Sharon Van Horn. Chris pushed me to show my photography. It was such a humbling feeling knowing someone of his high standing wanted to showcase my work. And Sharon was the one who helped me with the programs and she set the dates and printed all of the flyers. Without her the show would not have gone on, and without Chris believing in me there would have been no show at all.”

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