Thursday, July 7, 2016

Photographic gems show natural beauty in Crosby Arboretum exhibit

Works by Abita Springs photographer Lana Gramlich adorn Picayune’s Crosby Arboretum through May 31. Gramlich’s nature photography hangs in the expanded gift shop area, with matted prints available for sale. The exhibition opened with a reception on March 7.

Gift shop and customer service manager Kimberly Johnson spotted a visitor walking around with a big camera, a very big camera, and struck up a conversation. The visitor was Gramlich and the connection was made. Now some of the photos she took that day hang around the room.

Many of the images on display show aspects of the Crosby Arboretum, joined by photos of other natural treasures. A stunning view of the Pinecote Pavilion dominates one wall of the exhibit. Gramlich has donated the print to the Arboretum for permanent display.

Gramlich’s award-winning photography spans a number of years. She began taking photos as reference material for her art, but realized the photos themselves were the art. Her work has appeared in numerous books and magazines. Her photographs echo her philosophy of finding the serenity in nature and capturing it for others to enjoy.

Working in both landscape and still life formats, she shares the tranquil beauty of places like the Crosby Arboretum with those who can’t get there in person. Her wildlife shots bring the savage beauty of creatures such as alligators into focus for viewers from the safety of a print.

The Crosby Arboretum celebrates the diversity of life in the Pearl River Drainage Basin. With this elegant photography exhibit the celebration moves into the fine arts realm. The gift shop features nature themed works by local artisans. Gramlich’s photographs make a natural addition to this natural gem tucked away in Picayune. Admission to the exhibit is free to both members and nonmembers, with admission to the Arboretum.

The Crosby Arboretum
370 Ridge Rd.
Picayune, MS 39466

Originally appeared 03/09/2015 at

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