NCLAC & 102 A Bistro Present: Studies in Black & White

NCLAC and 102 A Bistro are presenting their fourth annual art exhibition, “Studies in Black & White,” which will feature artists Bethany Basirico and Rodney Smith. An opening reception will be held from 5-7 p.m. Feb. 2, 2011 at 102-A-Bistro, on 102 N. Monroe St.  The opening will have a wine tasting and delicious appetizers.  The work will remain on exhibition until the end of April and can be viewed during the restaurants normal business hours. Smith has a B.F.A. in photography from Louisiana Tech University. His work consists of images shot by an old 4x5” film View Camera, which deliberately slows down its shutters and allows the photographer to capture images in their truest form.

“This camera was an obvious choice for this series focused on the simple beauties

found in unexpected locations as I capture scenes from the slow-paced life,” he said. “The goal of this work is to guide viewers to see the beauty found in the rural south and challenge them to take notice of the beauty where they are."

Basirico, who also received her bachelor’s degree in photography from Tech, is a member in multiple organizations, including the Louisiana Tech Photo Club and the Twin City Art

Foundation. Her work fixates on the intimate relationship between food and family.

“Environment, food and culture affect and inspire my work as a photographer,” she said. “I am motivated by what I see around me and desire to present it how I wish others to view it.”