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September 5, 2013

Halcyon to open ‘Language of The Photographer’s Eyes’ Friday

TERRE HAUTE — The Halcyon Art Gallery will present a two-person photography invitational exhibition titled “The Language of The Photographer’s Eyes” Friday through Sept. 27 with the opening reception from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday.

Invited artists Debbie Goodin and LaRysa Orman’s eye-capturing images express their artistic personal language. Their high-quality techniques and skills have thoroughly integrated into the conceptual frameworks of their professional presentation.

Goodin’s interests are fine art nature photography and nature portraits. She enjoys giving people a glimpse of the often overlooked natural beauty as seen through her own eyes.

Born and raised in Terre Haute, Goodin has always loved spending time outdoors and capturing Mother Nature’s amazing beauty in a photo. Her father also loved photography, and as a young girl she would admire the photographs he took and dreamed of owning a camera like his someday.

While she has pursued many artistic outlets for her creativity over the years, photography has always been her true passion. As a military spouse of more than 22 years, she has had to overcome many challenges while her husband has fulfilled numerous deployments, training missions, and other military related trips.

As a result, Goodin chose to place her dream of launching a professional photography career on hold while raising her children; she instead enjoyed photography as a hobby and was often found with her eye to the viewfinder. It wasn’t until recent years as her children grew into young adults that she decided it was time to make her long-time dream a reality.

“My camera is the tool I use to communicate to others the way I see the world around us,” said Goodin. “Capturing Mother Nature’s true colors and beauty in each of my photographs is my goal. While I enjoy photographing the other places I visit on my travels, one of the things I love is to show people the often overlooked beauty in our local and surrounding areas. My photography thus far has focused on all aspects of nature. From landscapes and wildlife, to up close and personal natural abstracts as well as nature portraits for my subjects.

“I view each of my fine art pieces as a sculptor, painter or other artist would a one-of-a-kind painting, sculpture or drawing. To me, each photograph calls to be displayed in its own unique way. I truly feel as if I were adding paint, clay or charcoal to a canvas while adding my own touches and style to each finished art piece. When capturing a photo, I use many techniques to invoke a feeling by the viewer of being at each location with me during that amazing moment.”

Orman was born and raised in Terre Haute. Her goal with her studio is to capture “real” moments in life and not simply posed photos. While Orman enjoys working in several mediums, photography is what occupies most of her time. While she attended Indiana State University for other studies, she is primarily self-taught artistically with the exception of her studies in high school under Rod Bradfield.

She enjoyed teaching art to children at Community Christian School in Terre Haute and has taught drawing classed privately. While Orman enjoys capturing a broad variety of images much of her work focuses on the beauty in nature and architecture.  

“I rarely set out to capture specific images and when I do I usually come back with something completely unexpected to me. Serendipity and grace often leads me to subjects I hadn’t considered.

“I’m drawn to beauty whether it is in the flowing lines of a flower or the hard lines of architecture. I believe that every image should, however, tell a story that may go beyond its initial visual impact. I will say that I do find beauty in the story an image tells even if some might not find the image itself beautiful in the classic sense.

“My goal is to evoke emotion with my work, so it’s OK with me if every image doesn’t have a deep philosophical meaning that we can discuss for hours. Simplicity can be a good thing. Whether I’ve captured an image by a happy accident or through much preparation and whether it evokes discussion and stirs you, or simply makes you smile I feel like I’ve been successful.”

Halcyon Art Gallery is next to the Swope Art Museum at Seventh and Ohio streets. Gallery hours are 11 to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Admission is free.

Halcyon has an artist-in-residence program and studio spaces available. Also Halcyon has an internship program. Those interested may email Ray Chen, executive director of the Halcyon, at raychenhalcyon@

gmail.com or call 207-807-8799 for more information.

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