The Art Association of Jacksonville is pleased to welcome digital photography and
digital imaging from Kathy Jamison and Jeff Newman May 4-26 at the David Strawn Art
Gallery, 331 W College Ave, Jacksonville. An opening reception will be held on
Saturday, May 4 from 6-8 p.m. with “Gallery Talk” by the artists at 6:30 p.m. The
opening and “Gallery Talk” is free and open to the public.
Kathy Jamison was a journalist, and for a time photojournalist, for a combined 10 years.
Currently, she teaches journalism and media criticism with focus on feature writing and
literary journalism for magazine and newspaper, communications theory and methods,
and film and culture. As a photographer she had numerous shows in Jacksonville, since
1991, with works at the Strawn Art Gallery in two different shows: One as a student of
Art at Illinois College, and the other, as part of a family show.
Her last exhibit at the Strawn was in 2006, in a three-person exhibit, where she displayed
a long-term study of the oldest, handmade candle factory in France. She has worked a
few small freelance jobs by request over the years, the most recent being for the
Rochester Zen Center in New York where her photos were used for their web site and a
For this current exhibit she has chosen a mix of photography to show the combination of
the influences of photojournalism and her education in fine art. Most are shot with a
Canon SLR standard lens and some with a macro lens, but increasingly she shoots
photography with her iPhone as the camera.
Jeff Newman is a “newbie” to the Jacksonville Art Scene. His creative outlet for many
years has been thru music. It was only until recently he picked the camera back up and
rediscovered his passion. He uses his own photography as his base and then uses
different photo editing software to re-imagine the original image. Jeff is also the father of
two of his own budding artists and sits on the Board of The Imagine Arts Foundation.
“Photography has always been an interest to me. I spent a lot of my high school and
College time as a photo-journalism nut! Lots of hours in the dark room. Lots of time
washing those darkroom-chemical-smell off my hands. My dream was to work for a
music magazine, follow bands around and take pictures. Annie Liebowitz books and
Rolling Stone magazines littered my coffee table. I found myself in a job where I travel a
lot of the county highways in the fifty mile radius around Jacksonville. One day I had my
friends’ digital camera I was borrowing in my front seat and I found an old barn. I pulled
up and got out and took a few shots. Ever since that day, I found my passion again. It’s
amazing how much world there is out there if you just open your eyes a bit wider and
look past the surface!”
Gallery hours May 5-26 are Sundays 1-3 p.m., Tuesday – Saturday 4-6 p.m