“Traces Remain” Beverly Buys Exhibit – September 1-30, 2017

“Traces Remain” Beverly Buys Exhibit – September 1-30, 2017

The September exhibit at Justus Fine Art Gallery will feature a solo exhibition of work by photographer Beverly Buys. The exhibit will showcase a selection of the artist’s photographs focusing on the remnants of communities and a way of life. Traces Remain will open with a reception from 5-9 p.m. on Friday, September 1, in conjunction with the monthly Gallery Walk in downtown Hot Springs. Beverly Buys will also give a gallery talk at 10 a.m. on Saturday, September 2. The exhibit will be on display September 1-30, 2017.

Beverly Buys earned a B.S.E. in Art Education from Henderson State University (1977), a M.A. in Photography from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock (1994), and a M.F.A. in Photography/ Printmaking (1996) from the University of Memphis. As an arts educator, she served in various teaching roles at Henderson State University, beginning as an adjunct instructor and ultimately serving as Professor of Photography in the Ellis College of Arts and Sciences, teaching a variety of photography and art history courses. Buys retired from teaching in 2014. Her own photographs have been exhibited throughout the South.

The “Delta in Blue” series of photographs is an ongoing project that I have been working on since 2011. The delta region of Arkansas has captured my imagination with its history and harsh beauty. Not an easy place to live, it is nevertheless rich in soul altering ways. Musicians Johnny Cash, B.B. King and Levon Helm are a few of many whose music resonates with the longing of living in the Arkansas Delta region. Writers and artists are moved and inspired by the region and I am a part of that tradition. The abundant natural world, the wide Mississippi River and the difficult, often tragic, history sifts and settles into a rich gumbo of nostalgia, inspiration and longing just as the large rivers emptying into the mighty Mississippi leave their deposits of deep, black soil that is the basis of its economy. Hardship grows hope, strength and ingenuity and that is what my photographs are about. – Beverly Buys

"Shadden's Bar-B-Q" by Beverly Buys (c)2016

“Shadden’s Bar-B-Q” by Beverly Buys (c)2016

Buys’ cyanotype prints have been featured in solo exhibits at Arkansas State University in Beebe, Arkansas; the Delta Cultural Center in Helena, Arkansas; the Russell Fine Arts Gallery at Henderson State University in Arkadelphia, Arkansas; the University of Memphis Art Gallery in Memphis, Tennessee; and other venues. Buys’ work has also been included in notable group exhibitions including the annual Delta Exhibition at the Arkansas Arts Center in Little Rock, Arkansas; artSpark 2013 in Raleigh, North Carolina; the 2011 Winthrop Rockefeller Institute Legacy Art Exhibition at Petit Jean in Arkansas; Selections from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock Permanent Collections at the University of Arkansas in Little Rock, Arkansas; and many others.