New exhibit opens at LAAC gallery

Published 12:00 am Thursday, January 8, 2015

An Andalusia native will have his photography featured in an exhibit at The Gallery for the month of January.

Bradley Burgess, a 1998 graduate of Andalusia High School, was an enthusiastic hobby photographer for years before considering photography a career.

“I suppose part of me is attracted to photography as a way to preserve a moment in time or an experience,” Burgess said. “Likewise, a different part of me is attracted to the technical aspects.

“I have been employed as a photographer at the Nantahala Outdoor Center in North Carolina since 2012, so photography is my job,” he said. “I hope it will continue to be.”

Burgess currently resides in North Carolina, but the opportunity to have a gallery showing in his hometown became available.

“This is his first gallery showing,” Sheila Rhea, Lower Alabama Arts Coalition gallery manager, said. “We brought him in here because of his photography, but also because he is from here, and we like to support local artists. To do it at home was, I think, important to him, and we’re happy to have him.”

Burgess said this was indeed his first gallery showing, and he expressed his excitement for the opportunity.

“I’m feeling excited, grateful and extremely appreciative for the amount of support I’ve had through this entire process,” Burgess said.

The majority of his work is for sale at The Gallery with pieces ranging from $20 to $200, including a prize-winning photograph.

“One of his photographs won first prize in the photography category of our 2014 Juried Art Show,” Rhea said.

Burgess said many of the photographs were taken in the western North Carolina area where he lives, but some from road trips he’s taken.

“There are some that I took on a road trip to the Grand Canyon and surrounding areas, and Southern California as well,” Bugess said. “Specifically, the Joshua Tree and Death Valley National Parks.”

Prints available for sale include matted prints, framed prints and photos on canvas.

A reception to open the exhibit will be held at The Gallery on Sun., Jan. 11, from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.


Rhea said everyone is welcome, and Burgess will be visiting the exhibit.