Join us for our summer photography exhibit "Through the Lens" featuring Charlene Edwards, Stephanie Macomber, Christine Peloquin, and Juliana Romnes.
On her sixth birthday Lake County resident Charlene Edwards was gifted a small black box – a Kodak Brownie camera. From that day forward a lifelong passion to live creatively through the lens of a camera blossomed.
Today, Edwards is a professional photographer, guest lecturer, award-winning author, world traveler, environmental advocate and an explorer. Edwards' work has appeared in magazines, newspapers, museums and galleries including the Museum of Natural History, the International Center of Photography and most recently in the Umbrella Arts Gallery in NYC. More than 50 of her photos have been used by American pop artist Peter Max. She has also worked as the set photographer and photo-coordinator on the twelve-hour Ace Award winning documentary, The Class of the 20th Century.
Edwards's photography and words are more than just art, they are social commentary. Her award-winning book Voices From Vietnam was a work of passion that took ten years, thousands of miles across America and Canada and three trips to Vietnam to complete. Part of her journey included a visit to Massachusetts to meet with Robin Moore, a prolific writer of some eighty published books. Probably his most notable are The Green Berets and The French Connection. He thought so highly of Charlene's work that he wrote the introduction to her book Voices From Vietnam.
Her honors include the America's Heroes Freedom Honor, ForeWord Magazine and Benjamin Franklin book awards, the Photography Book of the Year from the American Authors Association, and the Gold Book Award for best photography book from the Military Writers Association of America.
Charlene Edwards's work is included in the current exhibit Through the Lens. It is an accumulation of a lifetime of photographs of the natural world taken in dozens of countries on six continents. Her images capture the splendor, intrigue and uniqueness of nature's magic.
Charlene Edwards lives her life by her motto: Photography, my passion. Traveling, my oxygen. Living each day creatively, my choice.
Juliana Romnes has spent the past 20 years exploring her home state through the medium of photography and her work has been exhibited in group exhibitions at museums and galleries in Florida including the Southeast Museum of Photography, Daytona Beach; Snap!Space, Orlando; the St. Augustine Art Association, and W.B. Tatter Gallery in St. Augustine, Florida among others. She attended the Southeast Center for Photographic Studies at Daytona State College and went on to receive a Bachelor of Science in Photography and a Master's Degree in Nonprofit Management, both from the University of Central Florida. Romnes regularly exhibits her work at Butterfield Garage in St. Augustine and at Arts on Douglas in New Smyrna Beach, where she is also the Gallery Coordinator.