Parrot Gallery is a project of artists and musicians worshiping at Community Mennonite Church of Lancaster. Art exhibits are open for downtown Lancaster First Fridays and by appointment with church office. Regular gallery talks are scheduled with each featured artist.
West Virginia in All Seasons
Friday, November 1, 2019, 5:00pm–8:00 pm
Psychiatrist, bird-watcher, photographer Herb Myers presents West Virginia In All Seasons, a colorful collection of photos in his opening reception in the Parrot Gallery on First Friday, November 1, 2019, from 5-8 p.m.
Since buying his first camera at a swap shop while in college in the mid-1960s, Myers used a Minolta SR-T 101 and a subsequent Minolta SR-T 102 for years, adding a few extra lenses to broaden his capabilities.
Later in life, he switched to digital cameras. His current Canon PowerShot SX50 HS with a long telephoto lens is easier to lug around while birding or botanizing. With his binoculars, and at times also a scope with tripod in tow, Myers opts to sacrifice a bit in quality for ease of maneuverability.
Myers loves the out-of-doors. Moving to West Virginia after retirement was perfect for his type of photography–the mountains, forests, wildlife, and changing seasons provide endless opportunities for photographs. As a birder, he is especially challenged to try to capture birds with his camera. Birds rarely sit still.
Though he never thought of his photographs as art, he has entered prints in the photo contests at the Canaan Valley National Wildlife Refuge where he volunteers. Several of his photos have appeared on their annual calendars. His Facebook friends delight in his regular postings and compliment him on his “good eye for composition.”
Myers admits, “There is a lot of beauty captured in them along with emotional power when I reminisce with them like a scrapbook of memories. I enjoy them for my own pleasure and to share with family and friends as a way to reminisce during this last quarter of my life.”
Despite the above, he struggles to acknowledge that his photography is art. “My cameras aren’t good enough. I shoot most of my photos on auto. I do little to touch up or enhance my photos.”
After being invited to do this show, all these excuses have stimulated Myers to look inward and consider his photographs in a new way. A Google art definition reassured him that “art is the expression or application of human creative skill and imagination . . . producing works to be appreciated primarily for their beauty or emotional power.” With that, he offers this chosen collection–the beauty of the world as captured through the lens!
Herb retired from full time psychiatric practice in Pennsylvania in 2010 for his move to Harman, West Virginia where his wife Sarah grew up. He continued to do psychiatric consultations in nursing homes in WV seven days a month to earn money to support his “habit” until 2017. (That habit is avid, Sarah says obsessive, birding.) A psychiatric diagnosis may be helpful!
“West Virginia in All Seasons” runs from November 1 through December 29, 2019.
The Parrot Gallery is open on First Fridays and Sunday mornings.
Call 717-392-7567 to make an appointment for week-day viewing.
Artist Herb Myers