Oh, snap: Local artists, professor featured in Waco photography exhibit

Photo Illustration by Carlye Thornton
Photo Illustration by Carlye Thornton

By Julia Eckardt

The Creative Art Studio and Theater located on 605 Austin Ave. in downtown Waco opened a photographic exhibit featuring the work of local artists. The exhibit runs until September 26th and is free to the public.

The photos exhibited cover a wide variety of subjects including bold portraits, black & whites, landscapes and animals.

All of the photographs on display are for sale on consignment, and several works already have a sold sign hanging proudly over the price tag.

The exhibit is comprised of the work of nine photographers: Ken Luikart, Heather Shelton-Faulk, Cade Kegerreis, Marvel van Es, Bonnie Neagle, Rebecca V Edwards, Ron Hall, Rick Duhrkopf and Darrell W Vickers. After considering every entry, the winners were determined by a committee of employees at the CAST.

Rick Duhrkopf, an associate professor of biology at Baylor University and artist showcasing at the exhibit said he thinks The Creative Art Studio and Theater is well run.
“The people have the interests of artists in mind and I’ve enjoyed interacting with them,” Duhrkopf said.

Each artist submitted seven or eight photos for display. The prices range between $50 and $220 per photo. They will remain on showcase until after the exhibit ends when their new owners are then able to take them home.

All of the photographers live in Mclennan County or a county that borders it such as Bosque, Hill, Limestone, Falls or Coryell. The artists on display come from a dynamic set of backgrounds, including high school students and a former Waco news anchor.

The Creative Art Studio and Theater held its grand opening on April 11th. Aside from photography, they showcase the work of painters, wood carvers, and sculptors. They also provide rental space for dance classes, theater groups, classes and workshops.

Beth Richards, a partner at The Creative Art Studio and Theater, said the studio was started as a place where local artists could display their work.

Richards said the exhibit’s success so far has lead them to consider hosting another one at the beginning of this upcoming year.