Gary Hoard | Madrid
Gary Hoard Photography
My photography highlights Iowa landscapes, birds, plants and animals. I enjoy capturing uncommon views of common subjects with most of my camera-time at Iowa's state and county parks, urban areas or in my home gardens.
My work has been featured in several exhibits including Octagon Center for the Arts, Ankeny Art Center and The Galleries at Jester Park Nature Center.
Mary Howell-Williams | Des Moines
I have a degree in photography that I decided to put to good use seriously in 2012. Conveniently, I also have a large flower garden and years of experience in Fine Art printing. Finally, I have a calling to share with everyone what I visualize when I look at a flower. I use a combination of macro and fine art lenses, and print my images on non-traditional fine art media.
Joshua Steele | Des Moines
Josh Steele Photography
I am an Iowa landscape photographer based in Des Moines focusing on rural and rugged landscapes. After several years of shooting and displaying my work to only family and friends I am venturing out to more public venues. This will be my first year at festivals and I am looking forward to continuing to share my experiences with the public.
Mark True | Carlisle
Mark True was born in Memphis, Tennessee, but he grew up in Iowa. He was educated in journalism at Iowa State University and has been a professional writer, graphic designer, and brand consultant for more than 30 years.
True's introduction to art included acrylics and assemblages made of found objects in the spirit of Robert Rauschenberg, but today, he uses photography to create regionalist art inspired by Grant Wood, Charles Sheeler, Edward Hopper, and Georgia O'Keeffe.
Based in Carlisle, Iowa, True's work captures the rural landscapes and small towns of Iowa and the Midwest. His work has been juried into group shows at the Polk County Heritage Gallery and the Ankeny Art Center, and he was featured in a solo show at the Ankeny Art Center in 2018.
He is the founder and current president of the North River Arts Council, a non-profit organization creating a place for artists and the arts in Warren County, Iowa.
Description of Work
As a trained journalist, writer, graphic designer, and marketer, I have always tried to understand a subject's essence, document it, and communicate it to others in a way that engages, challenges or informs. I've worked with acrylics on canvas and built assemblages with found objects. Only through the lens of a camera, however, am I able to represent the primary subject accurately, so that I can focus on telling a compelling story, starting with an implied "Once upon a time."
While I can be found photographing the streets of Des Moines, I'm more naturally drawn to rural Iowa and the people, architecture, institutions, and landscapes that represent the past, present, and future of the heartland. I work in color and black and white, equally at home capturing the breadth of the Iowa landscape or an abstract slice of it. Whether people, animals or structures, much of my work features a simple, graphic composition that isolates the subject in its larger, contextual environment. Other images are intimately cropped to draw the viewer into the subject's world or create an abstract perspective.