During his nearly forty-year career, photographer Michael P. Smith (1937-2008) immersed himself in the larger world of New Orleans’s musical culture. At public events, from music festivals and concerts to street parades both mournful and celebratory, Smith was there with his Nikon cameras and, in later years, a tape recorder.
Beyond his public presence, Smith earned the trust of musicians and churchgoers who let him into their private lives. These relationships allowed him to create a photographic record bearing witness to often elusive cultural and spiritual events.
Though documentary in style, his photographs transcend the mere description of their subjects, pushing viewers to consider the cultural diversity of the world around them.
Don Wright is a realist painter, using a meticulous and detail oriented technique, with watercolor as his favorite medium.
His award winning work has been shown in many juried exhibitions, including the Butler Institute of American Art, the Hoyt Institute of Fine Arts and the Trumbull Art Gallery.
After graduating from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh Don worked as a graphic designer, and later as the art director for a national advertising agency where he remained for 40 years. As an instructor at Youngstown State University he taught courses in air brush technique, graphic illustration and photo retouch.
Don is formally retired, but is busier than ever as a design consultant, doing commissioned works and engaging numerous activities with local museums.
“I enjoy painting objects and scenes that motivates a strong desire to translate onto paper while working with the challenges of light and shadow” – Don Wright