Luzwick at Hanging Rock

Photography exhibit by Justine Luzwick featured at Hanging Rock Gallery

The Stokes County Arts Council will feature Justine Luzwick’s photography at the Hanging Rock State Park Gallery (Hanging Rock Visitor’s Center) 1790 Hanging Rock Road, Danbury NC, May through June 2017. Luzwick will be at the gallery on Sunday, June 4, 2017, 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. for a “Meet and Greet” social. The public is invited to visit the Hanging Rock State Park Gallery to see her work and meet the artist.

Luzwick has been an artist since she was young and, because of the support of her parents, she is now able to actively live out her dream of leading a creative life. She attended Appalachian State University from 2008 to 2011 and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in K-12 art education. All throughout college, and up until recently, painting and drawing have been her main artistic focus. Luzwick has completed several commissioned paintings and has hosted two separate painting/drawing exhibitions at the Stokes County Apple Gallery in Danbury, one in May of 2013 and the other in June of 2015. In the fall of 2015, she ventured into the world of photography after finding a highly talented group of mom photographers who were taking beautiful and meaningful photographs of their children. She started experimenting with photography by taking pictures of her two boys, and was immediately hooked. It gave her the opportunity to make art nearly all of the time, and still spend time with her family while documenting their most favorite, fleeting moments.

Luzwick states “In the fall of 2016, I applied for the Duke Energy Regional Artist Project Grant presented by The Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County, and I was fortunate enough to be one of the twelve grant recipients. I am very appreciative to The Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County and Duke Energy for this wonderful opportunity. The money I received from the grant was used to purchase a new camera and lens. My proposed project was to create a series of black and white photographs which capture the visual elements of Stokes County that best represent my interpretation of ‘where I live.’ Drawing great inspiration from Sally Mann’s recent memoir ‘Hold Still,’ in which she expertly photographs the essence of the Deep South, my goal is to capture the heart and characteristics of Stokes County that feel most like ‘home’ to me. This is the work that will be on display at the Hanging Rock Gallery.”

Luzwick further expresses appreciation to Phil Jones and the Stokes County Arts Council for encouraging her to apply for the Duke Energy Regional Artist Project Grant. She states “Without all of this support and encouragement, this project would not have been possible.”

Most recently, Luzwick applied for the Glass/Apple Scholarship Fund to attend Penland School of Crafts, and she was one of the lucky recipients. She will be attending Penland for the second summer session and taking the ‘Photographing Strangers’ class with Mr. Jim Stone.

The Hanging Rock Visitors Center is open daily 9:00 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. The viewing of this exhibit is free to the public. For more information, please contact the Stokes County Arts Council at (336) 593-8159 or visit our website at www.stokesarts.org. To view images of this artist’s work, visit her website at https://www.luzwickphotographyblog.wordpress.com.