Life Through a New Lens Fall Programming | Exhibits, Classes, and a Day Trip

ROCK HILL, SC – Life Through a New Lens, works by Will Barnes and Kate Pollard Hoffman opens in the Dalton Gallery at the Center for the Arts, 121 East Main Street, Rock Hill, SC, on Friday, September 14, 2018. This exhibition runs through Sunday, October 28, 2018, with a free, public reception on Thursday, October 11, 2018 from 5:30 - 7:30 PM.

Life Through a New Lens is an exhibition featuring works that draw the viewer into the mysteries of the unknown using the magnetism of nature. While Barnes seeks to capture the essence of the Congaree Swamp, Hoffman creates maps of change through her macro photography of leaves.

WILL BARNES | The considerable diversity of flora and fauna found in Congaree National Park affords much for the eyes to see. So much at times it becomes visual chaos. However, the essence of the swamp cannot be seen, not even in the many record size trees found there. If one remains only on the surface the deeper experience of Congaree is missed.

Because the essence of the swamp must be felt. When one is in the swamp it seeps into your being almost without your being aware, until you are fully in its aura.

Will Barnes graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of South Carolina and later received his Master of Fine Arts from the Rochester Institute of Technology and his Master of Media Arts from the University of South Carolina. Barnes has received local and national recognition for his excellence in the fine art of photography. To date, his work has appeared in over 100 exhibitions. | https://www.willbarnesphotoart.com

KATE POLLARD HOFFMAN | Abscission is (1) the act or process of cutting off; removal; (2) the natural separation of flowers, fruit, or leaves from plants. This body of work ruminates on the process of change, a fundamental and inevitable circumstance of life. As Hoffman’s life has gone through exhilarating and devastating changes, the process of abscission has been a major focus of her photography. Change has the opportunity to frighten us, uplift us, and devastate us. There is powerful potential in the unknown. This series is meant to bring forth the viewer’s feelings and personal experiences with change, along with individual interpretations and visions of a familiar yet abstract landscape.

Hoffman earned her Bachelor of Art from Pennsylvania State University, and her Master of Design in Photography from Edinburgh College of Art. Her work has been published numerous times, including the Huffington Post, Shots Magazine, New York Center for Photographic Art: People Exhibition Catalog, American Photo, and Itch Magazine. She has also received honors for her work from publications and juried exhibitions, and her work has appeared in more than 50 exhibitions. | http://katepollardhoffmann.com

Exhibits in the Dalton Gallery at the Center for the Arts are sponsored by O’Darby’s Fine Wine & Spirits.


Localized Light: A Study of Specific Businesses After Hours, works by Jake Francek is on display in the Perimeter Gallery throughout the duration of the Life Through a New Lens.


The Rock Hill Elementary Schools’ Children’s Fall Show is on display in the Edmund D. Lewandowski Classroom Gallery at the Center for the Arts through October 28.


DAY TRIP TO LANDRUM, SC | See Your World in Color

The Arts Council of York County is hosting a day trip from the Center for the Arts, 121 E. Main St., Rock Hill, SC to Landrum, on Thursday, October 18, 2018. The van will depart from the Center for the Arts at 9 AM and will return at 6 PM.

Spend a crisp fall day leaf peeping, antiquing, and enjoying the sights of Upstate South Carolina. We'll take the road less traveled as we wind our way through the backcountry and appreciate the colors of the season. Upon our arrival in Landrum, SC, the afternoon is yours! Enjoy a leisurely lunch at one of Landrum's quaint eateries, stroll through the unique antique and specialty shops, or find a bench to relax on while taking in the sights of this small South Carolina town nestled in the majestic Blue Ridge Mountains.

Tickets are $35 and must be purchased in advance by 5 PM on Monday, October 15, 2018.


Center for the Arts | 121 E. Main St. | Rock Hill, SC 29730

Lighting Your Subject with Jake Francek

Saturday, September 22, 2018 | 10 AM – 2 PM

See your world in a whole new light. Learn basic lighting techniques, effects of proper lighting, and how to use lighting equipment. Both natural and studio lighting will be explored in this 4-hour class.

Color in Photography with Jake Francek

Wednesday, October 24, 2018 | 10 AM – 2 PM

Make your photographs pop with color! Analyze the advantages of shooting in color, learn different approaches of implementation and explore its use in composition in this class.


Tickets for the classes and for the day trip to Landrum may be purchased online at yorkcountyarts.org, by phone at (803)328-2787, and in person at the Center for the Arts, 121 E. Main St., Rock Hill, SC.

The Arts Council is headquartered in downtown Rock Hill, a state-recognized cultural district. For more information on Arts Council events, contact the Arts Council of York County at 803-328-2787, by email at arts@yorkcountyarts.org, or visit our webpage at http://www.yorkcountyarts.org.