Feb. 24—Avenue West Fine Art Gallery will showcase works by photographer Freddie B from March 3-31. Diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome, B has often struggled with socializing, but photography has given him a new voice.

“I have always had challenges with social communication, so for me, photography has been my ‘voice, a medium for me to share the beauty of the world in my own unique way,” he said in a news release.

B’s work has been featured in magazines including Landscape Photography, San Diego Voyager, Flip and Avant Guard and shown in galleries all over the world from Orange County in California to Berlin, Germany.

The gallery will also feature guest artist Larry Bergman and a series of his pen and ink drawings that juxtapose “geometric lines, random graphics and images drawn with minute pen strokes.” For more information, visit visionsinblackandwhite.com.

Located at 907 W. Boone Ave., the gallery

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Thirty years ago, Cecil Williams — using his vast collection of historic images — began developing a series of powerful story-telling wall art — called by some, “poster.”

The posters were created from Williams’ experiences during the era of the civil rights movement, amplified with his skills in photography, art and computer graphics.

Only recently during COVID-19, did he complete the series which now contains over 100 images.

He named the series: “The South Carolina History That Shaped America.”

Preserving history: Grant to help Claflin digitize photo archives

In addition to the general public and collectors, it is his intent to distribute sets of the posters to every middle and high school in the state. As many educators often proclaim, Williams believes images are 80% more effective as a learning tool.

“In today’s digital society, images shared with open licenses permit educators to easily create stimulating, thought-provoking content to inspire, provoke and transform the

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One of the most prized items in the Billings Public Library’s collection isn’t a book — it’s a painting.

Famed Montana artist C.M. Russell painted his work “Lone Warrior” in 1896 to pay off a $25 debt to Billings attorney Jack Hereford. It ended up in the Billings Library art collection in 1949 when Hereford’s son Whitney sold it to the library for $750. (About $9,000 in current dollars). Similar Russell watercolors from the period have recently sold for as much as $200,000.

Today, “Lone Warrior,” along with six works by famous western artist Joseph Sharp, sit in a special protective vault at the Yellowstone Art Museum where they’re seldom pulled out for display. Displaying the works is labor intensive and requires the involvement of the library’s insurance agency. 

Still, the collection is something the library is eager to bring to the public. 

“It’s the people’s collection,” said Joe Lanning,

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The Florida State University Museum of Fine Arts (MoFA) is featuring three new exhibitions that display the talent and creative explorations of FSU’s Flying High Circus, photographer Bruce Davidson and ceramist Jiha Moon. 

“The three shows we have in the museum right now offer something for everyone,” said Meredith Lynn, curator of the Museum of Fine Arts. “‘75 Years of Flying High’ is a fun, engaging show that families will love. Bruce Davidson’s work is foundational in the development of an American approach to documentary photography. And Jiha Moon’s ceramics are beautiful entry points into vital conversations in contemporary culture.” 

All three exhibitions are open to the public now through March 19.

‘Trust & Transformation at the Circus: 75 Years of Flying High’ 

MoFA Upper Galleries 

Since its founding in 1947, FSU’s Flying High Circus has enjoyed worldwide recognition for its brilliance and creativity. Through countless Home Shows and Halloween

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