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An opening reception is set for Thursday evening, Oct. 14 at Art Adventure Gallery

PMG PHOTO: HOLLY SCHOLZ - Edward Heath's photos decorate the walls at the gallery.

Framed photos of local scenery, flowers, wildlife and even chickens deck the walls at Art Adventure Gallery in downtown Madras.

The 30 or so photographs are the work of October and November featured artist, Warm Springs photographer Edward Heath.

COURTESY PHOTO: EDWARD HEATH - Heath says his mother, who photographed rodeos throughout the West, is his inspiration.An opening reception is planned for 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 14 at the gallery. Heath's work has been featured at the gallery previously, and his photographs are for sale.

"Coralee Popp, the executive director of the gallery, called Edward when the October show was canceled," said Jefferson County Arts Association Board President Barbara Williams. "He is a gifted photographer and a local favorite. We are fortunate that he had a body of work to share with us on such short notice."

Heath, known around Warm Springs by his nickname "Hot Dog," is of Warm Springs, Wasco, Yakama, Paiute and Klamath descent. He was born in Madras and raised in the Simnasho area by his uncle, Chief Delvis Heath.

He spent a lot of his early years helping train race horses and working on the family ranch, moving cattle between the Mutton Mountains and the Deschutes River areas. He has been doing photography for the past three-and-a-half years and says he really enjoys it as a hobby.

PMG PHOTO: HOLLY SCHOLZ - The work of Warm Springs photographer Edward Heath is featured at Art Adventure Gallery through November."I grew up watching my mom take photos at rodeos throughout the West. My mom is my inspiration leading up to where I am today," he said.

Most people have found interest in his photos by way of social media.

"I do not specialize in any form of photography, mainly capturing things I find interesting along roadsides and trails," Heath said. "I like to think I capture things that have non-obvious beauty of things others take for granted."

Artist reception

Featuring Warm Springs photographer Edward Heath

Date: 5:30-7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 14

Location: Art Adventure Gallery, 185 SW Fifth St., Madras

Edward Heath is the Art Adventure Gallery featured artist for October and November.

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