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Jessica Holder's photography will be on display through November at the cultural center

GRAPHIC PHOTO: GARY ALLEN - 'A Glimpse at Humanity,' Jessica Holder's exhibit of photography, will be on display at the Chehalem Cultural Center through November.

A recent George Fox University graduate will offer a "Glimpse at Humanity" until early November at the Chehalem Cultural Center's latest photography exhibit.

The display was unveiled Aug. 13 and will run until Nov. 2 in the Community Gallery at the CCC. The photographer, Jessica Holder, earned a degree in cinematography and photography at the school.

Having spent time in New Jersey and California, Holder now resides full time in Oregon, continuing to pursue photography with the hope of traveling the world to photograph more.

She plans to incorporate documentary filmmaking into her world travels as well.Holder

"My artwork in style is very simplistic and consists of a short depth of focus and a vision between abstract and personal," Holder said in an artist statement. "I am inspired to photograph people by each of their unique stories and the challenge of interpreting them visually.  The concept of this series is to find the beauty in every day. I search for a story behind every face, thus began the journey of photographing the people closest to me: to create something more out of the people I interact with.  What I found was differences, laughter and a whole lot of heart and part of my dream is showcasing it to a wider audience."

This is Holder's first photography exhibition.

Carissa Smith-Burkett, curator and arts program manager at the CCC, said onlookers can expect to see large black and white portraits shot with digital cameras. According to her website, Holder photographs individuals – sometimes in black and white, but most often in color – and names the portraits with the subject's initials.

"The Community Gallery, where this exhibit is held, is reserved for emerging local artists and is often a first exhibit for folks," Smith-Burkett said. "This is helpful for artists who are working on building their resume and gaining experience."

Holder will have a public event on Sept. 14 at the center, where she is inviting community members to sign up for a photo shoot.

"In tandem with the Gallery showing, I will be hosting a community portrait event at the (CCC) on Sept. 14 in hopes of capturing stories from a wider group of people," Holder said in her statement. "Though I began with the people closest to me, I hope to find new faces in the surrounding area to tell a broader story of Newberg's culture."

There will also be an artist reception from 5 to 8 p.m. on Oct. 4 at the CCC as well.


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