Simpson Alum to Kick Off Exhibit Season in Willis Gallery

The photographs of Tamara Carter, a 2004 Simpson graduate and an Indianola resident, will begin the new exhibition season in Willis Gallery, now through Oct. 22

A reception for the artist will be held from 5-6 p.m. Sept. 28 in the Gallery, located in the Kent Campus Center. Admission is free for the exhibit and reception, and the public is invited.

Carter grew up in a small German farming community in the home where her great-grandmother and grandmother once lived. She says the freedom of exploring the surrounding fields and forests influenced her connection to the natural environment.

In her artist’s statement, Carter wrote: “The photographs presented in this exhibit reflect the artist’s extensive studies of philosophical and spiritual teachings.  A Zen-like quality expresses a way of seeing, thinking, meditating and contemplating, which leads to transformation.

“In order to even notice and truly see these often very small treasures along the way, it is necessary to slow the pace.  But once discovered, they reveal the most intricate shapes and patterns.  An image may be thought-provoking in itself, or lead to further contemplation.  It can evoke a sense of humor, endearment or be a reminder of physical impermanence.”

Carter earned an AA degree in Hawaii and a BA in Fine Art from Simpson. She has lived in Indianola 18 years, and said she enjoys visits to local parks as a source of creative inspiration and rejuvenation.