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Sarah Meadows Hungers for Nature

And Kate Menzies silences egos at Surel's Place

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Sarah Meadows isn't concerned about telling a story with her photographs. Instead, she likes to leave a lasting visual impression on the viewer.

"Generally, photography is about telling a story and sharing information, and I am way more interested in having a sensory experience with mood and stuff like that," she said.

Meadows grew up in Oregon and credits her childhood eagerness to explore the outdoors as a major influence on her work.

"A lot of times, I think about my work as almost being closer to painting than photography because I am really interested in color and texture," Meadows said.

Black Hunger will host an opening reception for Meadows' newest exhibit, Shadow Archive, Friday, June 21, from 7-10 p.m. The show features black-and-white and color photographs that are "a reflection on nature's illimitable depth and magnitude, revealing solitary moments that are simultaneously weightless and insurmountable," according to a press release.

"It's all based on nature, landscape," Meadows said. "Some of the images are really large, and some are very tiny."

Not a fan of traditional gallery order and spacing, Meadows feels her work is best expressed when she's allowed to arrange it herself.

"I get really interested in grouping my images in different ways and hanging them in different ways; kind of seeing how images talk to each other," Meadows said.

Shadow Archive will remain on display through July at Black Hunger, 2606 Breneman St.

Moving from shadows to psyches, is your ego getting in the way of writing that next great poem? If so, Surel's Place artist in residence Kate Menzies is offering a workshop called Undoing Ego, Saturday, June 22, from 1-4 p.m.

Menzies is a published poet and has taught writing in and out of the classroom for nearly six years. Since 2008, Menzies has been inspired to teach writing as a meditation exercise that can help calm the mind, open neurons and facilitate the best possible experiences.

Through open writing exercises and generated prompts, Menzies wants to help tone down the inner critic that impedes the creative process for burgeoning poets. The workshop is free but space is limited to 12 people. Those interested in suppressing self-doubt can register online at surelsplace.org. Aspiring poets must bring their own writing utensils and a desire to silence the critic within.

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