Join photographer Carl Galie as he presents his work in a gallery talk presenting his exhibition featured in the Mezzanine Gallery entitled Lost on the Road to Oblivion, The Vanishing Beauty of Coal Country. Throughout our nation's history the arts have been instrumental in protecting many of our national treasures. Carl Galie's exhibit takes the viewer on a journey through the southern Appalachians and documents the controversial practice of mountaintop removal in this hauntingly beautiful series about the natural environment. The project raises the question of whether years of environmental regulation should be overruled in an attempt to stimulate the economy by allowing this industrial coal mining practice to continue. Through his recent project, Lost on the Road to Oblivion, The Vanishing Beauty of Coal Country Winston-Salem photographer Carl Galie hopes to continue this legacy. In addition Carl will also discuss the poetry collaboration with North Carolina's Poet Laureate, Joseph Bathanti.
About Carl Galie
Carl Galie is a North Carolina photographer who for the last 18 years has devoted his work to conservation issues. Working with organizations like Roanoke River Partners, The Roanoke River Basin Association, The Southern Environmental Law Center and The North Carolina Chapter of The Nature Conservancy, Carl's photographs of the Roanoke River basin have helped protect and preserve that region since 1995 when Carl received an Emerging Artist Grant from the Winston-Salem, Forsyth County Arts Council, and the North Carolina Arts Council to photograph the Roanoke River Basin for the purpose of publishing a book. "Vision Quest, A Visual Journey Through North Carolina's Lower Roanoke River Basin", published by Red Maple Press is the result of that project. An exhibition of prints from the book opened in Winston-Salem at the Salem College Fine Art Center Gallery in August 1999. The traveling exhibit of prints from the book was shown in a number of colleges and private galleries across North Carolina until it was donated to The Nature Conservancy in 2002. Carl's photography of the Roanoke River Basin has been used in publications produced by The Nature Conservancy, Wildlife In North Carolina, Orion Afield magazine, the North Carolina Aquarium, Roanoke Canal Museum, Roanoke River Partners, The Southern Environmental Law Center, and by The National Park Service. In 2006 Our State magazine featured Carl's photography of the Roanoke River Basin in their April issue when Carl's exhibit "Back To The River" was on display at a number of galleries throughout North Carolina.
The Turchin Center Lectures Series are talks led by visiting or exhibiting artists, scholars and practitioners. These talks provide deeper insight into creative practice, context for current exhibitions or contemporary issues shaping the world in which art is created, experienced and interpreted.