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The perfect blend

Rural expression is one of the underlying themes in the photographic images being presented by Canby artist

September 8, 2012
By Cindy Votruba , Marshall Independent

Joyce Meyer of rural Canby will sometimes find herself taking photos of grasses or wheat fields to mix in with other images, creating something that shows life in southwest Minnesota.

Photographic images by Meyer are on display through Nov. 2 at the Southwest Minnesota Arts and Humanities Council's art gallery in downtown Marshall.

The images are a result of a SMAHC grant Meyer applied for this past year to complete the project.

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Pictured is Joyce Meyer’s photographic image titled “Prairie Dancer.” The Canby resident’s work will be on display through Nov. 2 at the Southwest Minnesota Arts and Humanities Council’s art gallery.

"They're blended images, several images in one composition, most are rural themes," Meyer said about the works featured in the exhibit.

For example, she's blended an image of a waterfall in Gary, S.D. with a photo she took in Spain. Or there's the dancer in a wheatfield titled "Prairie Dancer."

Meyer has been a teacher and is the owner of RJMeyerart Portrait Studio in rural Canby.

"I do a lot of senior portraits," she said.

The blending of images jumped off from there, she said.

"I like the textures," she said. She'll decrease the opacity in one image to blend in another.

Meyer will use multiple photos to create an image.

"I've done up to 10," she said. A few years ago, she put together photographic pieces of a Studebaker that "took her forever" to finish.

Meyer has done photography for 15 years and has blended images for seven. Her work has been exhibited several times in Minnesota and South Dakota.

Some of the photos she used were from the time she and her husband went to Spain to visit their daughter who was studying abroad a couple of years ago.

Meyer used available light to portray the natural textures in the environment with no added flash, according to her artist statement.

"I tend to always lean toward a rural expression," she said. "We're out in the prairie, but we have the arts." For example, the dancer in "Prairie Dancer" is from Bellingham, a rural area. There's also talented musicians and artists from the rural area, Meyer said.

"We're not the sticks," she added. "We live an enriching life, it's there. Opportunities are here."

Plus, Meyer will slow down the shutter speed to create the effect she wants for certain images.

"With multiple layers of a scene I would like to depict a deeper understanding of character, emotion and life as we know it in southwestern Minnesota," Meyer said in her artist statement. "Each layer requires careful blending of opacity, texture and tone to give the feeling required of each subject and its surroundings."



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