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Louanne Watley
Down A Dark Passage
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Opening Reception, Friday June 5, 6-9pm                Exhibition June 4-19, 2009
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"Wondering #3" Louanne Watley

For the past three years I photographed nuns in monasteries, convents and motherhouses in Virginia, Kentucky, North Carolina and Indiana.  The first images I took were in black and  white, somber as nuns’ habits once were.  But in time, I began to see these women as creative, colorful, even humorous individuals.  Combining the alchemy of photography with the mystery of the cloth began to show me an invigorated portrayal of nuns—one that began to reveal itself as I continued to photograph.  The project became collaboration between the nuns and me.  It is to these qualities that I owe this body of work I call Down a Dark Passage.

About The Artist
Louanne Watley has shown her work in over 100 solo, group, and juried shows across the Southeastern United States.  She has exhibited at the NC Museum of Art, Southeast Center for Contemporary Art, Chrysler Museum, Duke Museum and is included in the collections of the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, the NC Collection at UNC-Chapel Hill and the Sallie Bingham Center at Duke University. Louanne's photographs have appeared in the North Carolina Literary Review, Carolina Quarterly, Appalachian Heritage, Calyx, and the Sun Magazine. She is the recipient of a NC Arts Fellowship, a Kentucky Foundation for Women Project Grant and an Emerging Artist Grant.  Louanne grew up in Kentucky and earned her undergraduate and graduate degrees from Duke University.  Her studio and home are in Chapel Hill where she lives with her dog, Loulou.

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