Throughout August, the Galveston Art League Gallery is featuring photographs by Lynne Hughes, who specializes in nature shots — particularly birds. About a dozen of Hughes’s photos, along with dozens of diverse artworks by other Art League members, will be displayed from noon to 6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays Aug. 1 through Aug. 30 at 2117A Postoffice St. in downtown Galveston. An online exhibit and sale of all works in this show is also offered on www.GalvestonArtLeague.com.
Raised in Huntsville, Hughes is an emerging photographer in Galveston County. She has always loved nature. During her commutes to work at the Department of Physical Therapy of the University of Texas Medical Branch, wading birds caught Hughes’s attention, and she began to stop to take pictures.
Birdwatching developed into a relaxing hobby that she could share with her elderly parents. They began taking day trips to birding hot spots in the area, and Hughes says she has become “a full-fledged birding nerd.”
She shared a few of her pictures with friends and colleagues who encouraged her to continue developing her craft and to enter some of her work into shows.
Hughes took their advice. And now this self-taught photographer – who focuses on capturing images of birds and nature, as well as portraying some of Galveston’s coastal culture – has won awards at local and regional levels, including Galveston’s own FeatherFest.
She keeps her photographs as natural as possible, with little computerized enhancement. Hughes strives to portray the natural beauty of birds through classic poses and action shots that elicit emotion. She believes that a great shot should appeal to both the eye and the mind. “When we take time to admire the beauty of nature and the glory of our surroundings, it is good for the soul,” she says.
Hughes is a professional member of the nonprofit Galveston Art League, which was established in 1914 with the intent of increasing appreciation of visual arts and art education. The league is 100 percent volunteer-operated and has never had a salaried staff member.
Memberships, entry fees, contributions, and an annual gala are the Art League’s primary income sources. To learn about membership levels and benefits, visit www.GalvestonArtLeague.com and click on “Join.” The website also shares information about the league’s history, how to exhibit, sponsorships, events, volunteer opportunities, and more. If you have questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.