When lightning strikes, most people probably don’t go for a better view.
Neither does Anne Johnson.
She sets weather alerts on her phone so she can be there ahead of time, camera in hand, ready for the perfect shot.
“Literally I watch the radar,” said the Summersville photographer, who works full-time as a reading and writing specialist for Braxton County Schools. “The other day I got a picture when I got off work because I knew a storm would be coming this way and I knew where to set up.”
Lightning is Johnson’s favorite thing to capture on camera, but she also takes other scenic photos of night skies, landscapes and waterfalls.
A few select pieces are currently on display in the lobby of The Register-Herald as part of the Beckley Art Center’s Women of Appalachia art exhibition.
A reception during which the public is invited to stop in, enjoy light refreshments, view the art and meet some of the 11 talented female artists from throughout southern West Virginia will take place at the newspaper Monday from 3 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
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Robby Moore, executive director of the Beckley Art Center, said the exhibit, the first in a new partnership between the art center and The Register-Herald, is unique in that it features only female artists.
“We have so many great, talented female artists who are very passionate about their work,” he said. “I thought this would be a great time to showcase them.”
Moore said the artists featured — Ginger Danz, Leiane Gibson, Beni Holley, Anne Johnson, Mandy Lash, Deborah Lester, Teresa McGlothlin, Jill Moles Mullins, Elizabeth Prajapati, Lindsay Toney and Alice Yurick — specialize in a variety of areas including photography, painting, mixed media, caricatures.
McGlothlin, a Gauley Bridge resident, is showing three stained glass mosaic pieces.
Although she said she’d always been involved in visual arts…