Cindy Rose’s Photography on Display at SFSC’s Upper Level Gallery
Stunning landscapes and exquisite wildlife justly describe the 16-piece collection of photography by Cindy Rose featured in the South Florida State College (SFSC) Theatre for the Performing Arts, in the upper-level gallery, Highlands Campus. The “River of Grass” exhibit is on display for the public now through April 25. The upper-level gallery is designated as a community artist gallery and showcases exceptional artists from our surrounding area.
Rose is a self-taught artist who is influenced by the photography style of her late husband. She has been involved with photography her entire life, but has been a professional for 10 years.
“My passion for photography runs deep as I feel compelled to continue to capture unique nature and landscape photos,” Rose said. “I have to see the photo with my eyes and when my heart is moved, I focus to capture the moment I am experiencing. Emotions are stirred, and you become absorbed in each photograph by the most intricate of details and lighting. This is what enhances my enthusiasm for photography – it can be seen and felt.”
The term “River of Grass” was popularized by Marjory Stoneman Douglas and describes part of a complex, interdependent eco-system which includes cypress swamps, mangrove forests, tropical hardwood hammocks, pine rock land as well as the wildlife and marine environment.
Growing up in Montana, Rose always loved nature and enjoyed taking pictures. “Living in Florida, with its abundance of birds, wildlife, and water habitats, spurred my late husband, Rick Rose, and I to get serious and begin pouring ourselves into our photography,” Rose said. “The excitement of capturing wildlife in the variety of settings provided by Florida’s landscape has greatly impacted how I shoot unique photographs.”
Rose’s art reflects her passion for this eco-system in nature and the world that surrounds her. Rose shoots with her heart to capture and help preserve this fragile eco-system, bringing the most intricate of details up close and personal. This exhibition includes photographs taken by Rick Rose, sharing his intense passion for the subjects he photographed in his final artistic endeavors. Rose’s collection includes photographs from her travels to Italy, Montana, Oregon, Florida, and the northeastern United States.
When asked what she liked to focus on during photography, Rose replied, “Lighting is one of the most important aspects of photography, and I focus on capturing unique shots with timely lighting effects,” she said. “My style is nature and landscape photography using a variety of angles.”
Rose’s photography is displayed through the Highlands Art League Yellow House Gallery and the Lake Wales Ridge Project Traveling Exhibit, which is on display at the Louise and Arnold Kotler Art Gallery in Tampa.
The SFSC Museum of Florida At and Culture (MOFAC) is open to the public, Wednesday through Friday, 12:30 – 4:30 p.m., and by appointment for group tours. When the season begins in November, SFSC Artist Series patrons may visit the museum one hour prior to each performance. For more information or to schedule an appointment, contact Cathy Futral, art professor, at 863-784-7195 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.