Kathy McClure photo
exhibit in February

With thousands of images ranging from azaleas to zebras, Kathy McClure has probably photographed it. As a 28-year resident of Queen Creek she has observed the growth of the East valley, loves to explore the Sonoran desert which surrounds her and to record the nature artwork - from the miniscule to the grandiose. Her images include tiny flowers, magnificent horses, exotic lands and rushing rivers. McClure avoids digital manipulation, instead choosing to depict realistic and surrealistic views of actual subjects along the paths she travels. Boyce Thompson Arboretum's gallery is a fitting showcase for her work this month as McClure has been inspired here by the tiny purple flowers of the Fairy Duster and the magnificent swath of color which spreads across 4400 foot tall Picketpost Mountain at sunset.
A self-taught photographer, McClure has been behind the camera since she received a Brownie on her eighth birthday. Over the years she progressed from summer camp candids to photographing horses and ambitious desert landscapes.
Pinal County backroads, canyons, and mountains are her favorite subject; travels to national parks and foreign lands have added thousands of images to her collections of flowers, animals, and landscapes. McClure is currently a member of the Cobre Valley Fine Arts Guild in Globe, the Tubac Center of the Arts, and the Mesa Art League. Her award-winning photography has been featured in magazine articles and on covers. Framed artwork is available at the Cobre Valley Center of the Arts and during her exhibition here at the Arboretum. Unframed artwork is available through art.com (search for "KCM Photos"). McClure prints are also available as custom-framed décor for home or office. To contact the artist email her at kcmpics@juno.com or call 480.987.3257.
Our gallery here at Boyce Thompson Arboretum is just inside the main entrance to the visitor center building. Admission is taken from 8-4 daily, and is required to enter the grounds - even simply to view the monthly gallery exhibit. Arboretum non-members pay daily admission of $7.50 for adults and $3 for ages 5-12. Visitors are invited to meet the artist at her reception Feb. 12 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The show will remain in the visitor center gallery until Monday, Feb. 28. Next month's gallery show at BTA will be photography by Edith Krueger Nye; if you'd care to see last month's exhibit by Pam Smyth CLICK HERE, or to view the December exhibit by Tina Faust CLICK HERE