Library will exhibit

B&W photo collection

“The Golden Variations — The Theme is Light: A Photographic Presentation by Ben Golden” will be on display through April 30 in the gallery at the Kirk-Bear Canyon Library, 8959 E. Tanque Verde Road.

The public can meet the artist at a reception from 2 to 4 p.m. April 12.

Black-and-white is Golden’s expressive choice; he says he finds it more interpretive than color.

Golden’s fascination with photography began at age 10 when he noticed a Kodak Brownie Hawkeye camera with a flash. Calling it “love at first sight,” he could not wait to capture his impressions of family, landscapes and anything else that appealed to him on film.

In high school, using a Graflex Press camera (circa 1930) he shot sports photography for local newspapers, developing the films in his family’s basement next to the coal bin.

Self-taught until the 1980s, he attended seminars at the Ansel Adams Workshop in California and became interested in aesthetic subjects and documentary photography.

Having grown up in Chicago during World War II, he had a strong desire to express his feelings about the Holocaust. In 1999 he traveled to Poland to photograph Auschwitz and Birkenau, and to Berlin in 2005 to photograph memorials and museums dedicated to the Holocaust.

You can view the exhibit during library hours: 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and 1-5 p.m. Sunday.

For more information call the library at 594-5275.

Watercolorist will demonstrate techniques

Desert Artisans’ Gallery continues its “Meet the Artist” series with Tucson juried member artist Susan Meyer.

Meyer discovered her love of art as a child growing up in Texas. She always felt that she saw the world differently and more beautifully. She has spent the last two decades pursuing her passion for painting and teaching others.

She will demonstrate her watercolor technique by creating a desert bird, many species of which have found their way into her work over the years. From the Cooper’s hawk to the cuddly finch, the birds are painted to stunning detail with hints of their origins worked into the background.

Her demonstration will run 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. today through Saturday.

Her watercolor, “My Baby Owl,” was inspired by a little bird that decided to make his summer home in Meyer’s olive tree in Tucson. He stayed all summer and Meyer had a fun summer watching him grow up.

She plans to work on a painting of him as a more mature owl during her demo.

The demonstrations are free and open to the public. The gallery is at 6536 E. Tanque Verde Road.

For more information visit or call 722-4412.

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