March’s art exhibit at the Kirk-Bear Canyon Library, “Susan Lynn Rivera: A Retrospective,” explores one overriding theme: How can human qualities be retained in the highly technical world?

The exhibit, which runs from Saturday through March 31, features hand-produced images based on antiquated photographic processes.

You can meet the artist at an opening reception from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the library, 8959 E. Tanque Verde Road.

Several gelatin prints remain in their original form while others have been enhanced with hand coloring in ink, watercolor or acrylic. Many of the silver gelatin prints on photo linen have also been hand-embroidered.

Two alternative photographic processes used in this retrospective are Cyanotype and Van Dyke Brown. The latter is a sepia-toned chemical emulsion applied to watercolor paper; the other is blue-toned. Both are painted on by brush in the dark.

Rivera was born in Vancouver, British Columbia, and made her home in Tucson after a year in Israel. She started taking pictures in 1975 during a photography class at Pima Community College with Louis Bernal.

She attended the Center for Photographic Studies in Louisville, Ky., the University of Arizona and several workshops in alternative photographic processes at Anderson Ranch in Aspen, Colo.

Her work has been exhibited at the Tucson Museum of Art, the Arizona Historical Society, Pima College Bernal Gallery, the UA and Sinclair College in Dayton, Ohio.

The exhibit is open during library hours: 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Fridays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays and 1-5 p.m. Sundays. For information call 594-5275.

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