Galveston landmarks, family take center stage at COM student's exhibit
Hues of blue—from the shade of Galveston Bay to color of her niece’s eyes—sparkle in photographer Mary Ann Elliott’s latest exhibition at the Evelyn Meador Public Library in Seabrook on display through Feb. 28.
“People, Places and Things,” highlights those she loves and especially her beloved Galveston, where she attended school. She captured unforgettable landmarks of the island from the breathtaking historic homes to the 1900 Storm Memorial.
After retiring as a secretary, Elliot took her first photography class in the College of the Mainland Senior Adult Program. Focusing a Kodak EasyShare 12 Zoom, a gift from her husband, she snapped the first images.
“I learned basic, foundation information that I used through these years in my picture-taking activities,” she said.
She now captures her travels to Galveston’s beaches and Scotland’s castles, weddings and those irreplaceable moments at sunset with a Canon Rebel 4. Her works have been featured on the cover of “Bayousphere,” the University of Houston-Clear Lake literary magazine, and in a solo exhibit at the Freeman Memorial Library in Clear Lake.
“My style is so eclectic,” she said. “I’ve evolved.”
Beginning with floral shots, she has widened her focus to highlight unusual angles of Galveston’s familiar landmarks such as the Bishop’s Palace and the often-overlooked beauty in everyday life.
Every picture tells a story, she said.
“I was at a friend’s funeral. I was so taken with the hearse, I stepped out of the funeral to take pictures of it,” Elliott remembered.
The resulting image is one of many that entrance visitors to her solo exhibit.
For more information about art and other classes in the COM Senior Adult Program, visit www.com.edu/senioradults.