works by Will Barnes & Kate Pollard Hoffmann



Pyro Variations 25

Pyro Variations 25



Congaree 26

Congaree 26

Center for the Arts | Dalton Gallery

121 E. Main St. | Rock Hill, SC



Sept. 14 - Oct. 28, 2018
Rescheduled | Reception
Thursday, October 25
5:30 - 7:30 PM

Photography Classes

Center for the Arts | Dalton Gallery

121 E. Main St. | Rock Hill, SC

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Lighting Your Subject
Sat. | Sept. 22, 2018
10 AM - 2 PM
Color in Photography
Sat. | Oct. 27, 2018
10 AM - 2 PM

Day Trip to Landrum, SC

Center for the Arts | Dalton Gallery

121 E. Main St. | Rock Hill, SC

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See Your World in Color

Leaf Peeping & Antiquing

Thurs. | Oct 18, 2018
9 AM - 6 PM
The viewer is drawn into the mysteries of the unknown using the magnetism of nature. While Barnes seeks to capture the essence of the Congaree Swamp, Hoffmann creates maps of change.


The considerable diversity of flora and fauna found in Congaree NP affords much for the eyes to see. So much at times it becomes visual chaos. However the essence of the swamp cannot be seen, not even in the many record size trees found there. If one remains only on the surface the deeper experience of Congaree is missed. Because the essence of the swamp must be felt. When one is in the swamp it seeps into your being almost without your being aware, until you are fully in its aura.


When I first began photographing in the swamp, almost thirty years ago, I wanted to create images that captured the feeling of Congaree. Venturing into the swamp by myself with an 8 by 10 view camera, I quickly became absorbed in its magnetism. And soon began making exposures. The negatives produced were printed such that the prints communicated not only what was see but also felt.


My hope is that the viewer of these photographies will in some small way feel the mystery of Congaree. And be inspired to go to the swamp and have their own Congaree experience.




Will Barnes graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of South Carolina and later received his Master of Fine Arts from the Rochester Institute of Technology and his Master of Media Arts from the University of South Carolina. Barnes has received local and national recognition for his excellence in the fine art of photography. To date, his work has appeared in over 100 exhibitions. |





1: the act or process of cutting off; removal

2: the natural separation of flowers, fruit, or leaves from plants


This body of work ruminates on the process of change, a fundamental and inevitable circumstance of life. As my life has gone through a number of exhilarating and devastating changes, this process has been a major focus of her photography. 


Change has the opportunity to frighten us, uplift us, and devastate us. There is powerful potential in the unknown. Although the unknown is unavoidable, our perception of change shapes our existence. As leaves and all living beings deteriorate, they lose much of what once made them vibrant. They undergo physical changes that bring them to maturity - but also, ultimately, to death.


Examining leaves as living beings approaching death creates new visual possibilities. When backlit, irregularities and blight are accentuated. The maze of veins and intricacies on each leaf can guide us down many different paths. The rot and detailed destruction uncover different narratives, some favorable, some detrimental and hostile. The leaves appear almost as maps of change.


When interpreted as geographical maps, these images can reveal different weather and climate patterns, landforms, political boundaries, communities, roadways, cities, and borders. When viewed as astronomical maps, they reveal the surface of an unexplored alien landscape or encourage us to connect the dots between the stars in their constellations.


When seen as maps of war, the images resemble aerial and satellite photographs that capture the raw consequences of bombardment and enemy occupation. Trenches snake across the countryside, which are pockmarked with shell craters and the ripple effects of violence, littering a once peaceful land.


When viewed as maps of organisms, the images take on medical meanings. As a leaf itself is a physical organ, it references characteristics of human and animal anatomy. When viewed as skin, the images show wrinkles, acne, rashes, hyperpigmentation, burns, and scars. As flesh, they reveal a network where muscle and fatty tissue intertwine. As bones, the white veins represent structure for a larger organism. As organs, the tissue is rendered in blotches - functioning or deteriorating, perhaps under attack from disease or infection. As a circulatory system, the veins are tributaries that transport oxygen and nutrients to other cells, at times being slowed or blocked by vascular disease. 


In these seemingly simple photographs, there are many complex images. The images transform into symbols of the cycle of existence - birth, growth, death, and ultimately, rebirth. Some images are loud and disorderly; others delicate in their site strength. Regardless of one's interpretation, this series speaks to the idea that decomposition is hardly simple, and that sets into motion necessary change. That metamorphosis, whether it mutates into something desirable or formidable is, in fact, inevitable. This series is meant to bring forth the viewer's feelings and personal experiences with change, along with individual interpretations and visions of a familiar yet abstract landscape.



Hoffmann earned her Bachelor of Art from Pennsylvania State University, and her Master of Design in Photography from Edinburgh College of Art. Her work has been published numerous times, including the Huffington Post, Shots Magazine, New York Center for Photographic Art: People Exhibition Catalog, American Photo, and Itch Magazine. She has also received honors for her work from publications and juried exhibitions, and her work has appeared in more than 50 exhibitions. |

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works by the Jake Francek


Jake Francek appreciates people and their complexities. His work embodies the moment that exists between words, the instance when the face and eyes have the potential to be most communicative.


Francek is originally from Wisconsin but he has called South Carolina home since 2002. Jake studied photography at Winthrop University and now runs a film and digital darkroom in

Rock Hill, SC. |


Jake Francek will also be teaching two photography classes in conjunction with this exhibition. Ages 18+. All skill levels are welcome. | more info

Lighting Your Subject

Saturday, September 22 | 10 AM - 2 PM

Registration Deadline: Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Color in Photography

Saturday, October 27, 2018 | 10 AM - 2 PM

Registration Deadline: Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Edmund D. Lewandowski Classroom Gallery


Children's Fall Show
works by Rock Hill School District 3 Elementary Students
The Arts Council of York County is pleased to host the Children’s Fall Show in the Edmund D. Lewandowski Classroom Gallery. Works created by children in grades K - 5 attending York County Elementary Schools comprise this exhibit.
Belleview Elementary
Ebenezer Avenue Elementary
Ebinport Elementary
Finley Road Elementary
Independence Elementary
India Hook Elementary
Lesslie Elementary
Mt. Gallant Elementary
Mount Holly Elementary
Northside Elementary School of the Arts
Oakdale Elementary
Old Pointe Elementary
Richmond Drive Elementary
Rosewood Elementary
Sunset Park Elementary
York Elementary



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