(July 25 – Sept. 12) :

Solo Photo Show by



Opening Reception on Friday, July 25, 2014

from 6 to 8 pm

The Black Mountain Center for the Arts is pleased to share the work of award-winning photographer Joye Ardyn Durham in the Upper Gallery July 28 through September 12. An opening reception for the show “Carolina Through My Lens” will take place on Friday July 25 from 6-8 pm. The Upper Gallery is free and open to the public 10-5pm Monday through Friday. The Black Mountain Center for the Arts is located at 225 W. State Street in the Old City Hall.


Durham, who is the owner of The Gingko Tree Gallery and Frame Shop in Black Mountain, has been involved in photography for over 45 years. “Carolina Through My Lens” reflects the diversity of her photographic abilities. “Every now and then I need to stir things up,” she said. “This is how I see the Carolinas. Some traditional images, some long exposure and even some funky ‘how did she do that’ images. Combined they all celebrate what we know and love as Carolina.”

In addition to the work of the Blue Ridge Mountains that she displays in her frame shop, her photographs have been featured in a wide variety of publications including Our StateWNC Magazine and the Wall Street Journal. Durham is a respected member of many prominent photography associations, a distinguished teacher and beloved member of her community. Her experience, education, and the surrounding beauty of Western North Carolina have helped to create a passion for the art of photography. “Photography is my passion bordering on obsession,” she said. “Creating the photographic image is the very thing that feeds my soul, for that I am beyond grateful”.

Beat the heat in the air-conditioned gallery and discover the majesty of our region through the lens of Joye Ardyn Durham’s photographs. For more information on the opening night reception or the Gallery show, please contact the Arts Center at 828-669-0930


Next UP:

Bring Back the Monarchs

Thursday September 18 through October 3

“When one tugs at a single thing in nature…he finds it attached to the rest of the world.” – John Muir

Artist and BMCA Board Member Libba Tracy is spearheading the three week Monarch Awareness Event that starts in the Upper Gallery

The community is invited to an Opening Night artists’ reception on Thursday, September 18 from 6-8 pm that will include a multi-media projection of excerpts from Migration by puppeteer Hobey Ford. At 6:30 guests will be invited to move into the Arts Center’s theater space to take part in a lively presentation by naturalist Ina Warren titled “Make Way for Monarchs and Milkweed.”

download submission form:Monarch Application

download submission details:Monarch Invitation to artists