By Mike Giuliano
8:59 AM EST, January 16, 2013
The two photographers sharing the same gallery space at the Bernice Kish Gallery at Slayton House immerse themselves in nature. Dorothy David and Kathy Glyshaw also have a shared interest in alternating just how close they get to their natural subjects.
If Glyshaw often gets pretty close to wildlife, it doesn't hurt that these critters visit her property. Her series "In My Own Backyard" includes "Deer in Morning Mist," in which a solitary deer turns her way as if to check out the visiting human. For "Fox Sparrow in Snow," Glyshaw gets a tightly cropped shot of a bird with a puffed out chest resting on a snow-covered branch; and in "Cardinal" that bird is shown in extreme close-up resting on a branch.
Glyshaw also tends to pull up close in her "Sunflower" series. In "Monarch," that butterfly has flown right up to the flower's relatively enormous surface. This series has longer views, too, as in "Swans on Lake," in which two swans float in a lake in the foreground and you only see sunflowers growing in a distant field in the background.
David shares her tendency to go for close-up shots. Her "Lotus Series: Bloom in the Rain" and similar shots make these colorful flowers the center of attention. The featured insects include a dragonfly and a bee.
Both photographers occasionally go for a more panoramic effect. Glyshaw's lyrically beautiful shot "Wild Pony Running" presents that horse racing across a field. Another field occupies a lot of the composition in David's "The Green Barn," in which the barn's faded green paint seems as visually subdued as the straw-hued surrounding vegetation.
And you can't get a much wider shot than David achieves in "Grand Canyon." You can see for miles and miles.
In a separate exhibit in the second gallery space here, Joan Raciti utilizes a very different medium and yet shares some of the same natural concerns. Combining silk textiles, silk-screened imagery derived from the imprints left by live plants, threading, and dyes and paint, she evokes the natural world in these hand-painted quilts.
Raciti often uses vertical and diagonal strips of brown fabric to represent tree trunks and branches in quilts including "A Walk in the Woods."
Leafy shapes are sparingly incorporated in such quilts. "Transitions" and "Change of Season" make it clear that leaves will turn from green to yellow to brown. If that thought leaves you feeling cold, at least you're looking at a quilt.
Dorothy David, Kathy Glyshaw and Joan Raciti exhibit through Feb. 23 at the Bernice Kish Gallery at Slayton House, 10400 Cross Fox Lane in Wilde Lake Village in Columbia. Call 410-730-3987 or go to http://www.wildelake.org.