Montross artist Janet Gallagher will share her love of local scenes as captured through her photography skills when her work is displayed during Westmoreland County Museum’s next Pop ‘n Art show. Nibble complimentary hors ‘d oeuvres while viewing Gallagher’s work, and meet her during the opening reception Wednesday, September 20, from 5 to 7 p.m. Soda-Pop (Coca Cola or NN Ginger Ale) will be on sale to benefit the museum’s roof replacement fund.
Gallagher said her passion for photographing her natural surroundings began in middle school. As the daughter of waterman Douglas Gallagher, she has fond memories of going out with him to cull crabs while he pulled his crab pots.
“We’d go out before daybreak,” she related. “It’s the prettiest time of day as you watch the sunrise. I would take in all the details, the old docks and the wooden boats that are mostly gone now, the ripple of the water, the birds and shorelines, and older people going out in small boats.”
She took photography courses in college, and lived for a time in Florida. She continues to participate in various photography workshops and noted, “I was glad to get back home to our beautiful countryside and coastal scenery and where we have seasons.”
On land she is drawn to settings that include old houses, barns, and flora. “I love our country views; as time goes by many old structures are disappearing, so I enjoy capturing them in my photos. When I take a picture, I want other people to feel like they are there, at the scene. I want them to feel like I did when I took the shot,” she said. “It’s these scenes that make this area special. You know how today life is so fast paced that many people don’t get to enjoy the nature that surrounds them. I try to capture that simplicity and beauty for others to enjoy,”
Sometimes her photography takes a back seat to a busy life with four children (Dylan – 19, Whitney – 17, Ethan – 12 , and Abigail -9), studies toward a Degree in Criminal Justice at Rappahannock Community College, as well as a Degree in Multidisciplinary Studies (Criminal Justice, Psychology, Counseling) through Liberty University, and her hobby shooting a Parker bow. “If I haven’t taken pictures for awhile, I’ll feel like I just NEED to get out and take some. It’s part of me, of who I am,” Gallagher said.”