The Butterfield Garage featured exhibitor in May will be photographer Juliana Romnes, who will present an artist talk at the gallery at 6 p.m. during the First Friday Art Walk on May 6.
Romnes grew up along the eastern coast of Florida and found it a constant source of inspiration. During the past five years, she developed a routine of taking early morning beach walks, photographing along the way.
“These rejuvenating walks were the perfect opportunity to slow down and pay close attention to my surroundings,” she said. “Beaches are fluid spaces, constantly changing with the seasons, tides, wind and weather. I enjoy capturing fleeting moments and subtle details with my camera before they disappear.”
The results move between abstraction and serenity.
Each photograph is printed by the artist in editions of 10, using archival pigment inks and archival matte paper. She has traditionally exhibited smaller prints at Butterfield; however, for this display, she is showcasing larger prints of scenes captured over the past year.
Romnes developed an interest in photography at a young age. Her father, a high school photography instructor, had a strong influence on this interest. She went on to study photography at the Southeast Center for Photographic Studies at Daytona State College, eventually graduating from the University of Central Florida with a bachelor’s degree in photography.
Romnes has also worked for more than 25 years in arts administration and received a master’s degree in nonprofit management from the University of Central Florida. She held numerous positions at the Southeast Museum of Photography in Daytona Beach during a 20-year period, working her way from work study student to museum director.
Currently, Romnes is the gallery coordinator at Arts on Douglas, a division of the Atlantic Center for the Arts in New Smyrna Beach, where she exhibits her work and was recently honored with a solo exhibition.
Her photography has also been shown in group exhibitions at Snap!Space, Orlando; the St. Augustine Art Association, where she has won numerous awards; and the W.B. Tatter Gallery in St. Augustine, among others.
In 2021, her photographs were published in Cadence, the 2021 anthology from the Florida State Poet’s Association.
Romnes has been exhibiting her photography at Butterfield Garage since 2020.
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