Artists can interpret photography and digital art in many ways, which is why there will be something for everyone at Capital Arts' upcoming show.
The Photography and Digital Art Show will open Friday and run through Aug. 7 at Capital Arts, 1203 Missouri Blvd. Currently, the public can view the show 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Thursdays, 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Fridays and 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays. These hours are temporary because Capital Arts Executive Director Lori Jobe said she hopes to recruit more volunteers so the gallery can extend its hours.
This will be the first time Capital Arts will host a Photography and Digital Art Show, according to its website. The gallery will showcase photography, photo art and digital art from local artists.
"What's so cool is watching how many directions people take it," Jobe said. "It's kind of surprising, and I love that because when someone has a preconceived idea of what a photo show is, they're going to walk in and go, 'Wow, I didn't know.'"
Digital art is when someone creates artwork from scratch digitally using art software and graphics editors. Pointing at a painting of sunflowers in a vase, she said one would not immediately realize the artist actually painted that artwork completely on her tablet using digital acrylic brushes.
Turning around, she held up a colorful metal photo depicting a customer at a grocery store. In that situation, the artwork would be considered photo art since the artist took a photo and then altered it either digitally or by using a traditional medium.
Nearby, eerie black and white photos, as well as colorful images of hummingbirds, were scattered across a table, making up the show's third area of art — classic photography.
"I think some people think that (the artwork) has to be a certain way, but it's kind of a gray area," Jobe said. "So, it's cool to see how people are interpreting all of those things, and there really are some stunning stuff."
Jobe encouraged those interested in submitting art to attend the upcoming show, see what other local artists are creating and chat with her. She added there is a place for everyone — from the artist starting out to the individual who has created art for 80 years.
"We will help them find a show because we have so many shows coming up this year, so there will be something for everybody," she said. "And you never know until you try."
Capital Arts will host a reception for the community to see the Photography and Digital Artwork Show and chat with the artists from 4-6 p.m. July 1, Jobe said.