The Arkansas Delta has served as inspiration for many artists, musicians, and photographers. Its landscape and history provide a wealth of scenes and stories that can be told using a variety of media. The Delta Cultural Center’s newest exhibit, “Delta in Blue”, continues to tell the story through photographs, using a unique process that produces a cyan-blue print. The exhibit opens on August 14 and will remain on display through December 2014.

The photographs in “Delta in Blue” are the works of Beverly Buys, retired professor of photography at Henderson State University in Arkadelphia. According to Buys, “Hardship grows hope, strength, and ingenuity, and that is what the photographs in this show represent.” Many of the photographs were taken within a 100-mile radius of Helena.

The prints are all cyanotypes, one of the earliest photographic processes, which are made when sensitized paper is exposed to ultraviolet light. Buys uses a camera and an enlarger in the process, but nothing is digitized. Each print is one of a kind. The photographs are grid-like in that the negatives are created on separate pieces of film and then pieced back together.

Buys will also be on hand on October 10 during the King Biscuit Blues Festival to talk with visitors about her work. She will return to Helena on Thursday, November 20, for a presentation on the process she uses to produce the cyanotypes. This presentation will be at 5:30 p.m. at the Visitors Center.

All events are free and open to the public.

Delta Cultural Center shares the vision of all seven agencies of the Department of Arkansas Heritage – to preserve and promote Arkansas heritage as a source of pride and satisfaction. Other agencies within the department are the Historic Arkansas Museum, the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center, the Old State House Museum, the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program, the Arkansas Arts Council, and the Natural Heritage Commission.


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