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Sallie Rich photo exhibit opens Jan. 13 at the CCA

By Staff | Dec 29, 2010

It’s been five years since island photographer Sallie Rich exhibited at the Captiva Civic Association.

The exhibit was called “Two Perspectives,” and combined Rich’s stunning wildlife photographs with pieces by island artist Stella Farwell.

But on Thursday, Jan. 13, Rich will return to the CCA as a solo exhibitor, and art lovers of all ages are sure to find at least one favorite in Rich’s collection.

“She’s very popular on both islands and her work is truly gorgeous,” said Sharon Brace of the CCA. “Her patience must be absolutely remarkable for her to wait to get all these perfect shots with the perfect light — especially the photo of the two roseate spoonbills.”

A resident of Captiva since 1987, Rich considers herself a lifetime photographer, recalling memories of her father letting her use his Kodak box camera to take pictures of her dog when she was seven years old.

Sallie Rich

An original member of the Civic Association’s art committee, Rich said she is pleased to be invited to share her work again on Captiva.

Rich has had one-person shows at the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge and won ribbons in many shows, including the “Ding” Darling annual photo contest.

The photographer now divides her time now between Captiva and Shell Point Village in Fort Myers where said she wakes in the morning to the call of eagles in a tree beside her porch and to the sound of splashing water as dolphins jump in the Caloosahatchee — almost in her front yard. Her prize-winning dolphin and eagle photographs will be included in her exhibition at the CCA.

“We’re looking forward to having her back. Her work is incredible,” Brace said.

Rich’s exhibit will hang at the CCA until Feb. 3.

For more information, call the Captiva Civic Association at 472-2111.