“Honey and Harmonicas” by Samantha Lamb
Today’s featured event:
View artwork by Oklahoma photographer Samantha Lamb in the exhibit “Lion, Light, Lamb: The Perpetual Picnic Part II,” on view in the North Gallery of the state Capitol.
While photographing throughout the state for the Oklahoma Agritourism Program, Lamb has captured the beauty and peace of rural life. Having grown up around farms, Lamb is deeply rooted in the agricultural life. She incorporates the beauty of the farm in her photographs with imagery of bluebonnet fields, meadow grass and Oklahoma sunrises.
“Lion, Light, Lamb: The Perpetual Picnic Part II” will be on display on the first-floor of North Gallery through Dec. 27. Curated by the Oklahoma Arts Council, the North Gallery is open daily from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
“The farm has been a wellspring of inspiration for my photography,” says Lamb in a news release. She finds the most inspiration from the morning light, which is a mainstay in her images.
“The morning is the time when I feel most creative. Morning light illuminating one’s life is something that needs to be captured and kept. That is what I’m trying to do with my photographs.”
For each photograph, Lamb stages the scene and waits patiently for the luminous morning light along the Oklahoma horizon. Lamb’s imagery combines the natural beauty of the landscape with sentimental objects that remind her of home, such as pocket watches, freshly gathered eggs, banjos, patchwork quilts and homegrown peaches.
In addition to her work as photographer for Oklahoma Agritourism, Lamb has worked as chief photographer for OK Travel and creative director/photographer for the Dell D-Life Campaign. She rediscovered her connection to her rural roots by purchasing a small farm in Hobart, in southwestern Oklahoma. In addition to raising chickens, Lamb harvests her own honey, sews her own quilts and makes her own goat cheese on her farm.
Lamb’s photographs are part of permanent installations at the Children’s Crisis Center in Oklahoma City as well as The Purl Bee in New York City. Her work has been featured in solo exhibits at The Circle Gallery at City Arts Center and 611 Creative in Oklahoma City. In addition to photography, Lamb is also a performance artist and bluegrass musician. She graduated with a degree in Photographic Arts and Journalism from the University of Central Oklahoma.
For more information, call 521-2931 or go to www.arts.ok.gov.
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