Snapshots From a Fleeting World: Altered Photographs by Sue Finley

Now through March 13, 2014 -- Malletts Creek Branch: Exhibits

Moments are what we have -- and this world is a transient gift. Sue Finley is a traveler, photographer, artist and recent cancer survivor. In her work, she captures the snapshots, the impressionistic moments of an impermanent world… a bright bird, an orange wall, the glistening rain, the dark days, and the surprise that is just around the corner. She hopes to capture the joy in the small moments, these gifts of grace and magic from our fleeting world.

This exhibit reflects her interest in altering photographic images, often nature, depicting scenes that are quiet and serene. Using a variety of techniques, including scanning, digital altering, and overlaying pastels onto the printed image, she adds accents or shading to the original image.

Sue Finley is a locally- and nationally-known photographer and mixed media artist. She uses a variety of techniques and media in creating her artwork, involving a layering of painting, printmaking, digital imaging, pastels and photography. Sue has worked as an event and portrait photographer, muralist, graphic designer and portrait artist, and was awarded three Michigan Council of the Arts grants to teach mural painting. She has taught art and drawing, using art therapy in her work in schools, on the Ute Reservations in the Southwest, in prisons, and at an orphanage in Sri Lanka where she worked with orphans and child soldiers. Her artwork has been featured on the covers of the "Ann Arbor Observer." Sue is a Founding Partner of the Dancing Dog Gallery in Ann Arbor.