Exhibit continues spotlight on local artists

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David Purtell - Staff Writer

Local photographer Melissa Roberts spoke to people viewing her work at the Barnwell County Museum Sept. 23.
Her work has been on display since August. She is the first artist in the museum's "Artist of the Month" program. Sunday was the last day her work was on display.
A new artist, Rebecca Willis, will have her work shown in October.
Roberts said she enjoys taking photos that show the beauty and history of South Carolina. She started practicing photography in 2004 by taking pictures of her daughter's cheerleading team, but now does it as a "full-time hobby." Roberts has also shot photos for weddings and other events.
Roberts has had several of her photographs published in various formats.
Four of her photos appear in Douglas W. Bostick's new book, "The Majesty of South Carolina," which will be available in the coming weeks, Roberts said.
Roberts' photo of the Holy Apostles Church covered in snow is the December photo in the 2013 calendar "The Palmetto State - South Carolina." The calendar is published by the Charleston Postcard Company.
Her photo of Lake Brown is on display at the Department of Commerce in Columbia, and many of her photos are decorating the walls at Healthwise Family Medicine.
Roberts' work can be seen on her website, http:/melissarobertsphotography.webs.com.
Beginning Oct. 2, another local photographer will display her work at the museum as their October "Artist of the Month."
Rebecca Willis of Williston describes herself as a natural light portrait and landscape photographer.
"I have always had a fascination with photographs, and as a photographer I feel that I get to have first peek at someone else's memories, so I do not take this responsibility lightly. I believe that photographs should represent who we really are, so I encourage my clients to choose a location where they feel comfortable, and where they can laugh, play and show their true colors," Willis said in an email.
"I am a firm believer that the pictures that capture your true essence will hang around on your mantel longer than staged posed shots," she said.
Willis works as a full time project manager for a local commercial general contractor.
"So of course my first photography love is architecture," she said. "There is something magical about clean lines and symmetry in architectural photography."
Willis has only been in business for one year but said the "support and overwhelming accolades that have come with opening Rebecca Willis {photography} are overwhelming and awe inspiring."
Willis said her work is not accomplished alone.
"I also owe a great deal of thanks to my right hand girl, Andrea Hodge, for keeping me straight and sane through one of the busiest years of my life."
"Since opening my business in 2011, I have learned more than I could have imagined," Willis said.
Recently Willis has studied the process of HDR (high dynamic range) photography, and is enjoying the detail that she is able to produce with this process.
HDR photography is the process of combining multiple images of the same thing taken at different exposures. This allows for a more detailed, colorful and graphic photograph, she said.
"I was honored when asked to participate in the Barnwell County Museum's local artist of the month series. I will have on display a wide range of landscape, travel, portrait, and HDR photographs," Willis said.
Her exhibit runs throughout October at the museum. The exhibit can be seen Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays from 3-5:30 p.m.
For more information, call the museum at 259-1916.