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Arts on Exhibit at Pecan Festival
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The Columbus County Arts Council will feature prints by nature photographer Anne Grimes during the N.C. Pecan Harvest Festival, along with oil paintings by Kathryn C. Ogden that chronicle the experience of Parkinson’s disease in her family’s life.

The dual exhibit is free to the public between 1 and 4 p.m. Friday, Nov. 3, and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 4.

After the festival, the exhibit will remain in place through Thursday, Dec. 14. Regular gallery hours are 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, or by appointment. Sally Mann, the center’s director, can be reached at 640-2787.

Always armed with her camera, Anne Grimes may be found on her belly capturing a microscopic flower among the grass blades, riding along the back roads to capture grazing cows in a field or most often in her own certified back yard Natural Wildlife and Butterfly Habitat. She shares her paradise on earth with her photographer friends one weekend each June, when she opens her gardens and pond for viewing. She raises mute swans and there are usually cygnets, ducklings, and even sliders basking in the sun for the visitors to photograph.

Grimes’ scrapbooks are full of ribbons and awards she has received for her photography. For the last four years (2014-2017) she has had photos published in "Expressions Magazine,” with multiple photos ranking in the top 250. The Carolinas Nature Photographers members have awarded her photos for the last three years and her first place winner for 2016 in Nature Small Stuff was featured in the Bronx Zoo Calendar. She recently won a second place out of 25,000 entries in a national photo contest that will be announced in the coming months.

Since purchasing her first digital camera in 2008, she has embraced learning by attending classes and workshops and enjoys the fellowship of other passionate photographers. The 75-year-old artist has made a video chronicling her photography ventures called "Capturing the Journey, One Shot at a Time,” which she presents to camera clubs as well as other clubs.

Grimes says, "Walk in front of me and I’ll shoot you.” As active as she is with her photography, she still hasn’t retired from the business she and her husband, Bryan, who died in 2006, started. When people ask her what she does, she laughs and says. ‘I’m rolling in the dough”. She owns Harvest Time Foods, Inc., a frozen food company whose signature product is Anne’s Flat Dumplings, and at this stage of her life, she is getting ready to introduce a new gluten free line of frozen dough products called Anne’s Heavenly Bites that she has spent the last three years developing.

Kathryn Caine Ogden is a painter and musician with deep roots in Lake Waccamaw and Whiteville. After 20 years living in Virginia, where she taught school and performed as a studio vocalist, she recently returned to Whiteville with her teenaged son and daughter. Two of her CDs are "Down Home Girl” and "The Gospel According to Kathryn Caine.”

Caine’s talents will be on display throughout the weekend: she was chosen by the festival committee to be the 2017 Pecan Harvest Festival Queen, and she will also perform some of her music on stage on Saturday, Nov. 4.

By Diana Matthews (dianamatthews@nrcolumbus.com)

Article and Images Courtesy of and as Published November 2, 2017 in The News Reporter www.NRColumbus.com


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