OUR MONTHLY GUEST GALLERY
UPCOMING Guest Gallery Show AUGUST 8TH
Sol and Sheila Levine
Photography and Acrylic Paintings
Sol Levine, Photographer
About The Artist
Sol’s award winning photography emphasizes flora, fauna and landscapes capturing the beauty and grace of the outdoors. He participates in wildlife and fine art shows in various locales. He is a member of the North Carolina Wildlife Artists Society, the Carolina Nature Photographer’s Association, Wake Forest Arts, Canon Professional Services and, recently, the American Guild of Judaic Art. He is self-taught with some training through the NY Institute of Photography and some seminars.
Sol’s work has been published in books, magazines and calendars. He has presented several solo and has participated in multi-artist exhibitions at various venues. Included among these: the US Department of Interior Museum, two Department of Interior Regional Headquarters, Daggerwing Nature Center (Boca Raton, FL), the National Wildlife Visitor’s Center, Sertoma Arts Center, Town of Cary (three venues), Durham’s Museum of Life and Science, the Rosenzwieg Gallery, and the Wake Forest Art and Frame Shop, and a prior exhibit right here in Sunflower Studios. Fujifilm has used Sol’s photographs in show booths and two were chosen for an exhibition celebrating the 100th anniversary of the National Wildlife Refuge System. Other work includes the covers of the TriCounty (NC) Telephone Directory, two Hyde County (NC) Tourism Guides, the Hyde County website, and the cover of the United Synagogue for Conservative Judaism calendar. Recently, several images were included In a book celebrating the 100th birthday of the Town of Wake Forest and a NC Wildlife Commission Educational brochure.
Sol presents photography workshops in various locales. Sponsors have included the NC Estuarium, Raleigh Parks and Recreation, Cary Parks and Recreation, Wake Forest Parks, Durham Arts Council, Sylvan Heights Waterfowl Park and the National Wildlife Visitor’s Center (Laurel, MD).
His notecards and photographs are sold in diverse places as bookstores, frame shops, floral centers of food markets, galleries and the National (Department of Interior) Wildlife Visitor’s Center. He has provided office décor for businesses and medical facilities; Sol’s photographs are in collections in the US, Korea, Japan, Canada, Israel and England.
Sol has a PhD in chemistry and in prior lives, was a chemist at IBM for over 29 yrs. where he helped teach courses at Cornell University. Since leaving IBM, he has taught chemistry at Durham Community College, NCCU and has been at NC State for the last several years. He has authored dozens of papers, book chapters and a laboratory manual and holds several patents. He presents chemistry outreach programs sponsored by NCSU to various schools and for the American Chemical Society at the State Fair and NC Museum of Natural Science.
A few words about my photography and philosophy
Many people comment that Nature's Images in the business name has the apostrophe in the wrong place since it indicates that nature owns these images. I quickly point out that nature does indeed own the images she creates for our enjoyment. All I attempt to do is capture that image for myself and others to enjoy.
I, along with most other professional nature photographers, have learned a lot about nature and the flora and fauna that occupy it with us. We have also gained an appreciation for the awesome ever-changing beauty that has been created for us. As our native American friends say take away the sights and leave only footprints; I also take away many photographs for others to enjoy.
Sheila Levine, Acrylic Painter
About the Artist
Sheila Levine began painting when she and her husband took a trip to Alaska with wildlife artist Jim Wilson. Part of this trip was devoted to beginner’s plein air painting classes. She got the bug and has since continued her painting career going from watercolors to acrylics in the past 10 years.
Much of her work is wildlife using her husband’s photographs as “models.” She has had one solo exhibit and has participated in some group exhibits in the past few years.
In prior lives, Sheila has been a dental assistant and travel agent. Presently residing in Wake Forest, Sheila was born in Massachusetts and has been married for 54 years. She has 4 children (including a son-in-law) and 6 grandchildren (including a grandson-in-law).