SoArts Shows the Love at Garfield Park this Saturday!

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Originally published in Through The Lens

Article by Melodie Yvonne Ramey

INDIANAPOLIS, IN – February is, of course, the month of love, so the extraordinary artist of the Southport Artistry Committee, SoArts, are doing it up right in the form of an exhibition created with the subject in mind. The theme they are embracing is “The Art of Love”, and they will be decorating the Garfield Park Art Center in style. The artists describe their venture as follows, “Whether it be August Rodin’s “The Kiss” or Robert Indiana’s “Love” sculpture, artists have always had something to say about love. Love is a strong emotion, and is as difficult to define as art itself. Explore the concept of love, the heart, and Valentine’s Day for the month of February. Each artist interprets the concept in their own medium based on their own life experiences and feelings.”

The show will display work from SoArts members Claire Dillehay, Duane King, Katherine Han, and many more talented artists. The HEART Exhibition Opening Reception will be Saturday, February 4 from 5-7 pm, and the experts themselves will be on hand to discuss their creations. The show will run until February 25, and is free and open to the public.

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One of the works that will be on display by Claire Dillehay

SoArts Exhibition

HEART

Opening Reception February 4, 2017

5-7 p.m.

Exhibit Runs February 4 – February 25, 2017

Garfield Park Art Center • 2432 Conservatory Drive • Indianapolis, IN 46203

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Melodie Yvonne

Melodie Yvonne Ramey, owner, editor, & contributor at Photographic Melodie, grew up in the small southern Indiana town of North Vernon. She picked up her first camera at the young age of 5, and was immediately hooked. Every trip, even just to the local park, was turned into a fantasy scene of her own imagination that would later be turned into epic tales in word and photos.

Melodie spent her teen years learning from and mentoring under professionals such as Richard Young, John Sheckler, and The Grand Conundrum. She received an Associates of Applied Science in Visual Technologies majoring in Photography from Ivy Tech in 2002 after studying under acclaimed professors such as Hoosier photographer Darryl Jones, Jonathan Wilson, and many other masters in the field.

Melodie’s main focus has always been music photography. Growing up with photography and listening to amazing musicians inspired her dream to create visual images that made people feel the way they do when they hear the music. She wanted to help people SEE the music by capturing every magical moment of concerts that she could only dream about as she gazed into music magazines like Rolling Stone and Spin.

Melodie has done numerous jobs around the country ranging from working for bands to even being the official photographer on many southern Indiana Poker Runs. Her specialties are in nature, music, and candid event photography, as well as one of a kind photographic creations. Melodie published her first print book Photographic Memories: In the Beginning, a collection of poetry, in 2011, and has since published 2 more print works, Photographic Memories: Meet me in the Middle and Hoosier Heavens, her first photo book. Melodie currently acts as publisher, editor & lead contributor at Photographic Melodie and does freelance work with many other media outlets, venues, and artists.

Melodie says, “I started out with a Tweety bird camera and a dream and I never let go. I will always love photography and the vessel it has given me to share the images of my heart and mind with the world. I have found that every single person on this earth visualizes the world in very different ways. Some people are optimists, some are pessimists. Some people are daydreamers, and others keep their feet firmly planted on the ground. Photography allows me to show some of these different visualizations. It allows the rationalist to see that it’s okay to dream, it can show the monsters hidden in the dark, and it can show even the saddest of people that there is still joy in the world.”

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