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Greene to display works this weekend

Sandy Greene poses with some of the works that will be on display starting this weekend at the Selma Art Guild. The exhibit opens Sunday, Jan. 8 from 2 to 4 p.m. -- Desiree Taylor

From the eerie, yet picturesque scenery of Spanish Moss inside a cemetery to the blended color palette of a sunset, Selma artist Sandy Greene tries to embody the beauty of nature through her photography.

As the Selma Art Guild’s January “Artist of the Month,” Greene’s artistic eye has taken her through many career paths since coming to Selma with her husband Ed, an attorney, in 1975.

“I started out mainly with painting,” Greene said. “My career has been more in graphic art and teaching art.”

After receiving her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Alabama, Greene took a job with CBS Channel 8 (now WAKA) as an artist and advertising photographer, where she said she “developed a real interest” in the art form. Greene later took her talents to Beech Aircraft, as a graphic artist, and eventually to Meadowview Christian School and Morgan Academy, as a teacher.

“I started doing photography at weddings, outdoor scenes, family gatherings and class reunions,” Greene said. “It was kind of a part time, fun thing; I like painting and drawing but it takes more time than photography … I enjoy taking pictures.”

One of Greene’s favorite places to photograph? Old Live Oak Cemetery.

“It’s different in the fall and the spring,” Greene said. “It’s a beautiful place to photograph. There’s a lot of moss hanging on trees, which makes it different than others (cemeteries).”

Greene has taken her skills around the world — traveling with World Wide Travel & Tours in Northport.

“Photography and travel are my main things,” Greene said. “We took groups on cruises and tours … from Japan to Egypt to Greece, England, Europe (and) Alaska. My photography really expanded with the travel agency. There was so much to see.”

And when it comes to style, Greene said there’s not just one category to pinpoint.

“It’s hard to say because my work is so varied,” Greene said. “I love photographing my (five) grandchildren; I love photographing historical architecture and outdoors; there’s beauty out there everywhere — you don’t have to have people in them (pictures). I just see all kinds of different things out there.”

Greene hopes others can see what she sees through her lenses — beauty worth a second look.

“That through my eyes they could see the beauty I see,” Greene said. “That they might see some beauty in it they didn’t see before …”

Greene’s works will be showcased Sunday, Jan. 8 from 2 to 4 p.m.

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