By Kathy L. Collins

The September art exhibit at the Bruton Memorial Library in historic downtown Plant City is a collection of photographs taken and framed by Susan Overbo. There are 21 photographs in the exhibit. Four are black and white, 13 are of animals and eight are nature shots.

Overbo is able to capture the essence of her subject in the photographs. They are bright, crisp and lifelike. In her artist’s statement, Overbo, who grew up in Smithtown, Long Island, N.Y. stated, “Communing with nature began there (several acres of hilly woods behind her home) among the mountain laurel, blueberry and huckleberry bushes.”

The exhibit, which is on display through the end of September, focuses on natural Florida such as beaches, forest, sky, and patterns and creatures of design.

Overbo said, “Color and character play the dominant roles, but this exhibit also stresses patterned black and white elements from both the natural and manmade world.”

Felix Haynes, special assistant to the city manager for library operations, said of the exhibit, “I like the current exhibit very much. I like both black and white and color photography.” Haynes, who is filling in for Anne Haywood who recently retired from a long career as library director, added, “This exhibit contains both endearing pictures of animals, which seem to come alive and almost project a personality, and beautiful still lifes of Florida settings.”

The exhibit is open to the public for viewing during normal operating hours of the library Monday through Thursday 10 a.m.-9 p.m., Friday 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. and Sunday 1-5 p.m. located at 302 W. McLendon St. in Plant City.

For more information on Overbo’s photography, visit www.Susanover For more information on the Bruton Memorial Library, visit /index.aspx? nid=544.

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