Jeffrey Stoner was 8 years old when he walked outside after an overnight ice storm and found himself mesmerized by an ice-covered tree glistening in the morning sun, wishing he had a camera to capture the image.
Stoner's fascination with trees has continued into adulthood and is the subject of his latest photography exhibit -- "The Meaning in Trees" -- opening Tuesday at the William King Museum in Abingdon, Va.
A reception will be held from 5 to 8 p.m., Nov. 1 in the museum's Panoramic Gallery, where the exhibit will remain on display through Dec. 2.
Many of the photographs in the exhibition are also featured in Stoner's recently released 44-page book by the same name ($12.95), which includes some of his favorite color and black-and-white images of trees captured through the years, from the Appalachian mountains south to the sea. His "subjects" range from a group of evergreens, shrouded in mist, growing on Roan Mountain to the famed Angel Oak on Johns Island, S.C.
Stoner has had a life-long passion for photography but only began selling his images in 2003 after a gallery in Pennsylvania asked to show his work. He expanded his gallery presence in Pennsylvania and then in 2007, he and his wife made the decision to move to Northeast Tennessee.
The move opened additional opportunities for making images in the mile-high mountains and fertile valleys of Tennessee, North Carolina and Virginia. It also gave Stoner the opportunity for expanded gallery representation. Stoner is now represented by galleries in Arizona, New Jersey, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Tennessee and Virginia.
He is especially known for his "Goats of Roan" series, and his landscape and wildlife images have been featured in international, national and regional publications.
His complete portfolio may be seen at www.JeffreyStonerPhotography.com.
The William King Museum's hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday; 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Thursday; and 1 to 5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday.
Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for seniors and free for students, children and museum members.
Call the museum at (276) 628-5005 for more information.
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