Brownwood is home of one of the oldest continuously running art associations in the state of Texas. The January First Thursday Art Exhibit will feature Photographers Julie Mize, and Pierce Burns . Opening January 4th, 5-8PM at the Brownwood Art Center.
Julie Mize began a serious interest in photography as a college student when she took the photography class at Howard Payne University. After that class she kept up with it for several years mainly through travels and hobby work. While she was in graduate school at the Texas Tech University extension campus in Junction, Texas, Mize got reacquainted with darkroom techniques and has continued working in them ever since. She also teaches the photography course at Howard Payne University.
She looks for interesting compositions within scenes, and likes to isolate the more specific details found within larger scenes. Primarily Mize works with black and white film, but in the last five years she has enjoyed exploring iPhone photography.
This exhibit will be a departure from film, featuring a mix of digital camera and iPhone photographs. All images were taken in Galveston, Texas at San Luis Pass and Galveston Island State Park. In November 2017 Mize participated in a photography excursion workshop with ornithologist Jim Stevenson. She found a wealth of images in the sand, water, shells and other debris found along the shores.
Pierce Burns was born to George and Ona Burns in Brownwood, Texas in 1934 in the middle of the Great Depression. He grew up on the family ranch in northern Brown County. Some of his best times were in elementary school in Blanket, Texas. He got a strong education in science, math and language at Brownwood High School and then went on to the University of Texas for a degree in Chemical Engineering. He married his high school sweetheart, Reba Smith, and had two sons, Pierce Jr and Todd.
He began his career with Lubrizol in Deer Park, Texas and took time out for active duty as a lieutenant in the Army Corps of Engineers. In 1960 he joined Jefferson Chemical in Austin, Texas as a process development engineer. The last twelve years of his career was spent in charge of an intermediate chemical plant at Texaco Chemical in ?Austin. He is the holder of 8 US patents and 12 Foreign patents. Pierce retired in 1994 to devote full time to restoring the family ranch, photography and writing.
Pierce has roots in the small town rural life of Central and West Texas. When he was a child there was a bank, lumber yard, pharmacy, two grocery stores, a blacksmith shop and several gas stations in the small town of Blanket. Now all but a general store are gone. Pierce has been photographing houses and buildings in West Texas that were abandoned after the Great Depression.
Pierce has had a lifelong interest in the people, culture and history of Mexico and has traveled extensively in that country. Much of his photography has been done in the towns of Cuetzalan and Real de Catorce and both sides of the border along Big Bend National Park.
Pierce was one of the founders of Texas Documentary Photographers in Austin. Pierce has exhibited photographs in numerous shows in Austin and San Antonio. For years he was one of the volunteer photographers who took pictures of foster children for Heart Gallery of Central Texas. Many children were adopted as a result of this program.