"Still in Love" by Carrie Coen

Carrie Coen

The Libey Gallery invites the community to visit “The Hand Project” and “Northwest Landscape Treasures” photography exhibits by local photographer Carrie Coen. The Colfax Arts Council and the Friends of Whitman County Library also announce the return of “Meet the Artist,” with Coen. The community is invited to attend a dessert reception at the Libey Gallery in the Center adjacent to the Colfax Library at 7 p.m. Sept. 29, where Coen will share her inspiration and stories behind her current photography exhibits. Coen shares that the seminal work for "The Hand Project,” titled “Still in Love,” was of a dear friend of her family, who had been diagnosed with cancer. He wanted to have something for his children after he was gone, but didn’t want a conventional portrait because of some disfigurement as a result of the cancer. She suggested taking hand photos, and that session and the resulting photo was so powerful, intimate and moving that she was compelled to continue it. The “Northwest Treasures” exhibit showcases landscape photos of the Palouse and surrounding areas. By seeking the solitude and beauty of this extraordinary place we live, Coen has connected with nature, which has helped to heal her wounded heart. Her wish with this exhibit is to help bring healing and a sense of wonder to others as well. Coen is a native of the Pacific Northwest, having grown up in Grangeville. When she is not working as the chief reliability officer at Pullman Regional Hospital, she can be found behind the shutter, taking photos of the Palouse, the place she now calls home. Libey Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Friday and 1-5 p.m. Saturday.

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