The “Welcome Home — Boys and Girls” art show kicked off with an artist welcome April 19 at the Artists Guild Unlimited Everett Street Gallery in Morgan City. Former Morgan City resident Stephen Kirkpatrick, wildlife and nature photographer, is the featured artist in the inaugural show that will run through May 31. From left are guild President Zora “Becky” Bergeron, Kirkpatrick and his wife, Marlo.
Kirkpatrick's photos feature of AGU art show
Former Morgan City resident Stephen Kirkpatrick is the featured artist in the inaugural “Welcome Home — Boys and Girls” art show sponsored by Artists Guild Unlimited Everett Street Gallery. The show runs through May 31.
Kirkpatrick, a wildlife and nature photographer, was welcomed at a reception April 19 at the gallery located at 201 Everett St. in Morgan City. The gallery is open Wednesdays through Fridays from 1 to 4 p.m. and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The goal with this series is to feature artists who are from St. Mary Parish and are no longer living here, but have strong roots in area. Two more shows will be held with one to be hung in the fall and the other around Mardi Gras 2019. These shows will be scheduled around other regular exhibits like the Quilters Show in July, the Labor Day Show in September, and the Parish Student Art show in the spring.
Kirkpatrick grew up in Morgan City and graduated from Morgan City High School in 1972.
Being chased by grizzly bears, attacked by alligators and nibbled by piranha, helped hone his photographic skills. In the process of those adventures he captured exciting nature and wildlife photography.
Kirkpatrick’s appreciation of nature began in childhood, when he divided his time between caring for a menagerie of unusual “pets” and operating a snake farm in his parents’ backyard char-ging 50 cents admission, according to his website www.kirkpatrickwildlife.com.
His fascination with nature became a full time career when his father gave him his first camera in 1981.
Since then, Kirkpatrick has published more than 3,000 photographs in books and magazines worldwide, including Delta Sky, Skin Diver, Audubon, Gray’s Sporting Journal, Natural History, Ducks Unlimited, Outdoor Photographer, British Broad Casting Wildlife, national Wildlife, and Sports Afield.
Kirkpatrick has published 11 solo pictorial coffee table books. His last eight books were written by his wife, author Marlo Carter Kirkpatrick.
They currently live in Madison, Mississippi, where they base their photography and writing businesses.
For information about the show call 985-385-9945 or online at artistsguildunlimited.org.