Melinda Moore arrived at a monthly roundtable of photo artists in West Palm Beach and pulled from a shoulder bag four or five new travel-photo scenic prints she had quickly matted that afternoon.
They were rich, gallery-quality black-and-whites of London street life, but no biggie: Moore — who comes across as everyone’s favorite aunt who has been around the world more times than anyone else you know — had worked up the prints overnight as a show-and-tell for the Palm Beach Photographic Center’s InFocus study group in June.
Most of the Florida native’s body of photographic digital art concerns itself with the natural world, and predominantly birds. While there are plenty of people photographing wildlife and turning those images into gallery-grade digital art or photo “paintings,” not many people are producing gallery-grade painting.
The Palm Beach Gardens City Hall is showcasing some 50 of Moore’s pieces this summer as part of its GardensArt program. Creative Focus: Photography and Digital Art by Melinda Moore opened June 27 and runs through Aug. 25 in the City Hall lobby. The exhibit features Florida birds and landscapes, jungle cats and elephants, both in straight photographic renderings and through Moore’s texture montage and digital painting composites.
Last month, Moore took Best of Show (first place) at the 15th Annual InFocus juried exhibition of the Palm Beach Photographic Centre in West Palm Beach, which included a $950 cash prize. Moore’s Friends Forever, an image of two elephants embracing each other’s trunks, beat out entries from around the country and beyond. The juror was Atlanta-based commercial photographer Kevin Ames.