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An eye for photography

Photographs taken by Oly junior Elizabeth Curry will be on display at the Steel City Café in Bremerton through the end of this month. - Courtesy photo
Photographs taken by Oly junior Elizabeth Curry will be on display at the Steel City Café in Bremerton through the end of this month.
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With no prior training or classes, Olympic High School junior Elizabeth Curry is showcasing her artistic ability behind the lens of a camera at Steel City Cafe in Bremerton.

In her very first installation, Curry demonstrates her artistic eye with a series of photographs featuring the contrast between delicate forms of sea life against rustic, weathered metal locks and hinges. Located at 2513 Sixth Avenue in Bremerton, Steel City Café often features the artwork of local artists and students in the community.

“It’s great,” Curry said of her installation. “When we first put it up, I looked at it and realized ‘I did that.’”

In partnership with Denise Gargano of At Work Artwork, Curry was able to put together her series of work, along with a pricing list, for the installation which continues through the end of this month.

Curry said with no prior training, she didn’t know how to put together a show or how to evaluate price listings.

“Photography is one of her many creative talents,” Gargano said of Curry’s work. “The venue owners are excited to have her work in there.”

Curry attributes her photographic inspiration to her love of the outdoors and looking for the obscure viewpoints that most people wouldn’t think to look for. Both of Curry’s parents are esteemed glass artists who have had their work featured throughout Kitsap County.

Gargano said Curry’s pieces are tightly photographed, showing intense detail while creating softness with her use of natural light.

The lineup of Curry’s photos include colorful starfish in their habitat along with creative viewpoints of rusty pipes and weathered locks. Curry said she strives to find the beauty in items such as abandoned buildings and tarnished hinges that most people would look right past.

“She has some very unique and beautiful picture of starfish,” Gargano added. “Her parents are both artists, she’s caught that creative bug.”

Curry said she hopes her photographs will be purchased, however they are geared toward a modern setting such as a café or funky apartment.

“Some of it might not be ideal for a home,” Curry added.

Gargano said she is currently working to get more artists to showcase their work at the café on a month-to-month basis.

“This is one of the most rewarding projects I’ve started,” Gargano added. Curry’s work will be on display at the café through the month of April. For more information regarding the show or for future showings, call Gargano at (360) 471-0583.

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