St. Louis photographer Mark Appling Fisher's photograph of a souvenir business on Route 66 in Meteor City, Ariz.
ALTON — Get your winter kicks at Route 66 and Beyond, an exhibit opening Friday, Jan. 9, at Jacoby Arts Center.
St. Louis photographer Mark Appling Fisher hand-colors silver gelatin photos shot with infrared film. His work has been exhibited from coast to coast.
He says interest in Route 66 remains, especially since “a great deal of the original landscape has been bulldozed, covered over or bypassed by newer highway systems,” Fisher said. He began the project of shooting the scenes in 2000, and with a map from 40-plus years ago, he still finds treasures.
The “Beyond” of the exhibit shows carnival chalk figurines, produced by another unusual process of Fisher’s own devising.
“Carnival Chalkware of this type and age was originally given as prizes at county fairs, arcades and fun houses,” Fisher said.
The “rather garish pieces” are photographed in a small tent. Fisher uses colored lights and gels to enhance the colors.
Fisher began his career as a music teacher, developing a hobby of photography. The avocation became a vocation with the addition of a master’s degree in black and white photography. Although retired as a teacher of music, video production and instructional technology, Fisher still teaches photography at area community colleges.
The exhibit opens Friday with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. and continues through Feb. 21 at JAC, 627 E. Broadway, Alton. Winter gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. For information, see www.jacobyartscenter.org or Fisher’s website, www.MarkApplingFisher.com.