Canton Museum of Art Hosts Doug McLarty Photography Exhibit "Lux Botanica"



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Image Link:  Toucan Island, Doug McLarty, 2010, photography-scanography, 18" x 24"

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  April 26, 2013, Canton, Ohio — In the galleries of the Canton Museum of Art, nature shows its cosmic dance through the lens and talent of Doug McLarty’s photography in the new exhibit, “Lux Botanica.”  This unique exhibit opens May 2, 2013, and continues through July 21.  McLarty’s focus on botanicals and our naturescape have formed his “Nature By Design” images — which make use of intricate combinations of subject matter and lighting to reveal nature’s intriguing perspectives.

A retired Air Force colonel, McLarty’s vision has been described as “combining a sculptor’s sense of form, a painter’s sense of composition and a cinematographer’s sense of light,” to capture archetypical portraits of nature. The Museum is showcasing more than 30 of the Xenia, Ohio, resident’s dramatic images.

Over the past 40 years, McLarty has photographed landscape and botanical images throughout Europe, the Caribbean, Florida and the western United States.  McLarty's photos employ eye-catching botanical designs, unusual floral combinations and whimsical creations to help us examine and enjoy the rich diversity of nature and all of its shapes, forms and perspectives.  Much of his extensive portfolio was created using traditional black and white film and darkroom processing techniques.  However, he now makes use of digital images exclusively — through a process called “scanography” — to reveal unique patterns and color combinations for his audience.

McLarty began his “Nature By Design” color photo series in 2006 when he formed his Signature Focus business.  The artist credits British sculptor, environmentalist and photographer Andy Goldsworthy, glass artist Dale Chihuly and architect Frank Gehry for inspiring his current work — work that offers stunning captures of nature’s beauty in unique clarity.

Canton Museum of Art Executive Director M.J. Albacete said, “We are pleased to welcome Doug and his inspiring natural perspectives to the Canton Museum of Art.  In terms of programming, Doug’s work forms a complementary bond with the watercolors, oils and sketches in our adjacent Joseph O’Sickey exhibit, as well as the brilliant creations of the CMA-produced “In Living Color” exhibit, both of which open at the same time.  The images appear as strong and precise — or random — as a brushstroke or color pattern, flowing from the vision of the artist and indeed nature itself.”   

McLarty’s work can be found in public and private collections across the United States.  One such “collection” includes that of MGM Resorts, which included McLarty’s brilliant images as part of the 2012 guest room remodeling of its Las Vegas signature hotel, MGM Grand.  Every hotel room in the main tower of MGM Grand underwent a makeover — 3,570 guest rooms and 642 suites.

Nearly all images in the exhibit are for sale. Visit ( or see a Museum representative for details.

About the Canton Museum of Art
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