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"In the Field: Rebecca's Africa" Art Exhibit

Release Date: 10/8/2007

CONTACT: Sylvia Blair
Executive Assistant to the President
Carroll Community College 

"In the Field: Rebecca's Africa" Art Exhibit
Held  at Carroll Community College

The Great Hall at Carroll Community College will be filled with images of Africa and its elephants for a special exhibit by a young student- photographer, Rebecca Walter. She is a concurrent student at Carroll Community College, as she does college coursework at Carroll while still a senior at Francis Scott Key high school.

An opening reception will be held in the Great Hall on Sunday, Oct. 21 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and the exhibit continues through Friday, Nov. 30.

"Rebecca Walter's photographs are both Fine Art and journal," said Maggie Ball, art director at the college. "'In the Field: Rebecca's Africa' documents her affection for Africa, its people, its culture, and the plight of the endangered elephants she observes while living in the bush. She is a young woman with experience and aesthetic far beyond her years as revealed by the power of her images."

Walter has worked in Africa with Dr. Iain Douglas-Hamilton, renowned zoologist and founder of Save the Elephants. Sales of Rebecca's work will directly support that Foundation.

"Promoting the Fine and Performing Arts is a major priority at Carroll Community College. I strongly believe that the caliber and variety of fine arts events at Carroll make the college a cultural arts destination for county residents and workers, as well as visitors to the area," said College President Dr. Faye Pappalardo. "Carroll Community College is proud to host an event that brings to light an issue of global concern."

Walter has traveled to Kenya with her family since 1996, spending months on safari. "My photography has given me a way of expressing myself and sharing my experiences, in a way nothing else will ever be able to," Walter said. "I hope that people might be able to see through my photographs how I see Africa and its elephants."

Adopted as a member of the Maasai Tribe, Walter counts among her friends and mentors Dr. Jane Goodall, and Dr. Douglas-Hamilton.

Walter lives in Westminster with her family. She is the daughter of sculptor Bart Walter.


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