'Prairie Project' Offers New Perspectives

He's from Florida; she's from Texas. And although Alan and Rachel Orrison have lived in Nebraska for several years, the surrounding scenery is still new. While traveling through areas such as the Badlands and Mt. Rushmore, a focus on prairie scenes emerged in their photography.

"It's been a different and somewhat foreign project for both of us," Alan said. "Because of that and some different things we tried technically, it gives a different perspective."

The collection, titled "A Prairie Project," consists of 25 photographs and spans several years and trips the couple has taken through parts of the Great Plains, specifically Nebraska and South Dakota. While mostly focused on landscapes, their display in the McClelland Art Gallery will also include several macro and wildlife pieces and a three-foot panorama.

Rachel graduated from Union College in 2007 with a degree in graphic design, and now works for Snitily Carr, an advertizing agency in Lincoln. Alan joined the Union College staff in 2007 and serves as a student finance advisor.

The Orrisons will be holding an opening reception on Tuesday, Nov. 11 at 6 p.m. Their exhibit will on display until Nov. 30. The McClelland Art Gallery is in the Ortner Center on the Union College campus, 3800 S. 48th Street. Enter the campus from Prescott Avenue. The art gallery is free to the public and open daily from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. For more information, contact the Ortner Center at 402.486.2545.

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