Kathy Harmon-Luber exhibits photographs at the Artspresso gallery • Idyllwild Town Crier

Kathy Harmon-Luber’s photo exhibition “Dream Blossoms: Dreams Blossom” opens on Saturday.
Photo by David Johnson

Overcoming setbacks is often a transformational journey and so is prolific artist Kathy Harmon-Luber. His new series of photographs titled “Dream Blossoms: Dreams Blossom” features a sparkling array of flowers at various stages of development. The artistic alliance of artist of the year Idyllwild and artist Idyllwild Deer, Harmon-Luber was debilitated and bedridden for 18 months following a ruptured disc in his back.

“One evening, on his way home from teaching, my husband Ken bought me a beautiful bouquet of coral-colored roses,” recalls Harmon-Luber. Recognizing that I couldn’t hold the camera for long, I pulled out my dusty tripod, mounted my camera so as not to stress my fragile back, and started “photographing” them. Well, I’ve been taking flower photos since I was 16… but never with the passion, intensity and inspiration of continual discovery that I have found exploring the world of flowers today!

“So the adventure began. Joy returned to my soul. I felt like after more than a year of suffering, I was starting to see a little bit of my old self coming back. And my dreams started to blossom through the exploration of those dreams.

You are invited to view the series and speak with Harmon-Luber at the opening reception from noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday, July 21 at Artspresso, 54380 North Circle Drive. The exhibition takes place in early fall.

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