FARMINGTON — SugarWood Gallery Artist of the Month Ramona du Houx of Solon will be feted at an open house reception from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, July 1, during First Friday Art Walk.
Du Houx creates fine art photography that looks like watercolor paintings. Many have said the images have a healing nature.
She is currently represented by Gallery Storks of Tokyo, Japan, and is a member of the Maine Artist Collaborative and the Harlow Gallery. Gallery Storks has produced an art book of her art called “Transformations — Revealing Nature’s Complex Balance.” Many of the photos on display are in the book.
Du Houx’s love for photography continues to be a lifetime affair. At age 12, she couldn’t be seen without a camera. By 18, she was teaching photography and industrial design at Colegio San Antonio Abad in Puerto Rico.
During college she worked with three New York City photographers. In 1979 she landed jobs to take political photographs of Sen. Ted Kennedy and President Jimmy Carter. The same year she discovered her “lightgraph” technique and held her first exhibit in Huntington, N.Y. She then took her lightgraph images to the Museum of Modern Art, where they were put on file.
The Zen nature of her work became obvious to her so she continued her studies in art and philosophy in Kyoto, Japan, while teaching. Her travels in the East led to numerous exhibits in Japan and a lifelong connection with the area.
In England and Ireland, she explored the mythology of the region, while raising three children, ghost writing a novel, and forever taking photographs. After returning stateside to Maine, she started a publishing company with her husband and was hired as a consultant by a local artist. During this time she also explored more about the mysteries of motion in her lightgraph technique and wrote for newspapers. By 1998 she was given access to a color darkroom at the Lewiston Creative Photographic Art Center to print a backlog of work in exchange for advising the Center’s photography students.
In 2005 Ramona started a news magazine, “Maine Insights,” which continues to this day. By 2012 she decided to show more of her fine art and has exhibited around the world.
SugarWood Gallery is located at 248 Broadway. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.