Smithfield Herald

Photography in spotlight

Two photographers who came to the craft as adults are exhibiting works this month at The Clayton Center, 111 E. Second St., Clayton. They are Frank Dziepak of Clayton and Mary Doherty of Raleigh.

Dziepak said he dabbled in photography in high school and ruined a few carpets with photo chemicals. His “aha” moment came some years later, when his daughter was born and he decided, as many new parents do, to chronicle her life for posterity. He was hooked.

Doherty’s first camera, a Kodak Instamatic, was a gift from her parents. Her “aha” moment came later in life, when she purchased a sophisticated Nikon camera and took a “wet darkroom” class at N.C. State University. After that, she couldn’t put it down.

Both have embraced digital photography.

A meet-the-artists reception for Dziepak and Doherty is scheduled from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Aug. 8 in the lobby of The Clayton Center. Light refreshments, including wine and punch, will be served. Admission is free.

The exhibit will run until Sept 3. It is free and open to the public. The Clayton Center is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Both the reception and exhibition are sponsored by Clayton Visual Arts Inc.