Mesa arch sunrise photograph by Tom Cerul.Mesa Arch Sunrise by Tom Cerul

Citing the words of Irwin Schrodinger, a physicist, Cerul writes in his artist biography that the photography hobby he started in 1966 developed into a goal.. “to think, what none had thought about that which everyone sees”. This passion to capture a unique vision inspires Cerul to take photographs of landscape or other genre that are not like standard ones. An exhibition at the MOarts Gallery in the Moneta/ Smith Mountain Lake Library will present some of Tom Cerul’s photographs in a two month solo show in May and June.  It took some time to become the photographer he is today. After retirement Cerul signed up for college level photography courses and attended workshops. Now, his success in photography motivates him to teach others to produce distinctive photographs too. A teacher with a Master of Education degree from George Mason University, Cerul retired after 34 years but he has not given up his calling completely. He writes “I can’t seem to get the “teaching” out of my system.” He teaches tips and techniques in photography workshops covering the use of detail, perspective, light and composition to some of the many groups interested in photography in the region. After moving to Smith Mountain Lake in 2002, Tom Cerul discovered enthusiastic photographers at Rockbridge Camera Club, Roanoke Camera Club, Salem Art Center, Exposure Roanoke, New River Valley Exposure, Franklin County Parks & Recreation and Smith Mountain Lake Photo Club, and he has conducted workshops for many of them. His photographs may be viewed Tuesday, May 1 through Saturday, June 30, 2018 in the MOarts Gallery during library hours at the Moneta/ Smith Mountain Lake Library.
The library is located at 13641 Moneta RD, Moneta, Virginia. For directions call the library at: (540) 425-7004.

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