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"Aging Beauties: Photographs of Seasoned Flowers" by Helen Jones, opens at the Old Dominion University Virginia Beach Higher Education Center with a reception from 3-6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 30 on the second floor south solarium. The reception and exhibition, which continues through Nov. 26, are free and open to the public.

Using dead, dying or dried flowers, photographer Helen Jones shows how beauty can be apparent at every stage of life. Printing in black and white, Jones then scans the images and adds soft color tones. The flowers remind us of the stages in our own lives and how the aging process changes structure, surface and tone but does not eliminate beauty. Sunflowers, Queen Anne's lace, hydrangea and daisies are all depicted in various stages and evoke a variety of associations and memories.

Raised in Philadelphia, Jones has worked in commercial photography for over 30 years, her work taking her into industries and institutions of all types. "It's how my photography continually evolves. What I see in those worlds through a lens - and what I include, exclude and enhance by light , 
shapes my sense of place." Jones' work has been exhibited and has won regional and national awards at institutions such as the Peninsula Fine Art Center, Newport News VA, and the Golden Light Award from the International Center for Photography in NYC. To find out more visit http://www.helenjonesphotos.com.

"Aging Beauties: Photographs of Seasoned Flowers" is presented by The Old Dominion University Virginia Beach Higher Education Center and the Old Dominion University Gallery. The Old Dominion University Virginia Beach Higher Education Center is located at 1881 University Drive, Virginia Beach. For more information and open hours go to www.odu.edu/vbhec or call 368-4108.

This article was posted on: September 18, 2006

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