Emissaries from fairyland will visit Pulaski during the month of November, courtesy of a Dublin photographer.
At first glance, the tableaus of tiny winged children at the Fine Arts Center for the New River Valley look like illustrations from fairy tales, but in fact they’re photographic portraits, digitally enhanced to add that extra sparkle.
A professional photographer and designer for many years, Susan Gibas started creating her fairy portraits in June 2012, acting on an idea she had a couple of years before. Contemplating a creative way to make children’s photos, she decided on fairies because “it sounds like fun and it’s something that I can enjoy making.”
Her childhood friendship with a board member of the Fine Arts Center lead to her show , “Fantasy Children Portraits.” It is on display through Nov. 22.
“We thought this would be a wonderful way to showcase our emphasis on artists and on children,” said Judy Ison , the director of the center.
Gibas researched European, Japanese and Chinese fairy tales to get ideas for their portraits, and made most of her own props and costume elements. She did her first fairy portrait of a relative’s child, and now does them on commission.
The subject matter “just matches my personality,” she said.