The City of Lake Charles will host "National Geographic's Rarely Seen Photographs" at the Historic City Hall Arts & Cultural Center. The opening reception will take place Thursday, February 23 from 5:30-8:00 pm. The event will be open to the public with no admission and refreshments will be served. "Rarely Seen" will hang through May 6.
The exhibition was inspired by the book, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC RARELY SEEN: Photographs of the Extraordinary. The introduction to the exhibition is written by National Geographic photographer Stephen Alvarez, whose work has taken him from the Peruvian Andes to the deepest caves of Papua New Guinea. This latest iconic compilation of large-format photographs reveals some of the world's most astounding phenomena shot by some of the world's finest photographers. "Rarely Seen" features striking images of places, events, natural phenomena, and man-made heirlooms seldom seen by human eyes. It's all here: 30,000-year-old cave art sealed from the public; animals that are among the last of their species on Earth; volcanic lightning; giant crystals that have grown to more than 50 tons; the engraving inside Abraham Lincoln's pocket watch.
"Rarely Seen is a great example of National Geographic's rich history of sharing places, moments and objects that astonish and inspire," said National Geographic's vice president of Exhibitions, Kathryn Keane. For more information, visit www.nationalgeographic.org.
Also opening this evening is an exhibit by two local artists "Soul Color". D. Paul DeRouen and Jock McGregor have joined forces to bring their works together in the first floor gallery. Guests can meet and greet the artists in the backdrop of their paintings of vibrant colors with Louisiana soul. The exhibit will hang through April 15. While visiting the Center, don't miss "Sordid and Sacred: The Beggars in Rembrandt's Etchings" on exhibition through April 8.
Historic City Hall is open Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Admission is free, but donations are gladly accepted. Charlestown Farmers' Market is open on Bilbo Street behind the center every Saturday 8 a.m.-noon. For more information, please call 491-9147 or visit www.cityoflakecharles.com.