Local photographer holds photoshoot for exhibit in new art space April 8

VERO BEACH — On Wednesday, April 8, from 7 to 10 p.m., local artist Taylor Beatty will be hosting a portrait photoshoot titled “A Collection of Strangers” at Project Space 1785, located at 1785 Old Dixie Highway in Vero Beach.

Beatty is encouraging members of the community to attend and have their photoe taken. The resulting 35mm film photos will then be developed, processed, and shown in her solo exhibition by the same nae at Project Space 1785 (PS1785) on Saturday, May 2, at 7 p.m.

Beatty, a 24-year-old artist from Vero Beach, recently returned to her hometown after living in Long Beach, Calif., for two years where she moved to pursue her skateboarding and art career. While there, she was welcomed into a thriving skateboarding community, making numerous skateboarding video appearances and competing in several invitationals around the United States.

Now back in Florida, she has directed her focus to photography. Gravitating toward human subjects, she aims to capture moments in time and document her life experiences through still images.

Her primary medium is 35mm film. She enjoys the thrill of shooting photos without the ability to immediately review them. She said, “When I get a roll of film developed, it’s exciting to see the results and how they may or may not represent my original intention. That process can either be exhilarating or devastating.” Her work can be found online at www.taylorleighbeatty.wordpress.com.

Project Space 1785 is a multidisciplinary art venue located in Vero Beach, whose mission is to facilitate artist-centered experimentation and collaboration to initiate conversation on the topic of contemporary art and culture. Their inaugural group exhibition titled “Immediate Delay” was wel received and featured photography, video, and installation artwork by four Vero Beach based artists who, along with local business owner Neli Santamarina, created the space in January 2015.

For more information about this two-part exhibition please contact co-founder and curator James Ruby Barsalou at (951) 640-6758, or email  projectspace1785@gmail.com.

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