John Rankine photographed more than 550 members of the Eureka Springs community who sat for individual portraits while visualizing, praying for, meditating on, or thinking about peace. The individual black-and-white portraits will be collectively shown in a multi-media presentation utilizing photographic prints, video screens, computer slide shows and lcd projectors. Rankine chose a diverse cross-section of the community to participate in the project and hopes the real power of the installation will come from the collective images.
Subjects range from the mayor and police chief, to bank presidents, waiters and shopkeepers, to the teens who hang out in Basin Spring Park. Rankine was co-owner and photo-journalist for the weekly Eureka Springs newspaper the Lovely County Citizen for seven years. His photography shows in the past several years have received wide critical acclaim.
An opening and artist's reception will be held Monday, Nov. 17, from 5 to 10 p.m. The show will re-open to the public Thursday through Sunday, Nov. 20 through 23, from 5 to 9 p.m at The Space, located at the corner of Spring and Pine Sts. across from the Eureka Springs Post Office. For details, call Rankine at 253-8626.