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BAM by Brandy McDonnell: Hobart photographer Samantha Lamb captures pastoral images that are on view through March 1 at Visions Art Gallery in the Paseo. She also will have an installation featured in the annual “Momentum” exhibit for Oklahoma artists 30 and younger.
by Brandy McDonnell Published: February 17, 2012
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The Oklahoma weather might bring rain or clouds or snow outside, but it is bright and beautiful inside one of Samantha Lamb's photographs, where sunlight streams golden through jars of honey, baskets of ripe peaches and strawberries beckon pie-makers and antique books lay open and waiting on a picnic blanket.

“That's how it started out, being my escape. I'm honored when anybody calls it an escape. That's kind of the point. I feel honored that someone would get a piece and bring it into their home and find it pleasing,” Lamb said Monday while standing among a collection of her peaceful, pastoral photos inside Visions Art Gallery in the Paseo Arts District.

“I always like to say love life because if you look around, it's obvious how it aches to love you. ... Why not bring more unspeakable joy into the world if you have the talent to do it?”

Through March 1, the Hobart photographer and boutique farmer has at the gallery an exhibit called “More Bear Than Rabbit, More Rabbit Than Bear: Captures from a Pathless Meadow of a Mind.”

“For years now I've been referring to my mind as a pathless meadow to better explain it to people,” she said with a laugh.

Lamb, 27, will visit the gallery to talk about her photographic style and technique from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday as part of the monthly “Sunday on Paseo Creek” series.

“You walk in this room, and it feels warm in here because of the scenery. She's just done such a great job of capturing the light and the warmth,” Visions Art Gallery owner Glenn Fillmore said.

Photographer-farmer

“The photography, nearly all of it ... is taken on my farm,” said Lamb, looking like a free-spirited milkmaid in a plaid purple and white dress, a white cardigan and scuffed turquoise boots with her blond hair twisted into a braid atop her head.

“I've been in love with the countryside of Oklahoma my entire life, and especially when I was younger, we were inseparable. I was not the kid that was looking forward to watching TGIF (on TV) on Friday; I was the kid that was looking forward to being picked up by my aunt on Fridays 'cause I got to go out to Hobart and visit my grandparents and put on flower dresses and run around in the mud and ride around with Grandpa in his pickup truck and sit on top of the ice cream maker.”

Lamb's heart has always belonged in Hobart, where she now lives in a more than 100-year-old converted schoolhouse on land that her Dutch-German immigrant grandparents homesteaded. But she grew up in Yukon, where her parents still live and raise Lowline cattle.

“They're a miniature breed. When the babies are born, they're about the size of like medium dogs. Pretty adorable,” she said.

The photographer-farmer has an unabashed enthusiasm for the adorable, the pretty and the fanciful that shows in her art.

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by Brandy McDonnell
Entertainment Reporter
Brandy McDonnell, also known by her initials BAM, writes stories and reviews on movies, music, the arts and other aspects of entertainment. She is NewsOK’s top blogger: Her 4-year-old entertainment news blog, BAM’s Blog, has notched more than 1...
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ON VIEW

“More Bear Than Rabbit, More Rabbit Than Bear: Captures from a Pathless Meadow of a Mind”

• What: Photographs by Hobart artist Samantha Lamb.

• When: Through March 1.

• Where: Visions Art Gallery, 2924 Paseo.

• Special event: Lamb will appear in the gallery from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday.

• Information: 557-1229 or www.visionsinthepaseo.com.

“Momentum: Art Doesn't Stand Still”

• Opening event: 8 p.m. to midnight March 9-10.

• Gallery hours: 6 to 8 p.m. March 12-13.

• Where: Oklahoma Farmers Public Market, 311 S Klein Ave.

• Information: 879-2400 or www.momentumoklahoma.org.

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