“The Gifts of Time” is the title of a show featuring photographs of “people, rain, livestock and nature” by Sarah Harless in the North Gallery at the Oklahoma state Capitol.
Horses and cattle supply the subjects of many of the best photos by the high school art teacher, married to a cowboy and horse trainer in Sayre, who grew up in Oklahoma City and earned her master's degree at Southwestern Oklahoma State University in Weatherford.
Two saddle horses enjoy their “Break Time” at a water trough in a color picture, and a dark horse looks over the shoulder of a palomino in a brown-and-white toned photo she calls “Companions.”
Suggesting an earlier era of freedom from today's hustle and bustle is her sepia-hued photo of a line of horses “On the Run,” and a color picture of a solitary buffalo in front of fogged-over blue peaks, called “Visions of the Past.”
“No Fences in Your Way” is the evocative title of a second color photo of a herd of buffalo, grazing on pale yellow prairie grass, seemingly protected from the encroachment of contemporary life by ground-hugging fog or clouds, and a ring of blue mountains.
Dealing with the more mundane side of life on horseback are still life-like color pictures of halters and a pair of chaps hanging from horseshoes on a “Turquoise Trailer,” and of a cowboy getting ready to climb onto the empty saddle of a horse because it's “Time to Go.”