Artist-photographer Nina Tisara has enjoyed a long friendship with Huntley Meadows Park. “Sanctuary,” her black and white photographs of a particular stand of vine-covered trees was exhibited at the nature center in July-August 2003. She had been photographing those same trees and vines since December 2001. Using a Mamiya 2-1/4 square format camera, she photographed them in different seasons and at different times of day.
By 2000 Tisara no longer had a darkroom in her home which meant that for her a good part of the magic about photography was lost. As photography became less challenging,Tisara became interested in mosaic art. She took her first class in September 2004 from retired archeologist Gene Sterud. Many of Tisara’s mosaic pieces were inspired by her photographs of Huntley Meadows Park.
Tisara’s mosaics have been juried into exhibitions at The Art League, the Del Ray Artisans and Young at Art. She has had solo exhibitions at Convergence and Mount Vernon Unitarian Church. Many of her pieces have been sold or “adopted” as she prefers to say, with some collectors having as many as four pieces.
“Inspired by Nature” may be seen at the Huntley Meadows Park Nature Center, 3701 Lockheed Boulevard, Alexandria from June 2 through August 31.