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Corbett artist to exhibit work at Mark Woolley Gallery

Thomas Kiefer, a Corbett artist and photographer who moved to the Northwest after Hurricane Katrina devastated his New Orleans home, will exhibit a series of his black and white photography this month at the Mark Woolley Gallery at the Wonder Ballroom, 128 N.E. Russell St., in Portland.

Kiefer will be on hand for an opening reception on First Thursday, from 6 to 9 p.m. April 5. There will be a second reception from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, April 6.

When the hurricane hit, Kiefer left behind thousands of negatives and slides of New Orleans and nature photography in his studio. Several months after the storm, he traveled back to Louisiana to retrieve them and found that they had been submerged in the floodwaters and then dried out.

At first, he thought much of it was lost, but upon second examination, he found the floodwaters, mixed with toxins and pollutants, had altered the slides in ways that were strange, haunting and beautiful.

After a successful exhibit of his color prints last year, Kiefer will show his black and white prints this month.

The exhibit is viewable online at www.markwoolley.com. Gallery hours run from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. For more information, call the gallery at 503-224-5475.