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Artist’s reception for Abigail Kurtz Migala  on February 6

January 20, 2011 (San Diego’s East County) –A solo showing of East County resident Abigail Kurtz Migala’s fine art photography will be held January 29 through February 25 at the Mission Trails Regional Park Visitor’s Center. The show is titled “Blooms & Vrooms: 30+ Years of Flower and Car Photography.” In addition, an artist’s reception for Migala will be held on Sunday, February 6 from 1 to 4 p.m.



Migala’s fine art photography education and career span more than 35 years. In addition, she has over 20 years experience as a photo retouch and restoration artist. Her work has been exhibited and awarded in numerous juried competitions and venues worldwide. She specializes in both private and commercial art commissions. Her websites are www.AKM-art.com and www.RestoreYourOldPhotos.com.

The photographer’s interest in photographing automobiles began in childhood. “I grew up near Detroit, Michigan, the `Motor City,’ and began noticing and appreciating cars as a kid,” she recalls. “How their designs changed over the years to both mirror and influence society intrigued me, and their nostalgic appeal when “left for dead” I found especially endearing. I have photographed them in all their inCARnations, and continue to explore and enjoy the importance the automobile is in shaping American culture.”

In an unusual juxtaposition of subject matters, she also has a passion for capturing the beauty of flowers on film. “Through a close-up lens, I can isolate and magnify aspects of their delicate qualities that normally elude us,” she observes. “Flowers remind me that Mother Nature is the greatest artist of all.”

With the advent of digital technologies, the line between natural and manufactured becomes easily blurred, she notes, which is why she chose these seemingly disparate subjects—plants and vehicles—for this show.

“With some of my floral images, I started with natural subjects and `manufactured’ the final compositions by altering them using Adobe Photoshop,” she notes. “Conversely, the process is reversed in the images of decomposing vehicles, slowing yet inevitably returning to their natural states. Both progressions offer fertile ground for artistic expression.”

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