Showing July & August
Dianna Allen, Photographic Artist and owner of Dianna Allen Portrait Design Studio and Location Photography will be presenting a special exhibit in the Robert F. Cage Gallery at The Prizery through August 26, 2015.
Allen is honored to share some of her favorite images from The Prizery’s past theatre productions, plus a few of her favorite client portraits: “God has truly blessed me and my talents over the years and when I can, I give back using them. The Prizery’s Summer Theatre productions have become near and dear to my heart. I have been photographing these live productions since May 2010. The challenges of photographing live action in various lighting conditions and capturing the emotions and movements of the casts have become something I look forward to each year. Being able to give the cast members these images each year as mementos of the productions is personally rewarding to me. I am also honored that The Prizery uses the images to generate interest and market the shows. I like to think that these images continue to help make Summer Theatre possible for our community to enjoy.”
November 2015 marks Allen’s 10th year anniversary in business as a professional photographer/photographic artist. In November of 2005, she left a 25 year career in various fields of healthcare management with Halifax Regional Health System to open a fulltime photography studio. It was the childhood of a new era for the photography industry, the digital era. With experience and continued education over the next few years, came the realization that the digital age was creating a whole new art form; one that combined photography skills, creative abilities, and electronic technology and skills. Professional photographers across the country were becoming known as photographic artists.
In describing her work, Allen explains, “Some say photography is their passion, but not I. Anyone with a camera can take a picture. My passion is in taking that image to the next level, paying close attention to detail and creating a timeless work of art. Whether I am capturing a newborn’s first family portrait, a senior portrait, or creating a custom designed wedding album, I do each with the same passion and attention to detail—‘Creating Art from Life’. Like the famous artists of old, my dream is to create works of art that will be cherished for generations to come. Timeless portraiture from 100 years ago is still loved today; the trendy, flavor of the month styles will always come and go, but beautifully lit, posed, and composed portraiture will never die. This is my motivation to continue to learn and excel in this profession.”
In addition to the Summer Theatre Celebration at The Prizery, Allen has participated/served in many civic organizations throughout her career. In 2014, she facilitated and sponsored a Black History event, “They Walk Among Us,” recognizing seven of the Halifax County’s most influential and successful African American Leaders. Documentary Portraits were created for each of the recipients. Other organizations include: Tri-County Community Action Agency Domestic Violence Program Fundraiser Sponsor 2011, YMCA Board of Directors, YMCA Volunteer of the Year, Halifax County Chamber of Commerce.
An award-winning photographer, Allen has competed on the state and national levels of the Professional Photographers Associations in children’s, senior, and bridal portraiture, and scenic landscapes. She is a member of the Virginia Professional Photographers Association, the Southeastern Professional Photographers Association, and Professional Photographers of America.
A native of Halifax County, Allen is married to Lloyd Allen with two children, Sarah and Brad. She is a graduate of Longwood College with a Bachelors in Business Administration, minoring in Marketing. An active member of South Boston Church of God, she gives all the glory and praise to God!
A “Meet the Artist” reception is planned in the Art Gallery Lobby of The Prizery on Saturday, July 18th from 4:00pm to 6:00pm, sponsored by Dr. Cameron & Mrs. Tomoko Gillespie, A&E Catering, Sonnybucks Greenhouse, and The Prizery. For more information about her studio, Allen can be contacted at (434) 572-4618.