Memories Photography Exhibit By Ron Lytle To Open November 3 At The Mansion House Art Gallery

Memories, a photography exhibit by Ron Lytle, opens November 3 at The Mansion House Art Gallery, home of The Valley Art Association. The exhibition features photographs taken by Lytle over a span of more than 20 years and will be on display through November 26.

Lytle became fascinated with photography in 1978 while attending Allegany Community College. His fascination quickly turned into an obsession. Lytle pursued on-the-job training in Washington, D.C. with ImageMaster to gain more experience and traveled to Savannah, Ga., to seek an apprenticeship under Art Smiley. He opened his own studio, Lytle’s Personal Touch Photography, in Cumberland, Md., in 1982 and later moved the studio to Hagerstown, Md., in 1994. “It’s very satisfying to be able to create images that clients will treasure for a lifetime,” said Lytle. His passion for photography has never waned over nearly 40 years. “To this day I have the same desire and passion as an artist. I continue to be inspired by other photographers and I never go anywhere without a camera,“ Lytle said.

There will be an opening reception for Memories at The Mansion House Art Gallery on Sunday, November 5 from 2-4 p.m. with light refreshments and live music. “Very seldom do I exhibit my work because I’m so critical of it,” said Lytle. “Different things speak to you at different times in your life and hopefully people who see the exhibit will be able to interpret that from my photographs.”

Lytle is the founder and CEO of the Contemporary School of the Arts and Gallery, Inc. He serves as the president of the African American Historical Association. Lytle is a member of many regional organizations including: the Franklin County Convention & Visitors Bureau; the Franklin County Historical Society; the Frederick Arts Council; the Morgan County Arts Council; the Valley Art Association; the Visit Hagerstown-Washington County Convention & Visitors Bureau; the Washington County Historical Society; and he serves on the steering committee of the Friends of John Brown.

The Mansion House Art Gallery is a Georgian-style mansion situated in one of the most beautiful city parks in America. It serves as the home of The Valley Art Association and as a gallery to showcase member artwork from the tri-state area. Adjoining the Mansion House as park neighbors are the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts and the historic Hager House and museum. The Mansion House Art Gallery is open Fridays and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sundays from 1-5 p.m.