Beginning Friday, November 3rd, Eye Candy Gallery will showcase the striking images captured by local travel and wildlife photographer Warren Lewis. Lewis, a well-known Southern Pines chef and entrepreneur, traveled to the Arctic Circle in late July 2017 for an 11-day excursion aboard the expedition ship M/S Origo .
After landing in Oslo, Lewis’s journey continued another 1275 miles to Longyearbyen, a small coal-mining town on Spitsbergen Island, in Norway's Svalbard archipelago in the high Norwegian Arctic. Located a mere 650 miles from the North Pole, it is one of the world’s northernmost inhabited areas and is known for its rugged, remote terrain of glaciers and frozen tundra sheltering polar bears, Svalbard reindeer and Arctic foxes. The Northern Lights are visible during winter, and summer brings the “midnight sun”—sunlight 24 hours a day.
An unforgettable journey to the savage beauty of Svalbard gives a first-hand look at an imposing landscape with an uncertain future. “The most important lesson of my trip was the reality of the fragility of our planet,” said Lewis. “We were sailing at a latitude of 82°N and probably should not have been able to get there. The Arctic sea ice this past summer was the eighth lowest on record.” Many factors influence the extent of Arctic sea ice and the summer of 2017 experienced strong storms that hammered the ice cover and sped up its melt. The same weather patterns decades ago would not have caused as much damage to the sea ice cover because at that time the ice was thicker and it more completely covered the region making it more able to withstand storms.
Lewis’s works will be on display from November 3 through December 2, 2017.
The public is invited to meet the photographer during the opening reception to be held on Friday, November 3 from 6:00-8:30 p.m. Light hors d’oeuvres and refreshments will be served.
Eye Candy Gallery & Framing, established in 2010, is located at 275 NE Broad Street in downtown Southern Pines. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 11:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. For more information, please call the gallery at (910) 246-2266.