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Larry Brecker is named featured artist at Paradise Valley Town Hall

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A view of the fine art photography of Larry Brecker, who has been named the featured artist at Paradise Valley Town Hall. (Photos Courtesy of the PV Arts Board/DigitalFreePress)

Work of Larry Brecker to grace Town Hall chambers for next year

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Dr. Larry Brecker, a fine art photographer, has been chosen by the PV Arts Board to be the featured artist at Paradise Valley Town Hall, 6401 E. Lincoln Drive.

A Town of Paradise Valley resident, Mr. Brecker will exhibit 40 pieces of fine art photography featuring Arizona flora and work influenced by ikebana, the art of Japanese floral arranging. The yearlong exhibition opens to the public for self-guided tours on Wednesday, Oct. 25, during regular business hours, Monday through Friday.

An ‘Meet the Artist’ reception, which is free to the public, is scheduled from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 7, Feb. 7 and April 18. Mr. Brecker will answer questions about his work and sign his newly released art book, “Desert Inspired.”

PV Arts Board Chair Laura Paquelet-Carpinelli encourages residents and visitors alike to experience Mr. Brecker’s art.

“The passion and clarity of Larry’s work was evident to each of our board members who toured his studio,” Ms. Paquelet-Carpinelli said.

“The joy and enthusiasm Larry shared while explaining how he completes a piece from concept to finalization was informative and triggered emotional connections. His art moved us, and it was no surprise that the board unanimously voted to invite him to be a PV Arts Board Featured Artist.”

Larry Brecker is named featured artist at Paradise Valley Town Hall

Mr. Brecker, a New York native, is a life-long photographer. His interest grew while traveling extensively in Europe during his medical school training in Geneva, Switzerland. With his medical degree in-hand, Mr. Brecker chose Tucson for his internship and fell in love with Arizona.

“Four years of dermatology specialty training in Oklahoma introduced me to pathology. The importance of subtle differences in detail, color, and texture was crucial for diagnosis of skin diseases,” Mr. Brecker said. “One of the first things I learned was to look at the big picture, then to dial into the microenvironment. Capturing light and shadows to show color, texture, depth, and detail on the slide became an obsession.”

He chose Phoenix to open his practice, where he further honed his skills while photographing skin lesions for educational lectures. He shared his own nature and landscape photography in his office and created a gallery with moveable walls in the waiting room. While he also showcased other artists’ work, none of the work was for sale.

Mr. Brecker’s body of work on display at Town Hall shows his evolution and transition through various photographic techniques over the last 20 years.

“I chose work for this exhibition primarily from my wife Carol’s and my Arizona garden,” he explained. “I love exposing intimate close-ups of desert flora and immortalizing Carol’s ephemeral Ikebana arrangements in my work.”

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