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Deborah and Sam Pezzillo Featured Artists

Deborah and Sam Pezzillo Featured Artists:  Deborah and Sam Pezzillo are the Leeds Arts Council’s featured artists in April.  Please join us for the opening reception on April 2, 2017, 1:30-3:30 pm, to view their beautiful photographs.  Admission is free.

Since moving to Leeds in 1995, Deborah has enjoyed taking photographs of the wildlife, both plants and animals, on her farm. “They are in and of themselves magical,” she notes. “Their appearance can transform an otherwise ordinary day into pure joy. I am at once so excited when I hear my husband beckoning me to, ‘Come quickly, Deb, and bring your camera.’“

Her photos have been published in the October 2014 issue of the National Wildlife Federation magazine and were recently shown at the Flight and Flutter Fest at Ruffner Mountain Nature Preserve. Her photo of the Eastern Tiger Swallowtail on Purple Coneflower can be viewed on She has also published a book of her nature photos with favorite quotes titled, Ambassadors of Life. It will be on sale along with framed photos and photos on canvas.

Deborah and Sam Pezzillo Featured Artists

Sam has had a life-long interest in photography and once taught it in a January term at Birmingham-Southern College, from which he retired in 2010. He has not intentionally limited his subject matter, but an additional interest in world-wide travel and his academic specialty in the classical world have allowed him to concentrate on architectural and monumental subjects. But, like Debbie, birds and nature have also had their attraction. Sam says that what he likes about photography is that it makes one look at both the broad view and the details of what is presented to your eyes. That allows for finding surprising items in apparently mundane scenes.

The Pezzillos’ photographs will be on exhibit through May 5, 2017.

The Arts Center is located at 8140 Parkway Drive, in downtown Leeds. The gallery is open during events.  In case of inclement weather, call the center at 205-699-1892 to confirm opening hours.

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