The “The Arts of Russell Autrey: Artist, Photographer, Raconteur” exhibit, which showcases Russell Autrey’s pen-and-ink drawings and storytelling skills as well as his magnificent photography, will be on display September 9 - October 31. An opening-day reception for the exhibit will take place from 2:00 to 4:00 pm.A long-time photojournalist for Hartman Newspapers’ The Herald-Coaster (now the Fort Bend Herald and Texas Coaster), as well as for the Houston Chronicle, Autrey is best known for his photographs that caught snippets of the daily lives of Fort Bend County residents for more than 25 years, from 1983 until his retirement in 2009. Visitors to the exhibit will have a unique opportunity to hear Autrey’s stories while they are viewing his works of art. Photos for which he had a description will have a coordinating QR code with an audio recording of Autrey sharing his memories of the photo and the story behind each one. This innovative element to the exhibit enables visitors to appreciate both the visual and aural talents of the artist. To experience this multi-dimensional feature, visitors will need a smartphone that has WiFi, active internet access, and a QR reader (various free QR reader options are available for download from the Apple App or Google Play stores). George Memorial Library provides free WiFi access to the public throughout the building. For convenience, visitors may also wish to bring earphones for their smartphones.
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