art show

Current Display:
     The art exhibit at Oak Ridge Public Library for the month of November is a retrospective of the career of photojournalist, Wayne Nobles.

     Born into a family of newspaper printers, Mr. Nobles first wanted to become an illustrator, but, after aptitude testing by the U. S. Navy, was sent to photography school and was issued his first camera, a 4x5 speed Graflex camera. During his Navy career, he gained a reputation as a skilled photographer and captured Project Mercury space launches and test pilot research with high speed still and film cameras. He became the official photographer for Admiral Paul H. Ramsey and photographed high level dignitaries.

     Most of Mr. Nobles’ career was spent in Washington, D. C. where he covered inaugurations, speeches, Medal of Honor winners, and international events. He was President Harry Truman’s official photographer for the last five years of his life. The highlight of Mr. Nobles’ career was on August 28, 1963 when he photographed Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech at the Lincoln Memorial during the March on Washington.

     This exhibit is divided into three sections, each mounted on a framework with motion activated light boxes. One section portrays Mr. Nobles’ photojournalism career with images of Martin Luther King, John F. Kennedy and Harry Truman. A second section includes photographs of fun vacations and relaxing events with images of interest to children. The third section is a retrospective of his career in commercial photography and volunteer work with Project Healing Waters, a local organization dedicated to the physical and emotional rehabilitation of disabled active military service personnel and disabled veterans through therapeutic fly fishing. Mr. Nobles, an Oak Ridge resident, believes in giving to the community and is most proud of his service to veterans.

Please come and enjoy this exciting art show at Oak Ridge Public Library.
Would you like to share your collection or advertise your talent?
Not only will your collection be viewed and appreciated by library patrons, but information about the collection will also be shared on the library’s website and the Oak Ridger newspaper.

Please call the library at 425-3455 to reserve a month for your display.