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Library hosts photography exhibit

Sunday, January 13, 2013

NOREEN HYSLOP photo - Mel Jones, a visitor to Dexter from the UK, stands alongside a small portion of his photo exhibit currently on display in the Community Room at Keller Public Library. The works will remain on display for the public throughout the month of January.
In his line of work as a consultant engineer, Mel Jones from Taunton, England, has traveled around the globe. Jones' work with the former Federal Mogul plant first brought him to Southeast Missouri. Newly retired, he continues to travel, making his way back to Stoddard County periodically to visit acquaintenances.

Jones afforded local residents an opportunity early in 2012 to view some of what he had captured on film during his travels.

Recent trips have taken him to Mexico, India, across Scotland and Wales and through his home country of England.

"The community is so fortunate once again," said Keller Public Library Director Pam Trammell, "to have the chance to see some fabulous photographs. We have many of Mel's pieces on display in the Community Room of the library, and we invite the public to come in and take a tour across the globe through this exhibit.

In all, about 120 photographs are featured through the month of January. They include images from the castles of England, wildlife and landscapes, to the vivid colors of street festivals of music and dance taken in Puebla, Mexico.

"The photos are brilliant in color and reflect the master that Jones is at capturing the character and color of his subject," said Trammel.

Jones' display will be available to the public during regular business hours from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. weekdays and between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Saturdays.

The photos on display are for viewing only, but Jones will have a collection of specialty cards depicting his work for sale at the exhibit.

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