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Adele's first poetry book, Dreaming of Days in Astophel (under her byline Lyn C. A. Gardner), is available in the Alban Lake Store.

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Please note that (c) copyright to all pictures on this page (except for the two book covers to right and left of this statement) is owned by Adele Gardner; these photos were created by Adele Gardner and/or are from her collection. Menu portraits created by Daniel Michael Hegarty Sr. (left) and Adele Gardner (right). All rights reserved.

Adele's mystery writing group, Mystery by the Sea, the Southeastern Virginia Chapter of Sisters in Crime, helped produce the VIFM anthology series. Find the books, events, and more at Virginia Is for Mysteries.

A portfolio is available upon request.

I'm an avid black-and-white photographer. My grandfather, Daniel Michael Hegarty Sr., was a talented amateur black-and-white photographer whose artistry, enthusiasm, and professional dedication made a big impression on me. Thanks to a wonderful gift from my grandmother, I now have some of my grandfather's darkroom equipment.

I am now using my middle name, Adele Gardner (in tribute to my namesake, Del Gardner). Past works have appeared under variations of my legal name (Carolyn Adele Gardner, C. A. Gardner, Carolyn A. Gardner), my previous nickname (Lyn C. A. Gardner, Lyn Gardner), or my SCA name (Deirdre Ní Fionnula).

All black-and-white photography on this page was created using film and darkroom processes by Adele Gardner except the portrait of Adele as a girl at top left of menu by Daniel Michael Hegarty Sr.

Be sure to check out the Gardner Castle websites of Adele Gardner and Delbert R. Gardner for plenty of additional examples of Adele's photography!

 

Above: Adele Gardner won Honorable Mention for Tea wih My Tree at the Annual Student Juried Art Exhibition & Film Festival, 2016.

Samples of Adele's Art & Photography Publications

 

Photography Honors

Education

  • AAS (candidate) in Photography, Thomas Nelson Community College, Hampton, Va., GPA: 4.0 (expected graduation: May 2022)

  • Several art classes at the Charles H. Taylor Arts Center, Hampton, VA, 2014-2016.

  • Bachelor of Arts from Christopher Newport University, Newport News, VA, May 1993, GPA: 4.0. Included art classes.

  • Five years of art classes at Denbigh High School (Newport News, VA, 1985-1988) and Radcliff Junior High School (Radcliff, KY, 1983-85).

Tea wih My Tree (below) won Honorable Mention at the Annual Student Juried Art Exhibition & Film Festival, Visual Arts Gallery, Templin Hall, Thomas Nelson Community College, Hampton, VA (Juror: Diana L. Blanchard Gross), Mar. 28-Apr. 21, 2016.

Tea with My Tree (c) by Adele Gardner

 

Both photos shot on 4x5 film with a Calumet view camera & printed in the darkroom.

Roman Centurion (below) was selected for the Virginia Artists 2015 Juried Exhibition, The Charles H. Taylor Arts Center, Hampton, VA (Juror, Teresa Annas), Aug. 22-Oct. 11, 2015.

Roman Centurion (c) by Adele Gardner

Appearances in Exhibitions

  • Handle with Care: A Juried Exhibition of Works Expressing the Balance between Humans and Nature, Suffolk Art Gallery, Suffolk, VA, April 23-June 3, 2016. Displayed: Spivy Reflections and Dove and Delbo

  • Genesis 2016 College Student Juried Exhibition, Peninsula Fine Arts Center (PFAC), Newport News, VA (Juror: Wade Mickley, NASA Langley Research Center, Hampton, VA), April 9-May 1, 2016. Displayed: We Tick Together and How Do I Love Thee?

  • Annual Student Juried Art Exhibition & Film Festival, Visual Arts Gallery, Templin Hall, Thomas Nelson Community College, Hampton, VA (Juror: Diana L. Blanchard Gross, Curator, Peninsula Fine Arts Center, Newport News, VA, and Virginia Sports Hall of Fame and Museum, Portsmouth, VA), March 28-April 21, 2016. Displayed: Tea with My Tree and The Women's Land Army, Circa WWII, Britain. Won: Honorable mention for Tea with My Tree.

  • Hampton Arts League Open Members Exhibition 2016, The Charles H. Taylor Arts Center, Hampton, VA (Juror: Christi Harris), January 30-March 13, 2016. Displayed: Meet the Sun Halfway

  • Virginia Artists 2015 Juried Exhibition, The Charles H. Taylor Arts Center, Hampton, VA (Juror, Teresa Annas, Norfolk, VA), August 22-October 11, 2015. Displayed: Roman Centurion

  • Open (C)all, Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), Virginia Beach, VA, May 21 to August 16, 2015. Displayed: Adele Caticus, after Dali Atomicus by Philippe Halsman

  • Genesis 2015 College Student Juried Exhibition, Peninsula Fine Arts Center (PFAC), Newport News, VA (Juror: James Warwick Jones, Artist, Gallery Manager, The Charles H. Taylor Arts Center, Hampton, VA), April 4-26, 2015. Displayed: Portrait of My Father I and Portrait of My Father II

  • Annual Student Juried Art Exhibition & Film Festival, Visual Arts Gallery, Templin Hall, Thomas Nelson Community College, Hampton, VA, March 23-April 23, 2015. Displayed: Portrait of My Father I and Portrait of My Father II

  • Hampton Arts League Open Members Exhibition 2015, The Charles H. Taylor Arts Center, Hampton, VA (Juror: Clayton Singleton), January 31-March 15, 2015. Displayed: Portrait of My Father I

  • The York County Public Library 2014 Juried Photography Competition, Tabb Library, Yorktown, VA (Juror: James Warwick Jones, Artist, Gallery Manager, The Charles H. Taylor Arts Center, Hampton, VA), June 20-July 11, 2014. Displayed: The Dream Mountain

Below left: "Dove and Delbo" (c) by Adele Gardner (featuring Delbert R. Gardner and Adele's dove Fionnovar). Below right: "Adele Caticus" (c) by Adele Gardner (featuring Adele Gardner, Max [shoulder], and Cleo). Adele created these images on film & in the darkroom. See Appearances in Exhibitions (above) to learn where these photos have shown.

Dove and Delbo, Artist Statement by Adele Gardner

I captured this image while my father, Delbert R. Gardner, affectionately known as Delbo, sang to my dove Fionnovar. The dove, a symbol of peace and accord, here also represents the amazing beauty, complexity, and fragility of the natural world, which must be carefully handled to survive and thrive. But so, too, does my dad, an elder statesman full of wisdom, joy, good humor, and zest in life, whose late-life family knew to treasure and enjoy every moment with a gentle husband and father whose personal philosophy was to "start out each day with a song." Delbo tended us children and other living creatures with care, planting that song in our hearts as he cheered us each morning by singing to us and our pets when it was time to rise and shine. Both Dove and Delbo are cherished examples of the wonders of our natural world, both fragile and precious, deserving of protection and respect. Their harmony here as they share their songs can inspire us with the protective love and devotion that will allow us to enjoy Earth's beauty for many years to come!

Art & Photography Publications

  • “Childhood Reflections" (pencil drawing), Bellowing Ark, Vol. 5, No. 3, May/June 1989. “Childhood Reflections," Bellowing Ark, Vol. 5, No. 3, May/June 1989.

  • "The Cloak of Paradox" (silkscreen print), Visions, Vol. 2, Iss. 1, Winter 1988; reprinted (cover), Nod-y-Rit, Cover, Feb./Mar. 1992.

  • "Colleen" (pencil drawing), Art:Mag, No. 9, 1988.

  • "Copenhagen 2000," article with five black-and-white 35mm photographs of maritime sites and institutions (including cover), ICMM News, Journal of the International Congress of Maritime Museums, Vol. 22, Iss. 2, 2000.

  • "Deirdre and Owen" (pen and ink drawing), Visions, Vol. 1, Iss. 1, Winter 1987.

  • "Donkey/Candle/Bow" (line drawing, cover), Bellowing Ark, Cover, Vol. 6, No. 6, Nov./Dec. 1990; selected as representative cover for Bellowing Ark in 1992 Poet's Market, 1991.

  • "Dragon" (pencil drawing), Once upon a World, No. 5, 1993.

  • "Dragon Tree" (line drawing, cover), Bellowing Ark, Cover, Vol. 6, No. 4, July/Aug. 1990.

  • “Duel" (pen and ink drawing), Eldritch Science, Spring of the Leaf, 1991.

  • "Early Morning" (pencil drawing), Art:Mag, No. 9, 1988.

  • "Goblin Patrol" (color photograph with a blur effect applied by editor), SFPA 2010 Halloween Poetry Reading, edited by Liz Bennefield, Science Fiction Poetry Association, October 2010.

  • "Her Face like Sorrow (Girl)" (pen and ink drawing), Visions, Vol. 1, Iss. 1, Winter 1987.

  • "Keuka Stairs" (linocut, cover), Bellowing Ark, Vol. 5, No. 6, Nov./Dec. 1989.

  • "Knight" (pencil drawing), Nod-y-Rit, Cover, Aug./Sept. 1992.

  • "Low Tide" (pen and ink drawing), Visions, Vol. 2, Iss. 2, Spring 1988.

  • "Lying in Wait" (color photograph with a blur effect applied by editor), SFPA 2010 Halloween Poetry Reading, edited by Liz Bennefield, Science Fiction Poetry Association, October 2010.

  • "Menolly" (pencil drawing, cover), Weyrdly Towering, Cover, Vol. 6, Iss. 1, 1992; (reprinted, Nod-y-Rit, Cover)

  • "The Minstrel" (pen and ink drawing), Eldritch Science, Spring of the Leaf, 1991; reprinted, Nod-y-Rit, Cover, Jan./Feb. 1993.

  • "Misunderstanding" (pencil drawing), Art:Mag, No. 9, 1988.

  • "Old Courthouse Way" (black-and-white medium format film photograph, darkroom print, sepia toned), SFPA 2009 Halloween Poetry Reading, edited by Liz Bennefield, Science Fiction Poetry Association, October 2009.

  • "One Ending" (pencil drawing), Art:Mag, No. 9, 1988.

  • "Painting out of the Past: An Interview with Jay S. Paul," interview with three black-and-white 35mm photographs of Dr. Jay S. Paul (including cover), Virginia Libraries, the quarterly journal of the Virginia Library Association, Vol. 50, No. 3, July/Aug./Sept. 2004.

  • "The Parting" (colored pencil drawing, cover), Nod-y-Rit, Cover, Sept./Oct. 1992; reprinted, Nod-y-Rit, Cover, Mar. 1994.

  • "She" (pen and ink drawing), Visions, Vol. 2, Iss. 2, Spring 1988.

  • "A Shell" (pen drawing), Bellowing Ark, Vol. 5, No. 4, July/Aug. 1989.

  • "Silver Bracelet" (pen drawing), Bellowing Ark, Vol. 6, No. 3, May/June 1990.

  • "Sleep" (pen and ink drawing), Wyoming, the Hub of the Wheel, Iss. 8, 1992.

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