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Gallery show highlights photos by artist, students

Posted on March 31, 2022

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George Edward Freeney Jr. uses new photography and modern technologies in his artwork. He will be featured in an exhibit at Eyes on Main Street Gallery from April 6-30.

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George Edward Freeney Jr. uses new photography and modern technologies in his artwork. He will be featured in an exhibit at Eyes on Main Street Gallery from April 6-30.

George Edward Freeney Jr. uses new photography and modern technologies in his artwork. He will be featured in an exhibit at Eyes on Main Street Gallery from April 6-30.

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George Edward Freeney Jr. uses new photography and modern technologies in his artwork. He will be featured in an exhibit at Eyes on Main Street Gallery from April 6-30.

George Edward Freeney Jr. uses new photography and modern technologies in his artwork. He will be featured in an exhibit at Eyes on Main Street Gallery from April 6-30.

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George Edward Freeney Jr. uses new photography and modern technologies in his artwork. He will be featured in an exhibit at Eyes on Main Street Gallery from April 6-30.

George Edward Freeney Jr. uses new photography and modern technologies in his artwork. He will be featured in an exhibit at Eyes on Main Street Gallery from April 6-30.

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George Edward Freeney Jr. uses new photography and modern technologies in his artwork. He will be featured in an exhibit at Eyes on Main Street Gallery from April 6-30.

George Edward Freeney Jr. uses new photography and modern technologies in his artwork. He will be featured in an exhibit at Eyes on Main Street Gallery from April 6-30.
George Edward Freeney Jr. uses new photography and modern technologies in his artwork. He will be featured in an exhibit at Eyes on Main Street Gallery from April 6-30.

The Eyes on Main Street Gallery will host work by award-winning Eyes on Main Street docent photographer and artist George Edward Freeney Jr. and photos by local elementary school students. See the exhibit April 6-30.

As a pioneering creative technologist in the streaming media industry, Freeney, a Texas native living in Wilson, retired from a high-tech career in 2013 to pursue his childhood dream of becoming a professional photographer. Since then, he has been on a journey of self-discovery, social awareness and new photography approaches that include modern technologies.

“Eyes on Main Street: The ‘Beat Street’ Volume One” showcases more than 20 high-definition travel, street and scape photography images. Freeney, who produced the show using advances in augmented reality technologies, intends to change how artwork is accessed by the public and expand viewer connections with imagery. Merging the traditional techniques of photography and using technologies to share the stories of African American descendants has been Freeney’s independent work of the past six years.

“I make art to make myself aware first and foremost. Art provides many platforms that I can deploy to make the public aware of the challenges that vulnerable members of society face in ways that connect with audiences on an emotional level,” Freeney said.

“Connection in a space where perceptions are formed but can be influenced to change. If I’m extremely crafty, I can invoke actions of change by an audience inspired from empathy,” he said. 

“There’s a palpable excitement in the art world today for creative technologies used in photography such as augmented reality, and I’m extremely excited to demonstrate a few approaches I’ve created to share a unique, immersive exhibition user experience.”

Freeney is a multi-disciplined photographer and educator with a focus on lighting and extreme patience for long exposures. He pushes the boundaries of photography and printing. As a street photographer, he subjects socio-economic awareness. 

Freeney is the program director for the Eyes on Youth photography program hosted by Eyes on Main Street and the Diane Dammeyer Initiative. Along with education director Peter Fitzpatrick of Columbia College Chicago, photography educators Freeney, Nikki Pruit and Jerome De Perlinghi provided an introduction to photography experience to approximately 200 youth at the SPOT Truist Youth Center in Wilson. SPOT stands for Share Positive Outcomes Together.

“Matt Edwards, Tracy Pittman and the staff at the SPOT provide some amazing after-school youth programs. We get to share photography as a possible trade with so many children through our photography workshops,” Freeney said. “I can’t wait for the Wilson community to see the images the children made over 10 weeks during COVID-19.”

Freeney is also a curator of the “Eyes on Youth at the SPOT” photography exhibition that will be on display for the public at the same time in the Eyes on Main Street Gallery. This exhibition’s work is a compilation of images made by elementary school children in Wilson.

Freeney’s image “Ole Town Road — Coors Cowboy Club Cattle Drive” was made in his hometown of Amarillo, Texas, and has been selected for the 2023 Eyes on Main Street eighth edition.

See “Beat Street” at the Eyes on Main Street Gallery at 126-128 Goldsboro St. Opening night is 6 p.m. April 14. Freeney’s artist’s talk is at 5 p.m.

The gallery is open noon to 4 p.m. on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays and noon to 6 p.m. on Fridays.

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