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September 19, 2018

Sonya’s Eye on the World art exhibit

Eagle’s Nest in Pulaski County

A new art exhibit by nature photographer Sonya Beattie of Somerset is on display and will be on exhibit through Oct. 1.

The exhibit, a look at “Sonya’s Eye on the World,” includes a collection of her spectacular photographs taken during her travels and adventures.

“It’s been a dream of mine, for over 30 years, to showcase my photography, so this actually is a dream come true!” said Beattie.

Sonya fell in love with photography in high school. Her first camera was an instamatic Kodak with the rotating flash bulb, which she described as “one of the best gifts I ever received.”

“In high school, I upgraded to the school’s 35mm Pentax black and white film camera and began journalism classes,” Beattie said. “I signed up to be the yearbook and newspaper photographer for Owensboro High School. In doing so, I was able to attend week-long photography camps in the summer at Western Kentucky University and Ball State University. That began my knowledge base for black and white film photography.”

Over the years, Beattie has continued to hone her skills and move into the world of digital photography.

“The wonderful expression of photography keeps me close to nature and my God, the creator of it all!” said Beattie. “What an honor it is to show a glimpse of His amazing world to others through my camera lens.”

Sonya and her husband, David, live in Somerset. She works part time as a contract physical therapist and teaches college and career Sunday school classes.

They have two children, Erin (and Taylor) Ruby of Louisville and Lucas (and Julie) Beattie of Cincinnati, and a rescue dog, Izzy.

The exhibit, presented by The Center for Rural Development, may be viewed during normal business hours from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday and during extended evening and weekend hours when the building  is open for special events and activities.

Photographs featured in the exhibit are available for sale and may be purchased through and viewed on her Facebook page.

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