Art In The Rotunda

Current Exhibit at City Hall
January 9 - March 16, 2018
Murfreesboro Art Committee presents


by Mai Hamric

All exhibits in the Rotunda are free and open to the public for viewing between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, except for observed holidays. The Rotunda Gallery of City Hall is located at
111 West Vine Street, Murfreesboro, Tennessee.  For questions about the exhibit contact City Hall:

Artist Statement

Photography for me is a way to fill a blank canvas with a story about a place, a time, or an emotion.  I use my camera to create an image that reveals my vision of what is, or what could be.

I attempt to take the familiar elements of our surroundings, the conscious and unconscious elements of our everyday lives, and transform those elements into an image that reflects who I am, and how I see the world.

Rather than "specialize" in a singularly-defined subject, I photograph what catches my attention.  It could be a man-made structure or it could be a slice of nature, I ask myself, "What made me pause and reach for my camera?"

Your style shows imagination, with the knack to create a visual imagery in one's mind. Your pictures evoke flights of fancy, illusion and a sense of movement. The viewer feels as if they were actually there. A rare gift indeed.

I enjoy capturing a moment that will never happen again.  It is about exploring our environment, revisiting familiar places, seen through an artist's pane of texture, pattern, and color.

About the Exhibit

My series "Images on Canvas" is a new photographic journey.  I have challenged myself to capture reality around me and push that reality through a creative process.  It begins by visualizing the subject, real or imagined, and developing that vision with a digital brush, palette, and canvas.

May you never be the same after experiencing once-of-a-kind moments in my work. 

About the Artist

Gale Stoner shoots things; people, places, and events.  He began photographing landscapes and nature in the mid-sixties while stationed in Duluth, MN.  After a successful 21-year career in the Air Force and then as a professional speaker for over two decades, Gale returned to his passion for photography.

Although he spends most of his time shooting the beauty of God's creation, he enjoys capturing a variety of subjects.  “I like to photograph subjects that strike a personal note with me.  There is added enjoyment when my image brings pleasure and delight to others.  I believe there is an advantage in not limiting myself to one genre.”

Gale, a resident of middle Tennessee since 1986, found an appreciation of rural landscapes. “Farmland, forests, waterfalls, mountains provide an opportunity to capture the vision I see in nature.  As a two-time cancer survivor, it has helped me be more sensitive to the beauty in our world."

"For me, photography is discovery.  I may go out for the day with a purpose.  My initial goal may be waterfalls, but then I can end up spending the afternoon photographing barber poles."

Learn more about the artist at his website:

Artist Reception

An artists reception will be held on Friday, December 8, 2017, from 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m., in the Rotunda at City Hall. All are welcome and invited to attend this free event. The Rotunda is a participating location in the Boro Art Crawl, for more information about the art crawl, see  For more information about any of our upcoming events, please follow the Murfreesboro Art Committee on Facebook @RotundaArt.