Lo­cal pho­tog­ra­pher Si­las By­ers rec­og­nized

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Si­las By­ers III was se­lected as the Bella Vista Arts Coun­cil fea­tured artist for Septem­ber.

By­ers said he’s lived in Bella Vista for 26 years and be­came a pho­tog­ra­pher when he learned he en­joyed tak­ing land­scape and wildlife pho­tos more than he en­joyed paint­ing them.

“I’m a graphic artist … I started shoot­ing wildlife pho­tos for ref­er­ence and I never quit — which means I never started paint­ing again,” he said.

He has a lot of gor­geous ma­te­rial to work with in the sur­round­ing area, he said, and he’s been out pho­tograph­ing in dif­fer­ent parts of the world, in­clud­ing Alaska, the Baja Penin­sula, Costa Rica and Africa.

“Arkansas is hard to beat,” he said.

He has to carry a lot of equip­ment when he’s back­pack­ing, in­clud­ing stan­dard out­door gear plus all his pho­tog­ra­phy equip­ment.

“It’s worth it though,” he said. White­tail deer are a fa­vorite

sub­ject, he said, though they’re also very dif­fi­cult.

By­ers said he’s very glad peo­ple like his work and he’s hon­ored to be rec­og­nized by the coun­cil. This is a great av­enue to help lo­cal artists, he said, and he’s glad to live in a com­mu­nity that sup­ports its artists.

By­ers said he’s al­ways learn­ing and im­prov­ing his craft and this recog­ni­tion is a lit­tle more im­pe­tus to keep go­ing.

“It gives me a lit­tle umph to do more of it,” he said.

Can­vas prints of his work are on dis­play at the Artist Re­treat Cen­ter un­til Oct. 14 and may be viewed dur­ing reg­u­lar Java Dudes busi­ness hours from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Arts coun­cil mem­ber Terry Wil­son said he’s very im­pressed with By­ers’ work. The coun­cil is try­ing to high­light dif­fer­ent kinds of artists, he said, and this was an ex­cel­lent choice among Bella Vista’s pho­tog­ra­phers.

“I’m re­ally pleased they chose him,” Wil­son said. “When you look at his pho­tos, it’s like you’re stand­ing in that ex­act spot.”

Keith Bryant/The Weekly Vista

Bella Vista Arts Coun­cil mem­ber De­mara Titzer (left) stands next to Dave Barfield while mayor Peter Christie hands Si­las By­ers III a cer­tifi­cate rec­og­niz­ing him as the Bella Vista Arts Coun­cil fea­tured artist for Septem­ber Terry Wil­son and Sara Par­nell look on.

Photo by Si­las By­ers III

A land­scape photo Si­las By­ers III took at White Rock Moun­tain is among those on dis­play at the Artist Re­treat Cen­ter.

Photo by Si­las By­ers III

A long ex­po­sure photo Si­las By­ers III took at Tan­yard Creek is among those on dis­play at the Artist Re­treat Cen­ter un­til Oct. 14.

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