New exhibit features photographs of nature

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The CTFAC is featuring Curtis Stahnke's nature photography at Clark Field Municipal Airport through Jan. 30, 2016.

Check out a variety of nature photography from native wildflowers to black and white landscapes at Clark Field Municipal Airport during the Cross Timbers Fine Arts Council’s latest exhibit featuring the works of Curtis Stahnke.

Stahnke is the principal of an elementary school in Comanche and has been published in Comanche County Living magazine and the Big Bend Conservancy newsletter.

“As a child I was always interested in (photography) because of watching my mother; she did photography,” he said. “When I was a teenager I got my first camera and that’s how I got started.”

Stahnke does some architecture photography, but his emphasis is on native plants and rural landscapes. He has always enjoyed being outdoors and does a lot of hiking, kayaking, canoeing with his wife.

“(Photography) is my way to be creative and it’s just very fulfilling to me,” he said. “I have always enjoyed the outdoors. And when I share these photos I hope it inspires people to adopt that interest.”

Folks can view 28 of Stahnke’s works on display at Clark Field Municipal Airport that include wildflowers native to Texas, landscapes and black and white photography. The CTFAC will host his exhibit at the airport until Jan. 30, 2016.

“(Stahnke) and his wife are outdoorsy, they really kind of live that life,” said Julie Crouch, director of the CTFAC. “He’s got some of the most fabulous nature photography.”