Art opening Thursday, March 2 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM. Special presentation by arist Rhys Martin at 7:00. Free admission. Presented in partnership with Kendall Whittier Main Street.
About the art show:
Local photographer Rhys Martin took a day trip in 2013 and fell in love with Route 66. Over the last few years he’s traveled the road end-to-end to see first-hand what draws people to the historic highway. His hour-long presentation features his experiences at diners, gas stations, roadside attractions, and historic points of interest from Chicago to Los Angeles
Rhys Martin was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma in 1981. In 2009, he sold everything he owned and left the country, living out of a backpack for ten months. He discovered a passion for photography while traveling throughout Southeast Asia and Europe. After returning home, he looked at his home town and Oklahoma heritage with fresh eyes. When he began to explore his home state, Rhys turned his attention to historic Route 66. As he became familiar with the iconic highway, he began to appreciate Oklahoma’s place along the Mother Road. He has also driven many miles on rural Oklahoma highways to explore the fading Main Streets of our small towns.
Rhys has a desire to find and share the unique qualities of the Sooner State with the rest of the world. Rhys’ photography has been featured in several publications including This Land, Route 66 Magazine, Nimrod Journal, Inbound Asia Magazine, The Oklahoman, and the Tulsa World. Rhys loves to connect with people and share his experiences, including enjoyable day trips from Tulsa, locations along Route 66, and good diners along the way.
For the Circle, Rhys has curated images from his collection that highlight the color green. Route 66 is enjoying fresh attention from those seeking to understand the cultural impact the famous highway has had on America. Whether it’s neon light, a splash of paint, or encroaching nature these photos showcase Route 66 in the 21st century.