A variety of photographs taken and computer-enhanced by Chillicothe-based photographer Michael Mankin, are now on display at Jackson’s Markay Cultural Arts Center in downtown Jackson until Saturday, April 11.

An opening-night reception held Thursday evening, March 12, began with Southern Hills Arts Council Board member Paul Brown noting this display is Mankin’s first as a solo artist. Mankin’s work has been shown across the region at the Pump House Art Gallery in Chillicothe and Columbus Art Festival, as well as the Foothills Art Festival at Canter’s Cave near Jackson

 Mankin’s work also has been viewed by patrons through the Guru Website. He has entered Guru-sponsored contests and won prizes in Australia, Austria, Germany and Portugal. He says everyone starts as a “newbie” and works up to “Guru-status.” He recommends the site to up-and-coming photographers.

Mankin stated he has returned to his hometown after living in several different places. He lived in California for more than 30 years and returned to Chillicothe about six years ago. Mankin works in the paint department at Home Depot and nearly always has his camera with him. Mankin says he has a big interest in color and texture and also uses artificial intelligence to alter some of the pictures in the collection. His collection includes some iconic imagers. One picture he remastered is an old rotary payphone. There are also abstract paintings, and many more unique pieces of art. He stated he also started taking pictures of roses and began remastering them.

Board member Brown followed up by saying this is an amazing collection that he thinks will be popular.

Brown also noted several shows, movies and events coming up at the Markay. He reminds anyone interested in the upcoming Dwight Icenhower Elvis Tribute Show, on Saturday, June 27, to get tickets early as the show is always a sell-out.