Everything has its beauty, but not everyone sees it. (Confucius)

A life-long St. Louisan, photography has been a part of my world since childhood. I purchased my first 35 mm camera when I was 12 years old, and within a few years I had won enough photo contests to buy an enlarger and set up a darkroom in my parents' basement. I studied photography at Webster University, and started my first photo business as a student, continuing it for another 8 years after graduation.

 

When recurrent depression and anxiety seep into my life, I use photography not only as a means of self-expression, but also to mindfully distract myself, quell the pain, and regain my sense of hope. My camera is a tool for healing, and working in the darkroom, and now processing photos digitally, is a way for me to feel real peace, to focus my psyche on the act of creating meaning and beauty. It is a way for me to share my soul with the world.


Contact Me:

 

I love getting emails! Please feel free to send me a message at annwidner@gmail.com

Group and Juried Exhibits:

2019

  • Cars and Dogs, Online Annex Exhibition, Blackbox Gallery, Portland, Oregon

  • Summertime and the Living is Easy, Women in Focus, Webster Groves Public Library, St. Louis, Missouri

  • Beauty All Around, Women in Focus, Ethical Society of St. Louis, St. Louis, Missouri

  • Summer Afternoon, OOAK Artisans Gallery, Rome, New York

  • Vision: Shadow and Light, Online Annex Exhibition, Blackbox Gallery, Portland, Oregon

  • All Things Past, OOAK Artisans Gallery, Rome, New York

 

2018

  • Photography Potpourri, Women in Focus, Webster Groves Library, St. Louis, Missouri

  • Social Justice: A Woman’s View, Women in Focus, Webster Groves Christian Church, St. Louis, Missouri

  • Transportation: Art at the Station, Women in Focus, Kirkwood Train Station, Kirkwood, Missouri

  • Favorites, Women in Focus, Third Degree Glass Factory, St. Louis, Missouri

 

2017

  • Presence II: A Focus on the Human Element, Framations Art Gallery, St. Charles, Missouri

  • Small Works IV, Webster Arts, Webster Groves Public Library, Webster Groves, Missouri

  • Beyond the Lens XI, Framations Art Gallery, St. Charles, Missouri

  • 7th Annual Cityscapes Art Competition, Light, Space, Time Art Gallery

  • Hearts on Fire – Passion, Women in Focus Group at Third Degree Glass Factory, St. Louis, Missouri

  • Geometric by Design, Framations Art Gallery, St. Charles, Missouri

  • Figurative Art Exhibition, Light, Space, Time Art Gallery


2016

  • 5th Annual Seasons Art Competition, Light, Space, Time Art Gallery

  • 33September, MySLART at Old Orchard Gallery, Webster Groves, Missouri

  • Into the Darkness, Framations Art Gallery, St. Charles, Missouri

  • Fins, Feathers, and Fur, Soulard Art Gallery, St. Louis, Missouri

  • Inspiration, Women in Focus Group, Gretchen Brigham Gallery, St. Louis, Missouri


Awards:
 

  • Honorable Mention, Missouri Life Magazine’s Annual Photo Contest, 2019

  • Special Recognition, Figurative Art Exhibition, Light, Space, Time Art Gallery, 2017

  • Special Recognition, 7th Annual Cityscapes Art Competition, Light, Space, Time Art Gallery, 2017

  • Honorable Mention, Presence II: A Focus on the Human Element, Framations Art Gallery, St. Charles, Missouri, 2017

  • First Place, Into the Darkness, Framations Art Gallery , St. Charles, Missouri, 2016 

  • Honorable Mention, 5th Annual Seasons Art Competition, Light, Space, Time Art Gallery, 2016