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Catch a glimpse of classic country artists in their prime and other local photography at this gallery exhibit
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Attendees of The Purple House Gallery's photo gala showcasing local photographers look at Travis Massey's photography. Photo courtesy Malia Bolt.

A local photography show at the Purple House Gallery includes a few pieces of country music history.

The Academy Street gallery in Gainesville is hosting the photography of Al Clayton, Lee Anne White, Travis Massey, Alexandra Haynes and Aly Hosch through Dec. 20. The show has a traditional gallery setup, with each artist getting their own wall, according to Malia Bolt, owner of the gallery.

When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday until Dec. 20

Where: Purple House Gallery

How much: Free

“We have room to be able to kind of showcase stuff, and I grew up in photography, I guess. That’s where I started in the arts in Miami, so I’ve always had a love of photography, so we’re hoping to have a photography show every year,” Bolt said. “And everyone is so different, so it’s been a lot of fun.”

Clayton, who died in 2014, spent his career photographing a wide range of American life, including portraits of such disparate subjects as a young Ru Paul to Johnny Cash in his prime.

Some of Clayton’s work figured into Ken Burns’ new documentary series on country music.

“There’s 12 or 15 of his images there that were heavily featured with Ken Burns’ documentary,” said Jenni Clayton, Al’s daughter who now manages his collection of photographs. “So this Gainesville crowd I think would be very interested to see the Waylon Jennings, Tammy Wynette, Johnny Cash, Kris Kristofferson stuff.”

Meanwhile, White lives in Gainesville and is a fine art and landscape photographer.

Massey is a portrait photographer in Gainesville. 

“Most people around here know him, but the work he has here is just his more artistic work. It's not portraits,” Bolt said.

Haynes, also a local, has a different approach to photography.

“She has a really unique story. Her primary job is she’s a fugitive recovery agent and a lot of the photography she's showing here are the things she comes across while she’s hunting down people,” Bolt said.

And Hosch has pet portraits and additional work hanging in the gallery.

Times staff Nick Bowman contributed.

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