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ADA – An East Central University alumnus is returning to campus virtually to share her loves of photography, nature and the alphabet with youngsters.

Janis Blevins, a 1969 ECU graduate, will share her exhibit “Letters in Landscapes” in which she has photographed items in nature that resemble letters of the alphabet. Early childhood classes from Ada and Ardmore will participate in a virtual field trip to the Pogue Art Gallery on Thursday, October 8, so they can view her work.

“I’m really excited to share my exhibit with them,” said Blevins. “This is a great opportunity for students at a young age to open their eyes to objects that they wouldn’t see otherwise and to encourage them to look for details.”

ECU is endeavoring to find new and unique ways to interact with the public while honoring Covid-19 safety protocols. These early childhood students will not travel to the ECU campus; instead, Blevins will communicate with them via an online connection.

Blevins said her interest in letters started 40 years ago when she took a calligraphy class. She said she is excited to share her passion for creatively viewing the world and the physical beauty of letters with students.

“I created ‘Letters in Landscapes’ while traveling,” Blevins said. “I started looking for letters in my surroundings to spell state names. It was fun looking at nature differently when I was looking for letters and I began to see details that I wouldn’t have seen otherwise. I hope I can pass this interest along to them.”

Cutline: In this photograph, Janis Blevins reveals the letter “O” as part of the landscape. ECU’s Pogue Art Gallery will share her “Letters in Landscapes” photography exhibit virtually with area students.


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