A pop-up show at AVA Gallery this weekend sets the bar high for other families' vacation slide shows.
For "100 Days Around America: Call It Home," professional photographers Corey and Emily Critser are showing the stunning landscape and adventure photographs made during roughly three months on the road as they searched the nation for a place to live.
"Last year, Emily and I moved our belongings into a storage unit and embarked on a 100-day road trip around America to explore the concept of home," Corey explains. "Living out of the car and photographing 40-plus national and state parks, we broke free of routines, diving head first into a traveler's lifestyle. From the landscapes, nature, highs and lows, we captured it all."
In the show, he says, "we want to share the beauty of America while discussing the idea of what home can be."
And home for them?
"At the end, we settled on Chattanooga," he says.
The couple own Lanewood Studio, a commercial photography company in North Chattanooga.
The pop-up show opens with a wine reception from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 5. The gallery will continue from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 6. A short film about the road trip will be shown at the opening.
AVA Gallery is at 30 Frazier Ave. For more information, call 423-265-4282 or visit www.avarts.org.