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20110603_Luciano-Guerra_UVAL_0002The Mission Chamber of Commerce is now exhibiting the works of members of the Upper Valley Art League in their building located at their building, 202 W. Tom Landry. Current featured artist is photographer Luciano Guerra of Mission. Exhibits at the Chamber will be changed out on a three-month rotation with a new artist and can be seen during regular business hours.

Guerra’s photography interests began in high school with a Yashica 35mm camera, a hobby that took a serious turn in 1994 when the Valley Land Fund put on its first wildlife photo contest. A regular entrant in the contest, it became the self-improvement “carrot leading the horse’’ that Guerra needed. He said, “Over the years of my participation in this contest, I found my photography to be improving from one contest to another. However, the competition seemed to be doing a good job of keeping a step or two ahead of me….” His persistence paid off in 2004 when his Buff Bellied Hummingbird frozen in mid-flight beat out over 700 entries to win him “Best of Contest” and the “People’s Choice” awards in the “Small Tract Competition. He also took home the fourth grand prize that year.

Guerra has now sold out his interest in a family business to pursue his photography full time. His works have taken on other dimensions with photographing sports events and livestock shows. He has been the official photographer for the South Texas Agricultural Round (STAR) Livestock Show. His works have been published in the Valley Land Fund books, magazines such as Birder’s World and Bobcat Fangs Magazine, and in newspapers such as the Austin American Statesman.

For more information about the Upper Valley Art League, call 583-2787. For more information about the Mission Chamber of Commerce, call 585-2727.

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