Kim Hosey Photography
Exhibited July - August 2011

       Rare is the mom willing to tolerate her son bringing insects and reptiles inside the house. Rarer still is she who allows a black widow spider to share space in her closet, tolerating the arachnid out of fascination with the species. San Tan Valley resident and author Kim Hosey is that rare mom, and her singular photography is the subject of a solo exhibition during July and August in the visitor center gallery at Boyce Thompson Arboretum.

Meet the artist and her son David at a show opening reception Saturday
July 2 from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. This is scheduled so that
gallery guests have plenty of time to first attend the Arboretum's
usual once-a-month Dragonfly Walk at 9:30 a.m., then visit with Kim in the gallery after 11:00 a.m.

      "Some people keep figurative skeletons in their closets. In my closet, I keep a very real black widow. I raised her from an egg sac, and this has been one of the best animal-observation experiences of my life. We really get into insects and spiders around here, the bigger and freakier, the better. Dragonflies, tarantulas, mantises, scorpions -- you name it. I always have at least half a dozen 'bug catching' jars available, and find it amazing and sad how little people know about the natural world that surrounds us -- even in urban areas such as the Valley. The vast majority of my photos are of animals I can see almost any day, but most people don't even know they're here, or if they do, they ignore them."
" I wanted to see what happened if I really started to pay attention, so I decided to photograph a different Arizona animal every day for a year. I'm going to run out of days before I run out of animals. Arizona is fantastic if you're a wildlife lover, and Boyce Thompson Arboretum is one of the best places nearby to see a huge diversity of wildlife."

      San Tan Valley artist and writer Kimberly Hosey, 31, obviously isn't squeamish about spiders. Her close-up photos on exhibit during July and August prove it, with spider macros so close you can count their eyes or catalog their facial hair. Hosey shares her fascination with the natural world in several publications, including Arizona Highways Magazine and the Arizona Republic, and writes regularly on her humorous, autobiographical website Her art is the subject of our solo exhibition continuing through August 31. A familiar visitor on the trails at Boyce Thompson Arboretum and also the Gilbert Riparian Preserve with her son David, 9, her exhibit is likely to include a few interactive meet-the-photographer walks during August; for dates and complete details check out the Arboretum events page, revisit this one in late July, or call Arboretum staff at 520-689-2723.

 "First and foremost, we're not photographers. I've improved over the years, learned my way around my DSLR camera, but my approach is more about the subjects than the technology. We're nature lovers. Specifically, animal lovers. We sit in the rocks, dig in the dirt, just wait. The animals come. We get glimpses into the lives of the critters around us. The photos are just our way of sharing that."

       "Photography has helped to hone the way I see the world. I notice more. I think visually. The smallest details will catch my eye now -- the catch lights in a spider's eyes, the silvery hairs on a fly, the back-lit fluff along a bird's throat feathers."

. See more of Hosey's work at, read her essays about nature, museums, photography and being David's mom at http://www.arizona-writer.comTo inquire about prices or if you have questions about the printmaking process, please call Kim 480) 718-5453, or via email to

Boyce Thompson Arboretum is located at Highway 60 milepost #223, just three miles west of the town of Superior - a drive of about one hour east of Phoenix or two hours from Tucson (take Oracle Road North to Highway 79 past Florence to Highway 60, then East for another 12 miles). Monthly exhibits may be seen at our Visitor Center gallery daily from 6:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. during July and August, and then Fall-Winter hours return and BTA opens at 8:00 a.m. and closes at 5:00 p.m. from September-through-April. The Arboretum is an Arizona State Park and daily admission must be paid to enter the Visitor Center where the gallery is found. Admission is $7.50 for adults and $3 for ages 5-12. Annual memberships at the Arboretum begin at $45, and include a year's access, guest passes for your friends and family, along with many other benefits. A membership may be purchased in the gift shop on the day of your visit.

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