Please join us at South x Southeast Gallery May 11-14.

This workshop will include 3 separate, yet interwoven, activities.


  1. Capturing a Sense of Place

Photographing the area around The South x Southeast Gallery, the McCrary Farm, and Molena, GA. Using a digital camera or camera on your phone, we will explore and capture a sense of place in West Central Georgia. We will talk about the importance of light, vantage point, depth of field and time; composition, framing and cropping, color vs/ black & white, editing in camera and with software. Students will bring a digital camera with SD card, or iPhone, with working knowledge of either or both, Also, a laptop or iPad

  1. Hand-coloring Black & White Photographs

We will explore the creative and expressive possibilities of hand-applied color on black & white photographs using Pan Pastels, oil pastels, and colored pencils. (In addition to bringing 2 B&W photos printed on required paper, students will bring Prisma Colored pencils.) 

  1. Cyanotype Photograms

Cyanotype is a 19th century photographic process that produces a cyan-blue print on paper, fabric or just about any surface. Weather permitting (it’s essential to have direct sun as our UV light source) we will make cyanotype photograms on pre-coated paper and silk using plants, leaves, flowers, etc. collected from the area while out photographing with cameras. We will explore toning our cyanotypes in assorted teas and coffee.

*We might also integrate these 3 aspects of the workshop by toning AND adding hand-applied color to our cyanotype photograms.

Pilkenton Road ©Susan Bryant

Wednesday, May 11th

5p Meet and Greet Social Hour. Susan will give a presentation of her work and we will all get acquainted. A great time to talk about the next three days, ask your questions, and coordinate plans.

6:30p a catered dinner will be served at the gallery

South x Southeast Gallery ©NancyMcCrary


Please Note: The following itinerary may change due to the need for sunlight for cyanotypes. However, barring 3 days of rain, we’ll get everything in!


Thursday, May 12th:  Cyanotype and Field Trip

1/2 of us will do a field trip in the morning while the other 1/2 do cyanotypes with Susan. After lunch, we’ll switch.

8:30-11:00  Cyanotypes at the Gallery with Susan, or a field Trip to Andrea Noel’s house (subject of Dale Niles’ book What Lies Within).

11:00 – 12:30 Lunch and break

After lunch we’ll switch out 1/2 stay and 1/2 go.

12:30 – 3:00 Cyanotypes at the Gallery with Susan, or a field Trip to Andrea’s house (subject of Dale Niles’ book What Lies Within).

If you have a preference of which you’d like to do first you’ll be given that choice – first come, first serve – when signing up.

3:30 – 5:30: Field trip for everyone to Sprewell Bluff, a historic bluff on the Flint River @ 10 miles away

Overlook, Sprewell Bluff ©Susan Bryant

5:30 – 7:00 social hour at the gallery

7:00 a catered dinner will be served at the gallery


Friday, May 13th: Hand-coloring and Group Critique

8 – 9:30 Shooting around the farm. Arrive early at the gallery and shoot around Nancy’s farm. Coffee/juice/biscuits will be available in the gallery.


9:30 – 11:00  Classroom. Susan will take us through hand-coloring – the history of, the processes, modern-day applications, with a demonstration of her own work.

11:00 – 12:30: Break for lunch and Q&A with Susan at the gallery.

12:30 – 3:30: Hand-coloring your prints with Susan’s guidance

4:00 – 5:30 Field Trip to Lake Meriwether, @7 miles away

7:00 Dinner served at Gallery.


Saturday: Group Critique and the Artist’s Reception for Small Works | Big Show

9:00 Group critique at the gallery. Choose four of your images from the workshop and send to Susan before 7 am Saturday morning. We will gather at 9am to view and critique the images.

11 – 12:30 Lunch served at the Gallery.

12:30 – 2:00 Open time – field trip, work on your hand-coloring, Q&A with Susan.

2:00 Workshop ends.

5 – 8:00 Artist’s Reception at the Gallery.


Susan is a professor emerita from Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, Tennessee where she taught analog photography for 37 years. In addition to all camera and film formats, she taught alternative and historical photographic processes; to include polaroid transfers, platinum/palladium, cyanotypes, dry tintypes and hand-coloring B&W photographs.

Her work has been included in over 100 national & international juried and invitational group exhibits and 28 solo exhibits across the United States. She is the recipient of a Tennessee Arts Commission Fellowship in photography. She is the recipient of two fellowship at the Hambidge Center Artist Residency, one fellowship at the Penland School of Craft and two residencies at A.I.R. Studio Paducah.

Since retiring from full-time teaching in 2019, Susan continues to have an active studio practice and exhibition record of juried, invitational and solo exhibitions. For the past 12 years, her personal work has included the wet plate collodion process, producing tintypes, ambrotypes, darkroom enlargements from glass negatives and she continues to experiment with a variety of ways of integrating the 19th century collodion process with 21st century digital technology.

Susan currently teaches both on-lime photography classes (Light Catchers 1 & 2) and in-person workshops in cyanotypes on paper and fabric and hand-coloring both gelatin silver and digital black & white photographs. Susan is scheduled to teach a workshop, “Hand-Coloring Black & White Photographs” at the Penland School of Craft in August 2022.


                  M.F.A. Photography, Indiana State University

                   B.A. Painting, Indiana University


                  1982 – 2019, Professor of Art: Photography; Austin Peay State University, Clarksville, TN

                  Present – Professor Emerita


2023           Appalacian Center for Craft, TN Tech University, Smithville, TN

2021           7 Chapters In A Book About Light,  Customs House Museum, Clarksville, TN

2020           The Land and the Light, 2 person exhibit, ASmith Gallery, Johnson City, TX

2019           Happenstance, McKendree University, Lebanon, IL

2019           humanature, The New Gallery, Austin Peay State University, Clarksville, TN

2017           Borrowed Light, Vanderbilt University, Nashville

2016           Photo Alchemy, Central Washington University, Ellensburg, WA

2014           Then and Now, McKendree University Gallery of Art, Lebanon, IL

2012           Presence and Absence, University of Evansville, Evansville, IN 



2022           Beauty Where You Find It, Light Art Space, Silver City, NC

                   Big Show/Small Works, SxSeast Gallery, Molena, Ga.

                   All About the Light, SE Center for Photography, Greenville, SC

                  Choice 2022, Atlanta Photography Group, Atlanta, GA

                  Light, PhotoPlace Gallery

2021           Natural Light, Union Street Gallery, Chicago

                  The Southern Landscape, SxSE Photo Gallery, Molena, GA

2020           The Still Life, Praxis Photo Arts Center, Minneapolis

                  Vistas, ASmith, Johnson City, TX

                  American Landscape, Maryland Federation of Art, Annapolis, MD

                  The Peer Show, Cleveland Print Room

                  Waterloo Arts 2020, Cleveland, OH

                  Portraits, A Smith Gallery, Johnson City, TX

                  Midwest Center for Photography, Wichita, KS

                  The Southern Landscape, South X Southeast Photo Gallery, Molena, GA

                  SE Center Open, The SE Center for Photography, Greenville, SC

2019           Alternative Processes, SoHo Photo Gallery, NYC

                  Irene Rosenzweig Biennial, The Arts & Science Center, Pine Bluff, AR

                  Dark, Manifest Gallery, Cincinnati

                  Art Through the Lens, Yeiser Art Center, Paducah, KY

                  The Handmade Photograph, El Mudeo Cultural, Santa Fe, NM

                  Trees, PhotoPlace Gallery, Middlebury, VT     

                  A 39 Year Retrospective, Cumberland Gallery, Nashville, TN

                  15th Annual Magnitue 7 , Manifest Gallery, Cincinnati

2018           Small Wonders, Maryland Federation of Art, Annapolis, MD

                  Still Life, A Smith Gallery, Johnson City, TX

                  Still Life, SE Center for Photography, Greenville, SC

                  Capturing the Light, PhotoPlace Gallery, Middlebury, VT

2017           Shades of Black & White, SE Center for Photography, Greenville, SC

                  Alternative Processes: Handmade, PhotoPlace Gallery, Middlebury, VT

                  SE Center Open, SE Center for Photography, Greenville, SC

                  13th Annual Magnitude 7, Manifest Gallery, Cincinnati

2016           Roman Holiday, Southside Gallery, Oxford, MS

                  Art through the Lens, Yeiser Art Center, Paducah, KY

                  Wet Plate, A Smith Gallery, Johnson City, TX

2015           Revela-T Festival of Photography, Barcelona, Spain

                  Alternative Processes, Soho Photo Gallery, NYC

                  Small Works 4, Jeffrey Leder Gallery, NYC

                  Mystery & Dream, Photo Synthesis Gallery, Manchester, CT

2014           Small Works 3, Jeffrey Leder Gallery, NYC

                  Alternative Processes, Center for Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins, CO

                  Forgotten, A Smith Gallery, Johnson City, TX

2013           Art of Photography Show, San Diego Art Institute

2012           Deus Ex Machine, Manifest Gallery, Cincinnati

                  Simply, Center for Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins, CO

                  Alterations, A Smith Gallery, Johnson City, TX


                 MANIFEST: INPHA 1- 8 The Annual International Publication of Contemporary Photography, juried international publication

2017 & 2020     Creative Quarterly 49, International Journal of Art & Design



1991           Tennessee Arts Commission Individual Artist Fellowship in Photography

2015           Ovation Award for Individual Artist, The Center for Excellence in Creative Arts, APSU, Clarksville, 

2020           Winter Artist in Residency, Penland School of Craft

2015 & 2016     Artist in residency – A.I.R., Paducah, KY     

2016 & 2017     Artist in Residency – Hambidge Center for Art, GA

2020 & 2021     Orchard Keepers Writers & Artists Residency, Cumberland Gap, TN

2021           Light: It’s That Simple – Cyanotypes at Woodsmoor, TN (workshop)

2022           Light Catchers: Molena – Cyanotypes & Hand-coloring B&W photographs (workshop)

                  Penland School of Craft, Penland, NC. – Hand-Coloring Black and White Photographs


Cumberland Gallery, Nashville, TN (1989 – 2019)                   


What the Fee Includes:

Instruction and Direction by Susan Bryant. 

General supplies for both hand-coloring and cyanotypes. *NOTE: A list of additional personal supplies and items you will need to bring will be provided once you’ve signed up.

Wednesday Social Hour; Wednesday Dinner

Thursday biscuit breakfast; Thursday Lunch; Thursday Social Hour; Thursday Dinner

Friday Lunch; Friday Social Hour; Friday Dinner

Saturday Group Critique; Saturday Lunch; Saturday Artist’s Reception Beverages and Nosh

What the Fee Does Not Include:

Travel expense to and from the workshop in Molena, Georgia

Accommodations while at the workshop *Note: SxSE Farmhouse will be available to rent. It has one bedroom but two single beds in the great room. You may view it on AirBnB under South x Southeast Farmhouse, Molena, Ga.

Breakfast Friday and Saturday

Dinner Saturday


$780 if paying by credit or debit card.

$750 if paying by check. (PayPal handles processing for a 4% fee)

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Accommodations: Please look on AirBnB and VRBO for houses around Molena, Concord, Woodbury and Gay, Georgia. Towns a bit further are Thomaston and Zebulon. There are hotels in Thomaston, and one in Manchester/Warm Springs that are safe and okay.

If you’d like someone to share an airbnb or VRBO with you please let me know when you sign up so I can try to put people together.

You will need to have a car or carpool to field trip locations. We cannot offer transportation at this time. Please let me know if this is an issue when you sign up so I can hopefully work with you on this.

We strongly advise you to purchase travel insurance in case of an unforeseen emergency or cancellation. Allianz has always been good to me when I had to file a claim (this is not a paid promotion, merely a suggestion).

If you have food allergies please let me know asap. We will offer vegetarian and omnivore options for the meals provided at the gallery. We cannot accommodate vegans at this time.

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Hope to see you soon!