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'Ghost Trees' exhibit looks at dying trees in the Cape Fear River basin

A photograph from the Ghost Trees exhibit. (Source: Jen Johnson) A photograph from the Ghost Trees exhibit. (Source: Jen Johnson)
Jen Johnson, one of the featured artists, will display photographs that show dying trees. (Source: WECT) Jen Johnson, one of the featured artists, will display photographs that show dying trees. (Source: WECT)
WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) -

Expo 216 opens a new exhibit Friday that explores death and dying.

Jen Johnson, one of the featured artists, will display her “Ghost Tree” images.

Johnson’s photographs show dying bald Cypress trees.

Johnson’s project began last year as an exploration of the dying trees in the lower Cape Fear River basin due to saltwater intrusion.

Johnson also became interested in the health of the river, which has become threatened due to industrial chemicals, agricultural waste and coal ash. Johnson will be donating 10% of what she brings in from the exhibit to Cape Fear River Watch

“As the Ghost Trees project progressed, it became an exploration of the ways in which my vision has become both limited and expanded due to a midlife onset visual impairment,” Johnson said.

Johnson talked more about dealing with a visual impairment and the work she did on the photographer project Monday on WECT News First at Four. 

The opening reception will be held Sept. 22 from 6 to 9 p.m. at Expo 216, 216 N. Front St. Wilmington.

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