A collaboration of artistic minds showing at Amavida


Photographer Jamie Conley with her work at her first exhibit at Amavida Coffee Shop at Rosemary Beach; Melissa Davis with her new work in encaustics on exhibit at Amavida.

Deborah Wheeler | The Sun
Published: Friday, December 14, 2012 at 11:20 AM.

Longtime friends Melissa Davis and Jamie Conley have joined forces in a new way through their first collaborative art exhibit.

The exhibit, on display at Amavida Coffee shop in Rosemary Beach, is the second for Davis at that location, and the first ever for Conley.

The two women bring two different styles and views to their artistic creations — Davis through abstract encaustics, and Conley through her landscape photography.

About six years ago, Conley noticed that those marketing the area for the Real Estate firm where she works were using stock photos.

"I thought, 'I can do better than that by using real photos taken of the area,'" she said.

Conley bought a simple Kodak digital camera and went out and practiced.

Not feeling confident in the craft as yet, though, she kept pestering a professional photographer friend to give her some lessons. Instead he gave her some good advice: "He told me, 'Always take your camera with you,' " she recalls now with a laugh.

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