Tim Sayer on his trip to Africa

“The Arts Council of Moore County is excited that Southern Pines photographer Tim Sayer will add his photos to the ‘Travels in Tanzania’ art exhibit, which also features paintings by Pinehurst artist Jessie Mackay,” says Chris Dunn, executive director.

The exhibit, based on both artists’ trip to Tanzania in 2019, will be on view at the Campbell House opened June 1 and continues through July 15 on weekdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Sayer has been documenting the lives and businesses of clients throughout the East Coast for years. In 2004, he established Sayer Photography, a studio committed to providing high-end portraiture and innovative wedding photography that reach beyond the scope of traditional studio photography. In 2010, he was rewarded with the Wedding and Portrait Society Photographer of the Year Award.

Much like some of the photographers who inspired him — Annie Leibowitz, Irving Penn and Richard Avedon — Sayer believes it is important to build a connection of trust, respect and understanding with his subjects.

“What drew me to photography is that it is an art form through which inherently people share with me something they may not often share with others, their true inner selves,” Sayer says. “I know that I have succeeded …. when I have created a piece that will captivate not only the subject, but the imaginations of all who see it.”

The “Travels in Tanzania” exhibit marks the first time the Arts Council’s Campbell House Galleries has been open since March 13. 

While a traditional First Friday gallery reception is not scheduled, the Arts Council will present a live gallery stroll with Mackay and Sayer on Friday, June 5, at 6 p.m. through the Arts Council’s Facebook page, at

 “We’re excited to reopen our galleries,” says Dunn. “But, we will also abide by the state’s orders and CDC recommendations so all our visitors will feel safe.”

In addition to a thorough cleaning of the galleries, the Arts Council will clean frequently used surfaces daily; all staff and visitors must wear a face covering and observe social distancing while in the galleries; free hand sanitizer available in the lobby; all staff offices closed to the public; and a limit of 36 people in the galleries.

“With people on our staff in the most vulnerable category and my own son fighting cancer,” says Dunn, “it’s imperative that we take these precautions.”

The Arts Council and Campbell House Galleries are located at 482 E. Connecticut Ave., in Southern Pines. Its new weekday gallery hours are from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

For more information, call (910) 692-2787 or visit

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