Ron Cook was inspired by his high school art teacher, William “Scotty” MacCrea, to be authentic, to think independently, and to embrace and value the “different.” Seeking an outlet for creative energy, Ron has embraced abstract photography and assemblage as fields to explore. “With photography, I don’t treasure the technical aspects of taking a photograph. For me, a photo is about the emotional response evoked, not the science and technology of the camera. I seek a photo that’s interesting, pleasing, colorful, or one that makes a statement; one that has visual or emotional impact. Serendipity is defined as “finding valuable or agreeable things not sought for. If there were to be a school of art or photography called “Serendipity,” that’s where I would belong.” A perceptive quote comes from Walker Evans, famed photographer and documenter of the Great Depression Era: ‘… the photographer is a joyous sensualist, for the simple reason that the eye traffics in feelings, not thoughts.’ To me, that is the essence of abstract art.” And hence the title of his exhibit, Serendipity: What Eye Saw.