Mornings before daylight

The photography of Kayla Huett takes a loving look at the town of Poplar Bluff

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Leaving Hannibal, 2013. From photographer Kayla Huett's exhibit "We Catched Fish and Talked."

Dec. 19, 2018

Mark Twain’s masterpiece Adventures of Huckleberry Finn has long inspired the photography of Kayla Huett, BFA ’15, as she documents lives and landscapes in Southern Missouri. The title of the Poplar Bluff native’s latest collection, “We Catched Fish and Talked,” quotes Huck as he and Jim flee down the Mississippi River on a raft. Huett imagines the duo floating near her childhood home because, in the following chapter, they land in the river town of Cairo, Illinois, roughly 80 miles away. “This small section perfectly captures the tone that I have toward Poplar Bluff. A deep sincerity of its traditions, a humor for the people, and a deep beauty for where I came from,” Huett told the Southeast Missourian. Through the Art on the Move program, a partnership of the MU School of Visual Studies and MU Extension, Huett showed her work in August at the Missouri State Fair in Sedalia. More:

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