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The Rotary Club will be welcoming writer and photographer Rick Vanderpool as its special guest speaker next Tuesday at noon.
Vanderpool has marketed and sold his creative works for close to 40 years. He is a 1975 graduate of the University of Georgiaâ€™s Henry W. Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communications. He worked for a year as a staff photographer for Callaway Gardens and then opened an art studio in Athens, Ga, where he worked mostly with corporate interior designers, designing and producing custom wall art programs.
Texas soon became his major market, and he relocated his studio to Commerce in 1993.
In 1994, shortly after his move to Commerce, Vanderpool began a series of trips that would total over 20,000 miles and 54 days to visit all 254 counties throughout the state of Texas. He photographed just about anything that caught his interest, but he was mostly looking for Texas, the word, in all varieties, shapes, colors, styles, and materials.
Selecting from more than 1,000 images of the state name, he fashioned a graphic representation known as â€śLooking for Texas.â€ť His travel journal, which had the same title, was published the following year by Republic of Texas Press.
His work on this book allowed him to spread the word of his project all over the country, convincing a few other photographers across the country to do the same thing in their own states, all 50 of them. The group State Art resulted from these interactions.
The success of â€śLooking for Texas,â€ť in addition to different variations of his Texas-themed photographic montage collections is owed to his experience as an author, imagist, teacher, newspaper publisher, speaker, entrepreneur, and grandfather. Vanderpool now makes his home in Lubbock.
â€śThe Texas Hamburger â€“ History of a Lone Star Icon,â€ť is Vanderpoolâ€™s second book, and features Onions Restaurant in Borger.
In addition to speaking at the Rotary Club meeting, Vanderpool will also have some of his books available for purchase. The public is invited to attend.