The Arts: White River Gallery Opens June 10

Jill M. Rohrbach
The art scene in northwest Arkansas gets better and better each month. The next exciting thing to look forward to is the opening of White River Gallery in downtown Rogers.

White River Gallery features the fine art photography of Arkansas native Ed Cooley. After years as a software engineer, entrepreneur and family man, Ed returned to his love of nature. He taught himself photography to capture the wonderful locations he and his wife Faith were visiting. As his technical skills progressed, so did his passion for artistically photographing natural scenery.

He realized he must pursue his art with abandon after a near fatal accident, alone in the Arkansas wilderness, followed by a harrowing rescue and six months rehabilitation. He now travels worldwide photographing nature’s most beautiful and dramatic scenery. Ed loves the challenge of capturing that fleeting moment “when the elements of light, weather, plants and earth come together in unique ways to creat stunning scenery with incredible power, emotion and color.”

White River Gallery will exhibit limited edition prints representing the best photographs from Ed’s collection of more than 500,000 images.

His gallery unveiling party is from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on June 10. The gallery is located at 115 S. Second St. in downtown Rogers, directly across the street from the Rogers Little Theater. Ed remodeled a 1920s-era building into a contemporary art space.

At the opening, he’ll display photographs from all over the U.S., Alaska, Antarctica, South America, and Australia. Most of the photographs are captured in extremely high resolution (from 60 to 300 megapixels) so there is great detail. They are printed on a specially developed silver halide paper in prints up to 118 inches wide (basically 10′ wide).

The party will also include live music, refreshments, and several giveaways. RSVP to the opening by email to or call 479-936-5851. His website is

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