My friend and photography mentor Bill Yates opened his exhibit "The Year of the River" last night at the Jacksonville Art Walk in the gallery at the Main Public Library. The exhibit is part of the Jacksonville Community Foundation Individual Artist grant Bill received this summer. Bill's exquisite and compelling images of the river reminds us of the grandeur and beauty of the St. Johns, and of the ever changing weather conditions that provide a constant feast for our senses. Of special interest is a series of 9 water abstracts, arranged in a 3x3 grid on the east wall. Yes, this is Yates exercising some of his creative muscle. The rain kept many of the Art Walk regulars away, so I was fortunate enough to have Bill all to myself for our photo session. Come view this exhibit if you want to see some examples of a master photographer who knows and loves the St. Johns River. And visit his gallery, Flat File, in Five Points.