Coinciding with the ongoing PhotoNOLA festival of photography taking place at venues around the Crescent City December 12—15, the New Orleans Photo Alliance (NOPA) presents a solo exhibition by 2012 PhotoNOLA review prize recipient fine art photographer Deb Schwedhelm entitled From the Sea. Exquisite photographs of Schwedhelm's children in and under water explore the realms where play intersects with mystery. In her own words: “As I continued to photograph in the water, unexpected images began to surface. Shimmering fragments. Dark profiles. Murky truths. Whispering poetry. From the pool to rivers, lakes, springs, bay inlets and the expansive sea, this poetry spoke again and again. And I listened.” All are welcome at an opening reception on December 14 from 6 pm–9 pm. The gallery, at 1111 St. Mary Street in the Lower Garden District is open Thursday—Sunday from noon–4 pm and by appointment.