My mission as a photographer is capturing the beauty, sensitivity and humanity of my subjects. The images are unfettered by backgrounds and by isolating them, their form, their singularity can be further observed ... "Secrets Objects Share". Lakeville Journal wrote: “And the images certainly deserve a closer look. The close ups of flowers are particularly stunning. In black and white, they force the viewer to look beyond beautiful colors and into the depth of the petals and the sinew of the stem. Others are in color, but require just as much attention because of the stark nature in which they are photographed.”
Photo essays involving people interest me. After twenty years in the human resources field, photography has allowed me to reach people in a different way. An ongoing traveling project is called WORDS OF WISDOM. I ask elderly subjects to share with me their most valuable commodity: the experience of their years through their words of wisdom. Perhaps, the answers will help us understand life's lessons sooner. The Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel wrote, "Anita Garnett sees beauty in silver hair, wisdom in lined faces and integrity in weathered hands."
My focus is on fine art, photo essays and portraits. I continue to do freelance photography for Connecticut newspapers.

EXHIBITIONS 

  • Art of Work: American Mural Project 2017
  • Sohn Fine Art Gallery, Lenox, Ma 2017
  • White on White Show New Preston Loft Gallery 2016
  • Mad River Lofts Gallery 2015 
  • Black & White Photography Gunn Museum 2015 
  • 80 Years 80 Days of Art Exhibit 2014
  • LCCS Spring Gala 2014 2015 Artist
  • Photographer's Forum Magazine Spring Contest-Finalist 2013
  • Peter Lawrence Gallery 2012-2013
  • Norfolk Artisans Invitational Show 2012
  • 2012 Elected Members Exhibit
  • EXPOSURES '11 Photography Show-Juror Sean Kernan! Autumn Light Gallery Avon, CT
  • Elected Artists Invitational West Hartford Art League 2011! Litchfield Hills Film Festival "eight by ten”
  • SILVERMINE -SPECTRA ’10: National Photography Triennial ! Juror- CLAMPART Gallery NYC
  • University of CT Health Center Permanent Collection 2010! CT+5 Regional Exhibit 2010
  • Pia Sjolin Gallery 2009-2010
  • Exposures Photography 2009
  • CT+5 States Open Juried Art Competition 2008
  • Artwell Gallery Show for Show 2008
  • SILVERMINE -SPECTRA ’07: National Juried Photography Triennial Juror- Pace/MacGill Gallery NYC 2007
  • Fifty-Fifty Invitational Show Windham Artspace Gallery 2007
  • West Hartford ArtWalk 2007 Juror-UConn Art 2007
  • Tokonoma Gallery, West Stockbridge, MA 2007-2008
  • Artwell Gallery Show for Show 2007
  • West Hartford Art League Open Juried Art Show 2007
  • West Hartford Art League Exposures Juried Photography 2007
  • West Hartford Art League Annual Members’ Juried Exhibition 2007
  • Silvermine 57th Annual Art of the Northeast Juror-Knoedler Gallery, NYC 2007
  • Eleventh Annual Exposures Open Photography Show 2006
  • At Home in the Country Gallery 2005-2006
  • Gallery on the Green Canton, CT 2005
  • Housatonic Art Museum Open Juried Show Exhibition 2005
  • West Hartford Art League Open Juried '05 Juror-Yale Art Gallery
  • ACT II Gallery, New Hartford, CT 2005 and 2006
  • West Hartford Art League Juried Members Show 2005
  • Artwell Gallery Ninth Annual Open Juried Exhibition 2005
  • West Hartford Art League Open Juried Photography Show 2005
  • Gallery on Green, Canton, CT 2004
  • I!nfocus Juried Competition Palm Beach Photo Centre, FL 2003


SOLO SHOWS

  • Oliver Wolcott Library Gallery Litchfield, CT 2017
  • Mad River Lofts Gallery 2015
  • Celeste DeWitt Gallery,UConn Medical Center 2010! Eliza Peet Gallery Salisbury, CT 2010
  • Miranda Winery, Goshen CT 2009
  • Creative Hands Gallery Salisbury 2009
  • At Home in the Country Gallery, Salisbury, CT 2007! Noble Horizons, Salisbury, CT 2006
  • Sotheby’s, New Preston, CT 2006
  • At Home in the Country Gallery, Salisbury, CT 2005! Hartford Hospital, Hartford CT 2005
  • Northeast Utilities Headquarters Building, Berlin, CT 2005
  • Hartford Arts Council, CT 2004 - 2005
  • Academy Building, Salisbury, CT 2004
  • Annex Gallery Northwestern Community College, CT 2004
  • Old School Square Crest Theatre, Delray Beach Faces Millennium 2000
  • Words of Wisdom Delray Beach Public Library, Fl. 1999

AWARDS

  • Elected Artist West Hartford Art League 2011
  • CT+ 5 Award 2008
  • West Hartford Art League Wadsworth Atheneum Art Award 2007!
  • West Hartford Art League New Britain Museum of American Art Award 2006
  • Canton Artists' Guild, CT
  • The Charles & Doris Currier Memorial Photography Award 2005
  • West Hartford Art League Trustees Award (2nd Place) 2006
  • West Hartford Art League, CT Autograph Award 2005
  • Apogee Photo Magazine Photo Contest: Faces of Our Elders Grand Prize International Winner May 2003
  • Kodak International Newspaper Awards Contest Finalist 1996 & 1997
  • Women in the Visual Arts, South Florida Finalist Juried Exhibition 1999


PUBLICATIONS

  • NEW Magazine Jersey City Contributing Photographer 2008
  • ARTIS MAGAZINE Feb-March 2005 and June-July 2005
  • The Art of the Birdhouse Book Contributing Photographer 2006


Freelance Photographer Register Citizen Newspaper 2014-present 
International Freelance Photographers Organization
Juror for CT High School Arts Competition 2011 2012 2013
West Hartford Art League Member
Northwest Connecticut Arts Council
American Mural Project - Volunteer Photographer