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. 

EXHIBITIONS 

  • Five Points 2022 Small Works Juried Exhibition 
  • Art of Work: American Mural Project
  • Sohn Fine Art Gallery, Lenox, Ma 
  • White on White Show New Preston Loft Gallery 
  • Mad River Lofts Gallery 
  • Black & White Photography Gunn Museum 
  • 80 Years 80 Days of Art Exhibit 
  • LCCS Spring Gala Artist
  • Photographer's Forum Magazine Spring Contest-Finalist
  • Peter Lawrence Gallery 
  • Norfolk Artisans Invitational Show 
  • 2012 Elected Members Exhibit
  • EXPOSURES '11 Photography Show-Juror Sean Kernan
  • Autumn Light Gallery Avon, CT
  • Elected Artists Invitational West Hartford Art League 
  • Litchfield Hills Film Festival "eight by ten”
  • SILVERMINE -SPECTRA ’10: National Photography Triennial ! Juror- CLAMPART Gallery NYC
  • University of CT Health Center Permanent Collection 
  • CT+5 Regional Exhibit 
  • Pia Sjolin Gallery 
  • Exposures Photography 
  • CT+5 States Open Juried Art Competition 
  • Artwell Gallery Show for Show 
  • SILVERMINE -SPECTRA ’07: National Juried Photography Triennial Juror- Pace/MacGill Gallery NYC 
  • Fifty-Fifty Invitational Show Windham Artspace Gallery 
  • West Hartford ArtWalk 2007 Juror-UConn Art 
  • Tokonoma Gallery, West Stockbridge, MA 
  • Artwell Gallery Show for Show 
  • West Hartford Art League Open Juried Art Show
  • West Hartford Art League Exposures Juried Photography 
  • West Hartford Art League Annual Members’ Juried Exhibition 
  • Silvermine 57th Annual Art of the Northeast Juror-Knoedler Gallery, NYC 
  • Eleventh Annual Exposures Open Photography Show 
  • At Home in the Country Gallery Salisbury, CT
  • Gallery on the Green Canton, CT 
  • Housatonic Art Museum Open Juried Show Exhibition 
  • West Hartford Art League Open Juried  Juror-Yale Art Gallery
  • ACT II Gallery, New Hartford, CT 
  • West Hartford Art League Juried Members Show 
  • Artwell Gallery Ninth Annual Open Juried Exhibition 
  • West Hartford Art League Open Juried Photography Show 
  • Gallery on Green, Canton, CT
  • I!nfocus Juried Competition Palm Beach Photo Centre, FL 


SOLO SHOWS

  • Harwinton Library, Harwinton, CT 
  • Oliver Wolcott Library Gallery Litchfield, CT 
  • Mad River Lofts Gallery 
  • Celeste DeWitt Gallery,UConn Medical Center 
  • Eliza Peet Gallery Salisbury, CT
  • Miranda Winery, Goshen CT 
  • Creative Hands Gallery Salisbury 
  • At Home in the Country Gallery, Salisbury, CT
  • Noble Horizons, Salisbury, CT 
  • Sotheby’s, New Preston, CT 2006
  • At Home in the Country Gallery, Salisbury, CT
  •  Hartford Hospital, Hartford CT 
  • Northeast Utilities Headquarters Building, Berlin, CT 

AWARDS

  • Ricoh Competition Invited to Become Photojournalists Using RICOH THETA 360-Degree Cameras 
  • Elected Artist West Hartford Art League 
  • CT+ 5 Award 
  • West Hartford Art League Wadsworth Atheneum Art Award 
  • West Hartford Art League New Britain Museum of American Art Award 
  • Canton Artists' Guild, CT
  • The Charles & Doris Currier Memorial Photography Award 
  • West Hartford Art League Trustees Award (2nd Place) 
  • West Hartford Art League, CT Autograph Award Apogee Photo Magazine Photo Contest: Faces of Our Elders Grand Prize International Winner
  • Kodak International Newspaper Awards Contest Finalist
  • Women in the Visual Arts, South Florida Finalist Juried Exhibition 


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 2014-2018
International Freelance Photographers Organization
Juror for CT High School Arts Competition 2011 2012 2013
Former West Hartford Art League Member
Northwest Connecticut Arts Council
American Mural Project - Volunteer Photographer