CLIFTON FORGE — The Clifton Forge Public Library is currently showcasing  Jada Callender’s “Captured Moments,” a collection of her photography featuring local landscapes, nature and themed shoots.

Among the wide variety of scenes, Douthat State Park is represented with a fall photo by the lake. The Riddick Dance Company is featured during a production at the Historic Masonic Theatre.  Also included is a photo of Captain Jack Spar-row during the 2015 Con of the Mountain event.  A view of the town featuring Clifton Forge’s Jefferson Avenue rounds out the display. 

Callender’s photographs have been used for magazine and book covers, including the front cover on Stewart Goodwin’s mystery, “The Secrets They Kept.” She has also had photographs selected for the Alleghany Highlands Chamber of Commerce and Tour-ism’s “Uniquely Alleghany!” calendar.

Recently, three of her photographs won honorable mention in the Alleghany Highlands Arts and Crafts Center’s Fx2 photography exhibit. She has an online gallery with where prints can be purchased along with other items that can be imprinted with her images.

“My journey into photography began at the age of five,” said Callender. “I would play with my mother’s camera. Later, my mother bought me my own camera. Photography has been my constant companion ever since then.”

Callender says her goal is to “capture images better than the ones I captured the previous day.” She concludes, “I am inspired by the things I see in my daily life, the odd and the unique.”

A native of Clifton Forge, Callender is a graduate of Radford University. She can frequently be seen walking around the community with her camera and photographing area events. 

“Captured Moments” will be on display at the Clifton Forge Public Library throughout February.  

The Clifton Forge Public Library is located at 535 Church Street.

For information on any library programs, phone 863-2519.


The Clifton Forge Public Library is currently featuring “Captured Moments,” a collection of images by local photographer Jada Callender. “Captured Moments” will be on display at the library throughout the month of February. (Photo Courtesy Clifton Forge Public Library)