Western Carolina University’s Mountain Heritage Center will host an exhibit of works by Bayard Wootten, a pioneering woman photographer, beginning Sunday, Aug. 28, with an opening reception from 2 to 5 p.m. on the second floor of Hunter Library.

The reception also will serve to kick off a fundraising campaign by Friends of the Appalachian Women’s Museum. The Dillsboro museum is dedicated to preserving and sharing the stories of “everyday” women throughout the history of Western North Carolina and their resourcefulness, accomplishments and contributions made to the region.

Images from “Light and Air: The Photography of Bayard Wootten” were primarily taken in the 1930s and 1940s, and provide glimpses into everyday life in North Carolina at that time. An accomplished landscape and architectural photographer, Wootten (1875-1959) today is often most recognized for her portraits of common folk and the poverty stricken, both black and white.

The Wootten exhibit closes Wednesday, Nov. 23. The Mountain Heritage Center gallery is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. For more information, call the museum at 828-227-7129.