NACOGDOCHES, TEXAS - Photography will be the focus of two events occurring on Friday, July 8, at The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House in downtown Nacogdoches.

At 5:30 p.m., the Nacogdoches Photographic Association will open its 2011 juried show with a public reception during which the winners in both the traditional and digitally enhanced categories will be revealed.

For this year's show, jurors Robbie Lacomb and Mike Roach have selected 117 photographs, each of which pertains to the theme of "water." The exhibition will be on view in the Reavley Gallery through Saturday, Aug. 6.

At 7 p.m., the Stephen F. Austin State University School of Art and SFA Friends of the Visual Arts will present a free, one-night screening of "Ansel Adams: A Documentary Film."

Written and directed by Ric Burns for the Public Broadcasting Service television series "American Experience," the documentary is an elegant and moving portrait of the American photographer well known for his black and white landscape photography and his environmental crusades.

The documentary weaves together archival footage, photographic images, dramatic readings of the artist's own writing, and interviews with leading photographers, historians, curators, naturalists, as well as Adams' family, friends and colleagues.

The film is a part of the School of Art's monthly independent film series and is sponsored in part by Drs. John and Stacy Hendricks, Dr. Linda Bond and Bruce Partain, the SFA Friends of the Visual Arts and Nacogdoches Junior Forum.

Admission to the Nacogdoches Photographic Association reception and the film is free and open to the public.

The Cole Art Center is located at 329 E. Main St. Its regular hours are 12:30 to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday. For more information on the film or exhibition, please call (936) 468-1131.