From left, Corinne Adams, Lucinda Bunnen and Judy Lampert share thoughts during the exhibition featuring their photography.

Friends, patrons and supporters filled the Spruill Gallery in Dunwoody to view a new show of photographs by three local women who have lived in the south most of their lives.

“It was absolutely heartwarming to see so many people come out for the opening,” photographer Corinne Adams said during the Sept. 6 opening reception.

“Southern Women – Southern Photography,” which runs through Oct. 27, includes 66 prints by long-time friends Adams, who lives in Buckhead, and Lucinda Bunnen and Judy Lampert, both of Sandy Springs. The exhibit features contemporary southern nature scenes.

“What surprised me the most was that people came from great distances and some are old friends I hadn’t seen in years,” Bunnen said.

Southern Women – Southern Photography

Where: Spruill Gallery, 4681 Ashford-Dunwoody Road, Dunwoody, 30338

When: Wednesday-Saturday,

11 a.m. – 5 p.m. through Oct. 27

For more information: spruillgallery.blogspot.com or 770-394-4019

Tania Becker, the show’s curator, calls the three women “steel magnolias,” a reference to the 1989 film portraying the lasting friendships among strong women in a small southern town.

Becker, who lives in Buckhead, said she came up with the idea for this show as a way to exhibit the work of three friends who have made contributions to the community.

Becker also “offered us a terrific opportunity to be included in the Atlanta Celebrates Photography events,” Lampert said.

ACP is nothing new to Adams, Bunnen or Lampert, who are three co-founders of the nonprofit organization that began 14 years ago when local artists developed the show as a way to promote photography as an art medium.

Their exhibition embraces the simplicity of nature and the art of reconnecting with old friends.

“It was great to deepen personal connections — and such a joy to see the power of art pulling people together,” Adams said.