Members of Lady Antebellum and other country superstars will carry a bit of Roseville's artistic pride with them during tonight's Country Music Association Awards.
The musician's swag-bags will include Roseville's Maleah Torney Photography business cards. And Maleah Torney's photographs will be on display in the CMA Awards' Official Celebrity Gift Lounge before the event and backstage.
The fine arts photographer — a fan of Antebellum and Faith Hill and Tim McGraw — is delighted to have her work represented at the 46th annual CMA Awards.
“Participating in an event that is so celebrated in the music industry is an honor and even more so because all press and celebrity gifts had to be approved by the CMA Awards Board,” said Torney.
New to the area, Torney moved her home studio with her family from Oregon to Roseville in August.
"I am very excited for her," said Kristina Rust, of Framin' Artworks in Eugene, Ore., who is familiar with Torney's work. "I have always thought she is extremely talented, both in the style of photos she takes and the images that she chooses."
Torney is a member of the exclusive The Artisan Group. The invitation-only Hollywood circle is made up of handcrafted artisans who show their work to celebrities and industry leaders.
Note cards displaying her work “Ocean Dreams” were included in the 2012 Primetime Emmy Awards ceremony. “It was exciting to receive ‘Thank You’ tweets from (actors) Hugh Bonneville and Stephani Drapeau,” said Torney. Other celebrities reportedly to receive her work at the Emmys included Nia Peeples, Kaley Couco, Jenny McCarthy and Paula Abdul.
Torney was also asked to prepare 35 press bags with prints of her scenic Oregon photograph, "The Red Barn" for the CMA Awards.
The artist specializes in landscape, nature and travel pictures. She works with canvas, wood blocks, prints, postcards, note cards and bookmarks.
“Really it started as a hobby only, but it gradually became a business over the last four years,” said Torney. “Moving here has been a dream come true for me because it's allowed me the opportunity to spend time following my dream of pursuing my photography business, as well as being a stay-at-home mom.”