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Posted: Thursday, March 31, 2011 2:23 pm | Updated: 12:38 am, Mon Apr 25, 2011.

A photography exhibition opening Friday in Chandler provides a mental cool-down just in time for hotter weather.

“In the Deep Midwinter,” a show by four well-known British photographers, has its world premiere at Vision Gallery. It features about 40 wintry photographs, including more than 20 by Pattie Boyd, the 1960s-era model and rock muse married first to George Harrison and then to Eric Clapton.

Boyd will attend Friday's opening reception.

In December 2009, Boyd says she looked out her window and saw “hoar frost — white ice crystals that had suddenly formed.”

Eager to witness the phenomenon, she rushed outside with her camera.

“I found that everywhere I looked seemed as if a magical wand had touched the garden and neighborhood into a startling white beauty,” she says in an artist’s statement. “I had an idea that if I could get other photographers who had shot during that winter to show their work with mine, I might find a gallery in a place that never sees snow.”

Eric Faulhaber, Chandler’s visual arts coordinator, says he “loved the idea of showcasing these beautiful photographs of an English winter at time when it’s about to get really hot here. We didn’t receive anything on (Pattie Boyd’s) background; everything was based on their work as photographers, their portfolios.”

Nevertheless, Boyd’s presence may stir some buzz about the show.

It’s been said that she was the inspiration for Harrison’s song “Something” and for Clapton’s “Bell Bottom Blues,” “Layla” and “Wonderful Tonight” — the title of which Boyd used for her 2008 bestselling memoir, “Wonderful Tonight: George Harrison, Eric Clapton and Me.”

Boyd will sign copies of the book at the gallery.

It’s the second time in recent years that Chandler has brought to town photography by a model tied to a famous man. Barbara McQueen, the wife of iconic actor Steve McQueen, visited the city in 2009 to introduce an exhibition of her work.

Faulhaber says each of the British photographers — Lesley Aggar, Colin Barker and Will Christie — lend remarkable images to the show, including a stand-out shot by Lesley Aggar.

“It’s just a really dynamic piece, called ‘On the Beach, 10:35 a.m.’ with a beach with a fresh snow that’s just fallen,” he says.

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