|Image City Photography Gallery Newsletter |
We publish our brief Newsletter during each of our exhibits to pass along information and reviews of the exhibit, photographic tips, selected images and news of other participation opportunities at Image City. We thank you for your interest and we look forward to another great year of fine photographs and events. We hope to see you at each of our 13 shows in 2011.
black & white & RED
Current Show Runs Through Sunday, May 15
Our current exhibit is by gallery partner, Dan Neuberger, one of the founders of Image City. black & white & RED is the title of Dan's show where he admits to having produced an exhibit of some of his favorite themes. At left is a photo of Dan's, Homage To Alexander Calder #1, that was chosen by Peter Marr as a "Peter's Pick" from the show. Peter commented "I have a habit of choosing the image used illustratively on the cards used to advertise the exhibitions as one of my "picks", and this is no exception. All of Dan's 'Homage to Alexander Calder' prints are exhilarating and very meaningful, but I can only choose one, so I selected #1, which by the way, is one of my all time favorite images created by Dan. The large print is electrifyingly dynamic and inspiring, I just wish that Calder could have seen it in person, for I am sure that he would have been justly proud to be honored in this way for his brilliant art. For creative impact, this authoritative graphic design is imaginatively inspiring..... For myself, the sheer boldness and starkness of the B/W design is both imposing and uplifting, and the inspired addition of the red element is both aesthetic and visionary."
Guest photographers during this show include Jeff Blackwell in the East Gallery, Peter Bilous, Jan Feldman, Jane Hopkins, and Burt Segelin. Camera Rochester members with their winning photographs from their competitions are Earl Jackson, Michael Parisi, Loretta Petralis, Sa Kim Tran, Jeno Horvath, and David Klass.
We round out the show with work by artists-in-residence, Jim Patton and David Perlman, and gallery partners Dick Bennett, Steve Levinson, Gil Maker, Don Menges, Betsy Phillips, Gary Thompson, Phyllis Thompson, and Sheridan Vincent.
First Friday Gallery Night is May 6 when the Gallery will be participating in the festivities of Rochester's monthly night of arts and culture. The Gallery is open until 9pm.
For full details of the show click here; be sure to check out the link to the "Preview of the Show Gallery" to see a selection of the fine works in the show.
|Peter's Picks for the Current Show|
Peter Marr selects his favorites
During each of our shows, Peter Marr makes his picks of the show from the work of the featured wall artist and the guest photographers. He writes an insightful commentary on the photographs that we enjoy. We include a shortened version of Peter's comments here in the newsletter. To see larger images and the full article click here.
In addition to the photograph in the first article, Peter also picked Dan Neuberger's Angles and Planes in Santorini shown at right. Peter noted "Bigger is certainly by no means better in a vast number of works of art, but here, in this extraction of intimate detail from a much larger 'canvas', the large print certainly adds heightened drama, and increases the impact of the graphic abstraction immensely. This building complex is an architectural gem in its own right, but by compressing the shapes, lines and angles, we end up with a superb, distinctive and incisive design,which owes its resplendence to the author's creative, artistic vision, and the astute use of soft and not harsh lighting, the latter being very prevalent throughout the Greek islands. The exquisite lighting dramatically highlights every salient feature, including the white stucco detail of the walls......"
Peter's next selection was Summer Rain by Jeff Blackwell. "The quality and diversity of subject matter displayed in Jeff's truly excellent images, are a great reflection on his consummate photographic and artistic talents. Furthermore, his photographs are elegantly matted, framed and presented in the East Gallery. I chose Summer Rain to comment further on, because not only is it visually stunning, it offers the viewer the opportunity to use their imagination and memory in an unlimited way. In this photograph, the rain adds a delicate softness to the color palette, particularly emphasizing the infinite ranges of pink tonalities, which provide an entrancing background to the more saturated hues seen in the young lady's clothing and the umbrella. Particularly captivating is the effortless formal brickwork pattern of the wall, captured against the multi-faceted colors seen in the reflections on the ground, where there is a shimmering display of closely spaced spectral lines. If this wasn't visually impressive enough, we are very aware of the dramatic, ethereal reflections on the wall, which are as mysterious as they are exciting. What the young girl is fascinated by, and what she is thinking about, should be left to everyone's unbridled imagination......"
Peter's next selection is New Aqueduct by Jeno Horvath. Peter commented "I have long been an admirer of Jeno's photographic and artistic talents, and in awe of his striking digital manipulative skills, so I just had to select this extraordinary image as one of my "picks", for it most certainly combines all of these prowesses into one superb print. Visually, this is a stunning, unique picture, and if this scene existed in reality anywhere in the world, it would be a must Mecca to visit for anyone, especially so for artists, photographers and admirers of eye-catching excitement. To marry so faultlessly and meticulously frescoes from the Sistine Chapel, with what I assume is a detail from the aqueduct in Rochester, is creatively remarkable. What I also admire about this image is the fact that almost everyone knows that you are looking at an extremely clever and detailed digital assembly, and yet it looks so real and believable....."
With Burt Segelin's Magnolia Peter noted that Burt "has superbly captured the delicacy and magical beauty that nature so timelessly and wondrously gives us. The intimate detail of part of a magnolia blossom is both artistically seen and impressively photographed, and I was particularly impressed by the fact that the top left quadrant has been deliberately left vacant, except for the faintest of definition. This magical seemingly vacant area, allows the keen observer to both imagine and explore the flower and its surroundings to its fullest potential. What one does see in this image, is nature's intricate design of the soft flowing folds of magnolia petals that culminate in the exquisite central portion of the flower. Supported by the lovely pastel-pink hues of the petals, we experience the amazing upthrust of the strikingly colored clusters of pistils, surrounded by equally beautiful stamens. Each of these individual elements are twisting and turning and rising up to fully capture the admiration and wonder of everyone fortunate enough to see this imposing flower.
|Call for Submissions - Portfolio Showcase 2011|
Photographers: Submit your Portfolio for our Summer Juried Show
We have been pleased to announce that Image City Photography Gallery in partnership with, Lumiere Photo, Denison Creative, PixelPreserve and are calling for submissions for
Portfolio Showcase 2011
This is our third year for the Portfolio Showcase. We think that you will continue to find this initiative fun, challenging and attractive:
Fun, because we ask you to submit a full portfolio of 8 (no more, no fewer) images that represent a specific theme (preferred) or the variety of your best work.
Challenging, because only the best 8 full portfolios will be shown at the Gallery during the summer.
Attractive, because, in addition to the exhibit of their work at the Gallery, and with thanks to our Sponsors, each of the 8 winners will receive a $200 award certificate applicable towards purchase of any of the many products and services offered by Lumiere Photo and PixelPreserve. Also, each winner will receive 2 complimentary hardbound copies of the limited-edition, high-quality show catalogue, specially designed and produced by Denison Creative and PixelPreserve and depicting all photographs from the winning portfolios.
Click Here for full details and the entry form for your submission. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
All the Gallery Partners and the Lumiere Photo, Denison Creative, and PixelPreserve teams look forward to receiving your submission by June 18, 2011 at the latest, even better if we receive it before June 2nd, 2011 - see details at the link above.
|Two Course Offerings through Image City|
Lightroom and a Photo Tour Day
Image City Partners are offering two upcoming courses. Steve Levinson is the instructor for a series to learn Adobe Lightroom. The classes will be held four Tuesdays, May 17 - June 7, at 7 - 9 pm. In describing the course, Steve says "My objective is instead of spending a great deal of time learning everything that you can do with any photographic software package, I will provide a clear work plan (series of things to do) so that you can take an image from your camera and make a high quality print. You will understand what each step does and how to use efficiently and in right order. That way you can spend more of your time on taking and producing great images."
The second offering is by Gary Thompson and Dick Bennett, who will lead a Day of Photography at Sodus Point and Chimney Bluffs State Park. The event is Sunday, June 12 and includes a pre-meeting Thursday, June 9 at 7 - 9 pm and a review session on Wednesday, June 15. Beginner to advanced photographers are welcome.
Enrollment will be to a limited number of participants for each course so you will want to reserve your spot soon. The details are spelled out at this link to the Image City website. We can mail or email you the registration forms if you would like to sign up or better yet, stop by the gallery to see the current show and sign up during your visit.
Image City Critiques
|At Image City on Wednesday, May 4 at 7pm | Each month, we have had a good turnout for Image City Critiques, our free program at the Gallery to provide participants an opportunity to engage in a friendly, constructive, and positive critique and review of their photographs. The sessions are held on the first Wednesday of the month. Join us for the next on Wednesday, May 4th from 7:00-9:00 pm. Please bring 2 or 3 jpg images or prints. Images may be on a CD or on a thumb drive and should be sized at most 1MB in size and at most 1500 pixels on the longest side. If you have any questions please contact Don Menges (email@example.com) or Gil Maker (firstname.lastname@example.org). We look forward to meeting with you on Wednesday, May 4 at 7pm.
|Gallery Partners Showing Elsewhere |
Gallery Partners are involved in a couple of additional exhibits in the area. George Wallace and Gallery Partners, Gil Maker and Don Menges, have an exhibit in May; titled Bracketed Exposures at Equal=Grounds Coffee House, 750 South Avenue, Rochester, NY. An opening reception is Friday, May 6th, 7- 9pm.
Gil Maker also has an exhibit, Visions of Italy, at the Casa Italiana gallery on the campus of Nazareth College. The exhibit runs to June 24.
Image City Photography Gallery, 722 University Avenue
May 4 - Image City Critiques, 7 - 9 pm
May 6 - First Friday Gallery Night, 6 - 9 pm
May 15 - Final day for black & white & RED
May 18 - Opening Day for Exhibit featuring Jim Patton and David Perlman
May 20 - Opening Reception for Exhibit by Jim Patton and David Perlman
May 17 - June 7, Tuesdays 7 - 9pm, Lightroom Course
June 12 - Photo Tour Day - Sodus Point and Chimney Bluffs
Image City Photography Gallery Hours: Wednesday - Saturday 11 - 7, Sunday Noon - 4
There is no admission fee to visit Image City Photography Gallery
Image City Photography Gallery, 722 University Avenue, Rochester, NY 14607
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