|Image City Photography Gallery Newsletter |
|Issue: # 62||December 6, 2012|
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 2012.
Holiday Show 2012
Current Show Runs Through Sunday, December 23
This coming Friday, December 7, is First Friday Gallery Night, reception is 5 - 9pm. Please join us for the festivities.
Image City Photography Gallery's current exhibit is our annual Holiday Show. Twenty-one photographers show another broad selection of their work that in total covers the gamut of themes and styles. Each with an intent of presenting opportunities for both adding to an art collection or as perfect gifts.We have nine invited Guest Photographers: Peter Bilous, Bruce Bozman, Dewey Fladd, Scott Matyjaszek, Luann Pero, Dan Nolan, Joyce Pearson, Lou Ryen, and John Solberg, In the East Gallery we feature the work of Artists-in-Residence Jim Patton and David Perlman. We round out the show with work by Gallery Partners, Dick Bennett, Carl Crumley, Gil Maker, Steve Levinson, Don Menges, Dan Neuberger, Betsy Phillips, Gary Thompson, Phyllis Thompson, and Sheridan Vincent.
Note that we have special holiday hours for the Holiday Show. The Gallery will also be open on Mondays and Tuesdays. We will be closed December 24 through January 1 whlle we celebrate the holidays and also to install our next show, The Magic of Light 2013 that will feature the photographic art of more than 80 photographers who entered the juried competition.
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 that runs through Sunday, December 23.
We appreciate the financial support for the Holiday Show by Thomas J. Kroon, financial advisor Edward Jones. Tom, our good neighbor, is a long-time supporter of Image City.
Happy Holidays and Best Wishes from all of us at Image City!
Peter's Picks from the Exhibit
We are pleased at the return of Peter Marr who has made his "picks" of the exhibit from the exhibits of the Guest Photographers. In addition to making the selection, Peter reviews the photographs with very interesting and enlightening comments. Click here to visit the website for the review and and the larger image. Here are Peter's Picks and a portion of the review:
Peter selected a Bruce Bozman photograph noting "I chose Sea Turtles both for its stellar visual impact, and for its uniqueness in illustrating one of nature's inspiring displays. If that were not enough, this majestic print also has many of the abstract qualities that the artist captures so eloquently in all of his images. I have never seen or experienced such an intimate gathering of turtles, or ever imagined that such remarkable reptiles could have such breathtaking design features, together with a sumptuous color palette that is nothing short of amazing. The range of colors both of saturated and delicate hues are extraordinary, and combined with the vast range of intricate and visually electrifying designs, the overall impact for the viewer is mind-boggling. No human artist could imagine or paint such a striking and awe-inspiring spectacle......... The more one moves back to view this uplifting image , the more one is aware of its creative abstract design qualities, where the individual parts of each of the turtles, plainly visible close-up, merge into a highly colorful stylistic mosaic. This image is a nature highlight of outstanding visual beauty and dramatic impact, and is a great tribute to a virtuosic artist."
A second choice was Zombie Sunflower by Dewey Fladd. Peter observed that "This dynamic and powerful landscape of detail from a field of sunflowers is a great tribute to the artistic vision of the author. The color swath of deep yellows highlighted against vibrant green hues is electrifying, helped immensely by the dramatic lighting against a backdrop of approaching dark storm clouds The imposing illumination reveals every detail in the leaves and petals of the sunflowers, especially of those in the immediate foreground. Growing majestically and in profusion alongside a stand of corn, these magnificent plants have never looked as awesome as they do in this print. Amazed by nature's magnificence, coupled with the fact that nature is for reverence, one should also be cognizant of the realization that the viewer should project one's own imagination onto the image, and see what one wants to see. In my mind, I am profoundly aware of a large army, whose troops stretch in soldierly array as far as the eye can see, heads bowed as they listen to instructions regarding an impending battle....... One is witnessing not just the golden morn before the ensuing storm, but a field of combatants, immaculately and resplendently attired, imperially awaiting their final orders. I would urge every viewer of this stellar image to both admire and perhaps take the time to delve into their own imaginary world, hopefully before they have read what I saw in this elegant field of sunflowers."
With the choice the photo by Scott Matyjaszek, Peter noted that "For many years, I have been an ardent admirer of Scott's "Photo-Sculptures," and this creative collage is a great example of his innovative and distinctive style. One can only marvel at his artistic vision, his flawless attention to detail, and his uncanny ability to re-awake our experience of reality in a very profound manner. His visualization of what he wants as the final image is unsurpassed, although one must conjecture that the steps Scott has to complete to produce a definitive and satisfying 3D image are complex, but as in the Downward Dog, especially rewarding. In this uplifting collage, one is immersed in a pastoral quiet setting of a mature woodland, in which verdant green hues signal springtime or early summer. Into this idyllic setting there is an avant-garde summer house, whose base structure could easily be mistaken for a modern variation of a nissen hut. Certainly, in keeping with late 20th. century architectural visionaries, the doors and windows definitely do not adhere to any conventional openings. Somewhat strangely, this unusual building is fronted by garden elements that are very traditional. Richard Fahey has famously stated that: "Perception is personal, we see what we see." In Scott's intriguing piece, I did not see a dog, rather a very different animal. I can plainly visualize an Arctic landscape, devoid of trees, where on an ice-floe, there is a Polar Bear, in a pose that is truly characteristic of the species. The powerful legs are easily supportive of the imposingly-arched back and the massive shoulders and head, the latter culminating in the elongated muzzle, which is deftly probing the blow-hole in the ice for any unsuspecting seal that may surface for air....... The ultimate skill of Scott's creativeness, is to present the viewer with an elegant and thought-provoking collage, so that anyone can use their visual awareness to perceive what they imagine they see. In this superb piece, he has definitely done this by imposingly embracing creativity."
Dan Nolan's Autumn Symphony is another of Peter's Picks observing that "This is an impressive assembly of fallen foliage that nature has aesthetically collected for everyone to be captivated by. The color palette is resplendent, with an infinite variety of values and uplifting hues that expressively support the unique shapes and textures of each leaf. If that were not enough, the lovely lighting accentuates the frost and snow covered leaf edges, together with the powdery snowfall, where delicate flakes dance in the background. Sadly, this may be their last hurrah before these leaves are swept ignominiously into a plastic container, or sucked into the entrails of a vacuum machine that prowls the streets, swallowing everything in its path. For myself, I would like to think that this elegant array of leaves, so creatively captured by the artist, will be recycled into the earth to provide valuable nutrients for future generations of trees and vegetation. Furthermore, it is important to remember the valuable contribution that these leaves gave when they proudly adorned the neighborhood trees, giving life and beauty throughout the seasons. With the onset of autumn and early winter, each of these leaves had to say goodbye to their companions as they were carried to earth by the prevailing winds. How fitting that many of these leaves should end up united not only with their own-kind, but foliage from other tree species, triumphantly continuing their quest for enriching their surroundings. Dan has given us an illustrious image that brilliantly captures the passage of time with serene eloquence."
Image City Critiques
At Image City on Wednesday, January 2nd at 7pm
Each month, we enjoy a good turnout for Image City Critiques, our program at Image City 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, January 2nd from 7:00-9:00 pm.
The assignment for this session is to have two image files where "you didn't get the result you wanted or it didn't turn out as you planned." Send your two image files for the assignment to share for discussion with the group to Gil Maker (email@example.com) before Wednesday. January 2nd.
|Niagara Frontier Camera Clubs' 2013 Convention|
|March 15, 16, and 17, 2013 |
Image City Photography Gallery will be attending as a proud sponsor of the Niagara Frontier Camera Clubs' 2013 Convention. Check their website for current details. You will want to check back as more programs are added. Visit the NFRCC website at www.nfrcc.org/convention
|Rental Rates to Increase in 2013|
Since the founding of Image City Photography Gallery in 2005, hundreds of photographers have taken the opportunity to exhibit their art with us. We are extremely grateful for their support of Image City. It is key to our success. The expenses for the operation of the Gallery are covered by the rental paid by guest photographers, by entry fees to juried shows, by sales commissions collected, and by Artists-in-Residence and Gallery Partner monthly contributions. We consistently strive to improve the gallery and are pleased when we receive so many glowing compliments for our efforts. With increased operating expenses, we have determined that we will need to make a modest price increase for the rental of exhibit space in the gallery. The price increase will begin with reservations made after January 1, 2013. If you are planning to exhibit in the future, it will be to your advantage to make your reservations for 2013 and 2014 prior to January 1 so that you can avoid the modest price increase. We look forward to hearing from returning artists as well as first-time exhibitors--you will find details on "How To" when you click this link -- exhibition opportunities
. Again, a hearty Thank You! to all who have loyally supported Image City Photography Gallery.
|Calendar of Events|
Image City Photography Gallery, 722 University Avenue
Special Hours: The Gallery is open on Mondays and Tuesday before Christmas.
December 7 Holiday Show 2013 First Friday Gallery Night.
December 23 Last Day of the Annual Holiday Show at Image City
December 24 - January 1 The Gallery is Closed
January 2 Image City Critiques 7 - 9pm
January 2 Opening Day for The Magic of Light 2013 Juried Show
January 4 Opening Reception and First Friday Gallery Night 5 - 9pm
January 5 Opening Reception, Saturday, 2 - 5pm
Image City Photography Gallery Hours: Monday - 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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