News of the current exhibit and events at Image City


Image City Photography Gallery
Newsletter #128   March 1, 2018


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We publish our Newsletter during each of our exhibits to pass along information and reviews of the exhibit, selected images and news of 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 the 13 shows we produce in 2018.



First Friday Gallery Night, March 2 from 5 - 9 pm. 


Our current featured exhibit at Image City is Peter's Picks 2016 - A Retrospective, where we look back to the photographs that were selected in 2016 as "picks" by Peter Marr and by Gallery Partners. For each of our 13 shows, several photographs that we especially like are selected and we add a commentary on what we appreciated to make the selection. We invited the photographers to return for the retrospective show and you will enjoy the variety that the 32 photographers bring to this fine exhibit. Peter Marr has been making "Picks" now for about 10 years and we always enjoy his insight and appreciation of photography and support at Image City. Visitors are enjoying the photographs and reading the commentaries posted next to each. 


Guest Photographers for the exhibit are Don Komarechka, in the Neuberger Gallery, Chris Goodenbury, and Arleen Thaler with an exhibit of photographs in partnership with Writers and Books, "Rochester Reads 2018" and the book The Distance Between Us by Reyna Grande.  


Rounding out the exhibit are award-winning photographs from Camera Rochester competitions by Jeno Horvath, David Kotok, Al Mosher, Loni Titus and Eric Vienne, as well as  Gallery Photographers, Dick Bennett, Carl Crumley, Steve Levinson, Gil Maker, Don Menges, Jim Patton, David Perlman, Luann Pero, Betsy Phillips, John Solberg, Gary Thompson, Phyllis Thompson, and Sheridan Vincent.  


Click Here to see our website listing and link to a preview of a stimulating selection of the superb photographs in the show. The exhibit runs through Sunday, March18. First Friday Gallery Night is March 2, from 5 to 9 pm. There is no admission fee at Image City and the Gallery is accessible to all. Hours are noon-6pm, Tuesday through Saturday and noon-4pm on Sunday. We look forward to your visit and support of Image City and the exhibiting photographers.





Peter Marr's Pick of the Exhibit 

Essence of Reverie by Don Komarechka

This scintillating exhibition of Don's photographs in the Neuberger Gallery gives a remarkable insight into how he has creatively explored and combined scientific and photographic technologies, to reveal intimate details of nature's awe-inspiring radiance and artistry. Of all the captivating prints, my favorite is Essence of Reverie in which imagination, a great deal of trial and error and photographic expertise has resulted in a spectacular outcome. It is not necessary to know the process that Don used to create this masterful image, although I would conjecture that it involved spraying droplets onto a long plumed feathery seed head or a delicate stem,
combined with macro photography. If a black background had been used, the end-result would have been a delightful silvery image of a spatial display of bubbles on an array where this a remarkable circular flow in almost every element.

Inspiringly, the artist used a flower for the background, one with a deep blue center, one with touches of purple and other warm colors that radiate out into the outer white petals.  Using flash photography and a shallow depth of field on the macro lens, the flower is out of focus, but magically, the droplets act like small lenses, and refraction of the light with these "lenses" reveal luminescent images of disk florets and white petals in most of the bubbles. The entire image retains the delicate flowing curve of the stem and all of the glorious circular elements, but it is now transformed into an entrancing and sublime display that is near to perfection as possible. Don imaginatively used one further component, namely water. By placing the stem in water, the flash exposure creates a wonderful reflected image of part of the curved structure, in which many of the droplets retain some of the flower details. The more that I look at this inspiring image and think about the author's print title, the more that I am reminded of two lines from a poem by John Greenleaf Whittier, namely, "Drop thy still dews of quietness, till all our striving cease, and let our ordered lives confess the beauty of thy peace". Peter A. Marr



Don Komarechka


Joining the exhibit in the Neuberger Gallery is Don Komarechka, a nature, macro and landscape photographer located in Barrie, Ontario, Canada. From auroras to pollen, insects to infrared, much of Don's photographic adventures reveal a deeper understanding of how the universe works.  Don also writes a monthly column for Outdoor Photography Canada Magazine, provides images and video for the BBC and Discovery Channel, has published a book of his snowflake images, lectures, conducts workshops, and hosts weekly photography podcasts. His book, Sky Crystals, Unraveling the Mysteries of Snowflakes is masterful in its description of the science, photographic technique, and art of snowflakes and is available for purchase at Image City.  This video shows a behind the scenes look at Don photographing mosquitoes in ultraviolet light for Discovery Channel:




Pre-Announcement of Portfolio Showcase 2018 and a Free Workshop


The 10th Annual Portfolio Showcase will start accepting entries on April 15.  It is not too early to start planning to enter your portfolio of eight photographs into this prestigious event.


Prizes valued at more than $3,000 will be awarded to the eight finalists (selected by two independent Judges) and, from this group, a Grand Prize winner will be selected by the Partners after viewing the final framed prints.


There will be a special FREE Workshop on April 21 (10-noon) covering things you should be considering as you put your portfolio together.





Image City Critiques Group Meets March 14 (note date change)


The Image City Critique Group will be delayed a week and will meet on Wednesday, March 14th, beginning at 6:30 PM.  The assignment for March is "artful ground photos".  Also, bring 2-3 prints to the meeting.



Calendar of Events

Image City Photography Gallery, 722 University Avenue


March 2, 5 - 9pm, First Friday Gallery Night

March 14, 6:30, Image City Critiques Group Meeting

March 18, Last Day of Peter's Picks 2016 - A Retrospective 

March 20, First Day of Through the Student Lens
March 23, 5 - 8:30pm, Reception for Through the Student Lens



Image City Photography Gallery Hours

Tuesday- Saturday Noon - 6pm

Sunday Noon - 4pm


There is no admission fee to visit Image City and we are accessible to all. 

in the Heart of the Neighborhood of the Arts 

 where our mission is to create a quality exhibition and learning experience for photographers and the art-loving community.


Image City Photography Gallery | 722 University Avenue, Rochester, NY 14607 | 585.472.2540 |