Friday, July 1, 2011

West Central Georgia Shutterbugs - July 2011 meeting announcement

Ten West Central Georgia Shutterbugs participated as two 5-member teams in the Serenbe Photography Center’s Open Competition on June 11. Our very own Yvette Tolson received a 1st place winner in Category 4. Shutterbugs participating were (left to right): Back row: Beau Gentry, Francis Hauke, Hazel Cromer, and Chadd Morton. Middle row: Bonny Shockley, Linda Godwin, Yvette Tolson, and Margie Lentini. Bottom front: Carol Peck and Dianne Kelly.

The West Central Georgia Shutterbugs are planning a Critique Night for their July 12 monthly meeting in Thomaston. Members are asked to submit images and allow others to comment during the presentation. Guests are welcome to visit at 6:30 pm that evening at the Thomaston-Upson Arts Council. Please come join us for this annual review.

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Sunday, June 5, 2011

Simple Pleasures Photography Exhibition Opens in Newnan on June 9th

Simple Pleasures Photography encores in Newnan Thursday, June 9th. The juried photography competition received high praise from collectors at its inaugural show in 2010 and was noted as being “one of the strongest photography shows in Georgia” at that time. The 2011 exhibit opens with a reception for its photographers at Encore Décor (next to Scott’s Book Store) on the south court square in historic downtown Newnan. The contest, which is open to professional and amateur photographers, focuses on the simple pleasures of life. The winners of this year’s competition will display their work at both the Carnegie Library and Encore Décor.

Bob Shapiro, who has been photographing people and events in Newnan for over 35 years, will serve as judge for the 2011 show which offers cash prizes to its winners who will be announced at the reception between 7:00 and 9:00 p.m. on Thursday.

Entries to Simple Pleasures are submitted to the judge by blind submission in order that professional ad amateur photographers may be judged solely on the merit of their work. Dale Niles of Fayetteville had never entered a photography contest prior to winning Best of Show in Simple Pleasures in 2010. Niles earned her first award with Simple Pleasures and then went on to win first prize in the “Nature Undisturbed” photography competition later the same year. Her wins opened doors to invitations for gallery exhibitions of her work which include The Dogwood Gallery in Tyrone.

The 2011 exhibit for Simple Pleasures is open to the public through July 7th at which time a closing reception will be held to announce the People’s Choice Award.

Friday, May 20, 2011

SlowExposures is "Calling all Photographers"!

SlowExposures is the nationally-recognized juried photography exhibition that underscores the diversity, contradictions and complexity of the rural American South.

Now in its ninth year, SlowExposures invites photographers to submit their work.

The deadline to enter the annual photo exhibition in Georgia is midnight, Wednesday, June 15th. Professional and amateur photographers are invited to submit their work.

Each photographer may submit up to six (6) images electronically through the web site below. All work must be original to the artist and must have been photographed within the past four years. The fee of $50.00 must accompany the entry and may be paid through credit card or PayPal.

Photographs may be color or black and white; using traditional or digital processes or elements of both.

“SlowExposures 2011” is staged September 16 through September 25 at the historic R. F. Strickland Building in Concord, Georgia, 60 miles south of the Atlanta airport.

All entries must be submitted online at the new “SlowExposures” website --- using the online registration form and payment by PayPal or credit card.

Contact Christine Curry at 770-567-3600 for more information.

Friday, April 29, 2011

Exclusive Photography Exhibition by Photographer Frank Sharp

Pinckneyville Park Community Recreation Center is proud to feature a breathtaking photo exhibition by renowned photographer Frank Sharp. The exhibition features photography from Frank and his wife Pearl’s travels to Cambodia and Thailand. Beautifully displayed, Frank’s exhibition includes photographs of the Angkor Archaeological Park 1,000 Stone Temple, the Giant Reclining Buddha at Wat Po and the city of Ayutthaya which is recognized internationally as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Frank Sharp is known for his spectacular photography from his travels with his wife Pearl throughout the world including Europe and Asia. Frank’s photography captures history and geography through the camera lens, bringing culture and traditions held within those countries to within an arms length for all to enjoy.

The exhibition runs from May 9, to August 5 and is open Monday through Thursday 10:00am to 9:00pm, Friday 10:00am to 4:00pm and Saturday 9:00am to 5:00pm. For a chance to meet Frank, an artist reception will be held on May 12, from 7:00pm to 9:00pm. Pinckneyville Park Community Recreation Center offers classes in cultural arts, dance, martial arts, wellness, fitness and much more. The Recreation Center includes a pottery studio, dance/aerobics room, large community room with catering kitchen, indoor and outdoor classrooms, and walking trails that connect to Pinckneyville Park and the Soccer Complex. For information and rentals contact 770.417.2200

Virginia Highlands Festival Photography Competition and Lecture Series Schedule of Events

The 2011 Virginia Highlands Festival is pleased to announce its call for entries and the schedule for the 2011 Lecture Series.

The call for entries will be June 25th 2011 starting at 9AM till 3PM at the Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center, Room 103

Prints may also be mailed to:
Virginia Highlands Festival Office
Attn: Christopher Bradshaw
P.O. Box 801, Abingdon, VA 24212

This Year the Festival is giving away $1000.00 in CASH PRIZES

Thursday July 21st starting at 6PM till 10PM will be a reception and gallery opening of the body of work received by the competition.
This event will be held in The Grand Hall of the Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center in Abingdon VA.
This event is open to the public and all entrants are asked to attend.

Saturday July 23rd starting at 9AM till 1PM will be a lecture with world renowned National Geographic Photographer, Bob Krist, entitled “Behind the Scenes: Real Life Misadventures of a National Geographic Photographer”.
This event will be held in the Grand Hall of the Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center.
Tickets are available online at
Nations Photo Lab is providing $25.00 gift cards to all attendees of this lecture.
Tickets are $15.00 and $10.00 for college students
Students must contact Christopher Bradshaw from a school issued email address for the promotional code.

Saturday July 30th starting at 9AM till 11AM
Around the world in 180 minutes with Chris Duncan
This event will be held in the Executive Auditorium of the Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center.
Tickets are available at
Tickets are $5.00

Saturday August 6th starting at 9AM till 1PM
The Parks of The Sierra Nevada Mountains with Richard Siggins
This event will be held in the Executive Auditorium of the Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center.
Tickets are available at
Tickets are $5.00
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Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Nature Undisturbed 2011 Juror Makes Selections

Susan Todd-Raque, Atlanta based art advisor and consultant specializing in photography, has selected the images for 2011 Nature Undisturbed. The show is growing and receiving many more entries each year. This year 96 photographers representing 10 states submitted 467 photographs for consideration. From this pool, 55 photos were selected. Thirty-six photographers from 7 states are represented in this group.

“This is remarkable,” said show director Donna Rosser, “our first year, 2009, we had only 45 photographers enter. This year 45 photographers from Fayette and Coweta counties entered the show. From Georgia, we had 85 photographers. It is an awesome experience to meet so many photographers who share a passion for nature photography.” Last year residents of Fayette County were the winners in both categories.

Nature Undisturbed showcases the beauty of nature. It also brings awareness to the local conservation group, Southern Conservation Trust. Many people in the area benefit from the work they do. Line Creek, Flat Creek, and Sams Lake nature areas are all maintained by the Trust. This year Nature Undisturbed has added Flint Riverkeepers to the show and the Flint River to the site specific category.

Dogwood Gallery in Tyrone, Georgia will the home of Nature, Undisturbed. “We are looking forward to a great event and an opening reception on April 16 that will be an exceptional art event in Fayette County. Also, our panel discussion scheduled for April 30 is not to be missed. It is humbling to see such rapid growth with the event.” Not only does the show exhibit the great photography but it gives the public a great opportunity to learn about art collecting with an emphasis on photography.

For more information on the show, this year’s juror, and the panel discussion; visit the website at Mark your calendar to attend the event at Dogwood Gallery and Framer in Tyrone April 16 through May 1st. The opening reception is open to everyone and is always a packed house with fun, great food, and wonderful photography.

Friday, February 18, 2011

'Art Thru the Lens' Photo Contest

Enjoy art through the interpretation of amateur photographers at the 2nd Annual Photo Contest “Art Thru the Lens” exhibition at George Pierce Park Community Recreation Center. On display are beautiful photo entries of landscapes, pets and still life objects, by local photographers who have transformed their hobby into works of art.

Everyone is invited to enjoy the art show and become a critique for the day. Members of the public will judge the contest entries via anonymous votes. The winners will be announced at an Artist Reception on Fri., April 1.

The photos entries will be on display from Feb. 25 - April 1. Exhibit hours are Mon. – Thurs. 9 a.m. – 8 p.m., Fri. 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Admission is free. George Pierce Park Community Recreation center is located at 55 Buford Hwy, in Suwanee. For more information, call 770-831-4173 or visit

SlowExposures Returns to Georgia this Fall

SlowExposures, the nationally recognized juried photo exhibition held each Fall in Pike County, Georgia, faithfully captures the rural South's distinct history and character through fine art photography.

The ninth showcase of photography opens on Friday, September 16th, 2011, in the 1887 R. F. Strickland Building (listed on the National Register of Historic Places), a late nineteenth century mercantile store, in historic Concord, Georgia, one hour south of the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

Elizabeth Biondi, Visuals Editor of The New Yorker, and Peter Essick, with National Geographic Magazine, are the jurors for this year’s show.

The “call for entries” begins in February, with a submission deadline of June 15th. Details on the entry process will be posted on the website in early February.

The photo celebration, which continues for two event-filled weekends, includes:

The Main Photo Exhibit, featuring dozens of images, which interpret the rural South,

A Lunch and Learn Photo Presentation,

John Bennette’s (the New York City collector) Show,

A Jurors’ Talk with Elizabeth Biondi and Peter Essick,

A Portfolio Review/Portfolio Walk that offers photographers the opportunity to have their work evaluated by some of the field's most respected professionals,

A Local Student’s Photography Contest,

Several Satellite Shows


The Slow Exposures Ball (dinner/dance) on Saturday, September 17th.

SlowExposures is the annual fundraiser of Pike Historic Preservation and is dedicated to supporting the historical and cultural heritage of the rural South through contemporary photography.

All proceeds from the show and the accompanying events go toward the preservation of historic buildings and landscapes.

Information and news will be available through Facebook, Twitter and an expanded, interactive website.

For more information, please visit or contact Slow Exposures, PO Box 489, Zebulon, GA, 30295, (770) 567-3600.

SlowExposures 2011 concludes on Sunday, September 25th.
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Thursday, February 17, 2011

Watch tonight’s sold-out Peter Galassi lecture online via a live webcast tonight at 7 p.m.

Starting at 7 p.m., click on this link to watch:

Peter Galassi, Chief Curator, Department of Photography, The Museum of Modern Art, will provide an overview of the exhibition "Henri Cartier-Bresson: The Modern Century," which opens to the public on Saturday, February 19.

Henri Cartier-Bresson (1908-2004) is one of the most original, accomplished, influential, and beloved figures in the history of photography. For more than twenty-five years he was the keenest observer of the global theatre of human affairs—and one of the great portraitists of the twentieth century.


We HIGHLY recommend this! Yesterday a couple of us from Arts Across Georgia were treated to a pre-opening walk and talk with Galassi. It was fascinating, just like the exhibit. He is a walking fount of knowledge... no one could stump him. We'll be going back to see the exhibit.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Take Your Best Shot – Nature, Undisturbed Deadline January 31, 2011

You still have time to capture your best photographs and enter them in the Southern Crescent’s premier photography exhibition. The 3rd annual juried exhibition Nature, Undisturbed™ continues to solicit entries for the 2011 competition through January 31.

Nature, Undisturbed™ is a celebration of the natural world. The exhibition will showcase the majestic beauty of nature, wildlife, and our local landscapes. The show brings the outside in for all to enjoy, highlighting the importance of greenspace and natural habitat protection for future generations of people and wildlife. This is your chance to capture moments on the not-so-beaten path and inspire others to do the same!

Take advantage of picture perfect natures areas in our community: Sams Lake Sanctuary south of Fayetteville, Line Creek Nature Area on Hwy 54 in Peachtree City, and Flat Creek Nature Area next to the Peachtree City Amphitheater. Photo opportunities abound at each for the Nature, Undisturbed™ ‘site specific’ category. Southern Conservation Trust manages all three public preserves and a portion of the exhibition proceeds benefit the Trust’s land conservation efforts. Visit for driving directions.

Finalists’ works will be on display throughout the exhibition and events, April 16 – April 30, 2011, at Dogwood Gallery and Framer in Tyrone.

For more details and to download the call for entries application, visit .

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Exhibition - Dr. Roy Ward’s Photographs

Now through February 7, 2011, at the Oconee Cultural Arts Foundation (OCAF) in Watkinsville, GA. This exhibition features black & white photography by Watkinsville's own Dr. Roy Ward. Images include photographs from our local scenic landscape, eastern coastal and mountain scenes, and a few feline inhabitants. One thing that all these images have in common is the timeless quality they possess. This is the first time OCAF has exhibited Dr. Ward's artwork. Opening reception to be held on Friday, January 7, 6 – 8 PM. For more information call (706) 769-4565, email or visit the website OCAF is located at 34 School Street in Watkinsville, GA. Gallery hours are Tuesday – Saturday 10 AM – 4 PM.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Nature Undisturbed 2011 Call for Entries - Deadline Jan 31st

Nature Undisturbed is becoming the springtime art event in the Southern Crescent. There is nothing like it in Atlanta. The call for entries is going on now. Nature Undisturbed is a juried photography show and sale celebrating the natural world. The previous years’ shows have been well received by the photography community and those who love good art. Last year the number of entries grew and sales were up. Nature Undisturbed is more than a photo show and sale; it is also a benefit for local conservation groups. There are two categories to enter. The first category is a nature photograph taken at any location, worldwide. The second category is a nature photograph taken on location at a property maintained by Southern Conservation Trust or of the Flint River.

Nature Undisturbed is a great opportunity for local photographers to become a part of a high end juried event. Last year entries arrived from 11 states. Donna Rosser, the show director, has received emails from photographers in Australia and the UK. Nature photography is something we can all relate to. Who hasn’t taken a sunset, beach, fall foliage or countless other nature photographs? This show is inspiration to the hobbyist and beginner photographer. The first place photos in each category last year were taken by Fayette County photographers.

Besides being an event for photographers – it is an event for the nature lover. The photography featured is diverse – not your typical calendar photo. The conservationist can feel good about the show since it helps raise awareness and funds for conservation groups. And lastly, this is an excellent opportunity for the art lover to add to a photography collection or begin one. During the show we will present a panel discussion on collecting photography moderated by juror, Susan Todd-Raque. If you have considered building a great photography collection, this is the time to come out and meet the photographers.

For more information on this year’s juror, the complete entry process, and a schedule of all show events; visit the website at The deadline to enter is January 31, 2011. Everyone is invited to the opening reception at Dogwood Gallery and Framer in Tyrone on April 16th from 6:00 to 9:00.