News of the current exhibit and events at Image City
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 2017.
The current exhibit is Backroads by Phyllis and Gary Thompson.  Gallery Partners, Gary and Phyllis Thompson, have traversed much of North America in the last 40 years finding the perfect landscapes that is their well-known trademark. This exhibit of their new work continues their photographic traditions.  Joining them are 21 photography friends, each bringing their photography talent to the wide-ranging exhibition. They are associated as participants of classes and field trips lead by Gary: AJ Bellavia, Robert Carr, Cuyler Coddington, Archie Curry, Bonnie Gamache, Jane Gotowka, Mike Haugh, JoEllen Hill, John Hoeft, Ron Kenney, Frank Liberti, Ernie Nalette, Debbie Nawoczenski, Luann Pero, Angela Possemato, Karen Schlenker, Linda Siple, Loni Titus, Charles Vaughn, Fred Weingarten, and  Rob Westfall. Award-winning photographs from Camera Rochester competitions are exhibited by John Ejaife, Stephen Fielding, Jerome Kaye, Lisa Cook, David Braitsch, and Wu-Hsiung Yang. Rounding out the show are Artists-in-Residence, Jim Patton and David Perlman and Gallery Partners, Dick Bennett, Carl Crumley, Steve Levinson, Gil Maker, Don Menges, Betsy Phillips, John Solberg, and Sheridan Vincent. With 39 photographers in the exhibit, we know you will find an entertaining and diverse range of photographs.  
 Click Here to see our website listing and link to a preview of a stimulating selection of superb photographs in the show. The exhibit runs through Sunday, November 26. There is no admission fee at Image City and the Gallery is accessible to all. Hour are noon-6pm, Tuesday through Saturday and noon-4pm on Sunday. 
Call for Submissions: The Magic of Light 2018
Submissions are due by November 19
For the eleventh consecutive year, we are pleased to let you know that there will certainly be another juried theme show at Image City. Titled -- The Magic of Light 2018, the theme is open, to give you freedom to produce photographs with a wide, creative range of subject and style. The exhibit of selected photographs will be from January 2 to January 21, 2018 at the Gallery.
We are also pleased to announce that Rowe Photo, Video, and Audio and Lumiere Photo will join us in sponsoring the award prizes. You can find all details and the Entry Form for your submission at the special link: The Magic of Light 2018 Call Page. The same information is also available via the Image City Website. Note that there is now also a method where you can enter online.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me or by phone at 585-271-2540.
All Gallery Partners look forward to receiving your submission by November 19.
Feel free to forward this announcement to any of your friends and relatives who might be interested in participating in the Image City Juried Show, The Magic of Light 2018. There is a forward email link at the bottom of this newsletter.
Dick Bennett, Gallery Partner
Chairman of the 2018 Juried Show at Image City.

Introducing Luann Pero, Partner at Image City

The partners at Image City Photography Gallery are very pleased to announce that Luann Pero will be joining the Gallery. Luann has a passion for photography and has previously exhibited at Image City and numerous other galleries. "In retirement" she observes, "photography has been an extension of my graphic arts background, printmaking, and other artistic endeavors. Each time I pick up my camera, I embark on a journey. I try to capture the essence of a moment: the symphony of line, subtle color and reflections of light present in the daily beauty that surrounds us. Unpredictable and spontaneous happy accidents occur at the intersection of the literal and the figurative". We look forward to Luann's participation and to seeing more of her creative art in future Gallery exhibits starting with our Holiday Show 2017. Please join us in a hearty "welcome aboard" and be on the lookout for her exceptional photographs when you visit.
Phyllis and Gary Thompson Change their Participation at the Gallery

Gary and Phyllis Thompson, founding partners at Image City, have made innumerable contributions to the successful operation of the Gallery. Gary is a past President and Phyllis a past Secretary of the Gallery, roles they held for many years. They have been coaches and mentors to many photographers during the 160 exhibits over the last 12 years. They consistently exhibit exceptional photographs that engage all visitors and they are always quick to reveal locations in the country where they have discovered the photogenic landscapes that they are known for. For 40 years, starting when their children were young, they have travelled across North America in their van-camper, originally for the entire summer. Phyllis and Gary have decided to retire from their partnership at Image City the end of this year. We will certainly miss their active participation and staffing at the Gallery, where they always had an enthusiastic greeting and cheerful smiles. HOWEVER, we are very pleased to announce that they will continue to exhibit their photography at the Gallery in a new role as Artists-in-Residence, joining Jim Patton and David Perlman in that capacity. We look forward to seeing them at Image City during future exhibit receptions and special events.

Peter Marr's Picks of the Exhibit

After reviewing the photographs in the current exhibit Peter Marr selected three of his favorites and has written a commentary on why he made the selections. This is a popular feature of Image City exhibits, visitors enjoy reading Peter's insightful comments while viewing the photos.
Sharp Turn by Gary Thompson
What is particularly refreshing about this glorious tribute to nature's autumnal grandeur is that it is a vertical landscape of immense power and beauty. This image is a great tribute to the artistic and photographic skills of Gary as he has exquisitely framed this entrancing scene between towering maple trees. The diffuse ambient illumination enhances the impressive range of colors whilst still displaying all of the important detail in the rest of the scene. The range of colors is resplendent, with a delightful range of hues from yellows to reds. There are even a few green plants, barely visible in the foreground, trying to hide from sight because they cannot contribute to all of the colorful splendor. The dark gray, brown and black hues of the tree trunks act as a creative and powerful contrast to all of the bright maple leaves, further emphasizing their brilliant colors. Certainly, there is no sound of strife here, only a world of peace and serenity. Perhaps the leaves feel lonely when their neighbors fall, and maybe the ones in the foreground cascading from the maple tree off-shoots are a little unhappy because they cannot achieve the bright reds of the leaves of the tree itself. Nature ensures that whatever color the leaves are, they are all singing in unison to produce this magical fall image. In admiring this sublime a serene print, the viewer becomes aware of a discordant anomaly, namely, a rural road that dares to enter this woodland paradise. The road suddenly appears on a diagonal pathway, but happily, on seeing the awesome colorful scene ahead, it takes a sharp turn to the right and exits the frame at the left-hand side, appearing much diminished in width. The grayish color of the road which is lined on both sides by red maple leaves in no way adds a distraction to the scenic beauty of the woodland, and being a rural road there is probably very little traffic that traverses it. Furthermore, the diagonal lines and curved corner offer a visionary refinement in this vertical world of autumnal brilliance.
Peter Marr
Fisherman's Boat by Phyllis Thompson
Peggy's Cove is certainly a favorite tourist attraction in Nova Scotia, and Phyllis's wonderful and visionary print superbly captures the beauty and entrancing aura of this iconic fishing community. The quiet light creates a magical ambience that is awe-inspiring, from the hillside background that is bathed in mist and fog, all the way to the imposing boulders in the foreground. The diffuse illumination upliftingly contributes to the resplendent atmosphere and tranquility that emanates from this image, whilst revealing amazing detail and contrast throughout the entire scene. The range of hues in the latter contribute to a delightful color palette that is warm and inviting. Although vegetation is not expansive in this area, nature has a persistent habit of providing grasses and plants in areas that greatly add to the scenic beauty. This is certainly true here, where there is a lovely expanse of dark green hardy shrubs situated among the granite outcropping, which is a series of impressive large rocks which have a striking range of colors and designs, that together creates an inspiring foreground setting. Slowly sinking into the greenery between the rock fissures is one of the legendary boats that were commonly used by the local fisherman decades ago. Slowly rotting and breaking down from the Atlantic storms that pervade this area, this masterful craft still exudes an inspiring presence. Commanding an imposing viewpoint, the boat looks up the calm waters of the estuary where the sea placidly disappears into the foggy background. Fondly, it looks at the rustic wooden fish sheds which have a few lobster pots outside, and then sadly it inevitably sees the brightly colored trawlers on the other side of the waterway, vessels which have taken the boats place in the quest for fishing for lobsters. Happily, far from being forgotten, this discarded boat, a victim of time and technology, triumphantly remains as an emblematic symbol of this fishing community, adding charm and realism to the rugged beauty of this picturesque area. One hopes that there will not be any more modernization in this scenic area, so that for years to come, visitors will still be able to marvel at this vista, as one does by seeing Phyllis's stellar image.
                                                                                                Peter Marr  
Partners' Picks of the Exhibit

Gallery Partners have picked 3 of their favorite photographs by the Guest Photographers in the exhibit, our choice for "Partners' Picks".
Morning Light in the Adirondacks by Bonnie Gamache
Some photographers use strong vivid colors and complex subjects to create very dramatic, visually impactful images. Bonnie has taken a different approach, using soft light, gentle colors with ranges of blue to present a photograph which provides a contemplative focus to the viewer, much like what you would see when you get up before dawn and watch the rising sun slowly reveal the beauty of the Adirondacks.Simplicity is the key word for this photograph; just enough is shown to evoke the entrance of morning.  Mist surrounds the landscape, shrouding it in a mysterious haze. The water reflects the reeds, providing a strong sense of calmness  A minimalist look at nature.This is a photograph which one can look at, almost meditating, and see the skill of the photographer and the beauty of early morning, inspiring a sense of calm.A very effective treatment of nature's beauty.  
Early Bird at Hemlock Lake by Ron Kenney
This photograph brings with it an almost magical mood. Details are minimal, but the almost silhouetted subject matter seems to almost float in the image. The contrast between the light and dark maintain the transparency of the rising mist. There is a strong contrast between the man-made structures counterbalanced by the "early birds" on the right. This balances the composition, albeit with two different kinds of subjects separated from each other by a large amount of space. One wonders why the birds are grouped away from the gazebo and benches. It is left to the viewer to present ideas and interpretation to this question.
Simplicity is the key word to describe this photograph. The focus is on the ethereal light, fog and mood that Ron has captured in this beautiful photograph. Light can be magical, and Ron displays how a creative photographer can capture and share this with the viewer.
Solid and Liquid
by Angela Possemato The impact of Angela's image is immediate. You can feel the rushing water dragging past the edge of the stone as if to coax the few remaining leaves to abandon their perch and ride the current downstream. One of the characteristics that makes photographer an artist is the ability to look at a large visual panorama and decide exactly what to put into the frame and, just as important, what to leave out.Angela has done a great job placing the rocks edge on a diagonal taking up about a third of the frame. The swift water creates a wonderful abstract of reflection and complimentary colors. The remaining leaves on the solid surface lend the only hint to reality and allow us to interpret what we are looking at. Angela has a fantastic "eye" and is able to find these small treasures in the landscape.  
Image City Critique Group Meets December 6
The Critique Group meets next on Wednesday, December 6th beginning at 6:30PM.  We are continuing our effort to capture fall photographs in B&W as well as to hone our critiquing skills.  Contact Don Menges for additional information. 
Calendar of Events
Image City Photography Gallery, 722 University Avenue

November 26, Last Day of Backroads by Phyllis and Gary Thompson and Friends
November 28, Opening day next exhibit Holiday Show, 2017 
December 6, 6:30 pm
Image City Critique Group
December 1, 5 - 9:00 pm, Reception and First Friday for Holiday Show 2017 

Image City Photography Gallery Hours
Tuesday - Saturday Noon - 6pm
Sunday Noon - 4pm
The Gallery will be closed, Thanksgiving, November 23 
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