News of the current exhibit and events at Image City
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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 2017.
Our current exhibit at Image City is our Holiday Show 2017 featuring the work of Gallery Partners, Artists-in-Residence, and nine Guest Photographers. It is our 13th Annual Holiday Show. We expand our holiday visiting and purchasing opportunities to include Monday, December 11, and 18. For this exhibit, buyers may take photographs with them at the time of purchase, rather than wait until the end of the show. You will find a diverse exhibit of photographs ranging from scenic landscapes to the abstract to the exotic portraits of people in Central Asia. Certainly you could find one that would be perfect to purchase for your home or office d├ęcor or for a novel gift that friends and family would long appreciate. At the same time you will lend your support to the exhibiting artists and the Gallery.
  
The Holiday Show 2017 exhibit is sponsored by our neighbor, Carla M. Morris, Financial Advisor, Edward Jones located just down the avenue at 706 University Avenue. We thank Carla for her continuing support at Image City.
  
Guest Photographers are Bruno Chalifour, Clyde Comstock, Donna Cox, Bruce Elling, Chip Evra, Sherman Henzel, Laura Knecht, Susan C. Larkin and Dick Thomas.  
 
Gallery Partners and Artists-in-Residence are Dick Bennett, Carl Crumley, Steve Levinson, Gil Maker, Don Menges, Dan Neuberger, 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 superb photographs in the show. The exhibit runs through Saturday, December 23. There is no admission fee at Image City and the Gallery is accessible to all. Hour are noon-6pm, Monday through Saturday and noon-4pm on Sunday. Image City will be closed from December 24 through January 1, Reopening January 2 for The Magic of Light 2018 exhibit. 
Partners' Picks of the Exhibit

After reviewing the photographs in the current exhibit Gallery Partners selected five "picks" from the show and added a written commentary on why he made the selections. The following is a small selection from the exhibit that visitors are enjoying and purchasing. 
 
Perched in the Snow by Clyde Comstock Clyde's philosophy of photography is to isolate specific slices of the natural world to better examine a subject in a transitory landscape He exhibits and excellent collection of examples. Anyone who has tried to create a photo with a bird perching in the snow, knows the short amount of time that birds such as a cardinal stay in one place. Clyde places this beautiful cardinal in one of the power points of a composition - one-third from the bottom, one third from the side. The fresh snow appears cold and uninviting, yet as the cardinal is facing inward, so do we spend some time and follow the lines and patterns of the twigs and branches of the bush upon which the cardinal settled on. We are reminded of the coming winter and that upon going outside soon after the ending of a snowfall such as the one in the photo, the air is clean, the snow is fresh and white and muffles any other sounds that may be around. Congratulations to Clyde for presenting such a contemplative scene in such a transient natural setting.
 
  
Wolf Creek,by Chip Evra Chip is a frequent exhibitor at the Gallery, and has specialized in breath taking underwater shots. In this photography Chip looks down at the water instead of being in it!
He states that his goal as a photographer is to create "visual impact" to receive an aesthetic response. Wolf Creek certainly has such a visual impact...as it provides a beautifully composed image of a beautiful place. Long exposure is used to capture the waterfalls, but they are only components of the photo, rather than being the major subject as is so often done by other photographers.Use of a panorama format allows the viewer to see a vast expanse of this "mini-landscape"... being able to enjoy the creek and its surrounding trees. The color palette reflects a calm and beautiful environment; you can almost hear the stream ripping in the warm air. One's eyes are free to roam throughout this photograph, taking in its beauty and providing a sense of serenity which is always welcome in today's fast pace life we live. Eyes are drawn from the front of the photo along the stream, enjoying the waterfalls and small bridge then the trees and finally the sky, then back again. Providing such a pathway of what to focus on when looking at a photograph is the mark of a strong composition.
 
Happy New Year by Laura Knecht 
Laura's goal is the transform the ordinary into something that warrants a second or third look. This photograph does just that. Metal shavings do not immediately spring to mind as a great subject for a photograph. Their color is monochromatic, almost gray. But by including the strong orange-red colored rusted shelf support she has created a wonderful image.The shavings both frame the orange-red shelf as well as intrude into its space, making for an almost abstract orange-red feature. The viewer is presented with the pleasure of first enjoying the photograph for its strong visual graphic composition then looking deeper and seeing the components of the subject matter.Laura's title Happy New Year adds an additional dimension...it is whimsical and has the viewer thinking of confetti and hearing "Auld Lang Syne" playing in the background. Popping streamers, glasses of champagne, etc.Some of the shavings that are in front of the shelf support provide an almost "gesture" to the photo, keeping it from being too static. The viewer delights as they enjoy this very interesting and creative photograph.
 
Canna indica (Indian Shot)
by Susan C. Larkin
Canna indica has grown in the southeastern United State and part of South and Central America for thousands of years. Its seeds may be used in jewelry or in musical instruments and it roots are used to produce arrowroot, a starch. It is possible that seeds of Indian shot were used in flintlocks when lead pellets were scarce or unavailable-hence the common name - Indian shot. Susan specializes in capturing photos of plants in the bud or after the growing cycle is over. The translucency and the texture of the seedpods in this photo are spectacular; an indication of the amount of seeds that used to reside within. Though growth is long past, the stem and the trio of pods still seem to stretch upward in a graceful embrace of the sun. The blurred background provides depth and dimension to the pods. Canna indica is just one example of the artistic techniques employed by Susan to help us see the beauty of nature.  
 
The Old One by Dick Thomas There are many things that we often just walk by...one example are trees. There are so many of them it is too easy to just "label" a tree as a tree and continue on our journey. Dick has taken photography about a tree...not just a photograph of a tree.
The main tree, The Old One, is in the center of the frame and he has captured the stately majesty it presents. One wonders how long this beautiful tree has been in this field.
What makes this composition especially strong is the counter-point of the two trees flanking the Old One. They provide a reference to the viewer to visualize how large the main tree is. They also allow the viewer to add his or her interpretation to additional meanings for this photo. Many of us like to anthropomorphize non-human subject like animals, and this allows for a wide variety of interpretations. The symmetry is strong in this photo, but not perfect on purpose. The small bush on the left side of the photo breaks the symmetry in an interesting way. The back ground is present but shrouded in fog...making for a total primordial look, which strongly complements the subject matter and the title of this photo. Dick's use of color is restrained, with the beautiful colors of the tree counterpoised with the green of  of the foreground. The relatively gray background presents a wonderful back drop for the three trees. 
 
Upcoming Exhibit: The Magic of Light 2018
89 Photographers, 130 Photographs, and 2 Super Sponsors 
 
We are looking forward to another wonderful year of exhibits at Image City Photography Gallery, beginning with our popular The Magic of Light Show. Opening on January 2, 2018, the exhibit features 89 different photographers and 130 photographs. We will have two opening receptions; the first on Friday, January 5, from 5-9 and the second on Saturday, January 6, from 2-5.  Rowe Photo and Video and Audio  will present two $150 Gift Certificates for Two Jurors Awards selected by Gallery Partners, and Lumiere Photo and Frame (for printing and framing) will present a $150 Gift Certificate for the People's Choice Award selected by the Friday night reception visitors. Please support our sponsors! The exhibit will be open through Sunday, January 21, 2018.
   
Dick Bennett, Gallery Partner
Chairman of the 2018 Juried Show at Image City.

Calendar of Events
Image City Photography Gallery, 722 University Avenue

December 23, Last Day of Holiday Show 2017
December 24 - January 1 Image City closed for the Holidays 
January 2,
First Day of The Magic of Light 2018
January 5, 5 - 9pm, Reception and First Friday for The Magic of Light 2018
January 6, 2 - 5pm, Reception and First Friday for The Magic of Light 2018

 
Image City Photography Gallery Hours
Monday - Saturday Noon - 6pm
Sunday Noon - 4pm
Image City will be closed December 24 - January 1  
 
There is no admission fee to visit Image City

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.
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