News of the current exhibit and events at Image City


Image City Photography Gallery
Newsletter #129   March 30, 2017


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Our Newsletter publishes during each of our exhibits to pass along information and reviews of the exhibit, selected images and news of participation opportunities at Image City.  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.



Through the Student Lens 2017   

Current Show Runs Through Sunday, April 15

First Friday Gallery Night, April  6, 5 - 9 pm


Our current exhibit is Through the Student Lens 2017 featuring the photographs of students from 18 local high schools. It is our ninth annual exhibit of the work of talented photography students. Visitors attending are telling us how much they are enjoying the  enthusiasm, vision and perspectives that the young photographers bring to the exhibit. So that the students can experience the full gallery experience, their photographs are available for purchase with proceeds going the artists.


We are again grateful to the sponsorship of Michael Hager at  Museum Photographics who printed the student photographs in the exhibit and to Jason Campbell of Frameworks of Rochester who mounted them for display. Their underwriting support for the student shows over the years is greatly appreciated.  


At the opening reception, Don Menges, who chaired and organized the exhibit, announced that West Irondequoit was selected by the Gallery Partners as the Best of the Show. Several of the proud photographers present for a photograph were: Louisa Weldy, Elizabeth Smith, Ms. Reinert the Visual Art Teacher, Lia DeFranco, and Samantha Buckley. The photo with the smiling winners is courtesy of Sue Jacobs.


Participating high schools are: Allendale Columbia, Aquinas, East Rochester, Eastern Monroe Career Center at BOCES, Fairport, Gananda, Greece Athena, Honeoye Falls-Lima, Le Roy, Norman Howard, Penfield, Pittsford Mendon, Pittsford Sutherland, Red Creek, School of the Arts, Spencerport, West Irondequoit, and Wheatland-Chili. Keeping with the student-artist theme, we also have an exhibit of photographs from the students at Wilson Foundation Academy's Studio 678, a program of the Flower City Arts Center. We very much appreciate the participation of all of the teachers whose guidance and coaching of the student photographers has given an exhibit where everyone's talent on exhibit!   


Guest photographers exhibiting in the Neuberger Gallery are 20 photographers with the Rochester Area Nature Photography Meetup Group, a very active meetup group that regularly gets together based on a calendar of events that have numbered over 1,100 over the last 11 years. Also featured in the show are award-winning photographs by Camera Rochester photographers, Archie Curry, Anthony Paladino, Alex Pendelton, Tony Solpietro and Joan Weetman. Rounding out the exhibit is work by Gallery Partners and Artists-in-Residence, Dick Bennett, Carl Crumley, Steven Levinson, Gil Maker, Don Menges, Luann Pero, Jim Patton, David Perlman, Betsy Phillips, John Solberg, Gary Thompson, Phyllis Thompson and Sheridan Vincent.


Plan to attend First Friday Gallery Night on April 6  from 5 to 9 pm. This reception is a great opportunity to view the art, discuss it with the attending artists, and to invest in their photographs. Click Here to see our webpage for show details and a preview of photographs in the exhibit.    



In the News


We were very pleased for the acknowledgement in the Rochester Business Journal March 30 issue with an article describing Through the Student Lens 2017 in the paper's Explore section. From the photographs submitted for their consideration, the editors chose Inner Grace by West Irondequoit's Emma VanDeWater as an example of the talent in the exhibit. 



Peter Marr's Picks of the Exhibit   


After reviewing the photographs by the Guest Photographers in the current exhibit Peter Marr selected two 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.


Highland Park, by Cindy El-Gaaly

This spectacular image of one of the most beautiful flowering perennials has been lovingly seen and artistically captured by Cindy. What makes the print so impressive and memorable, is that the exquisite lighting and outstanding colors of the Bleeding Heart plant have combined in such a way, that you can see and feel the awesomeness of nature's perfection. The ambient illumination inspiringly reveals a raceme of heart-shaped flowers gracefully suspended from a curving stem of the plant, with no distracting leaves to spoil the uplifting view. Each individual flower bursts out in all their glory with an inspiring palette of pink hues, from deep rose-pinks to lighter-pink shades. It is the shape of these flowers that gives the plant its name, for they are heart- shaped, and these delicate formations end at the tip with a small purple attachment that resembles a drop of blood, hence the name, Bleeding Heart. Nature even embellished these wonderful flowers with intricate symmetrical designs and patterns, all of which are impressively captured in this print with the lustrous lighting. Some might argue that the background is a little distracting, but I think that the circles of yellow and greens add a positive touch, supporting visually the delicacy and sheer majesty of the sumptuous necklace of flowers.

Light and Water on Colorful Sandstones
by Anthony Paladino  This lyrical waterscape, superbly seen and artistically captured by the author, is an impressive example of an image that is both timeless and magical. From the title, one knows that the photograph is about the playful interaction of light and water over colorful sandstones, which could be interpreted as the enchantment of moving water with the vitality of inert rocks. For myself, I am fascinated by the rhythmic interplays of colors in the water, which range from deep blues which gently merge into lighter shades of aqua blues and turquoise. Below the surface, the orange and yellow-gold hues could easily be imagined as from goldfish gently swimming over the sandstone rocks. Every viewer should take the time to look beyond the quiet beauty of this memorable print, relax the mind and try an emotional response, which could be a reflection of their own dreams. My own visual commentary is twofold. Firstly, it is easy to imagine that one is looking at an impressionism era painting, and secondly, the gentle flow of the water is musically reminiscent of a quiet passage from Claude Debussy's La Mer. Photographically, Anthony has captured this image creatively, particularly by using a shutter speed that is exactly right in order to capture the profound serenity and emotional impact of this image. 




Pre-Announcement of Portfolio Showcase 2017 and a Free Workshop


The 10th Annual Portfolio Showcase will start accepting entries on April 10. It is not too early to start planning to enter your portfolio of eight photographs into this prestigious event. Be on the lookout for the upcoming email announcement. 


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. CALL THE GALLERY TO SIGN UP--LIMITED NUMBER OF OPENINGS IN THE WORKSHOP. YOU MUST SIGN UP IN ADVANCE TO ATTEND THIS FREE WORKSHOP.



Image City Critique Group  

Next Meeting is April 4 at 6:30pm


The next Image City Critique Group meeting is Wednesday, April 4th, beginning at 6:30.  The assignment for the month is to take photographs of windows and/or doors. Be prepared to discuss why you chose the subject you did and how you prepared to make that image.



  Calendar of Events

  Image City Photography Gallery, 722 University Avenue


  April 4 Image City Critiques 6:30pm
  April 6
First Friday Gallery Night 5 - 9 pm

  April 15 Last Day of Through the Student Lens
  April 17 First day of Masks, Spirits, and Dreams Exhibit by Steve Levinson
  April 20 Opening Reception Masks, Spirits, and Dreams by Steve Levinson 


Image City Photography Gallery Hours

 Tuesday - Saturday Noon - 6pm
Sunday Noon - 4pm

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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