News of the current exhibit and events at Image City

Image City Photography Gallery
Newsletter #132   June 22, 2018


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 2018.

Diners, Drive-ins and more.... by Carl Crumley

Current Show Runs Through Sunday, July 8

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

Our current exhibit is Diners, Drive-ins and more.... by Carl Crumley, Gallery Partner, featuring photographs of Americana in upstate New York. Carl spent more than a year researching, exploring and photographing old diners, drive-in and movie theaters and other examples of Americana.  He especially enjoyed neon and incandescent lights that make for very colorful and interesting photographs that visitors to the gallery have found both nostalgic and entertaining. The opening reception was very sumptuous, where in addition to the goodies from our neighbor, Goodness Cakes, Carl supplied frozen custard from Abbotts and donuts from Donuts Delite, featured in his photo selection.  In the Neuberger Gallery Dick Beery returns with a fine exhibit from his Driving the Southwest this Winter. Guest photographers are Bonnie Doolan, Julie Oldfield, Gary & Myrna Paige, Anthony Paladino, and Jeanne Rosenthal. Gallery Photographers Dick Bennett, Gil Maker, Steve Levinson, Don Menges, Jim Patton, Luann Pero, Betsy Phillips, John Solberg, Gary Thompson, Phyllis Thompson, and Sheridan Vincent round out the show. 

The show runs through July 8, you will enjoy this one! First Friday Gallery Night is July 6 from 5 to 9pm. Our receptions are always an enjoyable evening with refreshments and an opportunity to mingle and have discussion with the exhibiting photographers and other guests. With 18 photographers in the exhibit you will surely find a wide selection of art; you will find many to enjoy, appreciate, and perhaps purchase to support the photographers efforts. Click Here to see our webpage for show details and a preview of photographs in the exhibit.    

Partners' Picks

Peter Marr was not available to make his selection for Peter's Picks for this exhibit, Gallery Partners have selected five of their favorites from the Featured and Guest Photographers in the exhibit.

The Ghost of Texaco by Carl Crumley So why is this photo titled, 'The Ghost' of Texaco?   If you talk to Carl he'll tell you a story about how that Texaco service guy was in the doorway when this photo was taken... and then he was gone... or he was looking out the window.  The story changes. Regardless, this is the fun Carl has with his images. This entire show is how Carl enjoys his photography. Don't be fooled though. Carl is an excellent photographer. He takes his craft seriously and this photo is, in my opinion, one of the best in his show. Beautiful, low in the horizon, sunlight illuminates this structure softly from the right. The foreground is wispy white with no footprints or tire tracks. The vintage gas pumps are stoic sentry's waiting for the first customer. The buildings act as a bulletin board where several little "stories" are posted. Bright red breaks the stillness as it leads us across the frame from the Coke sign, to the air pump, to the Coke cooler, and finally to the gas pump. Then a bit of dark field on the right forces us back to the image and we catch the two Texaco signs and another Coke sign only to begin the trip again. A well framed image begging us to discover all the little details. Finally, we see the Texaco Man watching us through the door and we ask ourselves if we saw him the first time through the photo or did he just appear - like a ghost!

Grandview Point, Grand Canyon by Dick Beery Dick once again has presented a beautiful display of his photographs in the Neuberger Gallery.  These photographs were taken during his annual four-month journey through the magnificent Southwest....hence the title Driving the Southwest this Winter. Grandview Point-Grand Canyon is from a beautiful series of panoramas. This format is a wonderful way to portray the magnificent views of the Grand Canyon area..... a difficult area to photograph due to the amazing size and grandeur of this area of the United States. Dick has done a wonderful job in this photograph of contrasting the almost wave-like undulations of the rock formations with the beautiful blue sky dappled with clouds. Several trees function as a counterpoint in the lower right-hand portion of the photograph, providing a sense of perspective. Dick also has some rocks in the lower left-hand portion of the photo which serve a similar purpose. The contrast between the rough brown surfaces of the land and the blue and white sky provide a strong visual separation in the photograph, almost two different worlds. The other three panoramas complement this photograph, installed close to each other so that the viewer's eye can easily move from one depiction of nature's beauty to another. 

Frozen in Time by Julie Oldfield Many photographers are drawn to natural beauty; hence the large number of landscape photographers. Frozen in Time couples the landscape with man-made artifacts to yield a stunning photograph. Taken in the winter Julie has captured the cold blue light of the snow, combining it with the white gate, beautifully framing the Gazebo, with its open arms both inviting you to enter and approach the Gazebo and at the same time offering a barrier to entering if you don't have the correct kind of footwear. The symmetry is wonderful, showing the care that was taken by her in composing this photograph. Photographs like this make you stop and consider the metaphors presented by Julie in how she photographed this scene. One could ascribe many different meanings this photo. Creative writing classes could be given the assignment of describing what this photograph is saying, and one would get many different interpretations.... spanning subjects such as loneliness, inclusion, barriers, etc. etc. etc. The mark of a great photograph, as with all art, is that it makes you think, try to understand the inner meaning of the work while at the same time providing an image that is very pleasing to look at. Julie has achieved this very effectively. 


Cloud Forest to the Sea-Sunset; Monteverde, Costa Rica by Gary Paige  

Myrna and Gary's selection of images for their exhibit seems an outward demonstration of the joy with which this couple travels and photographs together. The colors are vivid and sharp, the people are all smiling and it's a joyful look at the flora and fauna and people of Costa Rica. The only landscape in the exhibit, placed prominently in the middle, is a beautiful sunset from Monteverde. For this photo, Gary chose to silhouette the forest and the large tree in the foreground with the sky in brilliant sunset colors in the background. The photo gods tell us not to place the what appears to be the subject in the middle of the frame, and yet it works for Gary because the sky is the true subject here. The clouds have their own forest features with undulations and peaks and valleys. The dynamic colors of orange and yellows dominate a third of the photo highlighted by the sun to the left of the tree. One can only envy Gary and Myrna eating their meal of Casado and drinking a delicious jaguar colada.

Winter Trees-Perinton, NY by Jeanne Rosenthal New York State offers boundless opportunities for the talented photographer. A very significant percentage of the artists who exhibit at our Gallery have created wonderful images with our surroundings as subject matter. Jeanne Rosenthal joins this group of photographers with her current exhibit of photos taken of the varied sites, terrains and structures she sees as she travels throughout this area. Winter Trees is an excellent example of how she sees beauty in a subject that many just pass by as they hurry to get to where they need to go, especially in the winter time. This monochromatic photograph shows the contrast between the dark tree trunks and branches and the white of the snow and the winter sky. 

The trees seem to start below the mat and continue through the top edge of the mat, soaring into the sky. The trunks and strong, upright elements bound the photograph. They bend slightly towards the middle of the image, keeping the viewers eyes inside the left and right borders and allowing them to move up and down, the directions of the growth of trees. The beauty of snow is captured by depicting how it clings to the horizontal branches, a time of beauty after a snow fall. 

Many folks in Rochester have learned to love the photographic opportunities of winter, at time when many stay inside or move to warmer climates.

Note: The Image City Critique Group  will not be meeting in July and August.

  Calendar of Events

  Image City Photography Gallery, 722 University Avenue

  July 6 First Friday Gallery Night 5 - 9 pm
  July 15
Last Day of Diners, Drive-ins and more.... by Carl Crumley
  July 17 First day of an exhibit  by Dick Bennett  
  July 13
Opening Reception, 5 - 8:30 pm exhibit by Dick Bennett 

Image City Photography Gallery Hours

 Tuesday - Saturday Noon - 6pm
Sunday Noon - 4pm
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photographers and the art-loving community.


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