News of the current exhibit and events at Image City


Image City Photography Gallery
Newsletter #142   March 29, 2019


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 2019.



Through the Student Lens 2019    

Current Show Runs Through Sunday, April 14

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


Our current exhibit is Through the Student Lens 2019 featuring the photographs of students from 18 local high schools. It is our tenth 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 School of the Arts was selected by the Gallery Partners as the Best of the Show.  Representing the school at the reception are Ken Riemer (volunteer/photo club co-advisor), Mariela Hernandez (grade 9), Susan Rudy (SOTA art teacher, photo club co-advisor), Christina Carleton (grade 8), and Alan Tirre (SOTA Academy Director, photo club co-advisor. If you stop into the Gallery during the Student Show you will notice that some photos have a gold star on the information tag.  In fact there are 9 gold stars as each one represents the favorite image of one of the 9 partners. At the end of the show a letter form the Gallery will be sent to each of these students recognizing that they have received an "Excellence in Photography" award from Image City Photography Gallery for the Through the Student Lens 2019 exhibit. As there was 180 photographs to choose from, this is quite an accomplishment.


Participating high schools are: Allendale Columbia, Aquinas Institute, Brighton, East Rochester,  Gananda, Greece Athena, Honeoye Falls-Lima, Le Roy, Penfield, Pittsford Mendon, Pittsford Sutherland, Red Creek, School of the Arts, Spencerport, Webster Thomas, West Irondequoit, Wheatland-Chili and World of Inquiry. Keeping with the student-artist theme, we also have an exhibit of photographs from the students at Studio 678 Wilson Foundation Academy Photo Club, 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 with everyone's talent on exhibit!   


Visiting Artist, Edgar Ballestas, continues with an exhibit of his captivating New York City photographs. Gallery partner, Gil Maker, is exhibiting in the Newberger Gallery.  Also featured in the show are award-winning photographs by Camera Rochester photographers, Dave Braitsch, John Ejaife, Stephen Fielding, and Anthony Paladino. Rounding out the exhibit is work by our Artists-in-Residence, Jim Patton, David Perlman, Gary Thompson, and Phyllis Thompson and Gallery Partners, Dick Bennett, Carl Crumley, Steven Levinson, Gil Maker, Don Menges, Luann Pero, Betsy Phillips, John Solberg,  and Sheridan Vincent.


Plan to attend First Friday Gallery Night on April 5  from 5 to 9 pm. This receptions are 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.    



Partners' Pick of the Exhibit   


After reviewing the photographs by the Guest Photographers in the current exhibit partners have selected one of our favorites and has written a commentary on why we made the selection. This is a popular feature of Image City exhibits, visitors enjoy reading the insightful comments while viewing the photos.


The Stillness of NYC by Edgar Ballestas --Edgar's photographs of New York have been consistently striking, demonstrating a great eye, in-the-field photographic skill and excellent post-processing technique. The Stillness of NYC is a great example of each of these, and there is an added quality that makes this image stand out. That quality is mood - a sense of mystery, a sense of dark intrigue, a fleeting thought of Gotham city. The mood is no accident, but rather a reflection of the photographer's skill in all three areas mentioned above. First, the photograph was taken (as its title implies) under a gray cloud-filled sky. The long-time exposure has erased the structures of any cloud formations giving the sky an eerie flowing quality. The same exposure has erased any structures in the water. It is a mirror for the sky, doubling the mysterious quality.The image is almost black and white with only traces of color, in a way so natural for our vision as darkness approaches. The color may be there, but our eyes no longer can capture it. The dramatic array of black wooden piles, now without any other purpose, lead our view to the great city. There they stand, the massive buildings, each with an almost graphic structure. It is all so still. Quiet. Waiting.The natural stone bank in the foreground, with its rough surfaces and irregular shapes sets the scene apart from our immediate presence. We look over it and let our imaginations go free.



A Course by Steve Levinson

Creating Great Photographs with Adobe Lightroom

After taking this lecture and workshop course, you will have a workflow that you can efficiently follow for every photograph you make:

  • importing images into your computer so that you can easily find them at a later time
  • selecting the best images using an organized process
  • creating a customized creative digital image and then
  • making a fine digital print or posting on the internet.

Dates: May 22, 29 and June 5, 12  


Location: We will meet at the historic Pittsford Flour Mill, 15 Schoen Place, Pittsford


Price: The price for this course will be $190 and the class will be limited to a maximum of eight photographers. You can sign up and prepay for the course at Image City Photography Gallery. Check the link for details online at "Courses at Image City"-- 



Image City Critique Group  

Next Meeting is April 3 at 6:30pm


The next Image City Critique Group meeting is Wednesday, April 3rd, beginning at 6:30.  The April assignment is to try and take photos in a Nathan Lyons style.  Please visit the Eastman Museum where there currently is a show featuring the work of Nathan Lyons.



  Calendar of Events

  Image City Photography Gallery, 722 University Avenue


  April 3 Image City Critiques 6:30pm
  April 5
First Friday Gallery Night 5 - 9 pm

  April 14 Last Day of Through the Student Lens
  April 16 First day of our next exhibit by David Bleich  


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.


Image City Photography Gallery | 722 University Avenue, Rochester, NY 14607 | 585.271.2540 |