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October Meeting Notes…

October Meeting Summary:

Shannon Randol, the juror for our current JCC show, pulled together possibly one of the most interesting juror critiques we’ve had yet. So that the group could focus on the images themselves, rather than getting caught up in the title/photographer, Shannon presented anonymous photographs from the original pool of nearly 200 submissions. Using primarily a subset of photos that had been selected for the show, but also including a sampling of photos that were not selected, he provided insight into his perspective about what worked/ could have been improved, as well as historical and contemporary references to similar photographers.

For example, Shannon admired the sense of scale the first photo he showed, (below, Al Wood’s “Respite at the 15 Mile Point,”) and then showed Francis Frith’s 19th Century photos from Egypt where sense of scale is also provided by human figure – and then riffed into Sally Mann’s progression of photos of her children, where over time they became smaller and smaller portions of the landscape until Mann had morphed into a landscape photographer.

C. Al Wood, Respite At The 15 Mile Point (1)
C. Al Wood, Respite At The 15 Mile Point (1)

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One of the recurring themes in Shannon’s commentary was the use of space within the frame of a photo, noting that a photograph is as much about what is excluded as it is about what is included, that the “right amount” of space (including negative space) can strengthen the photo, and that paying attention to the edges can really make a photo. Other observations included use of perspective through not only the camera angle but depth of field/focusing to clearly guide the viewer to the subject and/or mood. He also shared a practice one of his mentors in graduate school insisted upon, which sounds like another great “Zen Camera” exercise – to always take a second shot 5 steps further away from the original shot and compare the two. (For some of us the opposite might be useful – to take 5 steps closer….)

Thank you, Shannon, for the great thought and energy you put into this show! To see all 40 selections, and create your own critique, go to 2019 JCC Exhibit

 

Upcoming

* November – no SNAP meeting. But a wonderful invitation from Brentwood Photography Group to hear John Paul Caponigro, sponsored by Epson. November 5, 6:30-8:00, Otter Creek Church, 409 Franklin Road, Brentwood 37027. This is a “ticketed” event – it’s free, but you need to sign up here:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-power-of-color-with-john-paul-caponigro-presented-by-epson-tickets71863847703?aff=eac2

* December – date TBA, SNAP Holiday/Dirty Santa Gathering. Be thinking about what delicious potluck food / beverage (including adult beverages) you’d like to bring, along with what print (at least 8×10) you’d like to bring for the swap.

Other Meeting News

Congratulations to Tamra Stallings for selling her “Unwavering” photo at the JCC show! Show take down dates = Oct 30/31. Potentially other sales before then!

SNAP members involved in area happenings:

• Sandy Burr is featured in this weekend’s Artclectic at USN: https://artclectic.org
• Justin Thomas will have work during Franklin’s Art Crawl, Friday Dec 6th, opening reception at Franklin Visitor’s Center.
• Robin Conover’s last round of “The Art of Seeing” photography classes are this November 1 & 2. To sign up, please go here:

https://tnstateparks.com/parks/event_details/radnor-lake/#/?event=the-art-ofseeing-photography-class-november
Other shows/classes of interest:
• Thursday, October 24, 6-7 pm, Artist walk through by photographer Caroline Allison at Zeitgeist Gallery, http://zeitgeist-art.com (salt prints, cyanotypes and more) along with Alex Blau.

• Free workshop Tuesday, October 29th at Marathon by Fujifilm, “Create Forever – Find Your Voice”, a storytelling event with educational and inspirational talks, videos and lectures:
https://fujifilm-x.com/en-us/create-forever-find-yourvoice/?fbclid=IwAR3IOGN9dyC5fdEdUY_7tJJIqEV7j28yTNDtJeQnTfYXNK7TbDrr8rPqBRg

• Monday, October 28th at 7:00, MTSU Baldwin Gallery presents Mark Klett, “Ideas About Time” – lecture and reception. http://baldwinphotogallery.com See also
http://www.markklettphotography.com. Shannon R and Bill Lund note that after 6:00 it’s okay to park anywhere on the MTSU campus except handicapped spots J

Tyler Shields at Tinney Contemporary https://www.tinneycontemporary.com, modern sensibility

• Magnum Square Print Sale starts Monday Oct 28th for 5 days.

• High Museum in Atlanta has a wonderful Sally Mann exhibit that just opened, and closing soon is another photographer, Clarence John Laughlin, also worth seeing. https://high.org/

Bonus Resources from Shannon Randol, with a rich variety of content worth checking regularly:
• Call for Entry: https://www.callforentry.org
• LenScratch: https://lenscratch.com
• College Art Association: https://www.collegeart.org
• Society for Photographic Education: https://www.spenational.org

 

New members may want to make sure they are included in all SNAP communications – see below.

GUIDE FOR NEW MEMBERS

WELCOME!

SNAP, the Society of Nashville’s Artistic Photographers, is an informal group of photographers dedicated to promoting fine art photography in Nashville. We do not have membership dues which means that we also do not have “smart” technology. In other words, to be included in SNAP meetings, announcements, exhibits, and the like to get our news, you need to take a minute and register through the google doc, sign up for the yahoo group emails, and if you are a Facebook user, join our SNAP group. To make the most of SNAP, you also need to put the 4th Tuesday on your calendar and come to as many meetings as you can.
We look forward to getting to know you and your photography better!
1. Register at https://drive.google.com/open?id=1rtGlJ5lvyc5MdC1X4f5W2-
nFNLY2vcs9CQLVmcO4otc. Note, this is required in order to participate in our exhibitions. Also note, this does not add you to the primary email group….separate step below is required.

2. To be added to the primary mailing group, go to https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/snapnashville/info and sign up.

3. To stay abreast of not only SNAP news, but general exhibits, articles and resources related to fine art photography, go to Facebook and join Society of Nashville’s Artistic Photographers / SNAP https://www.facebook.com/groups/snapnashville/

4. Bookmark our website https://snapnashville.org

5. Follow us on Instagram: @snapnashville.

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July Meeting Notes…

June Meeting and Upcoming 2018 Key Happenings

Excellent meeting on June 26th, with 16 SNAP people sharing about 35 sets of before/after shots. Great tips ranging from particular post-processing software and tools to preparing for the shoot itself.  It was clear that SNAP folks are out and about with all kinds of energy and vision.  It was fascinating to see the hours that go into the making of some of these prints.  The generosity of people who shared their work and who commented on issues and ideas was greatly appreciated.

 

See below for upcoming SNAP activities, and the following pages for more general opportunities.

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June Meeting Notes…

June 2018 Key Happenings

Great month for getting out and seeing fellow SNAP members in various shows, highlighted below the SNAP dates shown here. Look forward to seeing everyone!

June 22 Deadline for Lexus Dealership show: Motion/Movement – remember you may submit five (5) images.  Photos will be on display through December. For more info, see below.
June 23 See below – ideal deadline for sending us your before/after photos for the June meeting.
June 26

 

6:30 – 8:00 | Regularly scheduled meeting

Topic: “Before/After” photos.  Everyone is encouraged to share 1-3 photos (at least one photo!), showing the photo(s) before any editing/processing, and after. You may send these in digitally to snapnashvillesubmissions@gmail.com, or bring prints or your own thumb drive.  Your choice whether to bring before/after images you’re pleased with, or something you’re not entirely satisfied with (or a mix).  Either way, we hope to learn from each other – tips, tricks, philosophies.

In setting things up to receive everyone’s digital files with before/after images for our June meeting, I realized that it would be helpful to have a naming convention so that the photos can be more easily displayed from DropBox during the meeting.  When you submit your files, please name them as follows:

yourname1_before
yourname1_post
yourname2_before
yourname2_post
yourname3_before
yourname3_post
This will put them nicely in the before/after sequence.  It would still be helpful to have your files submitted before the meeting.

Place:  Stefan Engstrom’s Office. Education Networks of America:  618 Grassmere Park #12, Nashville, TN 37211 (https://goo.gl/maps/EAjfKo6HU312). This is an agreeably more centrally located spot, and we thank Stefan for making this possible.

Early July Look for Call for Entries for the JCC September show.  Theme as always will be “open.” Juror will be Tamara Reynolds (https://tamarareynoldsphotography.com).
July 12th 6:00- 8:00 |Preston Hotel artist reception and Grand Opening of Preston’s new art gallery.
July 24 July SNAP meeting, potentially a juror critique from the Preston or the Lexus show. Thanks to Lee Ramsey, we will begin meeting at the community room at the Tennessee Electric Cooperative Association on Sidco drive, another agreeably more central location.
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May Meeting Notes…

Read below for updates on our two exhibits now in process, as well as one planned for September. See what we have planned for our monthly meetings (as well as where!). Read about photography with SNAP and other artists around town, and other opportunities to submit entries. And don’t forget there are three ways to stay up to date with us: through email notices, our Facebook group, and our https://snapnashville.org website.  See these details at the end of this month’s SNAP NOTES.

Meeting Summary and Updates

April:  Sadly, our Frist Outing in late April had to be cancelled, but several were able to make it to the photography panel the next day, on Photography and Activism, with Keith Calhjoun, Chandra McCormick and Dr. Makeda Best moderated by Dr. Susan Edwards.  See other photography happenings around town at the end of these notes.

May: Our joint meeting on May 1st sponsored by the Brentwood Photography Group and Dury’s featuring  Sam Abel, a Cannon Explorer of Light, was pure inspiration. Thanks to Sue Henry, BPG president and S.N.A.P. member for organizing and inviting us.  Perhaps his main message was “Compose and wait.”

June:  We will reconvene on our regularly scheduled June 26 meeting  to share “Before/After” photos.  Everyone is encouraged to share 1-3 photos (at least one photo!), showing the photo(s) before any editing/processing, and after. You may send these in digitally to snapnashvillesubmissions@gmail.com, or bring prints.  Your choice whether to bring before/after images you’re pleased with, or something you’re not entirely satisfied with (or a mix).  Either way, we hope to learn from each other – tips, tricks, philosophies.

Time: Tuesday June 26, 6:30 – 8:00

Place:  Stefan Engstrom’s Office. Education Networks of America:  618 Grassmere Park #12, Nashville, TN 37211 (https://goo.gl/maps/EAjfKo6HU312). This is an agreeably more centrally located spot, and we thank Stefan for making this possible.

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April SNAP Notes…

Late-breaking developments –Read here about two NEW imminent SNAP shows described under the heading, “Future Plans.”  The first will most likely be in early June, where SNAP is being given gallery space at the newly renovated Preston Hotel.  The second is at the Lexus dealership, where we will have a show starting in July.  And yes, this is do-able!  Read on.

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March Notes…

At our February meeting, Richard Barrow shared two outstanding experiences he had last year:

** First, as a member of the 2017 Periscope Class sponsored by the Arts and Business Council of Nashville – see https://www.abcnashville.org/periscope/.  Deadline for this year’s class is fast approaching, and Richard can give us some insights into what he gained, and answer any questions.

** Second, Richard had a great show at the airport this fall as part of the Flying Solo series – see his images at http://www.rbarrowimages.com. He also discussed his inspirations and personal analysis of each of his photographs.

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Just heard of a great opportunity…

Jack Spencer is opening his studio to the Booth Museum for an exhibit and discussion about his photography. The opening is this Sunday from 2-4 at Jack’s studio located at 2905 Armory Drive in Nashville. A rare opportunity to visit with Jack Spencer!

http://www.jackspencer.com

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February Notes…

It is my deepest honor to have represented and served you as S.N.A.P. President. The time has come to pass the torch, and Emily Passino, emily.passino@gmail.com is now our new leader. Jen Vogus and Jo Fields will be assisting her, and, of course Kay and I will be back-up as well. David Morel continues as our web gee…uh, GUY and Wesley and Emily continue with our exhibits. Good luck to all of them.

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January Notes…

Has everyone made their New Year’s Photography Resolutions? One of them should be to not miss this month’s meeting. Vesna Pavlovic, our juror for our current exhibition will discuss her selections and critique the images. Please see her info. below.

V e s n a  P a v l o v i ć, a Vanderbilt Associate Professor of Art who is astonishingly prolific and creative. Zeitgeist gallery here in Nashville represents her work.

See http://vesnapavlovic.com/index.php?/photographs/

WE WILL NOT MEET AT DURY’S THIS MONTH! Instead, we have scored space at Vanderbilt University:

Room 216 is reserved at Owen Graduate School of Management at Vanderbilt University for SNAP to meet on Tuesday, Jan. 23 at 6:30pm. The address is 401 21st Ave S, Nashville, TN 37203. There is limited parking on campus but there is a parking lot at 21st and Division, meter parking across 21st Ave., and another lot behind Starbucks. Take the staircase or elevator in the main lobby to the second floor.

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December Notes…

Next Meeting…

Tuesday, December 12th, 6:30 pm for the…

S.N.A.P. Christmas Party &
“Dirty Santa” Exchange

Brentwood Swim and Tennis Club
1933 Harpeth River Dr, Brentwood, TN 37027
What to bring:
(1.) Yourself (if you have attended at least one S.N.A.P. meeting during the year)
(2.) Festive snacks and/or drinks to share with your fellow members
(3.) One of your photographs for the Dirty Santa Exchange. It does not need to be mounted, but it should be wrapped so no one can see it, and at least 8×10, unless there is a special reason for it to be smaller.

 

JANUARY MEETING…

Durys WILL NOT be available for our January 23 meeting. Instead, Jen Vogus has secured a room for us at Vanderbilt University; thanks, Jen. She writes:

Room 216 is reserved at Owen Graduate School of Management at Vanderbilt University for our SNAP to meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 23 at 6:30pm. The address is 401 21st Ave S, Nashville, TN 37203. There is limited parking on campus but there is a parking lot at 21st and Division, meter parking across 21st Ave., and another lot behind Starbucks. Take the staircase or elevator in the main lobby to the second floor. Room 216.

 

Perspective Exhibit Reception…

The reception for “Perspective” artists is Wednesday, December 6, 6:30 pm at the Gordon Jewish Community Center, 801 Percy Warner Blvd, Nashville, TN 37205

Juror: The juror for OUR “Perspective” exhibit is V e s n a P a v l o v i ć, a Vanderbilt Associate Professor of Art who is astonishingly prolific and creative. Zeitgeist gallery here in Nashville represents her work.
See http://vesnapavlovic.com/index.php?/photographs/

 

Nashville Arts Magazine Photo Contest…

Congratulations to these S.N.A.P. members for receiving acknowledgement in The NashvilleArts Photography Contest.

B D Scott – 1st Place
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Sainadh Mallula – 3rd Place

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Jerry Park – Honorable Mention

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Jo Fields – Honorable Mention

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Renee Lowery – Honorable Mention

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Call for Entries…

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Chromatics 2nd Floor Gallery – Call for Entries
“Elements: Earth, Air, Water & Fire”

Artists should submit work that portrays or represents an element – earth, air, water and/or fire. Any medium, from an abstract painting with colors representing an element/elements to photographs or sculptures will be considered.

Show Theme: Artists should submit work that portrays or represents an element – earth, air, water and/or fire. Any medium, from an abstract painting with colors representing an element/elements to photographs or sculptures will be considered.

Deadline for Entry: Noon, January 4th

More Information: Chromatics Call For Entries

 

Ongoing Exhibitions…

“Above It All”

Lexus of Nashville October 5 until February 28
Art is all about perspective. One of its main purposes is to take its audience on a journey vastly different from their everyday reality.

From October 5 until February 28, Lexus of Nashville will be showcasing thirty photographic images of Middle Tennessee and the Smoky Mountains taken by members of Aerial Innovations of Tennessee, a Nashville-based aerial photography company
founded by Wendy Whittemore.

Above It All is at Lexus of Nashville, 2010 Rosa L. Parks Boulevard.

For more information, visit www.flytenn.com.

 

Captured Emotions – Chromatics 2nd Floor Gallery

Captured Emotions, an intriguing collection of work by 26 artists, portraying an array of emotions captured in time through painting, sculpture and photography.

On view September 28 – January 25, 2018.

Artists Featured: Bill Lund, C. Al Wood, Carli Maclean, David Morel, Emerald Estock, Emily L. Cathcart, Emily Helms, J. Michael Gannon, Jacolyn Wingo, Jen Vogus, Jesslyn Carver, Jo Fields, Jordan Weisenauer, Kay Ramming, Lou el Oso Carrillo, Max Garner, Melanie Jackson, Nancy Boyd Johnson, Rashmi Katti, Reed Galin, Sainadh Mallula, Sandy Spain, Sharon Brown Christopher, Susan Harrell, Travis Batton, Willette DuPree.

 

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November Notes…

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Forget the plastic Christmas trees you saw at Walmart in July … the holidays are actually here! As such, our next meeting will be our holiday get-together, complete with a “Dirty Santa” photograph exchange. This also means we will NOT meet at Dury’s or at our usual time. Instead, see below…

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Perspectives Exhibition Change of Venue!

SNAP just got word from Provence that they are starting a major renovation the day after Thanksgiving, which means two very important things:
(1) All current artwork needs to be picked up immediately – or at the very latest, Wed November 22nd.
(2)  The cafe is going in a new direction, so SNAP won’t be able to show our work at this location.  The new Director of Operations for Provence said, “We are so grateful for the long-standing partnership we have had and all of the beautiful art and photography that has been displayed.”  We conveyed to her that we were also very appreciative of this partnership, of course.
Luckily we have an alternative venue for our Perspectives Show – the JCC will give us the long wall in the gallery where we did a push-pin show in 2016.  The show in the large gallery will compliment our show, and the space in the smaller gallery where we’ll have our photos will have TACA pieces, so should get a lot of traffic.  The show will just be up for the month of December.
Dates:
          * Pieces selected by juror to be delivered on December 1st by mid-morning
          * Artist reception:  December 6th
          * Pieces picked up:  End of the month
For 2018 we are actively searching for other venues.  Our arrangements may be different than what we enjoyed at Provence – but our goal is to still do 4 shows a year (including or in addition to the JCC annual show).  We may find multiple places that would give us a month or two, for example – We may find one great place just like Provence – who knows?  But we need your help.  Shoot any ideas you have to emily.passino@gmail.com and I’ll share with the planning committee.
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October Meeting Notes…

They say it will be fall any day now … and many of us will have our hands full with autumn photography. Be sure to leave yourself enough time to attend our October 24th meeting at Dury’s. We will be hearing from Michael Ray Knott, who will review his selections for our current Provence exhibition. Just look at his experience…I’m certainly looking forward to meeting him and hearing what he has to say.

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SNAP Meeting Notes for July…

Summer… and lots of things going on this month. The submissions for our annual S.N.A.P. at JCC Exhibit are in; 138 photographs are vying for one of the 40 available positions in the show. The images have been sent to our juror, and participants should be getting the results soon, with enough time to print and frame their work in time to deliver them from hanging on August 1st.

Our speaker for the July S.N.A.P. meeting is our juror, Jerry Park, who will discuss his selections for the S.N.A.P. at JCC show. The meeting is as always, the 4th Tuesday of the month, 6:30 pm at Dury’s. 

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I began seriously pursuing photography in 2007 after a career in corporate America.  Landscapes were my first love and continue to be a frequent subject.  In addition, I’ve enjoyed building a portfolio of the interiors of all sorts of workspaces, from a shoe shine shop to Nashville’s water filtration plant, from a car seat recoverer to a pristine Purity Dairy, from an artist’s studio to the shop of a third-generation luthier.  I’m a member of several photography organizations, including SouthLight, a 6-member salon dedicated to growing and demonstrating that art is alive and well below the Mason-Dixon line.

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SNAP Meeting Notes for June…

From Tom Keller, SNAP President:

What a lovely Spring…at least none of my plants have died (yet). This month we have an exciting, and, to me, different topic / speaker.

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Martin O’Connor is a native Nashvillian whose photography began as a special interest then evolved into a full-time profession.  His photos have graced the pages of state and local organizations including Nashville Ballet, Chinese Arts Alliance of Nashville, Franklin School of Performing Arts, University School of Nashville, Middle Tennessee State University Dance and Theatre, Vanderbilt University, Governor’s School of the Arts, and The Dancer Project.

In 2008, he received the Dance Advocate Award from the Tennessee Association of Dance.  When presenting this award they noted  “… his stunning images illustrate both his passion for the art form and the beauty of the art.  His eye for detail and compassionate spirit make him a popular photographer for dancers to work with”.

http://www.martinoconnorphoto.com/work

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SNAP Notes…

May’s Meeting Speaker: Jack Spencer!

Fantastic news! Our guest for the May 23rd S.N.A.P. meeting is (drum-roll) … JACK SPENCER, well known and internationally exhibited Nashville photography artist.

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Nashville Scene had this to say about him: “A prolific fine art photographer who’s had over 80 solo shows and exhibited in just about every major American city, Spencer creates images both stark and lush, though nearly all share a haunting mysticism, a sense that each moment holds secrets far beyond what our narrow minds typically perceive.”

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April Meeting Notes…

S.N.A.P. at Provence Cafe

Spring is sprung, the grass is riz…and so have the photographs in our “Night” exhibition at Provence. Again, I am blown away by the quality and variety of images in the show. Be sure to be there for the Reception next Thursday, April 20 to see the show and talk with the artists.

The juror for this exhibit is Heather Lose, a creative director and fine art photographer who helped co-found the Nashville Community Darkroom and, more recently, WXNA 101.5 FM. She will be discussing the photographs she selected for the exhibit at our next meeting at Dury’s, Tuesday, April 25 beginning at 6:30. See you there!

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Our March meeting was a real treat…a field trip to the Frist Center for the Visual Arts to see the Irving Penn exhibit. Those who have seen it are complimentary of the quality and content of the show. If you haven’t seen it yet, this is an exhibit you shouldn’t miss. It remains until May 29.

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March Meeting at the Frist…

IMPORTANT REMINDER: The March meeting of S.N.A.P. is a field trip to the Frist Center for a tour of the Irving Penn exhibit. We will NOT meet at Dury’s on Tuesday. Instead, we will assemble near the information booth in the Frist no later than 6:45 pm on the evening of March 30. The cost for the tour will be $10.00 ($9.00 for seniors) for non-Frist members. Parking is separate.

So far, only six people plus myself have confirmed for this event, but I expect we will have the minimum necessary for our scheduled tour. Please check in with me so I can collect the fee from non-Frist members and to make sure of our number for our total group.

I have heard this is an excellent exhibit and I’m looking forward to seeing all of you then.

Tom Keller
President

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SNAP Notes…

Hi, SNAPpers! I hope everyone is taking advantage of the spring-like weather to get out and shoot. At our last meeting Byron Jorjorian spoke on his approach to photographing nature in all its forms. Thanks, Byron for a great presentation.

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Our March meeting should be a real treat…a field trip to the Frist Center for the Visual Arts to see the Irving Penn exhibit. Unfortunately our member docent, Susan Striepe, is in the process of completing her thesis and is not working with the Frist center this semester. That means I will be scheduling the tour and handling the finances (Oh, boy!).

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Irving Penn at the Frist…

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If you haven’t heard, an excellent retrospective of Irving Penn’s large and diverse work is open at the Frist Center for Visual Arts.  The exhibit is titled “Beyond Beauty” and definitely worth going to at least once if not more!  The exhibit runs until May 29th.

The Frist has prepared a gallery guide that is very informative, check it out: Beyond Beauty: Gallery Guide