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.
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”.
The holidays are over, and now that we have had a chance to catch our collective breaths, we can get back to photography. Hope the holiday season was a joyful one for you and yours.
After a several month hiatus our January meeting will return to Dury’s, but this time at the new location at 1027 Murfreesboro Pike. We all owe a big thank you to Dury’s and it’s staff for providing this facility for our meeting. Likewise, another big thank you should go to Belmont United Methodist Church for sheltering our wondering tribe during the Dury’s move.
Thanks also to S.N.A.P. member Richard Barrow for his November presentation, “Photography Along Our Greenways”.
Our Provence exhibit : “Inspired by Art” is under way. If you haven’t had a chance, drop in for a look. Our Juror is Wesley Paine, Director of the Parthenon, who will join our January SNAP meeting for a conversation about her selections.
I personally find the philosophy and taste of a juror to be enlightening about the show they curate, but also in reference to exhibits in general. Whether you have a piece in the Provence show or not, this should be a very useful presentation.
I am pleased to announce upcoming exhibits by two S.N.A.P. members, Susan Rauch (through March) and Bill Lund (through January):
On exhibit, “A Quiet Celebration of Rural Nolensville.” The images in this series were originally exhibited during “Slow Exposures” in Georgia last September. I am bringing the images ‘home’ to Nolensville and invite you to the Opening Reception on Thursday, Feb 2 from 4:30 – 6:30 at the Nolensville Historic School – 7248 Nolensville Rd.
If you know of any ‘calls for entry’ or other exhibition opportunities, please let me know and I will pass them along in this publication. This month we have a posting from Aperture magazine. Please see the web site for details:
Finally, I received this notice and am passing it along. I’m uncertain about whether the organization is non-profit, but my impression is of a commercial entity. As such, neither I nor S.N.A.P. endorse or recommend it. If anyone is concerned about the publication of information such as this, let me know. We can ask the club to develop a policy.
I love what SNAP is doing and wanted to pass along Avvay.com. It’s like Airbnb for creative spaces and based here in Nashville. We help people find photo locations, studios, workshops, and event spaces. Whether it’s a mansion, an empty warehouse, an old VW van, or a state-of-the-art studio – It can easily be booked. I hope you’ll check it out!
What a lovely, if dry, Fall this has been! Perfect weather for photography…hope everyone has been able to take advantage and shot some more great art! Speaking of ‘Art’, Emily, Wesley and David have been busy organizing our next Provence exhibit (yes, it’s that time already). Click here for the essential information you need, but hurry, time is short.
If you missed last month’s SNAP meeting, you missed an excellent presentation about “slow shutter”, aka “long exposure” photography. Denny Adcock and and Stanton Tubb discussed techniques and showed some of their outstanding work. Thanks guys for a great discussion. For those encouraged to try (or continue) with this form of photography, I am also posting two articles and a guide as separate PDF files.
Our next exhibition, “Inspired by the Cinema”, is ready for installation at Provence! The block information for those participating is due TODAY, so if you are a procrastinator, you only have a few hours to whip up an excuse J Tomorrow, Monday, is the day for taking down photographs in the “Patterns” Exhibit and hanging the “Cinema” pictures. Wesley will be there 1:00 – 6:00 and I plan to be there to help…If you would like to assist as well for all or part of that time, please drop in.
Artist’s Reception is Tuesday, August 9, 5:00 – 7:00 pm. Emily has called for volunteers to help promote both the show and reception on social media and by designing and/or producing cards, lobby fliers and posters (for the Belcourt Theatre), etc. Also, donations of wine (a couple of boxes), plastic cups and name tags will be greatly appreciated.
Our August meeting will NOT be at Dury’s … instead, we will be holding a Juror’s Critique on August 23, 5:30 – 7:00 at Provence. This time, we have asked Zak, our judge, to specifically discuss each piece as well as to make some general statements about pictures he did not select.
At our July meeting, Emily Passino discussed SNAP’s Juror Criteria. Emily, Wesley and “the Gray Beards” exchanged emails on this topic and came to the following conclusion: Jurors will be asked to rank all submissions, from 1 to ___, with the cut-off for accepting works at the space available. We felt that being an “artistic society”, we should rely completely on the selections of our guest judges. Having said so, we firmly believe the membership should be engaged in this kind of decision, so, If you have a view of this policy you would like to have discussed, please contact me, Emily or Wesley and we will schedule monthly meeting time for a general discussion.
Also at the July meeting we recognized several members. Monte Arnold and Bill Lund; both have sold photographs from the “Patterns” Exhibit. (Please see the attachment). In addition Richard Barrow has a piece in “America’s Parks: A Centennial Celebration” at the Sangre de Cristo Arts and Conference Center, Pueble, CO (www.sdc-arts.org) AND has been chosen to hang a show at Nashville International Airport next year. Finally, Jerry Atnip and Jane Vickers participated in DiaLoGue / Manipulated Photography at the David Lusk Gallery (http://www.davidluskgallery.com/). Way to go, guys! If you have any photographic accomplishments to share with us, please let me know for inclusión in our meetings and newsletter.
Creative Arts Deadlines: Mail-In Postmarked by August 12, 2016
Online Deadline August 19, 2016
Thanks to SNAP member Wendy Whittmore for her interesting (and excellent) presentation on Drone Photography. She discussed a number of practical and regulatory concerns when flying drones for both commercial and private use. Unfortunately, she was not able to provide a demonstration due to aerial conditions around Dury’s, BUT, she will plan a demonstration for those who are interested at a later date. If you are interested, please contact her at Aerial Innovations of TN (www.flytenn.com/)
June is becoming a great month for SNAP! It began with hanging our 5th Annual Juried Exhibition at Gordon Jewish Community Center along with the revival of our “Push-Pin” show in the small gallery. Many thanks to Paul Polycarpou for judging the submissions, to Carrie Mills for curating and to Kay Ramming and Denny Adcock for organizing the Push-Pin show. Many thanks also go to David Morel for his yoeman efforts with graphics and promotion, and to Emily Passino and Wesley Duffee-Brown for their organizational work and co-ordination of the submission process.
Our 5th Annual Juried Exhibition and our Push-Pin Show are both up at Gordon JCC and they look great! Thanks to all the photographers who participated, and especially to those who helped hang the shows. A special “Tip of the Hat” goes to Kay and Denny for their work in getting the Push-Pin show organized and hung. The shows will be up until the end of the month. Don’t forget to visit both galleries to see the shows.
Our next SNAP meeting on June 28 will assemble at the JCC at 6:30 where our juror for the exhibition, PAUL POLYCARPOU, will conduct a critique of the work. Paul is always an entertaining, as well as a highly knowledgeable, presenter. This critique should be of interest, not only to the participants, but to all Nashville area photographers.
That’s about all for now. Remember, if you are in an exhibition, been accepted for publication or have any photography related news, please let me know so I can include it in this email and on our web site.