The Fourth Annual Juried Members’ Exhibition
We are pleased to present a juried selection of work from 40 of our current members to celebrate their passions, and share their accomplishments. This year end exhibition continues our mission to provide a platform for our members to share their work and foster their growth. We encourage you to take a little time to enjoy our members efforts. Work on exhibit is available to take home at the time of purchase…
Featuring work from Members:
Christine Acebo, Stephen Andrew, Bruno Benavides, Sharon Bibeault, Angela C. Brown, Julia Buteux, Bill Clark, Barbara Crane, Milicent Fambrough, John Femino, Kristie Gardiner, Bill (William) Gore, John Greiner-Ferris, Brooke Hammerle, Grace Hopkins, Bonnie Jaffe, Marc Jaffe, Donald Johnson, Margaret Kauffmann, Alison Lake, Suzanne Lovett, George Lowell, Lawrence Manning, Bob Martin, Karen McCann, Roselle McConnell, Anne McNevin, Ralph Mercer, Evelyn Miller, CE Morse, Paul M. Murray, Diana Cheren Nygren, Christine OConnell, Reed Pike, Keith Prue, Richard Prull, Dennis Stein, Carrie Usmar, Cindy Wilson & Thomas Wojick
A Crowded Start © by Paul M Murray 29.5" x 22.5" $995
From the Juror: Kristin S. Street…
The pleasure in jurying a members’ show is also tinged with frustration. There is no theme with which to organize thoughts and reactions, there are so many perspectives and takes on the photographic process and the subjects being depicted, that selection becomes predicated by personal preference. I will share a bit of information about me as an artist and photographer, my philosophy regarding the subject and then delve into some examples of my thinking through comparative remarks. This is by no means a robust critique, but rather my views and observations while going through the selection process.
I learned to work with a camera early in my art career to document work, but never really looked at photography as a vehicle for expression. At the start of my first teaching position, I was asked to offer traditional darkroom photography. I took several intensive courses and the beginning of a life-long love affair ensued. Though not my main artistic focus, photography continues to play an important influence in my life as an artist.
“A good photograph is one that communicates a fact, touches the heart, and leaves the viewer a changed person for having seen it. It is, in a word, effective.” ― Irving Penn.
And from Mehmet Murat Ildan, “What do we feel when we look at a good photograph? We want to be there, right at the exact moment that photo was taken!”
The sentiments from these two quotes resonate with the way I look at and evaluate photographic images. The word effective, as used by Penn, speaks to more than technical expertise but rather delves into how an image touches the viewer. Ildan questions and challenges the viewer to engage, to be “effected” by the photograph. In looking through the images submitted for this exhibit, I asked those and similar questions; What was being communicated through the image? How did it effect or change me, and did I want to be “in the moment” when the photo was taken? I also looked with an eye toward seven areas of categorization, line, texture, light/space, color, motion, memory, and the constructed image.
While there were many wonderful examples of linear studies, K. Prue’s, On the Wire, and R. Prull’s, Winter Cornfield, stood out for their use of negative space to enhance the staccato repetition within their images. B. Benavides’, Antiquus Terra-Spain, was a beautiful example of triangulation of space, while the subtle play of light within S. Lovett’s, Untitled Self Portrait, exhibited huge depth within a shallow field. Color featured strongly in many of the photos submitted. B. Hammerle’s, Heavy Metals, with its dynamic, vibrant display was a nice counterpoint to R. Mercer’s, Museo Abstract #7, and the subtle play on planes and color within the image. Memory was another well explored theme within the submissions. R Martin’s, Wish You Were Here, was both nostalgic and playful while C. Usmar’s image was poignant, evoking empathy and anticipation depending on the viewers place in their lifecycle. Ripples by G. Powell captured the marvelous effect of water over leaves while P. Murray’s, Morning Trek to Water, almost sizzled with the lack of moisture and made the laborious, trudging of the zebras palpable. While there were not many constructed images, D. CherenNygren’s spliced images evoked a sense of historical reflection while L. Manning’s, Memory, utilized collage techniques to enhance a sense of storytelling. These were only a few of the many remarkable images that made the selection process interesting and demanding. I feel honored to have shared a small look into all your creative practices.
– Kristin S. Street
About the Juror: Kristin S. Street, is an interdisciplinary artist whose focus is on works-on paper, sculpture, and photography. Active in promoting the efforts of other artists through curatorial work in the two galleries she established, The Krause Gallery in Providence RI and The Mill Gallery in Pawtucket, RI, Street has maintained an active exhibition schedule in museums and galleries locally, nationally and internationally.
Fourth Annual Juried Members’ Exhibition
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Exhibition: Thursday, December 15th – January 13th
Delivery of Accepted Work: December 10th Noon – 5:00pm
Opening Reception: December 15th 5:00 – 8:00pm
Exhibition: Thursday, December 15th – January 13th
The RI Center for Photographic Arts, RICPA 118 N. Main St. Providence, RI 02903
Located in the heart of Providence, RICPA was founded to inspire creative development and provide opportunities to engage with the community through exhibitions, education, publication, and mutual support.
RICPA exists to create a diverse and supportive community for individuals interested in learning or working in the Photographic Arts. We strive to provide an environment conducive to the free exchange of ideas in an open and cooperative space. Members should share a passion for creating, appreciating, or learning about all forms of photo-based media. We work to provide a platform for artistic expression, that fosters dialogue and drives innovation in the photographic arts.
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Questions: Contact firstname.lastname@example.org To learn about other RICPA exhibits and programs, visit https://www.riphotocenter.org/.
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