Photography show to exhibit at Town Hall

  • Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Professional and amateur photographers alike will have the chance to show off their work later this month.
From Sept. 16 – Jan. 10, Town Hall will serve as the exhibit space for the Juried Fine Art Photography Show, presented by the Cultural Arts Alliance of Greater Summerville.
Photographers from Summerville and the surrounding areas are welcome to submit work, according to Meg Skow, one of the organization’s board members. 
The art show is juried, meaning judges will review the submitted work in order to decide which pieces will be selected for display, and will also be judged to win ribbons.
“The reason the show is juried is because with the venue being Town Hall, we want it to be a site of exhibits that are fine art. We want to maintain a quality that is suitable for that beautiful building, and we also want to recognized artists in the community who are producing quality work,” said Skow, who is an art teacher at Rollings Middle School of the Arts.
Some artists may be scared away knowing their work will be judged, but Skow said this shouldn’t deter photographers from submitting pieces.
“People shouldn’t hold back because it’s going to be adjudicated, the odds of them being included in the show are very good,” she said, referencing the high volume of works the building can display.
The Cultural Arts Alliance will present the selected artists with ribbons and prizes – Summerville D.R.E.A.M. gift certificates – at the show’s opening reception on Third Thursday.
While Skow would not say who the judges are, she did say they are knowledgeable in the fields of art and photography.
The judges critique pieces individually, without discussion, on a general criteria provided by the Cultural Arts Alliance. They also examine the work blindly, so they don’t know who the photographer is.
The show is free to the public, however there is a $10 entry fee per piece for artists wishing to submit their work.
Contracts for submittal can be found online at the group’s website, www.townhallartshow.com, and at local businesses The Finishing Touch and People, Places and Quilts. Works must be a minimum of 8x10 and they must be matted, framed and wired to hang.
Entries are due by Sept. 13.
The Cultural Arts Alliance of Greater Summerville is a nonprofit organization, and all funds gained from entry fees are used to pay for maintaining the display system the group uses, providing the food and entertainment for the receptions, advertising, and prizes for the winners.
This is the third year the group has hosted shows, which have had a wide range of mediums from painting to student art, and yet Skow said photography is definitely the most popular.
“Photography is something I think people feel more comfortable doing,” she said. “You don’t have to have a darkroom anymore, you don’t have to spend money printing the bad ones, you don’t have to have the photos professionally printed. It’s so economical now, the photo printing places in town at local drug stores do an excellent job.”
For her, the shows are more than just an opportunity for local artists to display and sell their work. It’s also about showing off the town’s identity as culturally and artistically sophisticated.
“I think the way a community supports the arts speaks to the quality of the community and its understanding of the importance of the arts in terms of quality of life, and our town does do this,” she said. “A town and everybody in it have an obligation to support the things that make our town better and our arts are that.”

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