Inklings: Picture this!
Who – Cultural Arts Alliance (CAA)
What: Is sponsoring its third Juried Photography Show and sale for amateur and professional alike
Where: Summerville Town Hall
When: Opening Tuesday, December 4. Opening Reception Wednesday, December 6 from 5-7 pm. Closing: Friday, February 8
How: Enter through website: townhallartshow.com. Detailed contracts from Finishing Touch, People, Places and Quilts, and Town Hall, all located on Richardson Avenue. Photo intake is Friday, November 30, from 3-7 p.m. Judging takes place the weekend of November 30
The three CAA members coordinating the photography show are Meg Skow, John Lindroth and Jane Orenstein. I’ve been a long-time member of the alliance and can appreciate the hard work and dedication it takes to make these events happen. Past shows have also included paintings, quilts and the best of Dorchester District Two student art: the latter – at the present time – for exhibition only.
Jane Orenstein, a life-long arts supporter who works both for visual arts and music in Summerville is a founding member of the CAA. It was her idea to have revolving art shows. ”We worked a long time to make this a reality and are constantly excited at the opportunity to share work with the local community and tourists.” As many receptions as possible are multi-faceted, often with background musical vignettes featuring like guitarist David Archer and banjoist Pat Watts.
Professional photographer John Lindroth, who frequently vies for entry into this and other shows, says, “For me it’s getting to share what I think is beautiful with the community as well as to be recognized by having my work displayed at Town Hall.”
John, who is a prize-winning photographer, also urges photographers to enter a show again, even if their work was not previously selected. “I entered what I thought were two of my best photographs in a previous CAA show and only one was accepted,” John said. “I’ve also entered many works in the fair. The first time I got a third – and haven’t placed since!”
Each show has individual judges who change from show to show. Those who compete in art shows submit writing for publication and compete for a winning spot in various scored art and music competitions know that there is a degree of subjectivity in judges' decisions. Selection and/or prizes are not always forthcoming. After all Margaret Mitchell got 38 rejections before "Gone With the Wind" was published!
Meg is a visual arts teacher at Rollings School of the Arts who has been instrumental in including student art displays. She’s also a photographer and says: “I appreciate the opportunity to be able to participate as an artist. My main motivation in being with CAA is that I feel like it’s so important for our community to have a rich arts presence where everyone can be involved.”
Mayor Bill Collins told me recently that he thought the CAA’s revolving shows are “just great” and he’s gotten a lot of positive citizen feedback. He’s planning to be at the December 6th reception. I’ve also talked to several town employees with the consensus that these shows make their work environment “sparkle!”
Picture yourself against this glistening background and attend the December 6th reception, then come back often to celebrate Summerville.
After all: Tis the season to sparkle!