‘A little bit of everything’ | The Greater Johnstown Camera Club presents its photographs at the Westmont Arts Center – TribDem.com | Ad On Picture

JOHNSTOWN, Pa. – Members of the Greater Johnstown Camera Club exhibit their work in a photo collection.

The members-only club exhibit, A World of Wonder, will be on view Monday through October 29 at the Goldhaber-Fend Gallery at the Cambria County Community Arts Center, 1217 Menoher Blvd., Westmont.

Members chose the photos they wanted to submit to the show, including still lifes, flowers, pets, wildlife, travel, and landscapes.

“There is a wide range of tasks and no particular theme, everyone shows what they are interested in,” said Monique Ridet, president of the club.

“It’s a very diverse and interesting exhibition.”

She said the show appeals to photographers’ different levels of experience.

“Most of our members, I’d say around 80%, are experienced photographers, and we have new members in the beginner and intermediate categories,” said Ridet.

“Very often beginners are intimidated to show their work with more experienced photographers, so we encourage them to attend the show because it’s a great learning experience.”

She said there is no limit to the subjects for the photographers.

“We usually get a little bit of everything,” Ridet said.

“We are all very different. Some people are attracted to wildlife and we have a beautiful depiction of eagles.

“Some people travel a lot so they have more opportunities to see the world.”

She said the show’s title reflects the wonder of the world around us.

“When we take photographs, they are personal observations that we capture with our camera to show to viewers,” Ridet said.

She described the club’s exhibition as first class.

“It’s an impressive work,” said Ridet.

“We have some advanced photographers and their work is always high quality and outstanding.”

The exhibition includes 112 pieces by 12 members.

“This is a bigger show for us,” Ridet said.

“The photos do not have to be taken this year, some people show what they have done in previous years.”

She said she hopes viewers will better understand photographers’ intentions when taking pictures.

“I want them to understand all the work involved in taking a photograph, making it almost perfect for the exhibition,” said Ridet.

Rachel Turco, exhibit and community engagement developer for the arts center, said the exhibit is an engaging collection.

“This show has something for everyone, so people of all ages can find a piece that suits their style,” she said.

“The quality is amazing.”

Turco said she wants people to learn more about photography as an art form once they’ve seen the show.

“I hope they get inspired to go and take pictures, even if it’s just with their phones,” she said.

Many of the pieces will be available for purchase after the exhibition.

To celebrate the exhibition, there will be an opening reception on Monday from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Exhibiting club members will be on hand to discuss their work and answer questions.

“This is a good learning experience for the public to see what we have to offer,” said Ridet.

Light refreshments will be served.

Participation is free.

In addition, a video tour of the exhibition will be available on the arts center’s YouTube channel after October 6, along with an artist talk that will be uploaded to the channel after October 15.

It is planned to also offer an artist workshop for the public.

According to club history, the Camera Club was founded in 1938 by John D. Hesselbein, a Johnstown street photographer.

On January 22, 1940, the club held its first public exhibition of 100 photographs at Franklin Street Methodist Church.

This first exhibition laid the groundwork for the club’s traditional members-only exhibition.

The club membership consists of people of all ages and with different photographic skills.

Education remains a top priority for the club, helping members acquire the knowledge and skills that will enhance their abilities.

The club maintains a permanent, rotating photo exhibit at the Laurel View Village in Davidsville.

In addition, each October, the club sponsors a members-only exhibition and organizes field trips and special photo shoots that provide additional photographic opportunities.

The club has around 30 members and welcomes new people of all skill levels.

The club usually meets on the first Thursday of each month at 6:30 p.m. in the art center.

The next face-to-face meeting will take place on October 6th. Those who cannot attend can attend via Zoom.

Membership is $20 for an individual or $30 for a family. Non-members can attend two meetings for free before paying fees.

The opening hours of the gallery are Monday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Visiting the exhibition is free.

For more information, email rmoniquepaule@gmail.com.

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