Photo walk with mePublished 5:00pm Thursday, January 24, 2013
Two of the city’s favorite arts events joined up this year, and the downtown area of Suffolk found itself the focus of their participating artists’ efforts as a result of the partnership.
Volunteers and participants from Suffolk PhotoWalk, an occasional ministry of Westminster Reformed Presbyterian Church on Godwin Boulevard, got together with the Suffolk Art Gallery this year for the gallery’s annual Winterim exhibition.
This year’s participating photographers were invited to display their work at the gallery through Jan. 26, when a closing reception will be held from 2 to 4 p.m.
The exhibition is the culmination of several months worth of work by volunteers from the church and the gallery, as well as many of the photographers who participated in the Fall PhotoWalk on Nov. 10.
Twenty-six photographers met in the city parking lot behind the Godwin Courts Building that morning, looping through the downtown area via one of three different routes. By the end of the morning, they had turned their lenses on the landscapes, the people and the architecture of the city, in many cases coming back with completely fresh ways of looking at the things many of us see each day.
Nineteen of those photographers chose to submit their photos for possible inclusion in the Winterim exhibition. Brenda Wright, owner of Shooting Star Gallery on North Main Street, judged the final submissions and chose winners in each of four categories: people, architecture, landscape and abstract. A best in show was chosen from all of those winners.
Winners were as follows:
Best in show
Maria Booth, “Porch”
1st place: Dawn Day, “How Old Am I?”
Honorable mention: Brandy Wesloskie, “Pumpkin Navel”
1st place: Marsha Mears, “Ivy Lead”
Honorable mention: David Lamp, “Safe Haven”
1st place: Jim Wetherbee, “Keep Out”
Honorable mention: Danny Mears, “Simple Lines”
1st place: Dinal Oliver, “The Puff”
Honorable mention: Sherri R. Stone, “Pedestrian Walking”
The gallery is located at 118 Bosley Ave. and is open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays from 1 to 5 p.m. For more information, call 925-0448, or visit suffolkartleague.org or the Suffolk PhotoWalk page on Facebook.