SML Photo Club Exhibit
September 3rd – October 31st
Area residents have an ongoing venue for sharing and discussing their photography.
The SML Photo Club, an affiliate of the Smith Mountain Arts Council, is open to anyone who has an interest in photography. Photographers of all levels and skills can benefit from attending meetings. Novices learn from more experienced photographers; intermediate and advanced photographers share their knowledge and participate in creative monthly challenges. Their site on the SMAC website states that you can have any type of camera, a cell phone camera, or even no camera yet and still participate and learn.
The club meets on the first Monday of each month at 7:00 PM at the Moneta/ SML Library with the exception of the next meeting which is set for Tuesday, September 3 due to the holiday. For each meeting members share photos to review and discuss. With this feedback, the photographers learn from one another, explore photography in a creative way, and instruct other members in new photography skills.
Three photos (seen above) that will be in the exhibition are Sunflowers #2 by Elaine Lee, Certified Lead-Free by Jean Wibbens, and Costa Rica by Brian Raub. These three photos represent the range of styles and subjects you’ll see in the exhibit. The photographers play with perspective and show a variety of viewpoints, from close up to long distance. Subject matters range from wildlife to landscape to still life. Many more photos of many different subjects will be on display.
Blue Ridge Area Mosaic Artists
Display Cabinet Exhibit
October 2nd – October 31st
Selected pieces from members of the Blue Ridge Area Mosaic Artists will be on display in the MOarts Gallery Display Case in October. Blue Ridge Area Mosaic Artists was established in May 2015. It originated from a desire shared by mosaic art students to form a group that would enable them to share their interests with the community. Mosaic artist Dotti Stone, who has taught mosaic arts at the Bower Center for the Arts for over ten years, initiated the formation of the group. Janet Chalker, a charter member, helped with the development of the mission statement: “We love creating, sharing, and learning about mosaics. We support each other as we explore this ancient, and now modern, art form.”
Blue Ridge Mosaic Artists, as a group, has taken part in several community public art projects. They created three floral panels for the entrance side of the Bower Center for the Arts and seven panels for the Bedford Domestic Violence Services Memorial Garden on Bedford Avenue. They are currently working on mosaic stepping stones for the Centra Bedford Hospice House garden. The group has exhibited at the MOarts Gallery in the Moneta/SML Library in 2016, on a rotating basis during the startup year of Bedford’s The Electric Company Gallery: Art and More in 2017, and as a featured group of the same venue in 2018. In May 2020, members will exhibit mosaics with a wildlife theme at Goose Creek Studio and Framing Gallery in Bedford, VA.
Blue Ridge Area Mosaic Artist members meet bi-monthly. Members explore possible community art projects, decide upon annual personal projects, plan occasional exhibits, discuss different mosaic techniques, and offer periodic programs. Meetings are held the first Tuesday every other month at 6:00pm at Studio 207 which is located at 207 E. Depot St, Bedford, VA, inside The Electric Company: Art and More building. The entrance is off the parking lot at the side of the building. Future meeting dates are October 1 and December 3, 2019, and Feb 4, April 7, June 2, August 4, October 6, and December 1, 2020. They have a Facebook page; like them and join them!
Current members are: Mitchell Bond, Sally Carter, Karen Cavanaug, Janet Chalker, Jane Garland, Becky Grabski, Bonnie Kinnaird, Pat Malotte, Peggy Markham, Perri Mason, Marjie Milligan, Dotti Stone, Sergei Troubetzkoy, and Andrea Wild.