Camera Club To Showcase Work

The Chautauqua County Camera Club will present its first Artist Showcase in the Prendergast Library Art Gallery from Thursday through March 14.

Club members will greet guests during an opening reception from 6:30-8 p.m. Thursday in the Fireplace Room.

Since the club was founded in November 2012, members have held their monthly meetings and special learning workshops at the library, and they couldn’t think of a better place to hold their first-ever showcase of photography, according to Chad Ecklof, club president.

“In just the first year we’ve grown to over 30 active members, and we’ve been blessed with amazing support from the library and its staff, which is why we wanted the Prendergast to be the home of our Artist Showcase,” Ecklof said.

“We have a very diverse group of artists, and we are proud to present some of their best work,” he added.

Members who will have pictures on display range from professional photographers to novice beginners and hobbyists.

“The purpose of this showcase is to give our membership a chance to feel a sense of pride in seeing their work displayed in the eyes of the public. We also hope to give our community a look at what our club has to offer in hopes that others who have an interest in photography will consider being a part of our group. After all, the more members we have, the better the learning experience for everyone,” Ecklof said.

Exhibitors include Linda S. Kennedy, who enjoys maintaining a subject’s authenticity. She has taken photographs for many years, and it is a positive focus in her life.

Cheyenne Webb has always loved taking photos of people and scenery, and just recently started taking band photos. Her greatest passion is taking photographs of her talented musician friends. She does not do much editing to her photos, for she loves the capture of the moment.

Barbara Garfield is a digital photographer with interest in images of people, landscape, animals, and macro. She has traveled all over the United States and mainly tries to capture images with a shallow depth of field.

Jim Walton is an amateur photographer who started in high school with a 4-by-5-inch Graflex Press Camera he still owns. He has been shooting ever since people, animals, buildings and ordinary objects that fascinate him. His love of art and photography have led to his current hobby-turned-business, I’ve Been Framed in Jamestown. His camera tastes have evolved from large format black and white to 35mm to digital. His latest fascination is photography using the iPad and creatively processing the images captured.

Bruce Isaacson has been interested in photography for more than 60 years and has watched cameras and photo gear evolve from film, developing emulsions, contact printing and film enlargers burning and dodging to digital cameras and computers with software imaging. He’s gone from working into late evening to ensure complete darkness or avoid accidental light that would ruin processing to working in daylight using the latest digital techniques.

Brian Anderson is a retired construction worker, who says he enjoys his camera, shooting nature and all the beauty that surrounds us each and every day. He started with his backyard birds and expanded from there to anything “nature oriented” that strikes his fancy.

Arlene Bonnett, who retired four years ago from a 35-year teaching career, began to foster her interest in photography with the purchase of a digital camera. Photography has become a passion that consumes much of her spare time. She says photography captures the wonderment of our existence in our environment. Since moving to the Jamestown area a year ago, she has been savoring the many hallmark features that Chautauqua Lake and Chautauqua County offer by capturing their ambience with her camera.

Don Armstrong started taking pictures of his grandchildren, and his hobby has quickly expanded to landscape and nature photography. One of his proudest moments was when one of his photographs was selected to be included in a “Peterson Field Guide.” He also has a photograph in the International Amateur Hall of Fame.

Chad Ecklof is a beginning photographer who has found his greatest interest in High Dynamic Range photography. His passion for computers goes hand in hand with his photography style which utilizes post-processing software to create the artistic interpretations evident in his photos. His work was recently featured in the book “The Churches of Jamestown” by Thomas Goodwin.

Gary Bartoo has rediscovered photography after retiring from a 30-year career in the electronic banking industry. A freelance commercial photographer in the 1970s, he now finds his passion in landscapes – being outdoors alone with the camera and its view of nature is almost a Zen-like experience for him. The exploration of digital photography behind the camera and in the “darkroom” of the computer has been both challenging and intensely rewarding for him.

Wanda Cady has always loved nature, art, outdoors activities and sports. She loves to capture her grandchildren playing football and soccer. Nature shots are challenging to her, but she is learning along with photo software, HDR, workflows and other aspects of photography. She finds her hobby to be a wonderful experience.

Ashley Johnson has grown up enjoying photography, like her parents and sister.

She loves the idea of capturing a moment in time and being able to keep it forever.

Kristin Johnson has always had an interest in photography.

Most of her knowledge of photography has come from observing her mom and taking pictures with her and her sister.

Terrie Johnson has been taking pictures since college and loves the fact that taking pictures can help one appreciate moments in time and forces one to look at the world from different perspectives. Sharing this love with her daughters and seeing the world through their eyes makes it even more special.

Edie Wall has created beautiful gardens on her property in Sherman in order to photograph them and all the creatures that they attract. She has been taking photos since high school with a Kodak Brownie and now enjoys learning about her cameras, post-processing software, photography and gardening.

Ann Follett considers herself an intermediate photographer. Her favorite subjects are wildlife, but she is not limited to taking pictures of just that subject. Always working to improve her photography skills, she is also beginning to use photography software.

Other artists who will be featured include William Tobbe, Dan Swackhammer, Bob Gibbon, Timothy Gibbon, William Seleen, Gayle Vossler and Phil Roche.

Hours to view the Chautauqua County Camera Club’s Artist Showcase at Prendergast Library will be 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, and 1-5 p.m. on Sunday.

The Chautauqua County Art Teachers will be the next exhibitors.

The library is located at 509 Cherry St., Jamestown. For information, call 484-7135.