Thursday, November 20, 2008
Photo by Charlotte Bennett.
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Shutterbugs attribute much of their success to the things they learn during their meetings, as well as the encouragement they get from one another. They meet the second Tuesday in each month at 6:30 p.m. at the Thomaston-Upson Arts Council (TUAC) Gallery and Gift Shop, located on the courthouse square. Guest speaker for the November 11th meeting will be Jerry Beasley, past president of the Middle Georgia Camera Club in Macon, who will talk about “How to Take Tack-Sharp Photos.” Visitors are welcome to attend. All attendees are asked to bring a non-perishable food item (for people or pets) to be donated to a food distribution organization.
Krista Williams, of Thomaston, was thrilled with the multiple awards she received at the Georgia National Fair, especially the Award of Excellence, which is given annually for the photo the judges consider to be the very best one in the Division.
Photo of Yvette Tolson by Charlotte Bennett. Article by Johnnie Ann Gaskill. Photo of Krista Williams by Malcolm Williams.
Saturday, November 1, 2008
On Sunday, November 30th, from 1-4 p.m., Santa will be inside the Garden Education Building to visit with children of all ages. Photos will be available. For more information, please contact Barbara King (barwking AT bellsouth DOT net) or visit the Garden's website.
Photo by Johnnie Ann Gaskill.
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Photo by Robert Gallman.
On Thursday, Sept. 18th, seven members attended Taste of Thomaston, an annual event held on the courthouse square. Shown in the photo are Janet Goodberlet, Johnnie Ann Gaskill, Fawne DeRosia, and Joan Phillips. They, along with Melba Brown and Sherry Kunde, were on hand to talk with people interested in knowing more about the photography club.
Photo by Ellen Tew.
On Saturday, August 16th, eleven members of the West Central Georgia Shutterbugs attended a “Making More Expressive Photos” workshop held at the Middle Georgia Art Association in Macon. Jim Messer (far right) led the workshop. Standing beside him is Lynne Barta, who often teams with him on various projects. Shutterbugs in attendance were (seated): Harolyn Castleberry, Melba Brown, Marsha Waller, and (standing, left to right): Krista Williams, Hazel Cromer, Johnnie Ann Gaskill, King Davis, Phyllis Dyche, Yvette Tolson, Anna Mary Ellerbee, Sherry Kunde and Lyndsey York (not shown in the photo). While there, they viewed the “In Celebration of Light” photography show, which remained on exhibit through Sept. 13th. Following the four-hour workshop, several of the Shutterbugs spent additional time in Macon, eagerly practicing the things they learned.
Photo by Frank Pinkston.
For the second year in a row, one of
Photo by Johnnie Ann Gaskill.
Sunday, August 31, 2008
Those exhibiting their “Personal Best” photos are among the Shutterbugs pictured here: 1st Row, Left to Right: Harolyn Castleberry, Sherry Kunde, Johnnie Ann Gaskill, Joan Phillips; 2nd Row: Fawne DeRosia, Hazel Cromer, Anna Mary Ellerbee, Bonny Shockley, Kim Hill, Yvette Tolson, Juanita Kendall; 3rd Row: Shakeira Trice, Marcia Miller, Maggie Grob, Melba Brown, Ellen Tew, Krista Williams, Marcia Fisher, Debbie Smith; 4th Row: Marcia Edwards, Jakob Grob, Phyllis Dyche, Lyndsey York, King Davis, Dee Hinson, and Evie Bowker. Other exhibitors not shown in the photo are: Malgorzata Florkowska and Linda Best.
Monday, August 18, 2008
Monday, July 28, 2008
Shutterbugs who have ordered exhibit supplies (clear bags, backing boards, and mats) from Melba Brown may pick them up and pay her for them at the meeting.
As always, members should wear their ID buttons. Also, please bring a camera (to pose with during the group shots). Shutterbugs who are exhibiting in Sept. may also bring their ready-to-hang photos (maximum of two). Otherwise, make plans to deliver them to TUAC no later than Friday, August 22nd.
Friday, June 27, 2008
The remainder of the program will be devoted to viewing photos taken by Shutterbugs Marcia Fisher and King Davis. His photos were taken in Bolivia, hers in Israel. Both presentations will be a combination of travelogue and photography comments, questions and answers, critiques, etc.
Marcia, a charter member of Shutterbugs, moved to Thomaston from Oakland, California, in 1997. She began taking pictures after being inspired by the beauty of Georgia. Her photography has been displayed in various galleries and photography exhibits, won awards in venues such as the Georgia National Fair, and selected for special projects.
King Davis, a native of Thomaston, developed an interest in photography as a teenager, with the help of his parents and a number of friends. Throughout the 1970s, he worked as a freelance photographer. Now that the cost of film is no longer prohibitive, he has recently resumed pursuing photography, using a digital SLR camera.
Anyone interested in photography is welcome to attend. No reservations are required. Just come to the TUAC Gallery, located next to the Ritz Theatre on the courthouse square in Thomaston, and enjoy 90 minutes of photography instruction and inspiration.
Thursday, June 26, 2008
Friday, June 6, 2008
The club now has 33 members from Upson and surrounding counties, some of whom are shown here:
Front Row, Left to Right: Yvette Tolson, Bonny Shockley, Janet Goodberlet, Sherry Kunde
Second Row: Marcia Miller, Melba Brown, Hazel Cromer, Ellen Tew, Shakeira Trice, Krista Williams
Third Row: Melissa Thomas, Johnnie Ann Gaskill, Marcia Fisher, Harolyn Castleberry, Kim Hill
Fourth Row: Fawne DeRosia, Joan Phillips, Marcia Edwards, Lyndsey York, Holly Butler
Back Row: Anna Mary Ellerbee, Dee Hinson, King Davis
Monday, May 5, 2008
Sunday, April 20, 2008
Blind/Sight: Conversations with the Visually Inspired - Photographer Billy Howard and illustrator Laurie Shock capture the spirit and stories of 12 people with varying degrees of visual impairment—from low vision to total blindness. Learn how each of the featured individuals "see" the world by viewing depictions created by Howard and Shock and find out what caused their vision impairments. On view February 9 through May 4, 2008 at the Fernbank Museum of Natural History.
Sally Mann at Jackson Fine Art in Atlanta - Jackson Fine Art is delighted to present a selection of work from the last segment of acclaimed photographer Sally Mann's What Remains, a series which explores the intricacies of death. Although Mann returns to her most familiar subject-her three children-she diverges from past approaches and themes. These large-format, up-close portraits were created using wet-plate collodion negatives, an arduous process first used by photographers ten years before the Civil War. The resulting photographs emanate a prophetic beauty, each "perfect flaw" in the process foreshadowing our slow but inevitable expiration. Through Aprill 26, 2008.
Monday, April 14, 2008
Sunday, April 13, 2008
Our next meeting will be May 13, at 6:30 p.m. at the Thomaston-Upson Arts Council (TUAC) Gallery, located on the courthouse square in Thomaston. The program will be presented by various Shutterbugs and will focus on how to upload and file photos, as well as how to join http://www.betterphoto.com/ and set up a free gallery there. Anyone interested in photography is invited to attend.
Thursday, April 10, 2008
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
- The cherry trees on Griffin Avenue in Thomaston are in bloom and are a beautiful sight! As you approach the square, follow the signs for 36 West. Once on 36 West, follow it for about 1.5 miles. After you pass Providence Nursing Home on the left, go to the bottom of the hill and turn RIGHT onto Nelson Drive. Griffin Avenue is the first street on the RIGHT.
- Two events at New Hebron Church in Pike County: The Franklin Family drum, fife and bugle corps on April 20th & Founders Day Picnic May 18th at 2 p.m. Click for more information.
Monday, March 10, 2008
May 19, 1950—February 27, 2008
Her photography was juried in to exhibits (the 2006 Tobler Mill ARTfest, the 2006 WCGS exhibit at Pike Arts and Local Flavors, a special display at SlowExposures 2007, as well as exhibits hosted by the Thomaston-Upson Arts Council (TUAC). Her photography was also chosen for use in special publications, including the 2008 Georgia State map, the 2008 United Bank calendar, and a greeting card used/sold by the Thomaston-Upson Arts Council. Dee often used some of her best photos on greeting cards she created. In addition, she displayed some of her work in her salon, Dee’s Downtown, which she owned and operated for several years. Several of her matted and framed images are also in private collections. Some of her favorite images, in addition to those of her grandchildren, were those taken while traveling, which she loved to do.
Although Dee is no longer with us, her photography leads us to believe she would agree with David Bailey, who said, "It takes a lot of imagination to be a good photographer. You need less imagination to be a painter because you can invent things. But in photography everything is so ordinary; it takes a lot of looking before you learn to see the extraordinary," and with Ansel Adams, who said, "In my mind's eye, I visualize how a particular . . . sight and feeling will appear on a print. If it excites me, there is a good chance it will make a good photograph. It is an intuitive sense, an ability that comes from a lot of practice."
Dee was greatly loved and respected; she will be greatly missed by all who were privileged to know her.
Tuesday, March 4, 2008
Scott joins a growing list of excellent photographers who have been invited to showcase their work during Shutterbugs meetings and to discuss the techniques they used to capture the images. Other photographers have been invited to speak at future meetings because Shutterbugs want to learn from “the best” how to take better photos.
Shutterbugs met for the first time in January 2006, with 10 persons present. Currently, there are 26 members of various ages and skill levels, who reside either in Lamar, Pike, Spalding, or Upson County. Members welcome other photographers, from beginners to professionals. For more information, contact Shutterbugs President, Johnnie Ann Gaskill, at 706-646-4170.
Tuesday, February 26, 2008
Photos can be submitted online at http://statemapphoto.dot.state.ga.us until April 30, 2008.
Once the submission period closes, Board members will select one photo to represent their congressional district. The winning photographers will be notified in writing and receive full photo credit for their submission.
The State Highway and Transportation Map is Georgia’s official travel guide. Over a million maps are printed each year and distributed throughout the country. Photos from all over Georgia have been placed on previous maps to provide travelers with a visual depiction of our history, statewide attractions and nationally recognized transportation system.
Wednesday, February 13, 2008
Photo by Johnnie Ann Gaskill.
Wednesday, February 6, 2008
Shutterbugs receiving awards in the Beginner Division were: Linda Best—6th place, Melba Brown—two 6th place awards, Harolyn Castleberry—a 2nd and a 3rd place, Anna Mary Ellerbee—a 3rd and a 5th place, Marcia Fisher—two 2nd place awards, plus a 3rd and a 6th, and Ester Fry—4th place.
In the “Advanced” division, Johnnie Ann Gaskill won sixteen awards, including three 1st place awards. She also received the Sweepstakes Award, which is awarded annually to the photographer who earns more awards than any other photographer competing in that division.
Several Shutterbugs have received recognitions for photos they’ve posted on http://www.betterphoto.com/, the premier educational web site on photography that offers an astonishing array of resources for photographers world-wide who want to improve their skills, share their photos, and learn more about the art and technique of photography. Photographers may enter one photo per day to any one of the ten contests BetterPhoto sponsors each month. Out of the thousands of beautiful photos entered each month, some photos are designated as “Editor’s Pick,” which means they have advanced to the next level of competition from which the “Finalists” are chosen, from which “Winners” are selected. According to recent statistics posted on http://www.betterphoto.com/, 7,120 photographers from 225 countries have received awards. Out of the more than 30,000 photos submitted each month, BetterPhoto chooses only a small percentage of photos for special recognition, which makes receiving even an “Editor’s Pick” a real thrill.
Shutterbugs whose photos have been designated “Editor’s Pick” include: Melba Brown, Harolyn Castleberry, Hazel Cromer, Dee DeLoatch, Anna Mary Ellerbee, Johnnie Ann Gaskill, and Lyndsey York. Anna Mary and Melba have also received one “Finalist” award each. Hazel has received numerous “Editor’s Picks,” two “Finalists,” and one “Winner.” Congratulations to all!
Five Shutterbugs have had photos chosen for the “Puppy Love” exhibit on display during February at A Novel Experience (bookstore) on the courthouse square in Zebulon. The public is invited to a reception there on Saturday, Feb. 9, from 7-9 p.m. to view the photos of dogs and to meet all of the photographers, including Shutterbugs Melba Brown, Harolyn Castleberry, Fawne DeRosia, Brenda Fayard, and Malgorzata Florkowska.
The West Central Georgia Shutterbugs will meet on Tuesday, February 12, 2008, at 6:30 p.m. at the Thomaston-Upson Arts Council (TUAC) Gallery, located on the courthouse square in Thomaston. The program will feature a PowerPoint presentation of photos taken by Melba Brown, Harolyn Castleberry, and Linda Best during their recent trip to Italy. The group was organized in November 2005 and met for the first time in January 2006. Currently, there are 25 members, including the award-winning photographers shown here (front row, left to right): Melba Brown, Ellen Tew, Harolyn Castleberry, Malgorzata Florkowska, Johnnie Ann Gaskill, Linda Best, Fawne DeRosia, and (back row, L-R) Marcia Fisher, Anna Mary Ellerbee, Lyndsey York, and Hazel Cromer. They, along with other Shutterbugs, invite anyone interested in photography and/or in viewing the photos of Italy to attend the meeting. Photo by King Davis.
Written by Johnnie Ann Gaskill.
Tuesday, February 5, 2008
Part of the fun of this exhibit will be sharing it with a great group of photographers and dog lovers at the Opening Reception on Saturday February 9th from 7-9 p.m. Contribute to the "Ahhhhh Factor" and enjoy complementary wine, cheese, and convivial conversation!RECEPTION: SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 9. 7-9 PM
Sunday, January 13, 2008
Paul's images capture intriguing details of people, places and objects found in big cites and small towns. Spontaneous moments of life are caught "on the fly" in bold colors, leaving us to ponder what happens next to the subjects in his lens.
Reception Friday, January 18th - 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
A Novel Experience Bookstore on the Courthouse Square
Wednesday, January 2, 2008
Shown in the photo are Johnnie Ann Gaskill, President, and Fawne DeRosia, Vice President, who, along with the other officers, have been working hard to make the upcoming year a great one for Shutterbugs. Photo by Anna Mary Ellerbee.