Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Shutterbugs Exhibit Images at Callaway Gardens

Shutterbugs President, Jim Davidson of Pike County, stands proudly beside some of the beautiful photos on display at Callaway Gardens. He’s thrilled by the participation and skill of his fellow Shutterbugs and by the high praise that visitors are giving the images. He reports that photos by Harolyn Castleberry and Jackie Stokes sold right away, as did an assortment of smaller items that are displayed in the Discovery Center Gift Shop at Callaway. Photo courtesy of Marcia Fisher, one of the charter members of Shutterbugs.

The West Central Georgia Shutterbugs proudly announce their upcoming exhibit, “Through Our Eyes,” in the Discovery Center of Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain. They invite everyone who enjoys nature photography to stop by to see the 149 varied “nature” images that will be displayed from April 23 through May 29, 2014. There is no charge to view the exhibit, but a general admission ticket to Callaway Gardens must be purchased at the main gate. (For info about the gardens, please visit www.callawaygardens.com.) The Shutterbugs exhibited there in 2010 and have been invited back for the dates mentioned above, as well as in the Fall of 2016. The Shutterbugs are thrilled to have the honor of displaying and selling their work in one of the top five public gardens in America.

The images were taken in various locations in the U. S. and abroad by these 17 members: from Fayette County: Francis Hauke; Henry: Linda Godwin; Lamar: Bonny Shockley; Pike: Jim Davidson, Leah Jordan, Charles and Rachel McClelland; Rockdale: Jackie Stokes; Upson: Linda Best, Melba Brown, Harolyn Castleberry, King Davis, Phyllis Dyche, Marcia Fisher, Johnnie Ann Gaskill, Dianne Kelly, and Mia Mackey.

Shutterbugs met for the first time on January 10, 2006, in Thomaston, GA. They meet monthly (the second Tuesday in each month except Dec.) at 6:30 p.m. They’re currently meeting in the multi-purpose room of the Hightower Memorial Library, located at 800 West Gordon Street (Hwy. 74), Thomaston, GA, across the street from Upson Regional Medical Center. Members reside not only in Upson County, but also in Fayette, Henry, Lamar, Pike, and Spalding.

In addition to monthly programs that provide instruction and encouragement, they also participate in photography exhibits, attend workshops, and go on photo shoots. As they learn together, they’re building friendships, discovering additional opportunities to exhibit and sell their photos, sharing ideas and supplies/gear, encouraging one another, celebrating their successes, and becoming increasingly excited about and skilled in the art of photography. Some of their photos have won awards, been exhibited in galleries and businesses, been published, and been displayed in private collections.

Photographers of all ages and skill levels are invited to attend the monthly meetings—and to join the club and join in the fun of learning and growing together. Although this exhibit showcases only “nature” images, their members enjoy photographing a variety of subjects: people, pets, events, architecture, abstracts, accidental letters, still life, weddings, etc. Most shoot “on location,” but some have access to studios and lighting setups.