All artists are invited to submit their photographic work to the Chestertown Arts League’s 10th Annual Photography Awards Show, “A Moment in Time.” Photographers seek to capture a fleeting moment where light and subject and mood all merge into a unique image. Photographers partner with their cameras to produce a technically well executed picture, and photographers enjoy expressing their interpretations of the scene. Photographers are invited to submit their special work which may be B/W or color and traditional film or digital and on any subject. In this judged show, awards will include modest monetary prizes for “Best in Show” and for First Place in a variety of categories which may include Nature and Wildlife; Scenic; the Works of Man; Human Subjects and Portraiture; Abstracts; Still life; Black and White; Creative Digital Enhancement and open subjects. The judge will give other non-monetary awards in the form of honorable mentions. This is a highly popular annual show with historically wide-ranging participation from regional photographers.
We are pleased announce our judge for this year’s show is Peter B. Kaplan. He now resides in Hockessin, Delaware and maintains an editing studio there. He studied photography at Sam Houston University in Texas and then returned to NYC where he assisted many of New York’s top commercial photographers, and because of his avid interest in nature and wildlife photography, he studied under Ansel Adams, Bob Sisson, and Doug Faulkner. His specialty of “height photography” was born upon the completion of the World Trade Center in New York. He was awarded the title of “The Preferred Photographer” of the Stature of Liberty / Ellis Island Foundation, where he volunteered for ten years. His Statue images were used on 172 postage stamps in 15 nations commemorating the 100th anniversary. His extensive photos were used to raise over $500 million for the restoration. Paul Goldberger of the New York Times described his work: “These unusual pictures combine the skill of a professional photographer, the perception of a fine painter and the daring of a trapeze artist.” His photographs were buried in 4 time capsules under the Brooklyn Bridge, Empire State Building, The Statue of Liberty and in the top spire of the Chrysler Building.
Mr. Kaplan’s many accolades and accomplishments can be reviewed on his website www.peterbkaplanstock.com.
Artists may submit up to two pieces of their original work to the show. This work must not have previously been shown locally in a CAL sponsored event, and it should be work from the past two years. The drop-off (and sign-in) for the work is Sunday, May 27, from noon to 3 pm, and Tuesday, May 29, from 10:00 to 3 pm at the CAL Galleries, 312 Cannon St. in Chestertown, Md. All details of entering the show will be handled at the drop-off. The show will be open from Friday, June 1, through Saturday, June 30. The reception and awards presentation will be First Friday, June 1, from 5pm – 8pm. The presentation of awards and judge’s remarks are scheduled for 6 pm. The pickup for the unsold works will be Tuesday, July 3, 10am – 4pm.
Entry fees for participants are $10 per piece for CAL members and $15 per piece for others. (Non-members who chose to join at sign-in will receive the member rate – most CAL monthly themed shows are all-media and welcome photography). The work must be properly framed and wired for hanging. The hanging wires must be securely attached mechanically to the frame sides. On the back of each piece provide: title of piece; artist’s name; contact phone and/or email; and sales price (or NFS if not for sale). Mat-less presentation in a frame without glass or acrylic covering is acceptable. The size of the framed submitted work can be at most 480 square inches, e.g. a frame accepting a 20 x 24 mat is acceptable. The submitter must leave the work on display in the show for its full run. The gallery commission is a 35% donation taken from any sales.
The show will be mounted in both the Main and Studio galleries of CAL located at 312 Cannon Street in downtown Chestertown. Regular gallery hours are Wed. through Fri., noon until 4 pm, Saturdays 10 am – 4 pm. Information regarding the show may be obtained by calling the lead curator at 410-810-2170 and on CAL’s website www.chestertownartsleague.org.