All About the SaltSpring Photography Club
The SaltSpring Photography Club is an informal network of people living on SaltSpring Island and sharing an interest in photography. It was founded in February, 2009. The Club is a welcoming group of photographers of all skill levels, willing to share their enthusiasm and knowledge and gain experience together. Feel free to come to a meeting to see if you would like to join us in this absorbing and creative obsession called Photography.
The Club web site is the club's basic tool for communication on a daily basis. Members use the website to present, view and comment on members' current photography. It is also a place for the exchange of valuable information.
Formal club meetings are held the second Wednesday of every month at 7 p.m. Currently at the Lion's Club, Hart Bradley Hall, 103 Bonnet Ave. At these meetings start with some small amout of club business and is followed by an educational talk on some aspect of photography and the meeting concludes with a slide show, consisting of images sent in by members, usually to do with that month's theme, with a critique and appreciation session after each photograph.
Casual coffee mornings happen on Mondays at 10 a.m. at Penny's-on-the-Green (Golf Course) restaurant. Club members get together and discuss any and every thing, photographic and non-photographic. This is a good time to get to know other members and to get advise or share technical know-how.
Exhibitions The club has had two annual exhibitions since its inception. One is a show in the lobby of ArtSpring in which all members are free to participate and which stays up for the month of January. The other is the annual "Eclectic Visions", a gallery show. Members who wish to participate in "Eclectic Visions" share the cost of renting the galleries, volunteer during the exhibition and help with the organizing. This year's "Eclectic Visions" will be held at a new venue "Gallery 8" at Grace Point from the 9th of June through to the 22nd of June 2016.
The club also participates in Country Grocer's monthly community group art display in Country Roasters Cafe, where the gallery wall can accommodate six different club members' work at a time. The Club will have 6 shows at Country Roasters during 2016, they include the months of January, March, May, July, September & November.
Seasonal Slideshows are put together every season and members can submit up to ten of their best works of the season and then shown at various locations on wide screen tvs around the island. The waiting rooms and elder care at Lady Minto Hospital, the Salt Spring Inn, TJ Beans, the Fritz cinema and the Chamber of Commerce Info centre. DVDs of these Seasonal slide shows are available for sale as a fundraiser at TJ Beans.
Another venue for displaying club photo-art is the photo screen at Salt Spring Roasting Company, where the slide show is changed monthly and will usually consist of the photos shown at the last month's meeting, but is not limited to these.
The SaltSpring Photography Club Executive 2017:
- President – Wendy Rosier
- Vice President – Avril Kirby
- Secretary – Gwen McDonald, Margaret C Benmore & Colleen Barnes
- Treasurer – Pat Page
- Publicity Coordinator – Maggie Argiro
- Education Committee Coordinator – Ross McLeod
- Webmaster – Peter Freeman
- Past Presidents – Curt Firestone & Bob Rogers