NCCA-Artsplace Statewide Photography Competition

May 5 through June 4
NCCA Statewide Photography Competition

Reception and Awards May 7,
10:00 a.m. – Noon

Jansma Gallery at NCCA-Artsplace, 13 E. Main St., Fremont. 231-924-4022. Our goal is to exhibit and acknowledge the finest photographers in the State of Michigan and encourage greater growth and achievement in the photographic community. This is a juried competition. Selected works are on exhibit and among them will be the honor of 1st, 2nd, 3rd place and honorable mentions receiving ribbons and cash awards.

2016 Photo competition winners

And the winners of the 2016 NCCA Statewide Photography Competition are…

1st Place – Paul Petersen for “From Above”

2nd Place – Judi Luptak for “Rocky”

3rd Place – David Toombs for “Whirling Dervish”

Honorable Mention – Lisa Medendorp for “Cursed”

Honorable Mention – Mark Andrews for “Rocket 88 Cuba”

2016 Juror Stacy Niedzweicki

In addition to graphic design and layout, Stacy leverages her freelancing talents in digital photography. Her fascination with nature’s beauty has found its way through the camera lens, earning awards in many art and photography competitions. Her work has been featured in the Michigan 24/7 photography book, Whisper in the Woods Nature Journal, Michigan Blue, Michigan History and Tasters Guild Journal magazines. She supplies images for the Muskegon & White Lake CVBs, Rockford Chamber of Commerce and the Explore St. Louis Official Visitors’ Guide, and won 2nd place in the Pure Michigan Photo Competition. Stacy’s artworks have been exhibited at the Governor’s Residence in Lansing, Michigan, Lansing Community College’s “The Great State of Michigan” Collection and a permanent installation at the Lemmen-Holton Cancer Pavilion.

Photographers accepted into the juried exhibition this year are Mark Andrews, Randy Butters, Dianne Carroll-Burdick, Katie Day-Schirmer, Ron Dibble, Henry L. Droski, Colleen Hall, Gail Howarth, Lisa Jahr, Edward R. Klemp, Chris Kuebler, Judi Luptak, Carl Luther, Lisa Medendorp, John Patterson, Paul Petersen, David Sauer, Don Spezia, Jane Stroschin, Cari Taylor, David Toombs, and Diane Zoellmer.

Cara O’Brien and Diane Zoellmer – In Between Here and Gone

January 6 through February 6

Cara O’Brien and Diane Zoellmer
In Between Here and Gone
Thursday, January 28:
Annual Meeting 5:30
Public Reception 6-7:30 p.m.

OBrien, Image 5, Extending, 17x12x5, Porcelain, wood, and waxIn Between Here and Gone creates a powerful visual editorial on the beauty found in all cycles of nature.
Cara O’Brien’s recent sculptural work is strongly influenced by organic forms produced through the growth, erosions and decay of the natural world, while Diane’s stunning visual documentation of that same cycle through photography.

OBrien, Image 8, Scuttle II, 6x16x5, Driftwood and PorcelainCara O’Brien is a West Michigan artist hailing from Fremont, and is now a
Whitehall resident. Cara is a full time artist producing sculpture primarily in porcelain, wood and metal.

Zoellmer, Image 2, Ice CurtainDiane Zoellmer lives in Whitehall and is exploring her passion for
photography after retiring as an educator in the technology field.
The photos in this exhibit all address natural formations, created from the sand,wind,water,and sun along the Lake Michigan shoreline.

 

 

Richard Hinton Beauty Amongst Chaos

October 7 through November 14
Richard Hinton
Beauty Amongst Chaos

Hinton2wJansma Gallery at NCCA-Artsplace, 13 E. Main St., Fremont.
We live in two worlds. Our everyday world where we mow our grass, tend to our cars and go to work. The other world is the world of things we leave behind. Cars and trucks in the field. A barn silo or an old farm house. Signs for businesses that don’t exist anymore. In extreme cases like Detroit, whole buildings are left to be ravaged by time, nature and man. Once housing schools, churches and factories that were a mainstay of the American economy and symbols of our culture, they now sit empty. Their roofs sag. Their floors are upheaved. Their walls have been covered in graffiti. Yet as those once proud monuments sit waiting for demolition, or rebirth, one can find beauty amongst the chaos. These images are at once sad, nostalgic and hauntingly beautiful.

hinton4wRichard Hinton is a photographer from the Fremont area. His active involvement in area photo clubs, efforts in organizing photographic adventures among peers, participation in various photography competitions and volunteer time with NCCA-Artsplace show just how important the arts, specifically photography, are to him. That passion for this art form comes through in these sentimental, beautiful and powerful images.

Richard Hinton – Imbued Images

Dianne Carroll Burdick – June 2-August 1

An exquisite wedding of hand-colored photographs of the natural world and elegant haiku.

Selected hand colored photographs with accompanying haiku poetry from the book Listen the Landscape, is on display at the Dogwood Center Lobby Gallery through August 1.

Overview

Mirroring the human response to the natural world, this book is a rare synthesis of stunning landscape photography and understated haiku poetry. Dianne Carroll Burdick has photographed what she sees but expressed what she feels by hand-coloring her photographic images. LindaNemec Foster has followed the traditional form created by Japanese poets over five hundred years ago to pen elegant haiku.

Together the two explore edges — ocean meeting sand, lakes meeting grass, trees meeting sky. These landscapes of color and sound will usher you into quiet, meditative spaces where you can truly listen to yourself and the environment around you.

2015 Statewide Photography Competition Exhibition

Now through June 13
NCCA Statewide Photography Competition

Jansma Gallery at NCCA-Artsplace, 13 E. Main St., Fremont. 231-924-4022. Our goal is to exhibit and acknowledge the finest photographers in the State of Michigan and encourage greater growth and achievement in the photographic community. This is a juried competition. Selected works are on exhibit and among them will be the honor of 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place and honorable mentions receiving ribbons and cash awards.

2015 Juror Brian Kainulainen is a professional landscape photographer. Although photography is his primary medium, Kainulainen has also received a Bachelor of Fine Art in Painting and Graphic Design and worked several years as a Graphic Artist, which has added a certain artistic quality to his work.

 

Juror’s Statement:
“Jurying this show was an honor and a pleasure…and slightly nerve-racking. It’s  always nice to see how other photographers view the world and the different processes they choose to communicate their vision. There was a nice range of work submitted and I was impressed with the quality of work achieved. This did not make the already unpleasant task of eliminating certain works any easier. And it added an extra challenge in choosing the awards.
I believe great photography is technically sound, visually compelling,  and moves us in some way. As I looked at each work I asked myself several questions: Is the composition strong/compelling? What is the quality of the light and how did the photographer use it? Does the work have visual or emotional impact? What is the image about or is the photographer’s intent with the image clear? And what is the quality of the overall presentation of the image (framing, matting, wrapping)?
I believe the chosen works succeeded in several  of these areas and the awarded works had all of these elements going for them. These works were the ones that really stood out to me because of their technical excellence, their beautiful marriage of form and content, and their overall impact.
I enjoyed the jury process, though it was not easy, and I tried to be fair in my choices to present a high quality, diverse show. I want to congratulate those photographers that were admitted into the show and received awards. I want to encourage those who were not accepted to continue to believe in their work. The jury process can be unkind, but I am just one man and can guarantee that I am not all-knowing. As artists I believe subjecting our work to scrutiny by others can be painful, but can, also, be very rewarding and help us grow into better image makers in the end.”
-Brian Kainulainen

 

Photographers receiving honors are:

1st place, Jim Churchill for “Autumn Splendor”
2nd place, Donald Leigh Karel for “The Gathering”
3rd place, Frederic A. Reinecke for ” Ice Texture”
Honorable Mention, Richard Hinton for “Rusted Floor”
Honorable Mention, Gail Howart for “Larry”

 

Photographers accepted into the juried exhibition this year are:

Kenzie Burt
Joe Bushman
Randy Butters
Dianne Carroll Burdick
Jim Churchill
Robert C. Day
Ron Dibble
Katie Day-Schirmer
W. Christian Kuebler
Tom Gammans
Linda Greer
Kellie Hetler
Richard Hinton
Gail Howarth
Donald Leigh Karel
Barb Lowry
Judi Luptak
Carl Luther
Leanne McGann
Lisa Medendorp
Frederic A. Reinecke
David Sauer
Jane Stroschin
Piotr Wosilewski

Photography – On Location! with Lisa and Jeff Blanzy of Treasured Images

April 27, 28, 30 and May 2 & 4

6:00 – 8:00 p.m. except Sat., May 2, 8:00 a.m. – Noon

Ages 16-Adult

Classroom presentations, review of settings, and compositional rules will be taught along with remote location photos shoots. April 28 will be a local photo shoot, May 2 will be a location further afield. Students will receive two of their own 8”x10” matted photographs to take home after the class to display along with a thumb drive. Bring your camera with all necessary cables, chargers, batteries and memory cards.

NCCA Statewide Photography Competition

NCCA 2015 Statewide Photography Competition

Our goal is to exhibit and acknowledge the finest photographers in the State of Michigan and encourage greater growth and achievement in the photographic community. This is a juried competition. Selected works will be exhibited and among them will be the honor of 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place and honorable mentions receiving ribbons and cash awards ($300, $200, $100, $50). The 2015 NCCA Statewide Photography Competition will celebrate with a public reception and awards ceremony on May 16, 2015 at NCCA-Artsplace.

2015 Juror: Brian Kainulainen

Brian Kainulainen is a professional landscape photographer. Although photography is his primary medium, Kainulainen has also received a Bachelor of Fine Art in Painting and Graphic Design and worked several years as a Graphic Artist, which has added a certain artistic quality to his work. Kainulainen has been running his own photography business from his home in Scottville, MI for the past 7 years. His work has received numerous awards and has been exhibited at institutions and art festivals throughout Michigan.

Time Line

Entries Due April 18, 2015, 2:00 p.m.
Acceptance Notification April 27, 2015
Exhibit Opens May 6, 2015
Reception and Awards May 16, 10:00 a.m. – Noon
Exhibit Closes June 13, 2015
Pick-up All Work by June 27, 2015

Entry Guidelines

• Must be Michigan resident, 18 or older, to submit work.
• Work must be framed and ready to display or finished appropriately.
• All photographic processes are accepted.
• NCCA reserves the right to decline artwork for any reason.
• Accepted work may be placed for sale during the exhibit.
• A 30% commission is charged on all sales during exhibit.
• Each eligible photographer may submit up to two pieces of work.
• All entries must be delivered to NCCA by April 18, 2:00 p.m.
• Entry labels must be firmly affixed to the back of the entries.
• Please indicate the photographic process in your description. For example, 35 mm, digital, medium format, color, sepia tone, silver print, etc.
• Do not submit prints that have been previously exhibited at NCCA-Artsplace.
• Work may be shipped, please include pre-paid return shipping labels if you would like us to return work.
• The NCCA will take every precaution to ensure protection of artwork, however, we will not be responsible for any loss or damage.
• Any artwork left after June 27 may become property of NCCA, unless other arrangements have been made.
• Send or drop off completed entry form, framed work and include a payment made to NCCA for the non-refundable entry fee of $25 Member or $30 Non-Member, to:

2015 Statewide Photo Competition
Newaygo County Council for the Arts
13 East Main Street, Fremont, MI 49412

Submit entry form with up to two photographs.
Entry fee covers one or two entries.

2015 Statewide Photo Competition Entry Form

2014 NCCA-Artsplace “Baby It’s Cold Outside” Winter Photo Contest

Deadline: Monday, December 8, 2014 – 5:30 p.m.
Eligibility: Open to everyone, photos must be unframed, 8” x 10” and involve a winter theme.
Awards: Friday, December 12, 5:30 p.m. at NCCA-Artsplace.
Call NCCA 231-924-4022 for details.
2014 Winter Photo Contest Entry Form

2014 NCCA Statewide Photography Competition

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Lisa Medendorp

Our goal is to exhibit and acknowledge the finest photographers in the state of Michigan and encourage greater growth and achievement in the photographic community. The Jurors, Brad and Todd Reed of Ludington, have selected the photographs and are very excited to announce the winning selections during the free public reception on Saturday, May 3, 10:00 a.m. – Noon.
Photographers who are part of the exhibition this year are: Pete Blackburn, Dianne Carroll Burdick, Randy Butters, Deborah Ann Chrystal, James Churchill, Katie Day Schirmer, Patricia Dee, Colleen Hall, Jill Herrington, James Hilbrand, Richard Hinton, Gail Howarth, Brian Kainulainen, Donald Leigh Karel, W. Christian Kuebler, David Lancashire, Becky Llewellyn, Barb Lowry, Judi Luptak, Lisa Medendorp, Gale Nobes, Joan Ransom, Keith Schuiteman, Misty Silvis, Jane Stroschin, David Toombs, Diana VanDeusen,
Piotr Wasilewski, and
Paul Zinger.

Using My Publisher to Create Your Own Photo Books

Monday 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

April 21 and 28

Class Fee: $40 ($35 Members)

Ages 16-Adult

This two night class will get you on your way to using the free My Publisher software to create your own beautiful photo books that will be cherished keepsakes for years to come. The first class will focus on using the My Publisher software to create books using the built in templates. The second class will focus on using Adobe Elements or similar to create your own pages with your own custom layouts. To take full advantage of this class, participants should come to the class with the My Publisher software installed on their laptop. This software may be downloaded for free at mypublisher.com.