November 7, 2006 > Juried Photography Exhibit
Juried Photography Exhibit
by Arathi Satish
Fremont’s 13th Annual Juried Photography Exhibit, sponsored by the Fremont Cultural Arts Council and assisted by Recreation Services Department, city of Fremont Alameda County Library, Fremont Main Library and Celebrate Fremont is currently on display at Fremont Main library. The exhibit has been set up in the main reading area where it will be on available for viewing during library hours until December 1.
Jason Cheng, 2006 Exhibit Chairman said, “We hope you will enjoy the many beautiful photographs taken by photographers from our Fremont community. In addition to many photographs from picturesque spots around the country and even the world, this year-honoring Fremont’s 50th anniversary and sponsored by Celebrate Fremont-we have a special category for pictures taken in Fremont, in our own backyard.”
The exhibit includes pictures of varying subjects, composition, color and story. Jason pointed out, “I was really pleased with the interest in the exhibit this year with a record number of entries which were of very high quality. Once again, I was impressed by the many talented photographers in our community. Many beautiful photographs could not be included in the exhibit this year due to space constraints. We had 303 entries from which our panel of judges chose 108 for display. There was a good turnout for the special category of photographs of Fremont sponsored by Celebrate Fremont with 72 entries”.
Photographs were judged by Glenn Corlew, Barbara Mallon and Jo-Ann Ordano. Winners in the general category were Jason Cheng, Alan Bickett and Charles Webster. They received cash prizes of $150, $125 and $100 respectively. In the Fremont category, all the three awards went to Alvin Dockter, who received cash prizes of $100, $80 and $60 for his outstanding photographs. There were 12 merit awards for photographs from the remaining pool that the judge’s thought were particularly noteworthy; each received a prize of $50. These were selected without regard to the category in which they were entered. The awards went to Douglas Stinson, Alan Rubinstein, Julianne Howe (three awards), Marco Pavesi, Charles Webster, Eric Teter, Hiroko Maramatsu, Alvin Dockter, Aileen Liang and Sean Duan. The “People’s Choice Award” for $100 was awarded to Barbie Dike for her photograph entitled “Tender Love”.
Margaret Thornberry, President of FCAC said she was very pleased that so many entries were received and added that it was a very challenging job for the judges. There is tremendous interest in the community as reflected by the comments received by the visitors to the library who view the exhibit and by the entries received every year. Jason Cheng noted the lack of volunteer help and noted, “Due to difficulty of attracting enough volunteers, we may have to consider increasing entry fees next year so we can get some paid personnel to help set up and move the exhibit. We may even have to consider eliminating the opening night reception which I think would be a real shame. It has been an aspect of the exhibit that has been particularly popular with entrants over the years. It is a fantastic opportunity to meet other photographers. Visitors often have a chance to discuss a photograph they particularly like with the photographer who took the picture. Both the visitor and photographers seem to enjoy this interaction. The ‘People’s Choice’ award which has been a popular aspect of the exhibit has been chosen at the opening night reception each year.”
Those interested in details about individual pictures or helping out in future events may contact Jason Cheng, Exhibit Chairman at (510) 683-9536.
Fremont’s 13th Annual Juried Photography Exhibit
Fremont Main Library
2400 Stevenson Boulevard, Fremont
On display through December 1.