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November 16, 2010 > Juried Photography Exhibit

Juried Photography Exhibit

By Emma Victoria G. Blanco

Mark your calendars as the Fremont Cultural Arts Council (FCAC) presents the 17th Annual Juried Photography Exhibit, showcasing the incredible talents of local photographers. With the assistance of the City of Fremont's Recreation Services Department and Alameda County Libraries, FCAC is pleased to sponsor the popular exhibition, which kicks off with an Opening Night Reception (open to the public)
on November 19 and runs through December 20 at the Fremont Main Library.

Seventeen years ago, the city leased a Country Way Drive building to the FCAC and as a condition of the lease, the Council agreed to contribute a citywide event. A FCAC committee of three members (Larry Epstein, Alvin Dockter, and Elise Ciraolo) organized and planned a juried photography exhibit; the first exhibit was held in 1994 with Larry Epstein as chairperson. Three years later, Dockter succeeded him and served for six years. Dockter reminisced about his tenure as the show's chairperson and stated, "[it] was a rewarding experience. [I was able to meet] so many community participants, [including] FCAC and photo club member volunteers and many photographers."

This year is a milestone for Jason Cheng, chairperson for the fifth consecutive year. In the last couple of years, most of the independent photo labs in town have closed." Though some changes were bound to occur within the last five years, one thing remains constant... the talent of many local photographers."

This year's exhibit promises to be a testament to those dedicated to a spectacular show unique to the Tri-City community. Once again, a panel of judges comprised of three prominent representatives from the photography industry had the unenviable task of selecting winning photographs. Winning photographs were selected based on Artistic Merit, Originality, Difficulty, and Technical Aspects. Ellie Webster, Dick Stahlke and new judge, Claudia Peterson, were not allowed to know the names of the photographers or the photographs' titles during the selection process.
Webster is a Fellow of the Photographic Society of America (PSA), acting as Director of the Travel Aides Service and Director of the Nature Division's Essay Competitions. She is an active member of the Pacific Chapter of the Royal Photographic Society of Great Britain, N4C, and the San Mateo Peninsula Camera Club.

Stahlke, who served as past President (2006-2007) of the Northern California Council of Camera Clubs, has been photographing seriously since 1993. Peterson is the President of 6C (a coalition of six Bay Area camera clubs); she is an award-winning photographer who is also active in the PSA. She is also a recipient of a Gold Medal from Fotoclave, an annual photographic convention put on by a coalition of camera clubs from Northern and Central California.

This year, 39 Fremont photographers and members of Fremont photography clubs submitted their photographs for the chance to win recognition and cash prizes. From a total of 139 entries 97 images were deemed worthy for display at the exhibit.

A list of the prints selected for exhibit, as well as lists of previous years' award winners can be found online at

Juried Photography Exhibit
November 19 through December 20
Opening Night Reception
Friday, November 19 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Fukaya Room Fremont Main Library
2400 Stevenson Boulevard, Fremont
(510) 745-1400
(510) 794-7166 (FCAC)

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