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November 6, 2012 > Juried Photography Exhibit

Juried Photography Exhibit

By Arathi Satish

"A picture is worth a thousand words." This thought is emphasized when viewing creative photographs taken by local artists in the Juried Photography Exhibit. A single still image has the power to capture attention and speak without saying a single word. For the past 19 years, the Fremont Cultural Arts Council (FCAC), the City of Fremont Recreation Services and Alameda County Libraries have been sponsoring the annual exhibit.

Opening with a public reception on Friday, November 9, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in Fremont Main Library's Fukaya Room, this event is free to the public. Attendees will have an opportunity to meet the photographers, talk to FCAC board members, and vote for their favorite - "People's Choice" - photo. Light refreshments will be served. Photos selected for the show will be on display in the library's main reading area through December 14.

In his seventh year as Exhibit Chairman, Jason Cheng says, "The goal of the exhibit from my perspective is to encourage interest in photography. We hope the beautiful photographs will serve to encourage and inspire budding photographers who visit the exhibit to develop their skills and perhaps join an organized photography club such as the Fremont Photographic society. Many people take photos but most do so in a vacuum and have not had any formal training or the benefit of critical feedback on their images. Organized photography clubs are a way to share your images and learn more about the art of photography. Many of our local photo club members first became aware of our clubs through the exhibit."

Fremont resident Alvin Dockter, along with two other FCAC members, Larry Epstein and Elise Ciraolo, was instrumental in organizing and planning the first event 19 years ago. Dockter continues to actively participate and help organize the event. He points out, "The quality of the photographs has over the years improved greatly due to the advent of digital cameras and digital processing. What is noticeable recently is that prints submitted are larger than years ago and as a result fewer prints can be exhibited in the available space. I think the imagination and creativity of the photographers is more evident since less effort and expense now is needed to make an image as compared to the chemical darkroom processing days."

A panel of three judges selected the photographs to be displayed. Lescher Dowling received his formal training in photography in Santa Barbara. He taught photography at Foothill College in Los Altos Hills from 1967 to 1990. Gene Morita has won several awards and has been actively judging photography for eight years. He served as print chair for the Northern California Council of Camera Clubs for three years. Lois Shouse is the Chair of the Photographic Society of America's Yerba Buena Chapter. A retired teacher, she continues to enjoy being involved in judging and teaching about photography.

The 109 photos by 39 photographers displayed in the exhibit were selected by the judges from 183 photos submitted by 47 photographers, all Fremont residents, FCAC members, or Fremont photography club members.

FCAC President Margaret Thornberry says, "It's a pleasure to be involved with this outstanding event. For 19 years, local photographers have provided us with intriguing glimpses into how they view the world, through images of interesting places, people, and nature, near and far. I will see the work myself for the fist time at the reception, and look forward to finding a 'President's Choice' and voting for 'People's Choice' along with all who attend the reception."

Thornberry also announced, "This year, for the first time, we are doing something we've never done before... we're making it possible for the artists to offer their work for sale directly to the public. While the FCAC will not be involved directly or in any way financially, we are quite interested in how this will work out. I think it's a wonderful opportunity to support and honor local photographers, and as a bonus, provided an opportunity for the buyer to talk directly with the photographer."

Photographs selected are based on artistic merit, originality, difficulty and technical aspects. Hiroko Muramatsu's "Autumn Beauty Sunflowers" won first place, Steve Pengressi's "Paparazzi" won second place and Jacline Deridder's "Intrusion of the Yellow Line" won third place. Merit awards have gone to Wayne Angeloty ("Mother's TLC"), Alan Bickett ("Night Tree"), Jason Cheng ("Dusk at Don Edwards"), Ralph Cooksey Talbot ("Tufa Sunset"), Sean Duan ("Forest"), Yvonne Gee ("Spray"), Hal Geren ("Morning Haze"), Marina Grabovskaya ("San Francisco Vortex"), Hiroko Muramatsu ("Papilio Amaryllis") and Steve Pengressi ("Step Lightly").

Cheng says, "The photographers who enter the exhibit are almost all amateur photographers, albeit often very serious about photography. The exhibit is a chance to share some of our photos with the larger community. Many do or would like to sell some of their images. Photography can be an expensive hobby and it's nice to defray some of our expenses with some sales. Perhaps just as important is the gratification of knowing someone likes your photographs enough to purchase one for display in their home!"

More details of the event can be found online at or at (510) 794-7166. For more information about the Fremont Photographic Society, visit For information about the exhibit, contact Chairman Jason Cheng at (510) 683-9536.

Juried Photography Exhibit
Saturday, Nov 10 - Friday, Dec 14
Monday and Tuesday: 1 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Wednesday; Noon - 6 p.m.
Thursday and Friday: 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Opening Night Reception
Friday, Nov 9
6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Fremont Main Library
Fukaya Room
2400 Stevenson Blvd., Fremont
(510) 794-7166

Photo of Mono-Lake: Merit Award winner "Tufa Sunset" by Ralph Cooksey Talbot

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