Camera Club Exhibition offers wide range of work at the Arts Alliance
● By J. Chambless
'Lindbergh's Viaduct' by Jerry Keefer.
By John Chambless
Given the omnipresent availability of photography, it can be increasingly difficult for fine art photographers to stand out. But the Chester County Camera Club Photo Exhibition at the Oxford Arts Alliance finds a range of ways that photographs can still grab your attention.
Sue Jordan's black-and-white images are razor sharp and tonally rich. Her “Valley of Vietri” is a wonderful sweep of valley, the shape of which is echoed in the cloud formation, and it's packed with fascinating details in the ancient buildings.
Richard Donham has five vibrant images of peeling painted metal surfaces that function as abstracts. Jennifer Gidaro has black-and-white and color work, and her “Cascade” is an atmospheric image of a mountain stream that gets everything right.
Anita Bower's “Moonlit Birch” is magical – a vivid blue night sky, white disc of moon and skeletal white trees standing starkly against the darkness.
Jerry Keefer's “Monochromatic Perspective” shows a tree trunk and branches with a great sense of scale, and his “Lindbergh's Viaduct” makes magical use of some sort of manipulation in the glowing clouds and streetlights.
Lori Keefer's “Autumn Sunrise” seems to glow from within – a yellow/orange sky warming the frost-covered valley below.
There are some photographs that straddle lines with other mediums, such as the images on canvas by Luis Morales that are more like paintings; and Pam Baumann's two lighthouse views on canvas that have a hyper-real clarity that's a bit startling.
Fiona Katarina's maritime views of historic ships and water have a stately elegance and are exceedingly skillful. Her love of the subject matter shines through.
In addition to the framed works, there are portfolio bins for each photographer offering matted prints, and even a basket of notecard-size prints so you can take your favorite images home with you.
The Chester County Camera Club Photo Exhibition continues through April 8 at the Oxford Arts Alliance (38 S. Third St., Oxford). Gallery hours are Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visit www.oxfordart.org.
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