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NHSPA May 2013 Newsletter

We hope you will be attending our annual meeting on May 19 at the Currier! If so, please see important RSVP info below, along with lots of other useful info!

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ANNUAL MEETING INFO - Please remember to RSVP IF ATTENDING!!!!!

(from David Speltz)

The NHSPA annual meeting will be on Sunday, May 19, at the Currier Museum.  Admission for NHSPA members is free. However, WE NEED YOUR NAME AHEAD OF TIME to ensure free admission. 

To let us know that you will be attending, please send an email with "NHSPA RSVP YES" as the subject line, to David Speltz: dspeltz@speltz.com

The formal part of the meeting will start at 2pm, preceded by an informal networking session that will start at 1pm. During that session we will match up people seeking help and advice on specific photography issues with appropriate advisors.  As of this date, a Large Format Photography session will be hosted by Paul Wainright, and a Photoshop session by Kate Crichton. If you are seeking advice on other topics, or would like to volunteer to advise on a topic, please let David Speltz know by email (you can do so in your RSVP email).

Please note that due to normal museum security, no bags or photographs will be allowed in the museum.  Personal items may be left in the lobby secure lockers.

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NEW WEBSITE, WITH MEMBER GALLERIES AND OTHER GOODIES ,TO BE ROLLED OUT AT ANNUAL MEETING

(from Sarah Flause)

Our new website continues to grow! We expect to have member logins and the ability for members to create their own photo galleries on NHSPA.org in time for a demo and instructions at the Annual Meeting! Be sure to attend the meeting for all the details.

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CALL FOR NHSPA BOARD NOMINATIONS

Jay Goldsmith has agreed to chair a nominating committee for bringing new members onto our board. If you would like to serve, or have a suggestion on someone he should try to recruit, please send him an email as soon as possible. Eections will be part of the May 19 meeting: jaygoldsmith@comcast.net

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UPDATE ON OUR JUNE SHOW AT THE NH STATE LIBRARY

(from Richard Moore)

AND THE WINNER IS:  "Eyes Across the Water:  Photographers from New Hampshire and Exeter, England."  This is the name of our show at the NH State Library June 13-July 26 (following the NHAA show there).  We will hang forty works from New Hampshire and forty from England.  Paid-up members of NHSPA are invited to submit one work, with a maximum framed width of 20".  If we have too many to hang we will find more space or submit to a jury of our executive committee or their appointees.

Delivery will be to the State Library on Park Street in Concord between 10 and 4.30 during the week of June 3-7.  If you can't deliver during that time frame, please contactrichard.rwmoore@gmail.com to arrange something else.  Stay tuned for more delivery details in this space!

The opening reception will be Thursday, June 13; at least some of our friends from Exeter will be here.

Oh yes, the winning entry for the name was, well, a conglomerate created by a committee, drawing on the many fine entries; and it was felt that it was unfair to divide the chicken into so many small pieces, so everyone has a crack at the best spot in the Map Room.  And the chicken was donated to a good cause.

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STAR ISLAND RETREAT UPDATE

(from Barbara Zulkiewicz)

16th Annual Star Island Photography Retreat
September 5-8, 2013
Guest photographer/clinician: Frank Armstrong

NHSPA is pleased to announce our 16th annual Star Island Photography Retreat and that our guest photographer this year is Frank Armstrong.  Frank is a landscape and social landscape, large format and digital photographer.  He currently teaches at Clark University in Worcester, MA.  His work can be seen in the permanent collections of MOMA, Houston MFA, Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Worcester Art Museum, and UTexas at Austin and is represented by Panopticon Gallery in Boston and Stephen L. Clark Gallery in Austin. 

This annual event is a wonderful opportunity for photographers at all levels to participate in a workshop conducted by a renowned guest photographer/educator, connect with other photographers to share their work and gain feedback, spend time photographing historic and beautiful Star Island, and to enjoy the peacefulness and tranquility of this island setting a few miles off the coast of Portsmouth, NH.

Space is limited so please register early to ensure that you will be able to attend. For more information and online registration see:

http://starisland.org/conferences/2013-conference-listing/nh-society-of-photographic-artists-september/
http://starisland.org/conferences/rates/
http://www.frankarmstrong.net

You can also contact conference chair Barbara Zulkiewicz  by email (barbara.zulkiewicz@comcast.net) or call her at 603.422.5558.  

Reminders and additional information will be provided as the conference approaches.

(on a related note, here's a link to a nice review in The Globe of work by last year's guest leader, Neal Rantoul: http://b.globe.com/154JjZo )

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TWO "SAVE THE DATE" ITEMS

(from David Speltz)

1. On Sunday, June 9, renowned documentary photographer and Maine Media Workshops instructor Norman Mauskopf is schedule to present a talk to the NHSPA. Details regarding the topic, location, and time will be provided as soon as possible. 

2. The Seacoast Mental Health Clinic (Portsmouth) will hold its second annual "Art of Recovery" dinner and auction on Friday, June 14.  Artists are paired with SMHC clients and together they produce superb work that is auctioned at the dinner to benefit the center.  Last year one of our NHSPA photographers worked with a SMHC client to produce, together some fine photographs.  Please consider joining us this June for the dinner and auction for both a good cause and a way to show support for our NHSPA photographers and their students who are participating.


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NEWS FROM PETER RANDALL

(from Peter himself!)

Please give some thought to attending one of our two Star Island programs. Peter Randall's digital photography workshop is July 27 to August 3. The 17th annual star weekend is September 5-8. Signing up early helps our planning for these programs. For more info, see Barb's item above, and visit nhspa.org .


For those who might like to see my Farming101 film, I'll be showing it May 11, 4 pm at the Kittery Community Center, 120 Rogers Road in Kittery, Maine. This is sponsored by the Kittery Land Trust.

Kickstarter projects provide a way for the public to support an artistic endeavor .  Jerry Monkman, who was our guest photographer on Star a few years ago, is doing a project to fund his film about the Northern Pass power line proposal.  To support him, go to http://www.kickstarter.com and search for Jerry Monkman.

I am also working on a Kickstarter project to  help fund my short film about Celia Thaxter's garden on Appledore. I'll be posting the site in a couple of weeks. For more details now email me: petererandall@gmail.com

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TALK AND ExHIBIT ON LIVING IN AFRICA: TWO KIDS, TWO YEARS

(from David Speltz)

David and Nike Speltz spent two years with their small children from 1982-1984 in Nairobi, Kenya, East Africa.  Nike worked for Richard Leakey, the noted anthropologist and David for the Aga Khan as Executive Director of his hospital in Nairobi.  David photographed extensively.  Both are presenting a program on living in Africa with two small children at the opening of David's gallery showing of photographs from that period.  The talk is scheduled for 2PM, Saturday, May 18 and the photographs will be shown from May 18 through July 18.

Seacoast African American Center
The Discovery Center (former Portsmouth Library)

Location: Corner of Islington and Middle Streets, Portsmouth, NH 
Phone: (603) 436-8433
Hours: Open 7 days a week, March thru Dec. 21, 10am to 5pm
Admission: Free
http://www.portsmouthhistory.org

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RON ST. JEAN WORK ON DISPLAY AT NH STATE LIBRARY

(from Ron)

The NH Art Association has a juried member show at the NH State  
Library in Concord from May 1 to 31. I have one photograph in the show.

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NHIA SUMMER CONTINUING EDUCATION PROGRAMS IN MANCHESTER AND SHARON

(from David J. Murray)

The New Hampshire Institute of Art in Manchester (nhia.org) is offering several continuing education programs this summer that may be of interest to NHSPA members. 

There are one day workshops  on Photoshop Layers, Flash photography, Portrait Retouching, and a New Camera Boot Camp. And there are multi-session classes on The View Camera, Adobe Photoshop Lightroom, The Nude Figure and the Palladium Print, Experimental Darkroom techniques, and a "short course" on Photoshop (5 sessions over 5 weeks). 

There are also two "Summer travel" photography workshops being offered by NHIA, both of which are being lead by nhspa member Gary Samson. One is the 3rd Annual Mt. Washington Summer Workshop (5 Days, based in Bretton Woods, NH), and the other is a 4 week workshop based in Athens Greece titled "Photographing the Landscape, Architecture, and People of Athens, Greece." Space is quite limited for both of these workshops.

The Sharon Arts Center (www.sharonarts.org) in Sharon, NH (part of NHIA) is offering an 8 Week intro to Digital Photography course, and a 2 day workshop on landscape photography.

Details on all of these  programs can be found in the NHIA Continuing Education Summer Catalog at http://www.nhia.edu/ 

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ABOUT THIS NEWSLETTER

The purpose of NHSPA's monthly newsletter is to share information of potential interest to our members, in a simple, once-per-month text-only email blast that includes official NHSPA news and brief items submitted by our members regarding their upcoming shows, workshops of interest, and things like that. 

The newsletter will usually be sent out around the 29th of each month. If you have info you'd like included, please email it to David J Murray (djm@ClearEyePhoto.com) by the 26th of the month. Please use the items above as a guide for writing yours. We hope there will be many contributions!


Please send comments/suggestions/questions about these newsletters to me (David J. Murray). Your feedback is most welcome!

- David Murray
djm@ClearEyePhoto.com
www.ClearEyePhoto.com