Member Newsletters

Mar/Apr 2014 News

Here is the March/April 2014 newsletter from NHSPA.

This month's edition contains:
- Reminder info about next month's  Annual Member Meeting and Retreat, May 2 to 4
- Member news



The NHSPA Annual Meeting will be Saturday, May 3 at 11am in the Washburn Room of the Appalachian Mountain Club's Highland Center in Crawford Notch, Bretton Woods, NH (www.outdoors.org/highland). All members are encouraged to attend. There is no fee.

Our guest speaker will be Tony Decaneas, owner of Decaneas Archive -http://www.decaneasarchive.com/index.htm. Tony has a large collection of Bradford Washburn photographs and will be discussing this collection in, of course, the AMC Washburn Gallery at Highland Center. In case you have not seen them, the photos on display in the Washburn Gallery are stunning, and worth the trip all on their own.

In addition to Tony's talk there will be the usual agenda items, including voting for board members. Two board members (Nevin Brown and David Speltz) have terms ending.  Nominations are open.  Please email Paul Wainwright, secretary, with nominations).  Paul’s email is paul@paulwainwrightphotography.com. 



As mentioned in prior newsletters, this year's annual meeting is being held during a larger 4 day NHSPA retreat, also at the Highland Center (www.outdoors.org/highland). Several members have already signed up for the weekend, and it promises to be an enjoyable experience for all.

The only charge for the weekend is the AMC room and board, which covers bed, breakfast and dinner.  Lunch is on you.  Your annual dues, via the NHSPA treasury, will cover speaker and meeting room costs.

There may still be space available. If you have been waiting to book we suggest you do so soon, as the lodge does tend to fill up.  

There are two rooming options: typical AMC style bunk rooms with shared bath ($75.21 per person), and private rooms with bath ($109 to $139 per person).  All rates include dinner, breakfast, lodging, and taxes.

To book please call the AMC Reservations Line: 603-466-2727  Mon-Sat, 9 am to 5 pm, and ask to book into the NH Society of Photographic Artists Group. The Group number is 249526.

The agenda for the 4-day retreat is still being set, but the concept is for members to come together to share their love of photography through shared outings, member talks, work sharing sessions, and casual conversations over meals and other socializing. 

One highlight: David  Speltz has volunteered to teach basic astro-photography - photographing planets, deep sky objects, and of course, the moon, with some guidelines on how to understand the night sky. He will have telescopes on hand to use visually and for astro-photography, weather permitting. 

Some of the talks presented during this year's Exeter show will also be repeated if there is interest.

If you would like to give a talk/presentation during the weekend please contact David Speltz:dspeltz@speltz.com



Star Island has been booked again for the long weekend September 4-7, 2014. Details will be sent out within the next few months. 

If you have never been to Star for this retreat, but hope to go some day, or if you'd like to go back for another year, this may be your last chance. There has been some talk about moving this retreat to other locations after this year. So do plan ahead and reserve time in your calendar for this year's weekend. It is truly a magical place for photography, in a beautiful and historic setting.



From Peter Randall

Peter Randall will be showing two films at Star Theater at the Kittery Community Center on April 25at 7 pm.  His latest film is "Celia Thaxter's Island Garden,"  a study of Celia's relationship with Childe Hassam and the beautiful book they created about her garden just before Celia died in August 1894.  The film also tells the story of the  recreation of the garden by the Shoals MarineLaboratory in the 1970s. The second film is "Farming 101," t he story of dairy farming along Route 101 in Kittery and Eliot, Maine. The film combines historical images with contemporary views of the last two dairy farms in this area.


From David J. Murray

SPOTLIGHT AWARDS: Please vote for People's Choice award!

The 2014 Spotlight Award nominees for "Best Photography" have been announced. They are: 

- Alexandra de Steiguer
- Bear Kirkpatrick
- David J. Murray
- Philip Case Cohen. 

I am honored and humbled to be listed with these other panel-selected fine photographers, and relieved to know that I have no need to write an acceptance speech!

However I have also been nominated for a "People's Choice" award in the "Emerging artists" category, and that's where I could use your help. If you feel so inclined I would be most grateful for your vote (for or against as you prefer!). Voting is open now through April 11 here:


The Spotlight Awards are given every year by Local Media Group (formerly Seacoast Media Group), publishers of seacoastonline.org, The Portsmouth Herald, and several other seacoast papers. This years 20th annual Spotlight Awards Show will be held at The Music Hall the evening of Wednesday, April 23. Doors open at 6pm and show starts at 7pm.



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