Here is the June 2014 newsletter from NHSPA.

This month's edition contains:
- A recap of last month's annual meeting, including election results
- Announcements
- Member news



The NHSPA Annual Meeting was held on Saturday, May 3 at the Appalachian Mountain Club's Highland Center in Crawford Notch, Bretton Woods, NH. Around 20 members attended, and several guests. 

Here are some highlights from the formal part of the meeting, based on Secretary Paul Wainwright's draft minutes:

Star Island:  Our 2014 retreat to Star Island will take place the weekend following Labor Day, from Thursday September 4 through Sunday, September 7, 2014.  Our invited guest will be photographer Keith Johnson.  Registrations for last year’s retreat were slow to materialize, but about 18 people eventually signed up.  Many of last year’s attendees were new to NHSPA. For more info contact Barb Zulkiewicz:

Peter Randall will again offer his photography workshop on Star Island from July 26 – August 2, 2014 (more info on this below).

Treasurer, Membership, and Web Site Reports:  Treasurer, Membership Chair, and Web Coordinator Sarah Flause was not present to make her reports, but copies will be attached to the final minutes, which will be available through the NHSPA web site. A motion was made and seconded to commend Sarah for the large amount of time that she gives to the organization in these three roles.  It passed unanimously. Peter Randall suggested that we send out a dues notice on an annual basis, as has been done in the past. 

Exeter Show:  Ron St.  Jean did a great job, as usual, organizing the annual exhibit in the Exeter Town Hall.  Marie Hogan was commended for organizing the opening reception.

Election of Officers and Board Members:  The Nominating Committee recommended the following slate to fill open board and officer positions:
    President (2-year term): David Speltz
    Vice President (2-year term):  Ron St. Jean 
    Board Member (2-year term):  John Anderson 
Additional nominations were invited – there were none.  A motion was made and seconded to close nominations, and to approve the slate as presented. It passed unanimously.

Discussion of the AMC Highland Center Venue:  It was generally agreed that the Highland Center was a good location for a retreat, but that next year’s Annual Meeting should be held in a more central location, such as Manchester.

The weekend was rounded out with presentations on astronomy, astrophotography, Brad Washburn, panoramic photography, a film by Peter Randall, and a demonstration of a photographic drone. Plans for hands on astrophotography were largely thwarted by cloud cover.



Peter Randall's weeklong digital photography workshop on Star Island is  an opportunity to immerse yourself  in your craft with no distractions. The class is usually 6-8 people giving  plenty of time for critiques and editing of work .There are daily assignments  and the week ends with a photography exhibit. Details are here:



Submissions for the Prescott Park Open Juried Art Exhibition will be received Saturday, June 21 10 am - 2 pm and Sunday, June 22 12 - 4 pm at the Sheafe Warehouse located in Prescott Park. For more info see  the "Call for Art!" entry at



From Gary Lamott

I am honored once again to have my photos featured in the Current Topaz Clean Promotion.
It is another one of their fine products that can enhance your work and creativity in many ways. If you own the program the upgrade is free.

Please follow the link to the Clean Gallery in the ad and check out some more of my photos and the other fine work there as well.


From Paul Wainwright

I’ve recently been juried into the League of NH Craftsmen, who still welcome film-based photographers.  I will be participating in this summer’s show at their headquarters in Concord, “Circles, Squares, and Triangles,” as well as the “Living with Craft” exhibit at the Sunapee fair in August.  I’ve also got some of my pendulum work at the Panopticon Gallery in Boston through September.  

In case any members are missing my newsletters, I’ve taken a break from sending them because my ISP got really upset with me and shut off my outgoing email without telling me after several of my recipients who use AOL hit the “Spam” button instead of just unsubscribing.  I’m procrastinating going the Constant Contact route, and would like to hear anyone’s opinions about email newsletters in general and Constant Contact in particular.  My guess is that most people don’t read my newsletters.

From Kristian Gustafson

I was chatting with David Speltz before dinner at the annual meeting about the work of street photographer Vivian Maier, as I had recently seen the film about her life at the Red River Theatre in Concord. It is an excellent film about a very interesting individual.

David thought it was important that we let the other NHSPA know about the film via the newsletter, as it is hard to find showings.
Unfortunately, it is no longer running in Concord, but it will be in Keene in a few days.

The Finding Vivian Maier website has some links for those interested in arranging a showing or purchasing the film, so that might be worth looking into, as well.

I hope all our members get a chance to see this film, individually, or as a group.


From David J. Murray

Per my shameless vote pandering back in the April newsletter, I am pleased but somewhat embarrassed to report that I won the Seacoast Media Group's 2014 People's Choice Spotlight Award in the Emerging Artists" category. Thank you to those who voted for me.



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 ( 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