Member Newsletters

Nov/Dec 2014 News

Here is the November2014 newsletter from NHSPA.

This month's edition contains:
- Membership Renewal Time is Here
- The 2015 Exeter Member Exhibit Information
- NHSPA Member Meetings
- Member news



(from Sarah Flause)

It's time to renew your NHSPA membership. Membership must be active to participate in the Exeter show. If you would like to also sign up for a Virtual Gallery on NHSPA.ORG you can do that at the same time. 

Simply send a check made out to NHSPA for $25.00 ($50.00 if you would like membership renewal and the Virtual Gallery) to:

PO Box 41
New Castle, NH 03854

If you have any questions email: s_flause@yahoo.com



(from Ron St. Jean)

The NHSPA 16th Annual Member Exhibit will take place at the Exeter Town Hall Gallery from January 3 – February 1, 2015. All members with 2015 dues paid are invited to enter up to two photographs of any subject (keeping in mind that children do attend). Submission details are on the 2015 Exeter Entry Form, which will be sent out within the next week or so. Delivery will be Sunday, December 28, 10 AM to 2 PM. If you cannot make it that day, please arrange for someone else to deliver your photographs to Exeter. If it is more convenient, you can deliver your work to my Dover studio before December 28.

The gala show opening will take place on Saturday, January 3, from 12:00 to 4:00, followed at 4:00 by our member meeting. In the event of unseasonably bad weather, the snow/ice/sleet date for both events will be Sunday, January 4. Check the NHSPA Facebook page or website (nhspa.org) for updates.

We will be printing and distributing pdf files of a poster promoting the exhibit. Members are invited to submit ONE show image for consideration as the poster image. Please e-mail me one low res (72ppi) file labeled with your last name and the image title by December 8. If your image is selected by the panel of judges, you will be asked to provide a high res file and a statement that you agree to allow your photograph to be used for promotion of the exhibit. My e-mail is mailto:ron@ronstjeanphotography.com

We will need volunteer gallery sitters from 12:00 to 4:00 on the following dates: January 4, 10, 11, 17, 18, 24, 25, 31, and February 1. Please contact me with your availability.

Members are invited to offer 45-minute gallery talks on any photo related subject (such as a technique, an interesting trip) on the same dates listed above. Please contact me with your proposal.

Volunteer help is welcome for hospitality on the opening day, cleanup during pickup on February 1, and hanging the show December 28 starting at 2 PM. We could also use help locking and unlocking the gallery from a couple of members who live in Exeter. Please let me know if you would like to help with any of those jobs.

I look forward to seeing you all and your wonderful images!

Ron St. Jean
Exeter exhibit coordinator
603-343-7664 Ron St. Jean



(From David Speltz, President)

Put these dates on your calendar:  

-- January 3, 4PM - the winter member meeting at the Exeter Town Hall 

-- May 3, 11am, the regular annual meeting at the Currier Museum

-- May 22-25 - Spring retreat at the AMC Highland Center in the White Mountains

The NHSPA Winter Member Meeting

Our winter member meeting will be held on opening day of the Exeter exhibit, as it was last year.  The date is January 3 and the time is 4PM.  In addition to the usual reports, Kurt Sondstrum of the Currier Museum will be discussing approaches to critiquing photographs.  Your board recently began discussing the formation of a critique program within NHSPA which will be part of our discussion that day.  Although we generally are used to having our work critiqued, we know it can be a productive exercise, but sometimes not. An understanding of systematic approaches and of the criteria that should used in critiquing will be useful in developing a meaningful program that ensures criticism leads to improved work 

NHSPA Annual Meeting

Our regular annual meeting at which time we hear reports, elect board members and often hear a speaker will be held at the Currier Museum on Sunday, May 3 at 11am.  This is a wonderful opportunity to visit this extraordinary museum, and of course, have lunch in the cafe´ and meet or reacquaint yourselves with fellow photographers.

NHSPA Spring Retreat at the AMC Highland Center, Crawford Notch

I am not sure this is really a retreat, but it needs a name.  We did this last year, and it was a success (in spite of the rain).  This year we have selected the Memorial Day weekend.  It gives us three full days in the White Mountains, and although some will find it conflicts with family events, why not bring the family?  The agenda and speakers have not been set yet, but booking rooms has been.  We will again have use for the entire long weekend of the Washburn Gallery for our meetings, and of course, access to the resources of the Appalachian Club and White Mountains.

It is likely that most meetings and talks will take place Saturday and part of Sunday.  There should be plenty of time for hiking and relaxing.  If you can, arrive Friday and leave on Monday.

The basic cost IS $71/person per night (plus tax) including breakfast and dinner.  Upgrades are possible.  Book your room now, if you can.  Here are the details from our friends at the AMC.

Last year, there were an extensive number of member presentations to the group from David Murray’s flying camera (drone) demos to John Anderson lovely, twisted-at-times covered bridges.  Please email me at dspeltz@speltz.com if you have an idea or more of talks or demonstrations that you think we should consider.

Booking Instructions

NH Society for Photographic Artists 
May 22-25, 2015
Appalachian Mountain Club
Highland Center Lodge, Crawford Notch

Group Reservation code# 278304

Space is limited – the AMC asks that you make your reservations before March 22, 2015. Reservations can be made by calling 603-466-2727 or via the AMS website 

Rates are per person, per night. Room with private bath $103, room with shared bath $71 (plus 9% NH room/meals tax). Rates include dinner and breakfast. 

(Please refer to the AMC website http://www.outdoors.org/lodging/lodges/highland/ for further details, cancellation policy, etc.)



From David Speltz:

Camera Commons at 652 Central Avenue in Dover has opened.  Although not all services are up and running yet, the studio with Westcott lighting is available for holiday photographs.  Coming soon are full darkroom facilities, large format cameras, a digital lab with a wide array of Epson printers and high resolution scanners, as well as large private office space (suitable for sharing) for rent, as well as other resources as they are purchased and made available to members.  This is largely a member organized and operated facility for photographers although non-members may use the facilities.

For more information email Kate Crichton (kate@katesimaging.com) or David Speltz (dspeltz@speltz.com).

From John Layton:

"Views From the Water's Edge," an exhibit of large format black and white photographs by John Layton, will open on Friday, January 2nd, from 5:00-7:00pm, at the Kennedy Gallery, located at 41 Market St. in Portsmouth. 

The exhibit will feature recent works from Star Island, NH, and Monhegan Island, Maine, as well as at least two of the large format cameras, designed and built by Mr. Layton, which he uses in the creation of his photographs.  The exhibit opening coincides with Portsmouth's "First Friday" monthly open studio/galleries event.

Mr. Layton will also give a gallery talk on Saturday, January 3rd, at 10:30am. TIME CORRECTION SINCE THIS NEWSLETTER WENT OUT - JOHN'S GALLERY TALK WILL BEGIN AT 10:00AM!!!!!!

From David Speltz

The NH Art Association is hosting the Joan L. Dunfey Memorial Exhibition at the Levy Gallery at 136 State Street in Portsmouth.  Several of our members have their work exhibited in this juried exhibition.  The show closes November 30.

From The Sharon Arts Center/NHIA:

Photography Exhibition: Looking Out.

November 7 – December 24, 2014
Sharon Arts Center Exhibition Gallery

Looking Out is a juried exhibition of photographic images pertaining to our natural and manmade landscapes. This diverse collection of works creates a dialogue addressing the similarities and differences of the selected images, as well as, our perception of the outside world. The exhibition was organized and juried by Andrew Lucas. He holds a BFA in photography from the New Hampshire Institute Art (2007) and an MFA in photography from School of Visual Arts (2009). Andrew is Gallery Director at the Institute and teaches photography and curatorial studies.

Photography Exhibition: “Creative Places” by Dr. Robert Sargent Fay
November 28 – December 24, 2014
Sharon Arts Members Gallery
Opening reception: November 28, 2014, 5-7pm
An exhibition of photography following the footsteps of artists and explorers: Henry David Thoreau, Mark Twain, Robert Frost, Lewis & Clark, including photographs taken while collaborating with Ken Burns’ Florentine Films. This is the first major sale of his work.

From Frank Gorga:

(www.gorga.org/blog, fgorga@gmail.com):

Item 1: I have three photographs (out of five submitted) accepted in the New Hampshire Audubon Society’s fundraising auction/show.  The photos I submitted can be seen in a post on my blog, see: gorga.org/blog/?p=2654.

The prints will be exhibited at the Society’s Massabesic Center in Auburn from 1 October to 7 December 2014.  If you happen to be in the Manchester area during this period, stop by, see all of the photos and maybe, place a bid.  All for a good cause!

Item 2: Educational Exhibit Available

I have an exhibit titled “Life Cycle of Dragonflies and Damselflies” available for loan to non-profit institutions such as public libraries, schools and nature centers. This exhibit just completed a four-month run at the Millers River Environmental Center in Athol, MA. 

The exhibit consists of ten large (approximately 20” x 24”) prints on aluminum and accompanying text that explains and illustrates the biology of these fascinating animals. More detailed information is available at: http://www.frg-photo.com/ode_exhibit/

If you know of an institution/individual that might be interested in hosting this exhibit please pass this information on to them. I am particularly interested in get word out to school teachers. 


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