Member Newsletters

Feb 2015 News

Here is the February 2015 newsletter from NHSPA.



Past president Richard Moore is chairing a nominating committee to prepare a slate of new board members and officers to be elected at our annual meeting in May.  Thanks to those who have already stepped forward (or been pushed slightly.)  Our board has nine members who meet every few months to keep our great organization clicking.  If you would like to join the board or suggest someone who might be pushed, please let Richard know!  Do it now!  Please email at info@richardmoorephotography.com or call or text at 603.491.0943.  Thanks! 



-- May 3, 11am, the regular annual meeting at the Currier Museum. Additional information will be provided in the April newsletter

-- May 22-25 - Spring retreat at the AMC Highland Center in the White Mountains (from David Speltz):

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.)



Thank you everyone who responding to our survey last month regarding the creation of regular regional NHSPA photo critique sessions. The response was very encouraging, and we will be reaching out to those who offered to help over the next two months, with the hope of getting the sessions going soon after.



(from David Speltz)

Camera Commons 
A Creative Community for Photographers
Sunday, February 15, 2015 10am to 4pm
652 Central Avenue, Dover, NH
Rear Offices

The Seacoast’s newest resource for photographers is having its grand opening and open house on Sunday, February 15, in Dover, New Hampshire. Camera Commons is a membership based resource that provides, at low cost, access to classes, a studio, multiple large format Epson printers, an array of Epson scanners, a darkroom, large format cameras, a classroom, a gallery,  and the camaraderie of a creative community of fellow photographers.  Membership is open and we welcome you to visit and try out our new facility.

Here is the schedule of events for the day:

All day:  tours of studio, gallery and classroom, digital lab, darkroom, and offices

10:00 - 4:00 pm in the Gallery: photographs of Norman Mauskopf, winner of the 2002 W. Eugene Smith Fellowship.

12:00 - 4:00  Digital lab demos.  Bring a raw or jpg file or photo and get a free print or scan.

12:00 - 4:00  Try the studio.  Bring a DSLR, pop on the trigger, and photograph a friend.

10:15 am: photographing children and babies with Kate Crichton.

11:00 am: Studio Lighting, with Michael Sterling

1:00 pm Celia Thaxter’s Victorian Garden on Appledore Island, a film and talk by Peter Randall

2:00 pm  The Perfect Perspective: NH Covered Bridges.  Presented by John Anderson. 

3:00 pm Basic Astrophotography.  How to shoot the stars with a DSLR and tripod. 

There is parking in the rear and on the street. 

For more information contact:  David Speltz 617-571-8000 or dspeltz@gmail.com



(from Susan)

I've got some activity going on that I'd like to spread notice of:

League of NH Craftsmen headquarters gallery
Concord, NH
January 9 – March 20, 2015

“Our Hearts’ Desires”
Epsom Public Library
February 28 – April 11, 2015
Opening reception February 27  5-7PM
(snow date March 6)

“Art To Heal the Earth”
Foreman Gallery, Hartwick College, Oneonta, NY
February 19 – March 19, 2015
Reception February 19  4:30-6PM

“Love, Lust, Desire”
McGowan Fine Art, Concord, NH
January 27 – February 13, 2015
Reception January 30  5-7PM

“Healing With Art”
Norris Cotton Cancer Center, Manchester, NH
January – May,  2015 

Of most note are the local ones - at McGowan Fine Art, and the one at Epsom Library. I'd love to see locals there!!  



There will be an opportunity to apply for juried membership in the New Hampshire Art Association in March. Check the NHAA website for more information:



WMUR's did a nice segment on NSPA past president Richard Moore's "twice seen" photography. You can find it at:
Congratulations Richard!



(from Michael Sterling via Ron St. Jean)

Member Michael Sterling sent along some print framing advice after some visitors to this year's NHSPA Exeter show commented on prints that are quite ripply.  "In addition to "professional framing" note that, whether you use a wood, metal, or plastic frame, it is important to keep your work flat in the frame. Otherwise your piece will have an untidy, non-professional look, where there are wavy gaps between the print and mat as well as ripples in the print itself. Visitors to the 2015 show pointed out a number of prints that had warped in the frame. That look could be a detriment from the print  being considered seriously for sales. Flattening techniques can include dry mounting the print onto a backing board; placing a flat, sturdy backing board behind the print; or other approach to keep the print from warping.” It is also important to let the print thoroughly dry for a few days before framing. Thanks to Michael for some pointers to keep in mind for the next show.



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!