Member Newsletters

Dec 2015 News

Here is the December 2015 newsletter from NHSPA.



(from Ron St. Jean)

The NHSPA 17th Annual Member Exhibit will take place at the Exeter Town Hall Gallery from January 9 – January 31, 2016. All members with 2016 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 2016 Exeter Entry Form, which can be downloaded from this link:


To access the form, click on the link above. With luck the form will appear in your web browser. If not, copy the above link into your web browser's address bar and press return.  Once the form is visible in your web browser, use the Save As or Print Command in the file menu as needed.

Delivery will be Sunday, January 3, 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 31. We will hang the show beginning at 2:00 on January 3, so your submissions must be there on time.

NEW THIS YEAR: members may submit up to 15 unframed, matted photographs, shrink wrapped or in clear bags. Submitters must also provide their own print display racks. Please provide a typed list of titles and prices of submitted work, and label each piece on the back with the photographer’s name, title, and price.

There will be a member meeting on Saturday, January 9 at 10:30, followed by the gala show opening from 12:00 to 4:00. In the event of unseasonably bad weather, the snow/ice/sleet date for both events will be Sunday, January 10. Check the NHSPA Facebook page 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 5. 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 ron@ronstjeanphotography.com.
We will need volunteer gallery sitters from 12:00 to 4:00 on the following dates: January 10, 16, 17, 23, 24, 30, and 31. 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, except January 23, which is already scheduled. Please contact me with your proposal.

Volunteer help is welcome for hospitality on the opening day, cleanup during pickup on January 31, and hanging the show January 3 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



Courtesy of Michael Sterling

Framing Guidelines - 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 from 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.



(from Claudia Rippee)

If you have already penciled in the retreat please note that the date has changed.  New dates are May 20 to 23, 2016.  Mark your calendars and join us for a fun, informative and relaxing weekend in the White Mountains.  Our speaker for 2016 is yet to be determined.  Watch the website for more information!  



(from Ron St. Jean)

Bear Kirkpatrick’s talk at the Discover Portsmouth Center on November 7 was attended by about 30 people. Bear described how he photographs models and other elements of his compositions. He then projected one of his multi - layered images, and showed the contents and adjustments of each layer. Attendees responded with many comments and questions. Bear emphasized the importance of play and experimentation in the creation of artistic images.

Following Bear’s talk, Jay Goldsmith introduced his current project consisting of platinum - palladium portraits of local artists, and conducted a brief tour of his show in the Discover Portsmouth Center upstairs gallery. In the show, Jay’s stunning portraits are displayed with art pieces created by the featured artists.

Feedback following the event has been totally positive. NHSPA directors are committed to bringing interesting speakers to entertain and inform our members. We ask members to suggest speakers they would be interested  in hearing.



(From David)

20 of David J. Murray’s “Portsmouth Vintage Christmas” photos will be on display from December 1 to 24 at the Discover Portsmouth Center, 10 Middle Street, Portsmouth, NH. David’s work, along with some beautiful wintery train images by Andrew Dolph, will accompany entries in the very popular annual Vintage Christmas Gingerbread House Exhibition and Contest. 

There will be an opening reception on December 1, from 5-7pm to kickoff Vintage Christmas in Portsmouth, and the exhibit will be open for Art Round Town, Friday, December 4, from 5-8pm. 

Since 2009 David has been the official photographer for Portsmouth Vintage Christmas. In that capacity he has provided 100s of images for use in that organization's online and print marketing materials. This show features 20 of his favorite Vintage Christmas images.

More info at portsmouthhistory.org and vintagechristmasnh.org



(from David Speltz)

Change is happening at Camera Commons.  Sign up for our newsletter to receive details (go to our website www.cameracommons.com or like us on Facebook and sign up at the newsletter icon).  This is the only way, short of checking Facebook or the website, to get the latest news and details on what we are doing.  So, what are we doing lately?

- Staffed hours, open to the public (generally from 10-6pm and by appointment), closed Mondays.

-  Two new studios for a total of three.  One very large with Profoto lighting, for large group and large product imaging, one small, for intimate portraits and for art and craft reproduction, and of course,  our medium size studio which many of you have used over the past several months.

- A second, large gallery with street access which will feature well known photographers available for purchase.  

- Event space rental in the new, main gallery

- A meeting room for rent or client meetings.

- An exhibition and sale space for regional photographers to permanently show and sell their work.

- An alternative processing lab for platinum, cyanotype and other legacy processes including an 18x20 UV box as well as a 20x24  vacuum UV box

- Massive darkroom sinks with a rocker system to eliminate the need for hand rocking up to 24x30 trays.

- A Jobo processing center for up to 11x14 negatives

- New 8x10 and 4x5 view cameras with an array of lenses

- A Betterlight scanning back for museum quality art reproduction in a dedicated scanning room

- A Hasselblad Imacon scanner for drum scanner image quality

- A vast array of new classes and workshops being planned including Richard Ritter in May on Large and Ultra Large Format View Cameras (your best chance of trying a 20x24 camera and Carlin Tapp (Santa Fe) the end of June for several days, plus alternative printing, basic darkroom, basic digital photography and more.

- Hourly rates for all services for all users.  Annual membership fees are no longer available but a small ($25) monthly fee is available for 24/7 access and self scheduling ability on our facility calendar.  However, all users may access the facility during regular hours and pay per use for what their needs may be (by the hours, half day or day). Members with annual plans are grandfathered through the end of their year.

What readers should think about are the opportunities for permanent space for your properly matted photographs for sale.  Camera Commons, within certain contrasts, will represent you in the sales of your photography.




(from Sarah Flause)

March 29-Dec 27
6:30 am, Robert Weingarten, “In January 2003, at 6:30 am, Robert Weingarten launched his photographic odyssey. Over the course of the year, he made daily exposures at precisely 6:30 am, maintaining an identical combination of camera, 350-millimeter lens, slow-speed film and viewpoint overlooking Santa Monica Bay. Five of his large-scale, luminous photographs of Malibu capture what the artist calls ‘the fleeting nature of a particular confluence of light, and conditions that render a moment dramatic and singular’.” Peabody Essex Museum, 161 Essex Street, Salem, MA. www.pem.org

April 24, 2015-Jan 3, 2016
The Maine Photo Project – Rose Marasco: index, Portland Museum of Art, 7 Congress Square, Portland, ME. www.portlandmuseum.org

July 11, 2015-Jan 21, 2016
Unfinished Stories: Snapshots from the Peter J. Cohen Collection, Boston Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Ave., Boston, MA. “Spanning the 20th century, the almost 300 found photographs in “Unfinished Stories” depict a century of image-making by private photographers.” www.mfa.org

Patsy Pratt and Natalie Rotman Cote, nature and wildlife photography by the artists, opening Nov 5th 5:30-7:00pm, Lobby for the Arts, The Provident Bank, 21 Daniel Street, Portsmouth, NH. www.theprovidentbank.com

Sep 11-Dec 14
Witness to History: James Nachtwey – Afghanistan, Ground Zero, Iraq, “On September 11, 2001, award-winning photojournalist James Nachtwey stood with his camera a short distance from New York City's crumbling Twin Towers. His photographs are among the most iconic and compelling visual accounts we have of that day. Many of those images, along with pictures taken in Afghanistan before and after 9/11 and in Iraq afterward are the focus of Witness to History,” Currier Museum of Art, 150 Ash Street, Manchester, NH. www.currier.org.

Sep 27-Jan 10, 2016
Recent Acquisitions: Photography, “these photographs reveal the growth and development of FAM’s permanent collection, with varied historical work, color photography, engaging 21st-century images, and wider representations of important New England photographers Jules Aarons and Stephen DiRado.,” Fitchburg Art Museum, 185 Elm Street, Fitchburg, MA, www.fitchburgartmuseum.org

Oct 8-Dec 2015
Photographic Artwork of David Booth, Lobby for the Arts, The Provident Bank, 95 Portsmouth Ave, Exeter, NH. www.theprovidentbank.com

Oct 8-Jan 3,2016
You Can’t Get There From Here: The Portland Museum of Art Biennial, “this year’s Biennial provides a comprehensive overview of the many facets of Maine’s contemporary art scene,” Portland Museum of Art, 7 Congress Square, Portland, ME. www.portlandmuseum.org

Oct 23-Dec 24
This is What Artists Look Like – portraits of 33 local artists & their work, photographic portraits of local artists by photographer Jay Goldsmith displayed along side work by each of the painters and sculptors. The portraits are exquisite handmade platinum-palladium prints on thin translucent sheets of Japanese “gampi paper.’ Even the paper itself is hand-made from the inner bark of the gampi bush, which is not cultivated, and must be obtained in the wild. Says Goldsmith, “It was expensive, frustrating, challenging, often irksome, and time consuming.” Tim Beavis, Stan Moeller, Wendy Turner, Christopher Gowell, Gordon Carlisle, and Barbara Adams are just some of the local artists whose portraits and work will be on display. In addition to Jay Goldsmith’s beautiful platinum prints, the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen and the New Hampshire Art Association, now in its 75th year, will also have displays in the upstairs gallery. Discover Portsmouth Center, 10 Middle St., Portsmouth, NH www.portsmouthhistory.org

Oct 29-Dec 13
The Artists Revealed: 2015 Studio Art Faculty Review, recent drawings, paintings, photographs, ceramics, and sculpture by university fine arts faculty including work by Julee Holscombe, recent NHAA gallery speaker and juror for the annual Parfitt show at NHAA, University of NH Museum of Art, Paul Creative Arts Center, 30 Academic Way, Durham, NH. www.unh.edu/moa

Oct 31-Dec 12
The Way I See It – an exhibition by photographer Ken Kartes, “The artist’s love of nature, so evident in his work, began with visits to the zoo in his hometown of Stoneham, Massachusetts and continues with the inspiration he finds outside his door in Dover, NH, around Great Bay, the seacoast area and the White Mountains. Of his work, Ken says ‘Being open to what nature has to offer is key to me.’”  Epsom Public Library, 1606 Dover Road, Epsom, NH, www.epsomlibrary.com

Nov 2-Dec 12
Hidden Treasures – works by Phillips Exeter Academy employees, opening reception Nov 6, 5-7pm, Lamont Gallery, Phillips Exeter Academy, 11 Tan Lane, Exeter, NH. www.exeter.edu

Nov 9-Dec 11
Slow Heroics of the Soil Builder – Dylan Blanchard, “The installation inside the Frame 301 Gallery contains painterly observations as well as photographed relics, which relate to Blanchard’s constant exploration of our tumultuous relationship with our planet.” Montserrat Gallery (Hardie Building), Monserrat College of Art, 23 Essex Street, Beverly, MA, www.montserrat.edu

Photography Exhibitions at the Griffin Museum in Winchester, MA and Satellite Locations (see website for other upcoming events soon to be posted and for more details): 
Winter Solstice, an all member show, Dec 10th – Dec 30th, reception Dec 10th, 6-8pm, Main, Griffin  and Atelier Gallery
Viewfinders – Meggan Gould, Oct 15th – Dec 31st, reception Nov 5th 6-8pm, The Griffin Museum at Digital Silver Imaging.
Nourish - Lynn Karlin, David Lancaster, Amy Rindskopf, David Weinberg and Francine Zaslow, Sep 11th – Jan 3rd, 2016, Lafayette City Center Passageway Gallery.
Edna at Steepletop – Julie McCarthy, “Julie McCarthy’s series Edna at Steepletop is a biographical portrait of the late poet, Edna St. Vincent Millay. McCarthy photographed the poet’s home as she left it for over two years.” Nov. 12th – Jan. 31st, Stoneham Theatre.
Griffin Museum of Photography, 67 Shore Road, Winchester, MA. www.griffinmuseum.org

Dec 3-Jan 11, 2016
NHIA’s 2015 Biennial Exhibition, “a national juried exhibition for artists working in photography, printmaking, painting and drawing.” reception December 3, 5-7pm, New Hampshire Institute of Art, 148 Concord Street, Manchester, NH, www.nhia.edu

Dec 4-Feb 9, 2016
Comforts of Home, “This exhibition at Panopticon Gallery is meant to bring back those emotions of home. Join us and be comforted as we showcase these photographs by Kevin Van Aelst, Heidi Kirkpatrick, Frank Armstrong, Stephen Sheffield, Elizabeth Ellenwood, Rebecca Clark, Daniel Long, Stella Johnson, Rachel Phillips, Suzanne Révy, Bill Franson, Alexander Harding, John Layton, Jim Fitts, Corinne DiPietro, Meredith Abenaim and others,” also featuring emerging photographic artist, Helena Akhtar, opening reception Dec 4th 5:30-7:30pm, Panopticon Gallery, 502c Commonwealth Ave, Boston, MA. www.panopticongallery.com.

Dec 12, 2015-Aug 14, 2016
Hiro Photographs, “Hiro is known for his distinctively conceived and precisely realized images across a range of subjects including fashion, portraiture, and still life…His work was known for its originality and technical innovation, with bold uses of light and color, and an elegant sense of surrealism...” Boston Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Ave., Boston, MA. www.mfa.org

Thru 2015
Close to the Edge, photographs by David Olken. “Close to the Edge” is now available as a free digital download at davidolkenphotography.com. It was shot from 2000 to 2011 and includes 58 images from places along the Gulf of Maine. I hope you will take a few moments to download the interactive PDF file. I am offering to send one free 8x11 print on handsome Hahnemuhle rag paper to anyone who would like one, as part of my goal of sharing these images with an many people as I can.” Request via email to dolken@comcast.net. 



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.