Member Newsletters

Jan 2016 News

Here is the January 2016 newsletter from NHSPA.

This newsletter is the last one we plan to send prior to the 2016 Exeter exhibit, so be sure to check all the info below so that you don’t miss anything



- Art drop off on Jan 3, 10am to 2pm, old Exeter Town Hall.

- Dues must be current, and may be paid at time of drop off.

- 2 pieces per member for hanging. 

- Option to offer additional matted plastic wrapped pieces.

- Entry form: http://www.overheadcamera.com/pdfs/2016ExeterEntryForm.pdf

- Member meeting and opening reception, Jan. 9, 10:30am (meeting), 12 to 4pm (opening gala)

- 10:30am meeting has a fantastic speaker

- Gallery sitters needed. Please contact Ron St. Jean to sign up. 
  Studio: 603-742-0660
  Mobile: 603-343-7664

Details on all this below, all courtesy of exhibit coordinator Ron. St. Jean.



As you prepare your images for delivery and show hanging next Sunday, consider donating some time to gallery sit during the show. So far we have only two days covered. The show can only be open when we have sitters. 



On January 9. we will begin opening day with a member meeting from 10:30 to 12:00. We will discuss plans for the May retreat in the mountains, and the September Star Island event. We are very fortunate to have a guest speaker for the January 9 meeting, Alison Williams, Dean of Graduate Studies at the NH Institute of Art. Her topic will be: Professional Practices: How do you as an artist determine where your work should go, how do you start to create the best professional practices, how do you develop a network? She will also discuss some basics about developing your career.



We have two gallery talks scheduled so far. On January 16, Joe Mazzaglia, Peter Randall, Richard Moore, Karen Brownell, and Guy Biechele will present “100 Photos in 100 Days,” their response to the 100 Days photo challenge. On January 23, Jay Goldsmith will speak on “The Fine Art Portrait,” which is Jay’s professional specialty. There are openings for four more gallery talks. If you have something you would like to present, contact ron@ronstjeanphotography.com.



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 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. My e-mail is ron@ronstjeanphotography.com.

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



(from David Speltz)

-  Membership is no longer required at Camera Commons.  Facilities are available on a hourly, half day or daily rate basis (see our website for details).

-  CC will be fully staffed Thursday - Saturday, 10-6pm and Sunday, 12-5pm, or by appointment.

- CC staff will provide printing, scanning and custom large format negative development services so you can spend more time photographing.

-  CC now has a high volume, high resolution (up to 8000 dpi Imacon slide scanner -this is similar to a drum scan).  Rent by the hour or leave your work for staff to scan.  CC now has a total of four scanners including the Imacon (up to 4x5 negatives) and the Epson Tabloid scanner (up to 12x17 negative or reflective images).

- The CC alternative printing lab (e.g platinum) is in operation and will be enhanced shortly with a high volume 20x24 vacuum UV box and rockers that eliminate the need to hand rock trays, significantly improving productivity.  Sinks and trays can handle up to 24x30 inch prints both silver gelatin and platinum.

- CC now provides, as a service to regional photographers, space to show and sell your prints (there is a small setup fee plus commission).  Sell your photographs at CC!

- CC has two galleries.  Our new Street Side gallery is much larger with plenty of light, and is a space for photographer specific exhibits.  We open with a platinum and alternative printing exhibit and artist reception Sunday, January 17 featuring Tillson Crane, Jay Goldsmith, Norm Defuses and David Speltz.

- CC now has three studios for hourly, half day or full day rent.  Studio and computer assistance on an hourly basis is available.

  Studio 1 is large with 12 foot backdrops, dressing room and best for large groups and work requiring wide and long spaces.  A Profoto lighting package is available.

  Studio 2 is a small, intimate space for professional head shots plus art and object photography. various lighting and Betterlight art repro packages are available.

  Studio 3 is is our medium size studio. It includes 9 foot backdrops with a Wescott lighting package and a dressing room.

- CC provides an extensive array of custom one-on-one and group workshops.  See our website for further details.  Already on the calendar is Lightroom, Photoshop, Basic Digital Photography, Platinum Printing, a View Camera Workshop with Richard Ritter and Photographing with Carlan Tapp.  

- We have a new phone system (with a new and improved number) being installed on January 6.  Please email us in the meantime at info@cameracommons.com or call David on his cell 617-571-8000.

Exhibitions at Camera Commons

In the Street Side Gallery

Platinum and Alternative Prints by Tillman Crane, Jay Goldsmith, Norman Defosses and David Speltz
Artist Reception Sunday, January 17, 1-4pm
Exhibition Dates January 17-April 2

In the Workshop Gallery

Call for Entries: Trees
Artist Reception Date to be Announced
Exhibition Dates  February 7 - April 2
See Call for Entries on the website www.cameracommons.com



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.