Member Newsletters

May 2017 News

Here is the May 2017 newsletter from NHSPA. 
(from Peter Randall)
In cooperation with Star Island and the Portsmouth Historical Society, NHSPA has been invited to have a month-long NHSPA Star Island Retreat Retrospective exhibit at the Discover Portsmouth Center in Portsmouth NH, opening in mid-October 2017. This September will be the 20th anniversary of the creation of our organization, which was created primarily to sponsor the annual Star Island retreat.
The exhibit will be curated by Peter Randall and will be juried by Peter and David J. Murray. The exhibit space at the Discover Portsmouth Center is limited, but we believe that everyone who participates will have at least one image displayed. 
To participate, email 1-3 Star Island jpegs to Peter at petererandall@gmail.com. Please label your images with your name and number 1 to 3. To give us time to review the work, and to give you time for framing, please submit your images by May 30. You will be notified by July as to your selected image/s. Because of exhibit space considerations, frame not larger than 24” wide.  
Images can be offered for sale or NFS, and Star and Discover Portsmouth will retain a total of 40% of image sales.
The exhibit will be run from mid-October to November 19. On November 18 Star’s annual Starry Night fundraiser is held at Discover Portsmouth. You may support this event by also donating a print for their silent auction.
We plan to host an opening reception, and to offer participating artists the opportunity to give gallery talks during the month the show is on display. Star Island, Discover Portsmouth, and NHSPA will be promoting this exhibition, and the Discover Portsmouth Center gets plenty of foot traffic during the time of the exhibit. 
We hope that everyone who has participated in past NHSPA Star Island retreats will participate in this show too.
If you have any questions please feel free to contact Peter or David. 
(from Michael Sterling)
Hello and Welcome,
I am writing to you as the incoming President of the NHSPA. We had our annual member meeting on 4/23 in Manchester at the New Hampshire Institute of Art. At the meeting, outgoing President Ron St. Jean led discussions about our budget, membership, and the upcoming NHSPA retreats at Crawford Notch (May) and Star Island (September). The next order of business was the election of the Board. Congratulations to newly elected board member, Joe Mazzaglia, and thanks to Ellen Ryder Griffen for her service as board member and secretary. Following the election, I was part of a three-photographer presentation about photographing last year's Presidential primary and election campaigns in New Hampshire. My photos were taken for a local newspaper at large rallies with thousands of people. In contrast, Renee Giffroy (in color) and Roger Goun (in true photojournalistic black & white) presented wonderful ‘up close and personal’ views of the candidates at smaller rallies in generally smaller venues. Thanks to Renee and Roger for great images and anecdotes. 
After the formal meeting, the Board met to elect officers. Following is a list of the Board members and new officers:
Michael Sterling (President)
Barbara Zulkiewicz (Vice-President)
Claudia Rippee (Secretary)
Sarah Flause (Treasurer)
Ron St. Jean (Immediate Past President)
John Anderson
Marie Hogan
Joe Mazzaglia
David Murray
Peter Randall (past president)
Jay Goldsmith (past president)
Gary Samson (past president)
I’d strongly urge you to consider attending our annual retreats. They are well-attended, fun, and are always highly rated by attendees. Following is a link to details on each. Note that the Crawford Notch retreat is next month and is filling up. So make your reservations soon!
        Crawford Notch (May 19-21) - top of page
        Star Island (Sept 7-10) - bottom of page
More info below.
- Michael
(From Claudia Rippee and John Anderson)
NHSPA Members: We hope you can join us for the fourth annual retreat at the AMC Highland Center in Crawford Notch this May 19-22.  It is our hope to spend the weekend making ART, and being in the company of friends.
Here is a link to the agenda for the weekend and additional info, on Google Drive (subject to change, update or modification of course):
Please feel free to share with other photo minded peoples/groups! 
AND John has started a flickr group for photos from the event.  Find that here:
As promised, we can now take payment on PayPal for this retreat. So when you are ready, feel free to send a payment for the spring retreat to:  NHSPA.highland@gmail.com in PayPal,  or, John will invoice you for it.  
If you have questions, or wish to register please contact  John Anderson at jsanderson@plymouth.edu, cell 603-726-8879.    A cash bar will be available on Friday and Saturday social times.  As of this time there are still some rooms available for NHSPA members Group #337272 at the Highland Center. Call them at (603) 278-4453.  Rooms with a shared bath/night $73 and private bath $105 per person including breakfast and dinner.  
Thanks for making such a great group of creative photographers!
See you soon,
John and Claudia
(from Marie Bristol)
The Star Island retreat will be held Sept 7 thru 10th. That's a Thursday to Sunday. Old members and new are invited to attend. There are discounts for anyone who has never been on Star or if you have not been out for 3 or more years. You must fill out request for discount on line, before May 1st, to receive your discount. Make your decision early and take advantage of this 30% discount on your room and board. Sid Ceaser will be our guest photographer. He is a portrait and still life artist and a wonderful guy. The weekend in his presence will be nothing short of inspirational. Experience his mini workshop, talk photography with other members or relax and explore the island on your own; its all okay. If you have any question you can call or email Marie. 603 851 2224 bristolphoto@hotmail.com
NHSPA’s board is seeking a technically savvy volunteer to help us update our web site platform. The volunteer would lead efforts to evaluate candidate platforms, help transition current web content to the new platform, and help set up systems to allow for convenient updating of content by appropriate people within NHSPA. We are leaning toward using one of the template-driven systems that are now available and optimized for our type of organization, so we are not thinking that any coding is involved, just being savvy enough to evaluate and set up such a template-based system. If you are willing to help with this effort please contact David Murray (djm@ClearEyePhoto.com) or Sarah Flause (s_flause@yahoo.com).
(from Kristin Burchsted)
Bob and I have been invited to be part of the Camera Commons:
2nd Invitational Show 
Featuring the work of Kristin Burchsted, Robert Burchsted and Christy Utter
Workshop Gallery
Opens April 23 thru July 9 
Located at 652 Central Ave, Dover, NH
(from Lydia Williams)
I have a third puzzle being released by Springbok Puzzles though Hallmark Stores.  The puzzle is of my image of the Bait Shop in Rye, NH...Titled "Oh Buoy".
(from Debra Woodward)
Debra Woodward won Best in Show at the Seacoast Artist Association's "New England Portals" April themed exhibit for her photograph "Windows Into Fall".
(from Becky)
Becky Field has four exhibits starting in May on her photography of cultural diversity:
Epsom Library (1606 Dover Rd, Epsom, NH): 
  Exhibit Opening Reception - Fri, April 28, 5:30-7:30 pm  
  "Different Roots, Common Dreams: New Hampshire's Cultural Diversity", open during library hours - Apr 29 - Jun 10
  Talk - "A Photographer's View of NH's Cultural Diversity", Fri, May 19, 7 pm, all are welcome
Foundation for Healthy Communities (NH Hospital Association, 125 Airport Rd, Concord, NH)
    Exhibit - "Different Roots, Common Dreams: New Hampshire's Cultural Diversity", May 5 - Jul 20
Manchester City Hall (1 City Hall Plaza, Manchester, NH)
    Exhibit of my photos of young artists from inner city Manchester, along with their artwork and essays about life in Manchester, May 3 (end date TBD)
Upper Valley Zen Center (58 Bridge St, White River Junction, VT)
    Art show, including four of my images from a photographic trip to India, Fri, May 5, 12-9 pm through Sat, May 6, 9 am-9 pm
(From Bud Thorpe)
The Studio of Photographic Arts (SOPHA) is pleased to present their upcoming classes and programs.  Remember: SOPHA is more than a rental studio!  We run classes, hold gallery shows, and rent lenses, camera bodies, and photographic lighting equipment too!
05/01/17    Secrets of Photographing Youth Sports
05/08/17    Basic Photography Class
05/20/17    The Perfect Export: Aspect Ratios, Resolution and Cropping
05/20/17    From the Hearth: Creating a Food Story - Derry, NH 
05/21/17    Location Lighting - Londonderry, NH
06/03/17    Sit. Stay. Smile. The Art of Dog Photography
06/06/17    Mastering the Nikon Speedlight
06/10/17    KickStart Studio Lighting
06/11/17    Creating Photo Albums in Lightroom
06/25/17    Intermediate Studio Lighting
07/12/17    Mastering the Canon Speedlite
07/15/17    Down on the Farm Portfolio Builder - Deerfield
07/22/17    Conquering Your Photographic Workflow
See http://www.thesopha.com/classes for more info on all of these classes.
Sensor Cleaning and Tutoring and Mentorship sessions are scheduled on a one-on-one basis.
SOPHA also has a small number of used lenses for sale currently:
Canon 24-70 f/2.8 (version 1), Nikon 24-70 f/2.8, and a Lens Baby Composer (Nikon Mount).  Please email us if you would like more information.
Don't forget that we hold a monthly image review night for our Studio and Education Members on the second Tuesday of the month - non-members can attend as a guest of a member, or, if you don't know a member, as a guest of studio - just call to make arrangements.
As always we would welcome your visit and the opportunity to show you our space and tell you more about our community of photographers - just give us a call or email to arrange a time that works best for you.
For more info go to www.theSOPHA.com, or email Bud@theSOPHA.com or call us at (603) 782-8403.
(from Carol Van Loon)
“Space is a multilayered word. It can be an action, feeling, a state of mind or an area with potential. It can be occupied or rented. Space can also be a void. It is the gap between words, teeth, parked cars, or the area beyond earth’s air….Paula Tognarelli, Executive Director and Curator, Griffin Museum of Photography. Camera Commons is pleased to present Space an exhibition of regional photographers curated by the Griffin Museum of Photography.
2nd Annual Invitational Exhibition
Camera Commons’ second invitational exhibit in the Workshop Gallery features Bob Burchsted , Kristin Burchsted and Christy Utter.  Each member brings their view of the world. Kristin creates much of her work near the water. Robert credits his wife Kristin with expanding his photography world. Christy Utter has always had an interest in historic photography processes, many of her photographs taken with a pinhole camera.
Both exhibitions will be on view from April 23-July 9.
There will be a gallery talk featuring the invitational artists on June 4, 2-4 p.m.
Carol Van Loon, Gallery Manager
vanloon42@gmail.com  603-799-1941
Camera Commons, A Creative Community for Photographers
(from Sarah Flause) 
Thru May 27
A Keen Eye and Soft Focus: Pictorialism Revisited, Opening reception April 20 5-7pm, PhoPa Gallery, 132 Washington Avenue, Portland, ME, www.phopagallery.com
Thru May 28
Voice of the Woods by Koichiro Kurita, “…the aim of this project was, and is, to give pictorial form to Thoreau’s ideas and writings by employing the existing photographic methods in Thoreau’s time and invented by his contemporary, photography pioneer William Henry Fox Talbot…Kurita has chosen to work with Calotype, an early photographic process, invented by William Henry Fox Talbot in 1841, in which a paper negative is produced and then used to make a positive contact print in sunlight.” Arbor & Frost by Lee W. Bass, “I make small, intimate photographs. I am drawn to the tactile, to the subtleties of light, shadow and mood…” and Quarries of New England by Steven Keirstead “Keirstead creates photographic diptychs and triptychs of abandoned rock quarries in the six New England states.” opening reception April 9th 4:00-6:00pm, Griffin Museum of Photography, 67 Shore Rd, Winchester, MA www.griffinmuseum.org
Thru May 29
Artist’s Choice: Photographs from the Judy Glickman Lauder Collection, “The photographs in this focus exhibition all belong to the artist and collector Judy Glickman Lauder, who has spent her life immersed in photography. She is an acclaimed photographer herself, yet her joy in the medium began during her childhood, when she would model for her father, Irving Bennett Ellis. Lauder began collecting photographs over 40 years ago, visiting the studios of other artists whenever possible and finding community and friendship through photography—both as an artist and an admirer of the works of others. An active participant in the Maine Photographic Workshops (now the Maine Media Workshops) in Rockport, she began swapping photographs with friends she met there in the 1970s and ‘80s…Artist’s Choice presents highlights from Lauder’s collection, including prints of some of the most celebrated images of the 20th century. They are mostly, but not exclusivel