‘Cultural landscape’

Through photos at the Crary Art Gallery courtesy of the Camera Club

Times Observer photo by Stacey Gross Photographs by Howard Jarvis.

The Warren Camera Club will be featured at the Crary Gallery this month.

The club, which started as a slide club around 1940, originally only used black and white film and submitted work to the club on slides. By 1951, club president Kathe Frank writes in the show’s statement, color slides had become the norm. In 2007, she goes on to say, “we changed our name to Warren Camera Club in recoginition of our members’ increasing reliance on digital photography in this ever-changing medium.”

While the club has won awards and individual members have varying degrees of experience showing or sharing their work, this is the first time the club’s work will be displayed at the Crary Gallery.

“The photographs,” Frank writes of the show pieces, “are some of the best images of the Warren Camera Club – 21 men and women who call Warren County home and are your neighbors.”

While the diversity of interests and demographics among club members varies widely, Frank says in the statement, “what we share is a passion for photography. We are intrigued by the subtle interplay of light and dark, color and contrast, impact and sublteness that we see in the world around us. We seek to capture that most feelting of things – a moment in time.”

The diversity of group members, Frank says, is well represented in the array of photographic subjects that make up the show. Landscapes, portraits, wildlife, architecture, and vignettes of every day life. Each photograph, she says, “record(s) moments in time that seem special to each photographer.” The photgraphs included in the show are taken in and out of Warren County, and reflect the club’s best work over the years.

According to Don Reed, members each submitted their best work, making the pool of photos chosen for the Crary show around 300 to 400. From that, Reed said, the group went through a sort of vetting process, choosing work that represented diversity of subject matter and members. The group has an annual contest amongst themselves for which a Photographic Society of America judge is chosen to rank members’ works first, second, third, as well as noting honorable mentions. Some of the photographs on display in this show, have won club awards and others haven’t.

The show features 17 artists with a total of around 40 photographs. It will open Saturday, Jan. 21 with a reception featuring a gallery talk by Kathe Frank at 7 p.m. followed by Erie Arts and Culture’s presentation of Project Stream and Program Stream grants to four local organizations. The grants, writes Frank, “greatly enhance the cultural landscape in Warren. We are honored to welcome these organizations and EAC to the Crary for this special event.” The show will run through Saturday, Feb. 4.

For more information on the show, find the Crary Gallery on Facebook.