Pine Shores Art Association Annual Photography Show

Sep 12, 2018
Photo by: Paul Hartelius ‘Spider Geometry’ by Paul Hartelius.

The annual photography show at Pine Shores Art Association graces the gallery through September. It was started by the late Connie Purves, a founding member of PSAA and an avid photographer, as well as accomplished artist. An award in her name will be given to one of the photographers during the reception, at 6:30 p.m. on Sept. 10.

Over the years, the members of PSAA have enhanced their artistic acumen by taking classes in digital photography, composition and color design. This show highlights those efforts in the accomplishments.

The wonder of nature has always been the spiritual impetus for artists, and close-ups of butterflies, dragonflies and flowers hold sway in this show. Paul Hartelius found a dew-spangled spider web for his “Spider Geometry.” Linda Reddington got an intimate shot of “The Dragon of Heathcorte Park.” Jan Becker found a swallowtail for “Blueberry Bush.” Linda Saladino took a longer view in “Rising From the Ashes of Mt. Etna,” a photo of a naked pine against a green mountain.

Because we are so close to the subject, people are often harder to capture in interesting or uncommon poses, habitats or activities. Unless they are wearing exotic dress or doing an extreme sport, the photographer must be alert to facial expressions or color patterns. Dennis Millar’s “School Girls” is a fantastic example of finding patterns in the backpacks the girls are wearing, their huddled position against the repetition of stone paving blocks.

Linda Werner’s “Meeting of the Minds” finds the intense expressions of Little Leaguers in a fleeting moment. How exciting it is to push a button and keep forever this important discussion.

“Nola” by Carlo Gaboard is another astounding moment captured in film: a woman leaning out a trolley or bus to get a breath of air, her reflection captured in the window.

Suzi Hoffman’s “5:45 p.m.” is the second photo she took of her child model running with a kite on a beach and giving us a fleeting glimpse of the end of summer.

In the last category are the landscape photos. Two are concerned with nostalgia: Catherine Rush’s “First Love” of a cherry red Chevy sedan needs a doo wop soundtrack, and the soundtrack for Louis Baptiste’s “Americana” could be “Appalachian Spring” by Aaron Copeland.

The PSAA photography show can be viewed on Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. or on Sundays from 1 to 3 p.m. at the gallery, 94 Stafford Ave. in Manahawkin.

— Pat Johnson

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