‘The art of the lens’ | Greater Johnstown Camera Club to exhibit photographs at Westmont | Characteristics



JOHNSTOWN, PA – A collection of works focuses on photographers in the area.

The “The Art of the Lens” exhibit for members of the Greater Johnstown Camera Club will be on view Monday through October 24 at the Goldhaber-Fend Gallery at the Cambria County Community Arts Center, 1217 Menoher Blvd., Westmont.

Members chose the photographs they wanted to include in the exhibit, including still lifes, flowers, pets, wildlife, travel, and landscapes.

“We ask our members to submit at least one piece for the show, so some artists can have up to 15 pieces,” said Linda Fleming, club president.

“The show speaks to all different levels of experience,” she said.

“Newcomers to the club get a taste of what it’s like to choose a show-worthy photo, make-up and present the piece, and the more advanced can show more of their work to the public.”

‘A little bit of everything’

She said there is no limit on the subjects for the photographs.

“Usually we have a little bit of everything,” Fleming said.

“One of the cool things about our club is that people have different interests and they are very divergent. We have people who are avid bird watchers and they photograph the birds all the time.

“We have the people who love sports photography and we have travelers, so we have a lot of photographs of places all over the world. “

Fleming said the show’s title depicts members taking a work of art with their cameras.

First-rate exhibitions

“Art is in the eye of the beholder, so each of us can present our version of art through this exhibition,” Fleming said.

She said the club exhibits are top notch.

“The work always amazes me,” Fleming said.

“I am amazed by the talent of our group and our city. I am impressed with the new members of the club and the work they have to offer. And, I am inspired by the more experienced members of the club who have more technical expertise. It always exceeds my expectations.

The exhibition will feature over 100 pieces by 15 club members.

“We don’t have a limit and the photos don’t need to be taken this year,” Fleming said.

“So many times people go back to their archives and take a look at previous works and show them. “

She said viewers would better understand the region’s skilled photographers.

“Their eyes will be open to the level of talent and they will likely see things they weren’t expecting,” Fleming said.

“I really hope that participants will understand that photography is an art form.

“When they see all the beautiful pieces that we have, they will leave knowing that when we pick up our camera and take a picture, we are producing a work of art like a painter or a sculpture.”

Attractive collection

Angela R. Godin, executive director of the arts center, said the exhibit is an engaging collection.

“This is something that people are really looking forward to because there are so many different people from different communities and different backgrounds who are part of the camera club,” she said.

Godin says she is always impressed with the quality of the work.

“It’s wonderful,” she said.

“There are so many subjects and materials that are captured in the shots. You can look at each piece and really see the purpose and what the artist wanted to capture and convey.

Godin said those who see the exhibit will be shocked and in awe.

“You will see how wonderful the work is,” she said.

“It’s very diverse and engaging and would appeal to almost anyone.

“What’s so unique and special about the Greater Johnstown Camera Club is that they really work together. When they organize their different meetings or events, they talk to each other from different backgrounds and skill levels and try to improve on each other and it is a camaraderie that they have.

Godin said the club has been an integral part of the arts center for many years.

“We are the place of residence for their meetings and certain activities, so being able to present them every year really keeps in people’s minds that we have all these diverse photographers in our community,” she said.

“Being able to present these works is very special. “

Opening reception

To celebrate the exhibition, a vernissage will take place on Monday from 6.30 p.m. to 8.30 p.m.

Members of the exhibiting club will be on hand to discuss their works and answer questions.

“It’s a great time for us to mingle and interact socially, and we love it when members of the public come in to see what we have to offer,” Fleming said.

Light refreshments will be served.

There is no charge to attend.

Many pieces will be available for purchase after the exhibition.

In addition, the exhibition will be presented during Rosie’s Bookpalooza which will be held from October 22 to 24.

Founded in 1938

According to the club’s history, the photo club was founded in 1938 by John D. Hesselbein, a street photographer from Johnstown.

On January 22, 1940, the club held its first public exhibition of 100 photographs at the Methodist Church on Franklin Street. This first exhibition was the basis of the traditional exhibition reserved for club members.

With the ever increasing popularity of digital cameras, the club has seen a growth in membership in recent years.

Club members are made up of people of all ages and with varying levels of photographic skill.


Education remains a top priority for the club, which helps members acquire the knowledge and skills that will enhance their abilities.

The club maintains a permanent, rotating photo exhibit at the Laurel View Village in Davidsville.

In addition, the club holds an annual public competition open to all photographers, annually sponsors the members-only exhibition, and organizes field trips that provide additional photographic opportunities.

The club has around 25 members and accepts new people of all skill levels.

Typically, the club meets at 6:30 p.m. on the first Thursday of each month at the arts center. The next in-person meeting will be on Thursday.

“We’re primarily an amateur club and have had a few pros, but members of the public are welcome to attend a meeting or two to get a feel for what we’re offering,” Fleming said.

“At each meeting we have an educational program and this can be a speaker or an explanatory video on new techniques and improving your craft. We also recognize members whose photos have been posted locally or in national publications, and share available photo opportunities. “

She added that the club provides a social atmosphere for people with similar interests.

“The best part about the club is how generous people are with their time and advice,” Fleming said.

“People who have been doing this for a long time don’t hesitate to share their expertise and what they have learned along the way with younger or newer members.

Membership fees are $ 25 for an individual or $ 30 for a family.

The opening hours of the gallery are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday.

There is no charge to view the exhibition.

For more information, send an email to president@johnstowncameraclub.org.


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