Photographers shoot what interests them, and a good photograph elicits a similar interest in the viewer. Every year, Orisons Fine Art and Framing Gallery encourages this dialogue by inviting area photographers to submit recent images to a Group Photography Show. The show, the second annual, culminates in the Second Saturday Artist Reception on Aug. 10 (7 p.m. to 10 p.m.). Until Aug. 10, visitors to Orisons have the opportunity to vote on their three favorite photographs and put their name in a drawing for a free 16 x 20 print to canvas. The top three photographers are awarded prize money that encourages them to keep showing their work.
This year's photo show offers views from far and near. Sandals at the foot of a temple's stone stairs await the return of Burmese nuns. Clouds blur a monolith in Monument Valley. Neon lights mark the last night of Smith Drugs on McKinney's Square. Close ups and abstracts draw us to the very surface of the subject matter. Choosing just three favorites is a welcome challenge.
During the reception Aug. 10, last year's winning photographer Jeremy Woodhouse will offer short presentations of his photos from recent travels in Namibia, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Japan and Cuba. Woodhouse leads travel photography tours all over the world. His next stops include Umbria, Sicily, Ethiopia and India.
Also during the Second Saturday celebration, in Orisons' upstairs gallery, Weeda Hamdan will be showing her newest paintings created with a unique blend of texture and oils. Hamdan's rich cultural heritage, drawn from Lebanon, Spain and Liberia, allows her to keep an open mind to experimentation without boundaries.
During the gallery reception, People's Choice Award winners will be announced, as well as the winner of the drawing for a free photo to canvas print. McKinney's Sweet Spot will add delicious bites to the evening's selection of food, wine and beverages.