WAA Invitational Photography Show

Show Dates: Thursday, April 5 through Sunday, April 29, 12-5pm.

Opening Reception Sunday, April 8 at 1pm - arrive early to hear live jazz!

Photography Workshop 1: Basic to Intermediate Image Capture: Saturday, April 14 from 10am to 12pm

Photography Workshop 2: Basic Image Organization and Post-Processing: Saturday, April 21 from 10am to 12pm

April's CAC Gallery menu features a smorgasbord of photography. The main event is the WAA Photography Invitational photography show, which will feature works by William Eklund, Mary Mann Ellsworth, Everett Long, and Jeff McDonald. Each of the featured photographers has won multiple awards in WAA Fran Achen Photography Competitions, and in competitions held elsewhere. Several of the awards were for Best of Show. The show runs from Thursday April 5 to Sunday April 29 at the CAC. At the opening reception, to be held Sunday April 8 at 1pm, the four photographers will show their respective works, discuss their individual approaches to photography, and will answer any questions from the group.

Everett, Jeff, Bill, and Mary will also be collaborating in two photography workshops during April. The first, scheduled for Saturday, April 14 from 10am to 12pm, will cover basic to intermediate photography and image capture. The second, scheduled for Saturday, April 21 from 10am to 12pm, will cover basic image organization and basic post-processing.

These events are all free and open to the public -- all are welcome to attend. However, to better plan for the workshops, we ask that those planning to attend RSVP to Jeff McDonald at jeff.mcdonald@gaelicarts.com. Please indicate which of the two workshops (or both) that you plan to attend, along with any specific questions that you would like to have answered/discussed.

Mary Mann Ellsworth is a lifelong resident of Southern Wisconsin. She has a lifetime of experience and loves working with and photographing animals. She is a breeder of World Champion Quarter Horses, Westhighland White Terriers and is a Professional Pet Stylist. Many of Mary's grooming customers have beautiful portraits of their freshly groomed family members. Mary's knowledge of animal behavior is a big asset when doing a dog sitting. Mary also has a love for nature and often focuses her lens on beautiful flowers. She enjoys and has been successful in entering her photos in competitions, receiving Merit awards in the Wis Association of Camera Clubs and Whitewater Arts Alliance Fran Achen photography Show.

William Eklund is a native of Belvidere IL and currently lives in Lake Summerset. Bill purchased his first digital camera in 2007. Short of a six week "Introduction to Digital Photography" course at a local community college Bill has learned the art of photography by trial & error and a continuing regimen of online education.

Excerpted from Bill's Artist Statement: "A passion for architecture, Americana and natural wonders are the motivation in my photographic vision. The ability to show people something they see every day in a way they have never seen it before, is part of what draws many to my work. Bringing my vision of a scene to life, in the form of a print is the challenge that drives me. Sometimes easier envisioned than done. The allure of Black & White photography has become a favorite method of sharing my vision. Having the viewer to paint their own colors into a scene, sometimes can make an image more captivating. The greatest challenge for me is finding time to capture all of scenes that I would like to capture. A full time job and family life limit the time I have to spend behind the lens."

Longtime Whitewater resident Everett Long's work is well known to Whitewater Arts Alliance show attendees.

Excerpted from Everett's Artist Statement: "Photography became an avocation and a passion after retiring from a 31-year career teaching history at UW-Whitewater. I've always had cameras, using them primarily to record family events and travels. My principal subject matter since becoming serious about photography are what generally could be defined as nature photography, including landscapes, flowers (both representational and abstract), birds, water scenes, fall colors, as well as sunrises and sunsets, etc. A tripod is necessary for obtaining the close-up photos of flowers and other small objects in nature which I favor. Adobe Lightroom permits me to organize, store, and edit the thousands of digital photos that I have taken over the years."

Jeff McDonald of Whitewater, is an information technology professional with a passion for fine art photography. A seed of interest, planted decades ago by his Air Force pilot uncle, led to a serious interest in photography. Career demands limited this interest to passively appreciating the works of others until it became possible to actively create works of his own. He currently favors landscape, travel, black and white, and long-exposure photography.

Excerpted from Jeff's Artist Statement: "My objective as a fine art photographer is to produce remarkable images. Motion, unusual visual perspectives, and interesting light intrigue me, as do the found elements of a scene that challenge one to frame them into an interesting composition. In my view, fine art photography is far more about presenting the artist's interpretation of reality than it is about presenting objective reality, as it would be for a photojournalist. To that end, I embrace the tools of the digital darkroom, the modern analogue of the chemical darkroom, applying them as little as possible but as much as necessary when they help me achieve my artistic vision. Still, I favor a realistic feel and use digital tools to enhance, rather than define, this vision."