News of the current exhibit and activities at Image City

Image City Photography Gallery

Newsletter # 208, March 1, 2024

We publish our Newsletter during each of our exhibits to pass along information and reviews of the exhibit, selected images and news of participation opportunities at Image City. Thank you for your interest and we look forward to another great year of fine photographs and events. We hope to see you at each of our 13 shows in 2024.

Red Theme Show

First Friday Gallery Night is Tonight, March 1, 5 - 9 pm

Current Show Runs Through Sunday, March 17

Image City Photography Gallery is pleased to present its latest exhibition featuring eighty photographs that capture the essence of red in different ways. From landscapes to portraits, from abstracts to still life, the Red Theme Show displays the variety and intensity of the red hues in the world around us. Red is a color that evokes strong emotions and associations. It is the color of blood, fire, roses, and rubies. It is a color that stands out, attracts attention, and stimulates the senses. Red is a color that challenges and inspires photographers to explore its meaning and expression in their images.

The show also features Visiting Artist, Andrea Gluckman with her second out of three exhibits displaying a beautiful series of photos from a recent art residency in Cairo, Egypt, and Guest Photographers, Judy Riales, John Stuhlman, and  Camera Rochester Photographers Joe Jech, Laurie Knapp, Loretta Petralis, and Sandy Silvestri. Read the Gallery Picks in a later article to learn about three photographs by our Guest Photographers. Completing the exhibit are Gallery Partners, Dick Bennett, Marie Costanza, Steve Levinson, Don Menges, Gil Maker, Luann Pero, Betsy Phillips, John Solberg and Sheridan Vincent.


The exhibit runs thru March 17. First Friday Gallery night is Tonight from 5 to 9 pm. Whether you are a photography enthusiast, a color lover, or a curious visitor, you will find something to admire and enjoy at this exhibition with the variety, style and subjects of the 96 photographers who are participating. We hope you find at least one to enhance your home and office decor. Click Here  to see our website listing and Click Here to check out a selection of photos in the Preview of the Show Gallery.

Participating Photographers in Red

Jason AbelDennis AdamsJane Adams

Luanne AnderssonRonald AndrewsMichele Ashlee

Skip R.  BeaverDick BeeryJessica L. BellerdineDavid Bleich

Michael BowenRichard BurginDon BurkelBetsy Carini

Bob ClemensJeffery CookLisa CookRobert E. Crumrine

Steve DentAmanda DwyerJohn A. EjaifeBruce C. Elling

Mike EnglishJohn FleckensteinSandra FrankelJohn Frater

Steven GallJim GoldammerJoan GrahamAllen Greene

Tom HarveyMike HaughMonica HenochKatirina Herbs

Christopher HickeyJane HopkinsNicholas JospeKen Kassel

Jerome KayeSusan KayeTom KnaussBetsy Lewis

Larry MandelkerJohn C. MarinerAmy Mason

Ken MasonScott MatyjaszekReaghan McCann

Colin McCreadyBrett McIntoshMike Molaire

Debbie NawoczenskiSheila NelsonMargaret Owens

Lisa PanchoRomans PancsRobert Pierce

Martha PriceBeth QuattrociocchiSteve Randell

Mary Lynn ReedJudy RialesNancy Rice

Sara Elizabeth RogersVictoria Rotolo

Susan RudyAnne RyanBrandi Shaw

Michael SilbertPatty Singer

Andy SmithRobert Then

Loni TitusKatherine Vollmer

Robert WelchAbby Westerman

Grace WestermanRobert Westfall

Lesley WestonJonathan White

Gallery Picks of the Show

We have chosen several photographs to share by Guest Photographers as our "Gallery Picks".

Fayoum Camp, by Andrea Gluckman, 21x31-in, $275 (Print Only $140).

Andrea continues her Visiting Artist exhibits with this wonderful series of photos from a recent art residency in Cairo. Not showing the more “touristy” photographs of the pyramids and tombs, she provides the viewer with an entirely different feeling. The Fayoum area is 1-2 hours outside of the hustle and bustle of Cairo... there are no traffic jams nor honking horns here, only serenity. It is a beautiful place. Andrea uses a wonderful expression in her introduction: “offering a sense of presence in absence”. This photograph is a perfect example of this idea. The tent is surrounded by an almost unworldly sky, the eternal sands of the desert. A powerful example of minimalism....not showing either too much or two little...just right. The color palette has been beautifully selected; the colors of the tent and the sand are almost a single subject, contrasted against a marvelous sky. Andrea has positioned the tent in the photograph so that it is shifted to the right, from center ...this allows the viewer to look beyond the tent into the vast desert landscape. Pulling the viewer deeper into.  It makes the entire image organic, not just a snapshot of a tent but a complete composition. Even the finish and framing is well done…..the absence of a mat and use of a black frame doesn’t offer any distractions to admiring this photograph… the viewer an visually lock into the image and can let their sense of fascination soar. This is a wonderful photograph which should adorn someone's wall! By Steve Levinson

Gladiolus Study 2, by Judy Riales, 9x9-in, $55

Judy’s image focuses on the intimate and delicate essence of a singular gladiolus flower. It is part of a series of similar skillfully framed images within mats with simple, yet elegant frames that complement the subtle and soft color tones of the floral images, enhancing each photo’s sense of tranquility and focus. The composition of Gladiolus Study 2 draws attention to the inner parts of the gladiolus, with a soft focus that gently blurs the edges and background, ensuring that the viewer’s gaze is centered on the flower’s structure and color gradations. The lighting enhances the sensual curves of the flower’s petals, with the gradient from warm yellow to deep oranges, creating a glowing effect that brings the image to life. Judy has captured not just the physical likeness of the gladiolus but also the transient beauty of the subject. Her study may provoke contemplation about nature’s intricate forms and the temporal elegance of flora. Judy chose to use a substantial white mat border, which creates a sense of space and importance around the photograph itself, similar to a visual pause that allows the viewer to mentally prepare before engaging with the art. Congratulations to Judy for showcasing the subtlety of floral photography, revealing the understated grandeur of a botanical subject while using the power of art to transform a simple subject into a profound visual experience. By Marie Costanza

The Family Photo, by John Stuhlman, 18x24-in, $400

If you're seeking tranquility and respite from the vivid and explosive RED compositions, take a moment to behold John Stuhlman's two photos and become enveloped in the serene beauty of nature. One of the compositional elements that immediately captivated me was the multitude of triangles formed by the trees. Each tree, as well as different subsections of the group, contributes to this triangular arrangement, a technique frequently employed by photographers. Early artists recognized the pleasing effect of an odd number of elements, making the triangle one of the simplest yet most effective compositional components to utilize.The background pines are delicately shaded and blurred, enhancing the three-dimensional sense of depth along the ribbon of water behind the trees. Along the foreground, a short expanse of green, yellow, and pale red vegetation signals the transition from fall to winter, also serving as a subtle vignette that draws focus to the stand of trees. The white trees are particularly intriguing, likely adorned with hoarfrost, which effectively accentuates their branches, contrasting vividly against the dark background and muted colors of the foreground vegetation. The presence of red leaves in the right clump adds a delightful touch. Reflecting on John's metaphor, one might envision the white trees as grandparents, with the grandmother adorned elegantly and the grandfather slightly stooped with age. The father is proudly positioned in the center, tallest, and with arms outstretched—a symbolic testament to family and history. The rest of the family, including the children and perhaps grandchildren, are depicted in front and to his right. Perhaps I delve too deeply into interpretation. What do you perceive? Thank you, John, for presenting us with a captivating photograph that narrates multiple stories and imparts the tranquil essence of a forest stroll. By Dick Bennett

Image City Blog:

A Source of Insight and Inspiration

by Marie Costanza

If you are a photography enthusiast, you might want to check out the Image City Blog, where I share my thoughts and experiences related to our Gallery and the art of photography. Since the end of last year, I have posted wide-ranging articles that cover topics such as how to produce a photo exhibit, suggestions on titles for photographs, and extended interviews with photographers participating in exhibits. The Blog is a way to enhance your participation and enjoyment of Image City, in addition to our email announcements and newsletters. Recently, I have added new posts that feature the current Red Theme Show exhibit. In these posts, I interview the photographers and discuss their creative process, their inspiration, and their challenges. You will learn more about their work and their vision, and gain a deeper appreciation of their art. You will also find some tips and advice on how to improve your own photography skills and express your own style. The Image City Blog is a platform for dialogue and exchange, where I welcome your comments and feedback. I hope you will find the Blog informative, engaging, and inspiring, and that you will visit it regularly to discover new content and perspectives. You can access the Blog from the Image City website, or by clicking on this link: Image City Blog. Thank you for your interest and support of Image City. I look forward to hearing from you and seeing you at the Gallery.

Image City Photography Gallery Calendar

  • March 1, First Friday Gallery Night, 5-9 pm
  • March 17, Final Day, Red Theme Show
  • March 19, Opening Day, Student Show 2024

Image City Photography Gallery

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Rochester, NY 14607