Through the Camera's Eye
"Through the Camera's Eye" is an opportunity for residents of the High Country to see the labors of love of the Ashe Camera Club.
Drawing on the work of members from Ashe, Watauga and Wilkes counties, the club will showcase images of diversity, skill and beauty at the Ashe County Arts Council Gallery from Aug. 10 through Sept. 3.
Visitors can come and see the Milky Way in all its glory, children in Cambodia, a milkweed pod shimmering in light and simple, everyday things made magical - through the camera's eye.
George Rembert, a charter member of the club, said, "The natural beauty and lifestyle of the High Country have drawn many new residents who have lived and worked in various parts of the U.S. and the world to this area, bringing with them a wealth of experience and talent. Combine this influx of people with the enthusiasm and talents of native residents, and you end up with a refreshing melting pot of creativity for the arts and especially for photography."
In preparing for the exhibit, no particular theme was adopted, nor was there a formal selection by outside judges. The works on display were chosen solely by the individual photographers, creating a large diversity of landscapes, portraits, people at work and play, wildlife, closeups and other images that don't fit in any standard category.
There are certainly local scenes well represented, but others cover the world from Europe to Africa and Asia with other stops in between, including the picturesque western U.S.
Cameras used by members range from the small compact type to the latest digital SLRs, while a few members still attest to the time-tested 35 mm film variety.
The Ashe Camera Club has more than 50 active members who meet once a month to discuss photography and learn from each other and various speakers. There are also workshops and field trips planned on a regular basis. The only requirement for belonging to the club is an interest in photography and a desire to become a better photographer.
For more information, or to join the Ashe Camera Club, visit http://www.ashecameraclub.com, which includes meeting dates and times, member photographs, tutorials and other points of interest.
The opening reception for "Through the Camera's Eye" takes place at the Ashe County Arts Council Gallery, located at 303 School Ave. in West Jefferson, Friday, Aug. 12, from 5 to 8 p.m.
For more information, visit http://www.ashecountyarts.org or call (336) 846-2787.