Photographic society opens show at Civic Center

Mike Easterling

FARMINGTON — New work by more than a dozen local artists with the Four Corners Photographic Society is featured in a December show at the Farmington Civic Center.

"Autumn Splendor" by Stu Wilson is featured in the new show by members of the Four Corners Photographic Society at the Farmington Civic Center.

The show features 16 photographers — Bob Grossheim, Stu Wilson, Jonathan Kelly, Susan Levin, Marjorie Gabehart, Mickey Ginn, Christina Van Mersberger, Sheri Bradshaw, Darby Donaho, Sandy Rogers, Belinda Kennedy, Meredith Lee-Mike, Lonnie Rednour, Monica Ramey, Stacy Harris and Ellen Patscheck — and features more than 90 photographs ranging from landscapes and nature shots to night photography and macro photography.

The organization stages two shows a year at the Civic Center featuring work by its members, and Patscheck, the club’s secretary, said the December show almost always draws greater participation than the May show. That was the case again this year. Under the club’s rules, all of the work featured in the show cannot have been shown anywhere previously.

The scenes featured in the exhibition were captured all over the country, Patscheck said, explaining that many club members spend a lot of time shooting on their vacations.

Photographer Ellen Patscheck captured this image of  the Blanco Trading Post in 2009, before the mailbox was removed and the paintings faded.

Other images will be far more familiar to local residents. Patscheck, for instance, said her health prevented her from doing a lot of shooting this year, so she dug out a 2009 image of the Blanco Trading Post on U.S. Highway 550 south of Bloomfield that she had never shown before. Someone recently told her the mailbox that serves as the shot’s centerpiece is no longer there, and the brightly colored paintings on the side of the building have faded considerably over the last seven years. She believes that makes her shot a one-of-a-kind image.

“It’s been one of my favorites for a long time,” she said.

Members of the public will have the chance to vote on their favorite piece in the show, and a slide show of all the work will be displayed so that those unable to reach the upper level will be able to view all the entries. The show remains on display through the end of the month.

Mike Easterling is the A&E editor of The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4610.

"Fall in Colorado" by Susan Levin is part of the December show by members of the Four Corners Photographic Society at the Farmington Civic Center.

If you go

What: Opening reception for the December show by members of the Four Corners Photographic Society

When: 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11

Where: The atrium of the Farmington Civic Center, 200 W. Arrington St.

Admission: Free

For more information: Call 505-327-1248