Monday, April 17, 2017

Eyes on Main Street -- Photography Festival in Wilson, NC

The town of Wilson, NC already had the right to claim itself to be a center for photography in the American South, simply because Distinguished Southern Photographer Burk Uzzle has his studio there.

But now Wilson has made a serious step into the Photography Big Time with its third annual edition of Eyes on Main Street, the Wilson Outdoor Photo Festival. 

Eyes on Main Street consists of a main show of 100 large prints of work by 50 men and 50 women photographers, including both established and emerging photographers, from more than 30 countries around the world, all up now through July 16th, 2017, in downtown Wilson.

From April 8-July 16, these 100 photographs will be displayed in 100 storefront windows spanning six city blocks. Taking visitors across the railroad tracks that bisect the city, the exhibition links east and west Wilson into one shared community. 

In addition, this year's Festival includes five additional exhibits which include shows of historic photographs as well as striking contemporary work for a wide range of international photographers.

A feature of these supporting shows is an exhibition of work by more than 125 young people from Wilson who were supervised by senior photography students from the School of Fine and Performing Arts at Columbia College in Chicago, Illinois

This show is up at  203 East Nash Street, in Wilson.

All this is the work of Artistic Director, chief curator and organizer Jerome De Perlinghi and his assistant curators Catherine Lloyd and Regina Monfort, who have organized the shows around the general theme Main Street, a Crossroads of Cultures.  

In addition to the show of student work from Eastern North Carolina, the other sattelite shows include:

1. Eyes on Taiwan, featuring work by Yi-Yun Chang, Charles Chen, Kouhei Hirose, Chun-Chi Lin, Pi-Lin Liu, Liang-Pin Tsao, Eli Wang, Anny Wu, Ko-Ming Wu and Sun Yang, in the 3rd Floor Gallery at Imagination Station, 224 East Nash Street, in Wilson. 

2. Before Facebook, a show of mid-nineteenth century daguerrotypes, tintypes, Cartes de Visite, portraits, and street scenes from the middle to the late 1800's.

3. A show of work by Chicago photographer Hareth Yousef (see image above) of images from his Tomorrow's Entry is not Guaranteed portfolio, a body of work documenting the everyday lives of Palestinians, sponsored by the Columbia College Chicago Student Gallery, up at 115 Goldsboro Street, in Wilson.

4. Showings of Frames of Life (1996), a movie by Mary Engel documenting the life and work of photographer Ruth Orkin. This film was premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 1996, and was s
elected by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences as one of the “Outstanding Documentaries” of that year.

In addition to these exhibits, there are also a whole slew of lectures, workshops, concerts, and other events too numerous to go into here.

But you can find out all about them on the Eyes on Main Street website here, and you can keep up with the Festival as it unfolds, on Facebook, here.

If you are unfamiliar with Wilson, it is an hour's drive east of Raleigh, via highway US-264 East, then I-587 east, to Wilson. 

While you are there, also check out famed outsider artist Vollis Simpson's whirligigs in the Whirligig Park and Museum.

You are in the heart of eastern North Carolina, with much to do in the vicinity, and only 40 minutes from the Skylight Inn, serving what many claim is the best BBQ available anywhere, or 50 minutes from Kinston, NC, home of the by-now world-renowned restaurant Chef and the Farmer.

 Artistic Director De Perlinghi and the City of Wilson deserve tons of credit for supporting this very ambitious photography festival. 

May it succeed beyond your wildest dreams, and may you bring us many, many more years of outstanding photography to eastern North Carolina.

Slow Exposures 2017 -- The Call for Entries

The good folks in Pike County, Georgia who are responsible for the SlowExposures juried show and photography festival have announced their plans for the Fall 2017 show.

This year is the 15th annual show, and will be up September 14th - 17th, 2017, in "the intimate, relaxed setting [of] the rural countryside" of Pike County, in west central Georgia. 

This year's event is being called "Unplugged," always a good idea. The organizers "invite photographers to submit work that underscores the diversity, contradictions, and complexity of the rural American South."

The Call for Entries for this show is here.  Deadline for submission of work is midnight, Sunday, June 18th, 2017. 

Also planned for SlowExposures will be over a dozen satellites shows, to be on view in locations that are also on the National Register of Historic Places as documenting Pike County's historic past as a leading cotton producer in southern Georgia.

Applicants for 2017 Main Exhibition are also entitled to enter the PopUp Show juried by John Bennette and the 2018 SlowAIR Artist in Residence opportunity at no additional cost.

I am honored to join with Atlanta's Arnika Dawkins, owner of Atlanta's Arnika Dawkins Gallery, as jurors for this year's Main Exhibition.

The work we choose for the Main Exhibition will also be on view at the Cochran Gallery in LaGrange, Georgia for a month after the SlowEx weekend.  

I know I speak for Arnika in joining with the folks in Pike County to invite you to enter work, and plan to "join photographers and photography lovers from across the U.S. to 'unplug' in September in Pike County.

This is a wonderful opportunity, not only to share the experience of SlowExposures, but also to "learn, network, and have fun during this extraordinary weekend." 

We plan to see you there!