VPC Meeting Schedule for 2022-3

We are kicking off the new camera club season with our first meeting on September 1, 2022. It’s an open house where people can come and see what we’re all about – our gallery space as well as workshop photo studio. You can view the schedule here.

OK – this is an eye test version of the schedule – look here for more easy-to-read details.

VPC Studio Update

We’ve done some more work, today, on the studio setup. Present were Casey Danek and John McCarthy. We had a guest advisor too, Clayton Sibley, who helped us decide where things should go: lights, power cords, overhead boom, and the primary photography workspace. We also took into consideration where seminar attendees would sit or stand and where we would store gear. We considered several layouts settled on this one.

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A Call For Action

D. John McCarthy just posted on Facebook…

Call for Board Members:

The Valley Photo Center is looking for people that would like to serve on our board of directors as officers and board members. We want people that love photography and would like to help us expand our gallery offerings, both in our physical gallery in Springfield, Massachusetts and our on line virtual gallery.

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Covid-19 Update

Spring Show Officially Cancelled – this comes from our official website.

Gallery Temporarily Closed
Following the recommendations by the Federal and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts governments to help prevent the spread of the COVID-19 Coronavirus we have decided that we should temporally close the Valley Photo Center. Following closed until at least May, 2020. We can make a decision to reopen after that depending upon the situation at that time. As you all know this is a very contagious virus and this action will help to protect our patrons and volunteers and we hope to help discourage the spread of the virus. It is our hope that we’ll be able to reopen the gallery in May. 
Spring Open Show Call for Images
We were looking forward to holding our Spring Open Submission Show in May, but we’ll have to postpone it to June at the earliest. If things open up in May we’ll start accepting images again and the deadline to submit images will be June 1. You’ll be able to submit them at the gallery when it reopens or any of our drop off partners. The entry fee is only $5.00 an image for framed ready to hang images. Students can submit images to our Student Spring Open Show for FREE and are eligible for special awards. For more information and to download and entry blank and pay for your entry fee on line please click here.

February Show: Vietnam, Then and Now

Phil Mardoc, from Enfield CT, will be exhibiting a digital-only series of image from his trips to Viet Nam. The show is called Faces and Colors of Vietnam – 2019.

In addition to Phil’s digital content, VPC will also have prints and digital images from Dave Tela, and Jim Cryan. You can learn more about these photographers at our main website under Meet The Artists.

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Our New Digs

Thanks to our B.O.D. (Board of Doers – John and his son, Russel, Diane, and Casey), we managed to get the last of our stuff out of our old VPC location and into our new one over the past two days. All that’s left is some fixing up, setting up, and putting up some wonderful photographs. (Click here to see a gallery of images from the last two days.)

What our new space looks like after moving our stuff.

Why Did We Need To Do This?

Back last November, we were told by Tower Square Management that the new owners needed some of our space for the new YMCA center that was taking the space next door (where the Christmas Tree Shows have been held each year). At first, they said we needed our storage space. So we cleared that out – remember the big junk sale we had? …well, that was why. Then, recently, they said that the YMCA wanted more even more space, so we planned for that. Then, last week, they said the YMCA wanted all of our space.

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Springfield Mosaic – Edward Cohen

springfield-mosaic-show-cardVPC’s newest exhibit is Springfield Mosaic by Edward Cohen, who says it is “a photo exhibit that documents the rich diversity that is Springfield. Within its borders, Springfield is home to people who originate from all over the world, including such locations as Italy, the Island of Puerto Rico, Vietnam, Somalia, Ireland, Iraq, Ghana, and Native American people from right here in North America and many more. While we all live and work within the city’s borders, it has not always been easy. Organizations such as the Healing Racism Institute of the Pioneer Valley, the Springfield Branch of the NAACP, and other organizations help to guide us to understand that which divides us such as Racism and Sexism and provide healing that we may better coexist free of these divisions.

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