By Marianne Boerigter
Have some fun this fall and shoot away….with your camera! Newaygo County is prime country for that perfect fall photo. Take your best shots and enter the NCCA-Artsplace Fall Photography Contest. The contest is an annual community event that anyone can enter and showcases the fall beauty of our area. Entry deadline is Thursday, October 1, by 4:00 p.m.
This free competition is for all ages and all levels of skill. All entries must have a fall or harvest theme. Participants may submit up to two entries. Each entry must be an 8”x10” unframed photograph.
All entries will be on display October 2 through October 31 in the corridor gallery at NCCA-Artsplace. First, second and third place awards will be announced by 4:00 p.m. on Friday, October 2 at www.ncca-artsplace.org and @NCCA-Artsplace on Facebook.
Registration forms for the competition are available at NCCA-Artsplace, 13 East Main Street, downtown Fremont or call 231.924.4022. The guidelines and forms may also be printed from www.ncca-artsplace.org.
Flying Bear Books in downtown Newaygo is currently hosting an exhibit featuring recent works by local artist Brenda Huckins Bonter.
This enticing bastion of bookery is open Tuesday through Saturday from 12-6pm.
From the artist::
During the pandemic shut down, I found myself with plenty of spare time. I really missed the watercolor classes that I taught at St Marks and Ukulele classes at Sleeping Bear Books in Newaygo. Long walks with my dog Bengee became a daily occurrence. I live near the North Country Trail and Coolbough, so I had plenty of time to observe the beauty of nature and some of it’s amusing quirks along the trails. I became fascinated with what I call “Tree Spirits'', the areas of trees where limbs have broken off, burls are formed, and sometimes even holes bored by birds that create interesting “faces”. I started carrying art supplies and my camera in a backpack so I could make quick on site sketches and a photo. Back at home I enhanced the pencil sketches with stronger lines and shapes then added watercolor. I explored techniques to mimic the bark pattern on trees as well as bringing out the faces. The photos helped with the actual colors but my imagination took off as I played with interesting combinations and textures. Now that I have this volume of work I thought it might be fun to share it with the community.
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