Country Grocery update.

We, Rachel and Curt, have met with the management of Country Grocer and now have a much better understanding of what they wish to do with the west wall of the new café.

Country Grocer would like to create an “art wall”. They see the wall being used by artistic Salt Spring Island groups on a rotating basis. We have been given the premier opening show to be up for the month of November. We will have three shows each year; one every four months. Country Grocer will take responsibility for choosing the art groups (one which will be children’s art).

Country Grocer will prepare the wall for hanging framed art. This will include painting the wall a more neutral color.

Salt Spring Photography Club.

Ø For each show, six matted and framed pieces would be appropriate for the space. The minimum frame size is: 16x20. The maximum frame size is 24x30.

Ø During any one show, six different club members would each show one piece unless there are less than six members interested.

Ø Each piece will be identified by the name of the piece and photographer. If someone wants to purchase the piece, a SSPC phone contact will be displayed on the wall.

Ø The wall will indicate that the works are from the Salt Spring Photography Club.

Ø A sign-up sheet will be created on the Club’s web site and members will be chosen on a first come basis to hang a piece at Country Grocer. The sign up sheet will allow a member to indicate a future month of preference. The sign up sheet is in the Forum area of our web site.

Country Grocer allows us to put any image of our choice on the wall with certain conditions. 1. All images should be appropriate for a “family setting”. 2. They ask that we be sensitive to the season of the year as that is important in the stores marketing. Example: Christmas images belong to December and not other months. 3. If we wish to have a theme, we may do so. Rachel and I think that there is no need for a theme because it puts un-necessary conditions onto club members.

While this is not exactly what we discussed at the September meeting, we feel that it is another wonderful opportunity for members to share their work with the community. It will be an easy task for us to undertake as all we need to do is gather the framed photo, makes up some identification tags the wall and hang the work. Eighteen different photographers will have displayed their work each year. This will open up other opportunities as gallery owners become familiar with the high quality of our work.

Rachel and Curt

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Comment by Curt Firestone on September 26, 2010 at 9:05pm
Comment by anna mccolm on September 26, 2010 at 1:46pm
Thanks,Guys.Good work.
Comment by Trudy Sloan on September 26, 2010 at 10:58am
Thank you Rachel and Curt. I would lke to paticipate.
Comment by Avril Kirby on September 25, 2010 at 7:19pm
Yes, thanks very much!
Comment by Wendy Rosier on September 24, 2010 at 11:46pm
Thank you Curt and Rachel for doing this clarifying for us. I'm all in favour and will look for the forum signup

August minutes

Pierre introduced the new team who will help shape the Club in the future.

Simon Henson

Larry Citra

Maggie Vancik

Roger Brooks

Maureen Milburn

Ellen Vesterdal

Justene Tedder

Plus returning executive members:

Pat Page

Kahsia Hartwell

Wendy Rosier

Anna McColm

This group will infuse some new energy and direction into the Club. Feedback from club members indicates that people would like more interactive educational activities (workshops, classes, small field trips etc.) and maybe a schedule of educational opportunities ahead of time so that people can plan to attend.

The Victoria Camera Club has an external speaker every month and are willing to share their list of speakers so we can participate, at a cost of $5 a person. The club has funds to cover this at the moment. This would require using the  Zoom format (which has worked so well during this Pandemic).

Club meetings will resume in October, giving this new group time to work out their ideas for new directions.

Some people are cautious about in person meetings (because of health issues) and others are ready and able to jump back in. Maybe in person meetings and Zoom meetings can co-exist. Something to talk about.

Maureen has offered to look into a monthly newsletter with, possibly, more coverage than the website offers such as emails, using facebook etc.

Avril would like to see an improved use of the website: more posts, more comments, more helpful critiquing. We might need a refresher course to remind us how to give constructive feedback.

Doug has a show about Covid in September at the library -  in the Community Program Room. He will give a talk on September 7th at Noon. This will be previously unseen material, not the triptychs we have seen on the website.

Photosynthesis has a virtual show coming up, starting on August 31st. Some club members also belong to this photography group.

There is no theme yet for the photography challenge in October but when that is decided it will be communicated to everyone.


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