Photo Club Minutes

December 9, 2015


Opening: Wow, what a crowd... it must have been the food... tell them there will be food and they will come... Wonderful... there were about 50 people enjoying the Christmas cheer and endless goodies...  Thanks to all who brought and thanks to all those who added to the festive evening... chat & munch time was a great opportunity to meet some new folks...


New Members: Colton Prevost and Kim Stewart welcome to the group... look forward to seeing you participating in the shows and activities... welcome... ps.  we don’t always have that many treats...




         Festive Fernwood:  The club greeting to the island has been hung at the Fernwood Café... please drop by with your friends...  it is lovely, colourful, varied and fun.... Thanks Judy, Roy and Anna for your help hanging... Jen has wonderful holiday treats and winter soups....  The show is up until Jan 16 --- but the café will be closed for 2 weeks in Jan... well deserved warm holiday for Jen and Dave...


         Monday Coffee it is at the long central table with all the really noisy friendly people, last seen in Santa hats, very strange... at the SaltSpring Inn... at 10’ish.... come on out and get to really “know” your fellow club members...



         ArtSpring Lobby Show:  Jan 4 – 30th... This is a wonderful Island/Club event... it is our opportunity to brighten up the doldrums of winter on the Rock... and it is our time to Rock too... The show is of your favourite/Best/etc... the size is unlimited, the number is possibly 2 or 3 images...  The lobby is huge and lots of hanging room... So really strut your stuff... 


For those of you new to the club and still now sure about participating in shows... this is a great introduction and it such fun to go to ArtSpring events and listen to the buzz... or show off your work... come on out a play with us...


Bob Rogers will be coordinating the show... he will need hangers and people with taste... to help with the hanging... 10 am January 4... if you are interested in helping or learning how to hang a show... Bob is a Master Show Hanger with years and years of experience... 



         Country Grocer Café:  Cliff Kelly is retiring from coordinating and hanging of the clubs work in the cafe...  Doug McMillin will be taking over that role... ( he is wonderful, such talent and so many hats... ) He will be looking for people soon... so stay tuned...  Thank you Cliff for your years of help... you are fun to work with and I always enjoyed our hanging evenings... take care my friend...


         Club Elections:  will be held early in the new year... so please think about how you can help the club, the best way to get the most out of any club is to get involved...  and we would like to see some new people stepping up to fill positions... talk to any of the executive and they will brief you on the expectations of time and effort...  In fact at the Jan meeting we will have a panel discussion about the various positions...


         News Flash!!!  the Photo Club seasonal DVD is now showing in the Visitor’s Information Centre and getting rave reviews... from staff and visitors... well done all...     

Wendy has said that she is finding it difficult to fulfill both the President and the DVD Producer roles... she would love some help with one or the other... She will train anyone wanting to learn how to do the DVD’s...  or she will gladly turn the presidency over to a willing volunteer so she can concentrate on the DVD’s...


         Mini easels... Dave Bartel showed us some very cool little easels, great for countertop or table displays... he has the pattern for if anyone is capable with powertools and not losing their fingers ... contact Dave for more information  


         The Website... the website comments have been buzzing these days... lots of lovely nice comments and some very constructive/instructive ones... I would like to encourage all members to participate in the conversations... it is a great way to learn to look at things... look at image construction and composition... You can learn a great deal by listening, looking and asking questions... If you are interested in particular image ask about it... make a comment...   This is the 21st C Art Salon... participate...




         Fernwood Café: Photo Club’s Greetings to the Island... about 12 members contributed work to this show... sending beauty, colour, humour, spirituality, multi-cultural... it is lively, fun and very interesting... thanks all who participated... we are already booked for 2017...

         Pemberton Holmes:  Presently Avril Kirby and Anna McColm are showing at PH

There is an opportunity for anyone to hang their work at PH... the space takes ten 16X20 images...  or smaller of course... or larger but feawer... The theme is SaltSpring Images is very loosely defined... if you are interested in showing here just email me... and I will add you to the rotating team...

It’s a fun place to show... it helps to sell the island and the island atmosphere... hmmmmm????


Educational Bit:  our guest was Alane LaLonde, the 5 year director for Photosynthesis...  Alane discussed her work and how she viewed her images...  her works showed strong forms, strong shadows and lots & lots of colour...  Much of the work was done in Mexico, which of course provides lots of opportunity for colour and strong compositions...

Thanks Alane for your presentation and enlightening comments on how you work your magic...


 Evening Show/Challenge:  the theme was festive, spiritual, glitz, holidays, Wendy’s whatever the word was that encompasses all the various festivals at this time of year....  Doug has posted the December show on the site...  as usual the show encompassed everything and every body... it went from Judy McPhee’s delicate ornaments to Avril’s Santa Club Monday Management Meeting over coffee... Bernadett’s candles spoke to another time and oh yes Marks miracle on Beaver Point Road... it was a great show...


Next Meeting:  

Wednesday, January 13th, 2016

Harbour House… 7:00 pm  ???

The challenge: Our next meeting and slide show will be in First Month of the New Year 2016 so think in terms of...   New, Fresh, Rejuvenated, Original, Firsts, maybe even Resolutions - whatever else this time of year brings to mind.  Happy Shooting!


Editorial aside: If you have any comments, corrections or additions please feel free --- all help is welcome…

I would like to encourage all club members to take part in the conversations on the website --- they are interesting and endlessly informative…  Share your pictures with the club on the site – you know we all love to look at images and it would give us a chance to get to know a little bit about you …  let’s participate…


Thanks for your patience...

Cheers… MCB 

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Comment by Avril Kirby on December 27, 2015 at 9:19am

Bravo, Marg--fun, as usual!

Comment by Elehna de Sousa on December 20, 2015 at 12:45pm

great minutes, thanks for doing this.

Comment by timothy gibbon on December 18, 2015 at 12:32pm


Comment by Curt Firestone on December 17, 2015 at 10:24pm

Thanks for the minutes

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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