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May 6, 2005

Phenomenal Photo Festival in 10 Locations in North Bay in May

Still photography, like other forms of photography is now recognized as a powerful art form offering unlimited comment on all aspects of life.  During the month of May North Bay will have a remarkable exhibition featuring the work of 18 photographers in 10 venues in the city core.  Modeled after a similar successful event in Toronto, this one named Camera Frontera, by the local organizers, is an event worth looking at. 

Chosen from a jury which received many submissions a wide range of styles from across Canada will be shown.  North Bay photographers John Baker, Paul Chivers, Andy Davies, Dan Elzinga, Ed Eng, Liz Lott and Ursula Stange and David Lewis from Callander are represented. 

Some photos from the exhibition L-R David Lewis (at the Ferneyhough Gallery; Ed Eng at the WKP Kennedy Gallery, Liz Lott at the Atmosphere Design Group.

The following sites are open during their regular hours for anyone to drop in and look. 

The Venues: 

Atmosphere Design Group

C & C Properties ( The Walkway)

Dent’s Camera Centre

Jaeger Meisters

Michelle’s Frame Maker & Gallery

Joan Ferneyhough Gallery

Swiss Pastry Chef

Trattoria Malka

W.K.P. Kennedy Gallery

White Water Gallery 

A catalogue profiling each photographer, a map of venues, supporters of the project and an introduction by Judy Gouin is available at the various locations.  Full information is also available at www.kennedygallery.org/camerafrontera/ or at 705-474-1944 ext 277 or at 705-476-2444. 

Camera Frontera receiving their Ontario Trillium Foundation Award L-R Heather Saunders, Joan Ferneyhough, Dermot Wilson, MPP Monique Smith and Carol Ann D. Bartolomeo from the Trillium Foundation.  D. Mackey Photo

Trillium Grant Supports Project 

On April 20 at the WKP Kennedy Gallery MPP Monique Smith presented an $18,000 Ontario Trillium Foundation grant to the Camera Frontera committee.  The committee composed of Dermot Wilson Director/Curator of the WKP Kennedy Gallery, Heather Saunders Director of the White Water Gallery and Joan Ferneyhough owner of the Ferneyhough Gallery expressed there appreciation for the support.  Heather Saunders commented that “the Ontario Trillium foundation funding has enabled us to produce a high caliber festival which we hope will grow into a regional festival in the future.”  Other supporters of the project include Photo Metro, NECO, the Canada Council and the Ontario Arts Council. 

Special Events 

Carole Condé and Karl Beveridge who are exhibiting at the White Water Gallery beginning May 12 will give a talk on their work at the Gallery as a part of Camera Frontera at 7pm Wednesday May 11th with an official opening May 12, 7-10pm.  Their narrative images were inspired by health care workers who expressed their frustration at not being able to provide the care their patients needed.  Carole & Karl have been exhibiting in collaboration with trade unions and community organizations for over 25 years across Canada and internationally.   

Student Exhibit 

There is an exhibit of secondary school student photos in the Art in Public Places gallery in the hallway of the Capitol Centre.  Have a look while visiting the Kennedy gallery at the Capitol Centre. 

A panel discussion on contemporary work in photography will take place on Thursday May 19 from 6-8pm in the Galaxy Circle Lounge at the Capitol Centre.  On Saturday May 28 from 2-3pm there will be an Arts Career Information Session at the WKP Kennedy Gallery. 

All of the venues of this fascinating exhibition are within walking distance of each other and would make for a nice spring walk.  Camera Frontera ends Saturday May 28. 

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