Juried Photography Exhibit to open

ELKINS –On Friday, The Arts Center will host a free opening reception for a juried photography exhibit from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday.

This exhibit features the work of over 20 professional and amateur photographers. The exhibit includes works by local photographers as well as from throughout the region.

“There are so many incredible photographs in this exhibit, landscapes, portraits, abstracts, all of them are unique,” The Arts Center’s Executive Director Kurt Barkley said.

Noted photographer Brent Kepner, M.Photog. Cr., CPP, will serve as the juror for this year’s show, selecting the winners of each category. Kepner has experience in many types of photography. While nature is a personal favorite, he most often photographs people and is best known for sports photography. Although he does everything including weddings, babies, pets, social events, schools, commercial and real estate photography. He has been the winner of numerous state and national awards over the years and authored a regularly published Lifestyle column in The Inter-Mountain on photography for several years called the Foto Flash. He completed the Professional Photographers of America Print judging school and has judged professional competitions in West Virginia, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Montana.

His credentials include: Master Photographer, Photographic Craftsman, Certified Professional Photographer and Professional Photographers of America Certified Professional Photographer Liaison for West Virginia, Professional Photographers of America State Councilor, Past President Professional Photographers of West Virginia, Professional Photographers Board of Directors, Owner of Foto 1 Pro Photo LLC in Elkins for 30 years, and Official Photographer for the Mountain State Forest Festival.

Accompanying the opening of the photography exhibit is a solo exhibit showcasing the works of Ruth “Noodie” Runner. Runner has had a lifelong interest in art, and producing what she hoped was “art.” Her first memory of instruction was her mother showing her how to use crayons, then later in Elkins, with her Grandmother Bosworth and solo lessons from a red-haired lady on Kerens Avenue. Several years with the Clarksburg Art Center led to classes at Fairmont State, Cedar Lakes, and work in calligraphy, which included two weeks traveling in Italy with a calligraphy group. Membership in the Charleston and Huntington art guilds also kept her interests and learning alive.

This event is free and open to the public.

For additional information contact The Arts Center office at 304-637-2355, or visit the website: www.randolpharts.org.