Most any visitor or resident would certainly nod in the affirmative when asked if Gulf County offered a photographer a rich palette.
Rich, enough, it should be added, to be captured by photographers of all skills levels and with a variety of equipment.
The Star has a page, “Scene Around,” that attests to those realities.
And now The Joe Center for the Arts is tapping that palette, and all those skill levels, with its next exhibit, called, simply “Community Photography Show.”
The show was a convergence of factors, said Marcy Trahan, organizer of the exhibit.
This newspaper’s weekly “Scene Around” page showed there is little to constraint the talents or subject matter for residents and tourists wielding a camera of any shape or quality, not to mention a desire to share the visual glories of the Forgotten Coast.
In addition, the first exhibit The Joe hosted, a members’ show, included a large number of submissions from area photographers, Trahan added.
So, a “Community Photography Show” seemed a natural; the venue a no-brainer given the center’s success since opening early this year.
“It was evident that a photography show highlighting all the beauty found in this area would draw a lot of interest and that, as a new art center, The Joe would be a wonderful venue to host it,” Trahan said.
And, one doesn’t need to be a master photographer to create art worthy of a spot in the exhibit, she said.
Organizers emphasize the desire for submissions from those of all skill levels; the focus is what’s inside the frame.
Whether with a cell phone or $10,000 camera, whether a weekend hobbyist or professional or just simply an amateur aficionado, the Forgotten Coast offers a fantastic photo at most any turn.
Technical skill level is a moot point.
“Sometimes all it takes is being in the right place at the right time with a camera in hand,” Trahan said. “The intent of the show is to celebrate how we all see the paradise we call the Forgotten Coast.”
And, that celebration extends to visitor and resident alike; to repeat, inside the frame is all that matters, not the state name on the driver’s license.
“Having a community Art Center here in Port St. Joe provides a venue that allows area artists to showcase and share their talents,” Trahan said.
The deadline for entry is Aug. 24, with the deadline for submissions of work Aug. 31 and Sept. 1.
A photographer may submit up to five photos for jury consideration during the show.
The show will open Sept. 7 at The Joe, located at 201 Reid Ave., and continue through Oct. 4.
There will be several categories for judging:
Landscapes and Seascapes; Nature; Sunrises and Sunsets; and Creative.
Ribbons will be awarded for “Best of Show” and first-, second- and third-place in each category.
There will be eight Honorable Mention honorees and all photographers who enter will have a vote for the “Photographers Choice” award.
“We do want to encourage everyone to enter the show and share their photos,” Trahan said. “Responses are coming in, but people tend to wait until the last minute … or they want to get that last great shot before they submit.”
And, as with the current “Turtles and Trash” exhibit, which closes this weekend, The Joe will be sponsoring several free programs linked to the exhibit.
Marcy and her husband, Richard, will offer programs on consecutive Thursdays next month and Laura Northern with DragonFly Photography will bring a program on processing photos.
In addition, there will be a photography field trip led by Debbie Hooper in T.H. Stone Memorial St. Joseph Peninsula State Park the final Thursday of the month.
For more information on entry and submission of work visit www.TheJoeCenter.org and click on the “Call for Entries” tab.
The Joe Center for the Arts is sponsored by the Forgotten Coast Cultural Coalition.