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Photography project scheduled April 2

By Staff | Mar 25, 2011

(Photo by C. Mason) At top left, an angel statue keeps watch over Elmwood Cemetery in Shepherdstown.

This is the second year that noted photographer Benita Keller has received grants from the Arts Alliance of Jefferson County and the West Virginia Commission on the Arts to conduct “The Jefferson County Photography Project.”

The purpose of the project is for dedicated photographers to learn traditional black and white photo documentation as a fine art form with the people, places, events and landscapes of Jefferson County as their subject matter.

Photographers in the exhibitions are Heidi Geraci, C. Mason, Steve Schaefer, Sue Silver, Kristian Thacher, Deborah Westphal, Carl Schultz, Krista Healy and Keller, serving as the project leader. There will be three exhibitions opening in April of photographs from the project.

Two reception openings to meet the photographers happen on Saturday, April 2, for an “artist walk” event. The first opening is from 3 to 4:30 p.m. at The Lost Dog Cafe, 134 E. German St. in Shepherdstown. Visitors are invited to come to The Lost Dog for coffee and sweets and to meet with the photographers.

Photographers and visitors will then continue to The Bridge Gallery, 8566 Shepherdstown Pike, from 5 to 7 p.m. for wine and cheese and to see additional photographs from the project.

(Photo by Debby Westphal) Pictured in center at top, a turkey sits on a tractor at the Bill Knighten Farm in Shepherdstown.

The exhibition at The Bridge Gallery continues through April 10.

This exhibition travels to the Fire Hall Gallery and Visitor’s Center in Charles Town from April 22 through May 16. The Lost Dog exhibition continues through April 28.

For more information about the exhibitions or about “The Jefferson County Photography Project,” contact Keller at benitakellerphoto2000@yahoo.com or The Bridge Gallery Director Kathryn Burns at aartskb@msn.com, or visit www.jeffersoncountyphotography.com and Facebook.

– From staff reports

(Photo by Sue Silver) Shown above Native American Pow Wow is pictured about in Shepherdstown.

(Photo by Carl Schultz) Pictured above Ren Parziale is shown at his studio, Sycamore Pottery, in Kearneysville.