The work of roughly 57 photographers will be on display at the Crescent City Cultural Center through Sunday.
The California Redwoods Art Association and 2nd Street Gallery will host its 2018 Juried Photo Show in conjunction with Sea Cruise. The show will feature an $800 first prize, $200 second prize and $100 third prize as well as a $200 award for the best digitally enhanced photo. Judges will also award honorable mention and peoples choice award ribbons.
A winner’s reception will be held from 5 p.m.-7 p.m. today.
Participants in the photo show come from all over California, said Nancy Sander, vice president of the art association’s board of directors.
The 2018 Juried Photo Show is also an opportunity for the California Redwoods Art Association to honor “Smokey” Bill Harper, a well-known local photographer who died on March 11, 2018, she said.
“A lot of (his) work on display is on film,” Sander said. “The black and white is on regular film that’s been converted to digital.”
Harper’s pictures aren’t the only example of film photography. On Friday, just before the show was set to open, Sander pointed to a picture of a bridge taken by Mary Weeks titled “Going Places.” Sander said it was an example of infrared film and was taken when the artist had to develop their photos.
“She can’t do that anymore,” Sander said, “but her art is still out there.”
Meanwhile, the California Redwoods Art Association is using its juried photo show to promote a new project for veterans. Sander put pictures and newspaper clippings of her father, a World War II Air Force veteran, and the men he served with on display at the photo show. She said the art association is hoping veterans and their families will bring them photographs and newspaper clippings. Writers will take down their story and they will be on display at the Cultural Center, Sander said.
Sander said the art association embarked on its veterans project in conjunction with the construction of the Point of Honor monument near the Cultural Center. She said she’s hoping the “whole building will be full of stories” in time for Memorial Day next year.
“It’s all about survival,” Sander said, pointing to a picture of her father doing laundry and saying that he and his buddies were on the front line during World War II. “It’s all about understanding what it means about surviving conditions that were deplorable.”
The 2018 Juried Photo Show will be on display through Sunday at the Crescent City Cultural Center, 1001 Front St., Crescent City. A winner’s reception will be held from 5 p.m.-7 p.m. today where wine and cheese will be served.
For more information about the California Redwoods Art Association, visit the 2nd Street Gallery at 1228 2nd Street in Crescent City or call 707-460-1414.