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about the exhibit

It’s photography time once again during the West Nebraska Arts Center’s 36th Annual IMAGE exhibit!  Each year this gallery exhibit includes a wide variety of photographs showcasing technical innovations and aesthetic curiosities. The new exhibit includes 120 photographs representing 40 artists.

 The IMAGE Photography Exhibit highlights the artistic value of the photographic medium.  IMAGE is a non-juried exhibit open to all photographic styles and techniques.

The 2018 IMAGE Photography Exhibit is sponsored by Laura Clark and dedicated to the memory of William. J. Clark.  Bill photographed much of the American West earning local renown as an accomplished photographer and artist.  He was an active member of West Nebraska Arts Center, served on the WNAC Board of Directors, a frequent gallery volunteer, and a friend to many. 

“Photography as an art form is simply a way to enhance the seeing experience.  It reinforces in the emotions and in the memory what has been taken in by the eye.  Of course, it also offers the hope of shared visual experience.  When photography succeeds, it does more than verify the existence of an object or a scene - it enhances, saves and shares how it felt to see the object or scene initially.  Some scenes exist only in the mind or perhaps in the computer’s “mind”, but these can be shared by photography also.  The change from darkroom photography to digital photography changed the ways and means, but it did not change the purpose of photography.”
Wm. J. Clark
October 2011

judge – Nicole Smith

BIO

Smith is a sought after natural light portrait photographer specializing in the art of newborn photography. Nicole started her professional photography career in 2010, with her passion for newborn photography blossoming in late 2012. She developed a natural love for teaching shortly thereafter and is quickly becoming recognized as one of the industry’s leading natural light newborn photographers and mentors.

Nicole attended Ashford University where she earned her degree in Business Administration and Organizational Management. Shortly thereafter, with the support of her husband and two children, her business was born and continues to grow. Nicole is a proud member of many local and charitable organizations including NAPCP and NILMDTS and is proud to volunteer her time and talent to help others.

Nicole is a world-renowned, award-winning, & nationally published maternity, newborn, child, family, & wedding photographer. Nicole has been recognized by multiple times in Mozi Magazine, Photography Magazine, Maternity Magazine, Newborn Magazine, and one of her newborn images also graced the cover of “DreamBirth” Audio Book by Catherine Shainberg, PhD. She was named #5 on Top Teny’s list of Top 10 best newborn photographers in the world.

Nicole will be making quite a few stops around the world in 2018 with her natural light newborn workshops. She will be bringing along her fun and sassy attitude in hopes of spreading her love for newborns and life. She is a firm believer of empowering and supporting one another and hopes she can make a small difference in the lives of many.

awards & judge’s comments

BEST OF SHOW (Professional Division)

Gina Campbell, Scottsbluff, NE, Another Peek, 2014, digital photograph, nfs “The emotion captured here is truly timeless. A memory she will cherish for a lifetime. Amazing capture!

Gina Campbell, Scottsbluff, NE, Another Peek, 2014, digital photograph, nfs
“The emotion captured here is truly timeless. A memory she will cherish for a lifetime. Amazing capture!

HONORABLE MENTION (Professional Division)

Rick Myers, Gering, NE, Osprey Sunrise, 2017, digital composite, $100. “This absolutely had me wow’d!  Amazing and natural composite”

Rick Myers, Gering, NE, Osprey Sunrise, 2017, digital composite, $100.
“This absolutely had me wow’d!  Amazing and natural composite”

                            

HONORABLE MENTION (Professional Division)

Richard Schaneman, Scottsbluff, NE, Pow Wow with the Great Spirit, 2018, digital photograph. $150. “I couldn’t stop coming back to this. Although the image is abstract it truly made me ‘feel’ something! Absolutely incredible use of manipulation and color.”

Richard Schaneman, Scottsbluff, NE, Pow Wow with the Great Spirit, 2018, digital photograph. $150.
“I couldn’t stop coming back to this. Although the image is abstract it truly made me ‘feel’ something! Absolutely incredible use of manipulation and color.”

BEST OF SHOW (Adult Division)

Richard Teller, Scottsbluff, NE, Diamond Ring, 2018, digital photograph, $280. “This event made me so emotional and this just reminded me how incredible it was! Amazing capture. Your capture of the sunburst is perfection!”

Richard Teller, Scottsbluff, NE, Diamond Ring, 2018, digital photograph, $280.
“This event made me so emotional and this just reminded me how incredible it was! Amazing capture. Your capture of the sunburst is perfection!”

HONORABLE MENTION (Adult Division)

Teresa Tanner, Harrisburg, NE, Smoke Rings, 2017, digital photograph, $100. “I can literally smell this event. I adore the smoke frozen and the movement of the image! Absolutely amazing!”

Teresa Tanner, Harrisburg, NE, Smoke Rings, 2017, digital photograph, $100.
“I can literally smell this event. I adore the smoke frozen and the movement of the image! Absolutely amazing!”

HONORABLE MENTION (Adult Division)

Doris Holloway, Scottsbluff, NE, Resting, 2017, digital photograph, $125. “Absolutely amazing use of color and Bokeh! The light illumination your subject is perfection! Gorgeous capture!”

Doris Holloway, Scottsbluff, NE, Resting, 2017, digital photograph, $125.
“Absolutely amazing use of color and Bokeh! The light illumination your subject is perfection! Gorgeous capture!”

BEST OF SHOW (Youth Division)

Jasmine J. Campbell, Scottsbluff, NE, Glowing Color, digital photograph, nfs “I’m literally obsessed! The use of dark, light and color are incredible! I love how you have composed the image as well to truly draw your attention to your subject! Incredible!”

Jasmine J. Campbell, Scottsbluff, NE, Glowing Color, digital photograph, nfs
“I’m literally obsessed! The use of dark, light and color are incredible! I love how you have composed the image as well to truly draw your attention to your subject! Incredible!”

HONORABLE MENTION (Youth Division)

Keaton Wells, Scottsbluff, NE, Frozen Flora, 2017, iPhone photo, $50. “The fact that this was taken with a cell phone is amazing! You have an incredible eye for photography – do not stop!”

Keaton Wells, Scottsbluff, NE, Frozen Flora, 2017, iPhone photo, $50.
“The fact that this was taken with a cell phone is amazing! You have an incredible eye for photography – do not stop!”

HONORABLE MENTION (Youth Division)

Dakota Vrbas, Kimball, NE, Dragonfly Beauty, 2016, digital photograph, $110. “Wow! The color, sharpness and Bokeh are incredible! Amazing still.”

Dakota Vrbas, Kimball, NE, Dragonfly Beauty, 2016, digital photograph, $110.
“Wow! The color, sharpness and Bokeh are incredible! Amazing still.”

JIM DOWNEY AWARD FOR BEST LANDSCAPE

Alycia Vrbas, Kimball, NE, youth division, Waterdrop, 2016, digital photograph, $110. “This is stunning! The detail in your droplet as well as the plant leaves is truly perfect! Girl you have an amazing talent!”

Alycia Vrbas, Kimball, NE, youth division, Waterdrop, 2016, digital photograph, $110.
“This is stunning! The detail in your droplet as well as the plant leaves is truly perfect! Girl you have an amazing talent!”

Theme Challenge: Life in Black & White

Charles Lierk, Alliance, NE, adult division, Gone, 2016, nfs “Obsessed! I can smell the must and your depth of field and texture take you right into the image! Amazing!”

Charles Lierk, Alliance, NE, adult division, Gone, 2016, nfs
“Obsessed! I can smell the must and your depth of field and texture take you right into the image! Amazing!”

special thanks

A special thanks to volunteers Vic Bentley, Vicki Schmitt, Jan Durnin, Karen Mecklem, & Phil Thompson for their assistance in the gallery. And thank you to the North Platte Valley Artist Guild for providing food for the opening reception.

 

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The West Nebraska Arts Center is a cultural non-profit organization committed to education, awareness and excellence in the arts, serving the North Platte Valley Region.  WNAC is located at 106 East 18th Street in Scottsbluff, NE.  Visit the Arts Center’s website, www.thewnac.com or find us on Facebook to learn more.  The Nebraska Arts Council, a state agency, has supported this program through its matching grants program funded by the Nebraska Legislature, the National Endowment for the Arts and the Nebraska Cultural Endowment.  Visit www.nebraskaartscouncil.org for information on how the Nebraska Arts Council can assist your organization, or how you can support the Nebraska Cultural Endowment.