The Duncan Banner

April 19, 2013

Photography exhibit expected to bring in photographers statewide

Megan Bristow
The Duncan Banner

DUNCAN — View “Life Through the Lens” this weekend at the Stephens County Fair & Expo Center for the Duncan Art Guild’s second annual photography show.

Show Chairman Janet Kirksey said 22 entries and 81 pieces of photography will be exhibited, featuring works from across the state and the region. In addition to the several entries from Duncan photographers, there are entries coming from Walters, Marlow, Cache, Comanche, Norman and Crowley, Texas.

“We have more photographers in Duncan than I think people realize, serious photographers. It will be a nice, professional presentation. I think the photographers who entered are serious about their art,” Kirksey said.

The reception will be held from 5:30-8 p.m. today with viewing also available from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 1-4 p.m. Sunday. The reception and viewing times are free and open to the public.

Pieces will be arranged into three different categories: “Landscape and Still Life,” “Animals and Pets” and “People and Portraits.” All items will be available to purchase. Proceeds benefit the individual photographers and a portion is also kicked-back to the Duncan Art Guild.

Kirksey said this is an opportunity members of the community should come and take advantage of.

“I travel and go to art galleries all over,” she said. “Duncan has one of the best art communities that I have seen. The talent in this area is just phenomenal. The photography has been quite a nice surprise.”

Two judges will be awarding prizes for first, second and third in each of these categories as well as a “Best of Show” award.

“The judges this year are Clem and Fran Wehner from Lawton,” Kirksey said. “They are from the Lawton Photography Guild. They also have a photography business in Lawton and they are both photography artists.”

Award ribbons will already be on the exhibited works, when visitors attend the evening reception today. Visitors will also be choosing their favorite piece to select a winner for the  “People’s Choice Award.” Those awards will also be exhibited for those who attend the Saturday and Sunday showings.

“We have more people entered from outside of our area this time, which should be interesting,” Kirksey said. “I am just looking forward to seeing it all.”