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April News

New & Improved “APG Social” in April

6:30PM + 3 Photo Creative Challenge + Ask Me = SOCIAL TIME!

APG is looking to grow and improve for you. With this though in mind, we will be rearranging the order of our meeting and combining a few activities.

Starting with the April meeting, the Creative Challenge , the Ask Me help session and the Social will be combined into one activity. It will start at 6:30 but you can join in at any time. It will be casual and just be members and attendees discussing each photo.

There are several reasons for doing this. Your time is an important one. APG wants to utilize your time better and efficiently. Another reason is that the challenge has not received the attention it deserves lately because of longer presentations. The final reason is to promote a stage for discussion of the photo settings, setup, composition, techniques, equipment and craftwork as well as “Ask Me” questions. APG wants to forge a comfortable environment for novices and veterans that is easy to show your photography, share your knowledge, ask questions and learn.

Here’s what we need to ask of you to foster these changes…

  • Email your photos to athenspg@gmail.com early. We ask that you send your photos as early as possible and no later than 12 noon the day before APG meets.  If you must bring photos on a thumb drive, we will work them in but try to come extra early. 
  • Limit your photos to one of the following: 3 Creative Challenge Photos or 2 Challenge pics plus 1 open category or 3 Open Category photos. This is to help us get all photos shown before the meeting.
  • Label your photo files with your name plus the challenge name. As an example: Martin Bozone_APG BlackWhite.jpg. Include information on location, settings, setup within the body of your email. We want to display this info with the photos on screen.
  • Email a JPG (the best file format) with a 10 (80%) quality setting, at a file dimension of no more than 1600 pixels on the longest side, and in a sRGB color space embedded.
  • Try to be at the social at 6:30 pm. You are welcome to join in at any time but we want to you get your money’s worth. Also, if bringing a thumb drive be there even earlier.

Your Help is Needed

The APG leadership team has been in place for a good five years. It’s time to rotate the crops. We all started with zero knowledge about our positions, but have everything well documented for you to hit the ground running. It would be good if two people could share each position. We’d like you to remain for no more than two years if possible.

We have filled the President (Martin Bozone), Treasurer (Chuck Murphy), Facebook (Alan Black), and newsletter (Michael Gonyea) positions. What we need if not filled in the meantime:

  • Membership: Collect the new member paperwork and payment. Record it in a spread sheet. Send a pre-written welcome letter. Get the money to the treasurer.
  • Advertising: Send our monthly meeting info to the flagpole magazine.
  • Speakers: Work with Martin to line up speakers for the year. (We are close to having this year full already.)
  • Projector: Run the computer during the meetings. Collect the photos for the challenge. Collect the speaker’s show. Requires you to get to the meeting early.

Upcoming Contests and Notifications

  • Sandy Ellis has a show at Athens Academy in the Bertelsmann Gallery Feb-April. There will be 3 other artists in the show.

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March News

Upcoming Contests and Notifications

  • OCAF Southworks Juried Show now Open for entering: https://ocaf.com/art/ 
  • Lyndon House Juried Exhibition Opening Reception: March 7th, 6–8 p.m. All are invited.
  • Sandy Ellis has a show at Athens Academy in the Bertelsmann Gallery Feb-April. There will be 3 other artists in the show.
  • Heirloom Cafe and Fresh Market on Chase Street, Athens, will host a solo exhibit of APG Member John Weber‘s photographs January 9-March 4. According to the artist, the exhibit’s theme is Visual Words.

Ask Me: Beginners or veterans, come one, come all! Do you have a photography question, maybe one you’re too shy to ask in front of the group? Or you’re stuck with a question and have no idea who might know the right answer? Our own, dedicated “Ask Me!” person will be on duty during the social half-hour, 6:30 – 7:00 PM. If he or she doesn’t know the answer, they’ll find somebody who does. Just look for the person wearing the “Ask Me!” hat.

Your Help is Needed The APG leadership team has been in place for a good five years. Its time to rotate the crops. We all started with zero knowledge about our positions, but have everything well documented for you to hit the ground running. It would be good if two people could share each position. We’d like you to remain for no more than two years if possible.

We have filled the President (Martin Bozone), Treasurer (Chuck Murphy), Facebook (Alan Black), and newsletter (Michael Gonyea) positions. What we need if not filled in the meantime:

  • Membership: Collect the new member paperwork and payment. Record it in a spread sheet. Send a pre-written welcome letter. Get the money to the treasurer.
  • Advertising: Send our monthly meeting info to the flagpole magazine.
  • Speakers: Work with Martin to line up speakers for the year. (We are close to having this year full already.)
  • Projector: Run the computer during the meetings. Collect the photos for the challenge. Collect the speaker’s show. Requires you to get to the meeting early.

February News

Ask Me: Beginners or veterans, come one, come all! Do you have a photography question, maybe one you’re too shy to ask in front of the group? Or you’re stuck with a question and have no idea who might know the right answer? Our own, dedicated “Ask Me!” person will be on duty during the social half-hour, 6:30 – 7:00 PM. If he or she doesn’t know the answer, they’ll find somebody who does. Just look for the person wearing the “Ask Me!” hat.

Upcoming Contests and Notifications

  • OCAF Southworks Juried Show now Open for entering: https://ocaf.com/art/ 
  • The Plaza Arts Center 2019 Photo Show and Exhibition now open for entering: https://plazacenter.org
  • Lyndon House Juried Exhibition Opening Reception: March 7th, 6–8 p.m. All are invited.
  • Heirloom Cafe and Fresh Market on Chase Street, Athens, will host a solo exhibit of APG Member John Weber‘s photographs January 9-March 4. According to the artist, the exhibit’s theme is Visual Words.
  • Judy Glenn will have orchid and other photographs displayed in the back of the Gardenside Room through March at the State Botanical Garden of Georgia in conjunction with the Orchid Madness event.
  • Sandy Ellis has a show at Athens Academy in the Bertelsmann Gallery Feb-April. The opening will be Feb. 24th from 1-3. There will be 3 other artists in the show.


Your Help is Needed!
The APG leadership team has been in place for a good five years. Its time to rotate the crops. We all started with zero knowledge about our positions, but have everything well documented for you to hit the ground running. It would be good if two people could share each position. We’d like you to remain for no more than two years if possible.
We have filled the President (Martin Bozone) and Treasurer (Chuck Murphy). What we need if not filled in the meantime:
  • Facebook: Post events for meetings and photowalks. Make sure those who want to join the Facebook group, based on questions they answer when trying to join the group, are in Athens and are photographers.
  • Membership: Collect the new member paperwork and payment. Record it in a spread sheet. Send a pre-written welcome letter. Get the money to the treasurer.
  • Advertising: Send our monthly meeting information to the FlagPole magazine.
  • Speakers: Work with Martin to line up speakers for the year. (We are close to having this year full already.)
  • Projector: Run the computer during the meetings. Collect the photos for the challenge. Collect the speaker’s show. Requires you to get to the meeting around 6 pm. (We are currently using the Lyndon House Windows based computer so you don’t need to bring your own.)
  • Photo walks: Work with those who would like to do a photowalk to help coordinate and give guidance. Get the info to Communications to post in the newsletter and to Facebook to create an event.
  • Shows: Look for opportunities throughout the year to have APG photo shows. We’ve done these at local restaurants and the Oconee Library. It’s a good bit of work but we can give tons of guidance.
  • Communications: Develop this newsletter each month. Occasionally put out a newsletter for a special even like a photo show. We have templates for just about everything, will train you, and we have every step documented. We use Mail Chimp so its really not that hard to do.
  • Website: Maintain and post announcements to our website. This could be combined with Facebook or Communications. WordPress knowledge is a must.

January News

Upcoming Contests and Notifications
  • 44th Juried Exhibition at the Lyndon House. Drop off dates are Jan. 24, 1:00–8:00 pm and Jan. 25, 10 am–4 pm. More info here. Lauren Haynes, Curator of Contemporary Art at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, is the Guest Juror.

November News

Ask Me: Beginners or veterans, come one, come all! Do you have a photography question, maybe one you’re too shy to ask in front of the group? Or you’re stuck with a question and have no idea who might know the right answer? Our own, dedicated “Ask Me!” person will be on duty during the social half-hour, 6:30 – 7:00 PM. If he or she doesn’t know the answer, they’ll find somebody who does. Just look for the person wearing the “Ask Me!” hat.

Upcoming Contests and Notifications

  • Lyndon House 44th Juried Exhibition
    The Lyndon House Arts Center and Lyndon House Arts Foundation, are pleased to announce Lauren Haynes, Curator of Contemporary Art at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, as the Guest Juror for the 44th Juried Exhibition.Lauren Haynes is Curator, Contemporary Art at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas. Her most recent projects at Crystal Bridges include The Beyond: Georgia O’Keeffe and Contemporary Art (co-curator) and Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power (institutional curator). Prior to joining Crystal Bridges in October 2016, Haynes spent nearly a decade at The Studio Museum in Harlem. As a specialist in African-American contemporary art, Haynes curated dozens of exhibitions at the Studio Museum and contemporary art institutions in New York. Haynes is a recipient of a 2016 Gold Rush Award from Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation and a 2018 Center for Curatorial Leadership fellow. A friend to the state of Georgia and its contemporary art scene, Lauren Haynes recently was nominated as the first in a series of Visiting Curators with Flux Projects in Atlanta as well as just contributed critical writing for a publication featuring an Augusta based exhibition by artist Michi Meko.

    Please save the date! Entry days are Thursday, January 24 and Friday January 25, 2019. Please watch for further information regarding submitting your artworks for consideration.

    https://www.accgov.com/8450/44th-Juror-Announcement-Call-for-Artists

September News

Ask Me: Beginners or veterans, come one, come all! Do you have a photography question, maybe one you’re too shy to ask in front of the group? Or you’re stuck with a question and have no idea who might know the right answer? Our own, dedicated “Ask Me!” person will be on duty during the social half-hour, 6:30 – 7:00 PM. If he or she doesn’t know the answer, they’ll find somebody who does. Just look for the person wearing the “Ask Me!” hat.

Upcoming Contests and Notifications

August News

NEW THIS MONTH: Beginners or veterans, come one, come all! Do you have a photography question, maybe one you’re too shy to ask in front of the group? Or you’re stuck with a question and have no idea who might know the right answer? At APG, we’re trying something new at the August meeting: Our own, dedicated “Ask Me!” person will be on duty during the social half-hour, 6:30 – 7:00 PM. If he or she doesn’t know the answer, they’ll find somebody who does. Just look for the person wearing the “Ask Me!” hat.

Upcoming Contests and Notifications

  • APG Hummingbird Trail Walk at the State Botanical Gardens. The master of the hummingbirds at the Botanical Gardens will be doing a photo walk for APG members. Aug. 11. 8:30–10:30 a.m.. If you are not a member for 2018, you need to print the member form, sign the middle part and bring it with you.

July News

Upcoming Notifications

  • APG Position Needs You! We need someone to take over this newsletter. You don’t have to be a graphic artist to do so. You don’t need to make a special header each month. You just need to be able to fill in a template in Mail Chimp. We’ll train you. See Tim or Judy if you’d like to do this.
  • Photo walk to Perry’s Water Gardens in North Carolina. We’ll meet at Sandy Creek Nature Center on Saturday, July 14 at 7 a.m. then carpool up to arrive when the center opens at 9 a.m., although the lilies will be at their most-open from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. when the center closes. See https://www.facebook.com/events/162068501154616/ for details

June News

Upcoming Contests and Notifications

  • Lyndon House Full House Show is now up. These are pieces created by the guilds that call the Lyndon House home. Many members have work in this show.
  • OCAF Members Show is now up. These are pieces by the members of OCAF in Watkinsville. Many members have work in this show.
  • Members’ Photo ShowsKennth Storey at the Botanical Gardens and Ben Slaboda at Give Back Realty, 624 South Milledge Avenue, Suite 101.
  • VOLUNTEER(S) NEEDED: We now need one or more people to take over the following APG jobs: 1) Newsletter Production and Mail Chimp mail list. Involves adding new members to the Mail Chimp email list, gathering the images and info from the speakers, creating the email newsletter, and creating an occasional extra email. It also involves sending a welcome email to new members, which is set up to copy and paste.  2) In-meeting computer person. Tim currently uses his own computer but the Lyndon House also has a pc in that room that can be used. They promised that the projector would work plug-and-play from now on so that shouldn’t be an issue. Involves gathering the challenge images that are sent in to APG’s gmail account, getting to the meeting early to set up the computer, gathering images from member’s as they come in, making sure the presenter’s slide show is working, and advancing the images during the photo challenge show. Key for both positions is timeliness and availability.
  • Website for national art competitions, calls for entries, festivals, grants, etc. artdeadline.com

May News

Full House 2018 Exhibition at the Lyndon House Art Center

  • Every APG member is eligible to contribute one print for the Full House Exhibition
  • Work should be recent (completed within the last 2 years)
  • Prints must be framed and ready for installation
  • Works cannot have been previously exhibited at the Lyndon House (and note that any work contributed to Full House cannot be submitted to future juried shows)
  • Drop off work Thursday May 17, 2018 1pm-8pm
  • Exhibition dates June 5, 2018 to August 4, 2018 (all works must remain for the duration)
  • Reception June 7, 2018 6pm-8pm (submitting Artists are asked to contribute finger food)

Download Complete Full House 2018 Information (Acrobat PDF)

An exhibition of APG member Ken Storey’s photographs is opening at the State Botanical Garden. Prints will be on display in the visitor center gallery from May 20 to July 1, 2018. An opening reception will be held on May 20 from 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM. Please come out and support Ken!

An exhibition of APG member and our March speaker’s photographs – Ben Slaboda – will hang through June 30th at Give Back Real Estate Office, 624 South Milledge Ave. Suite 101, Athens. Everyone is invited to the opening  reception on May 27th, from 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM.