Friday, January 16, 2015

Q&A for Photography Exhibition - Turn-in Saturday, Jan 17th

For all of you interested in participating in the Granbury Camera Club Exhibition and Sale, turn-in is this weekend. I have compiled a frequently asked questions & answers document to help with the turn-in process. I am receiving queries from as far away as Abilene and Brownwood, so I am expecting a good turnout. Thank you all for your support. Phyllis

Update - Granbury Camera Club Exhibition & Sale

Turn in is this Saturday, January 17, from 8 a.m. to Noon at the Shanley House for the Arts, 224 N. Travis, Granbury. We have had several questions, so I would like to share a few of those answers.

1. Entry fees may be paid in cash or with check made out to LGAA. Sorry, we cannot accept credit cards. ATM machines are located nearby.

2. Fee for submission is $15 per entry or 3 for $30 with a limit of 3 entries.

3. We specified, as in previous years, that the overall print size be no more than 480 square inches. We did not restrict overall size of the framed work, but realize that some guidance may be needed. Typical framing dimensions are print plus a 3”-4” wide mat and a 1”-3” wide frame surrounding the mat. Of course, you do not have to mat and frame as you may use canvas or metal prints. I realize that we did not offer these instructions earlier, so we will not restrict entries this year. However, please realize that the Shanley is rather small in size and the larger the entries, the less we will be able to hang. Please be considerate so that we can hang as much work as possible. 

4. NEW! If your work is accepted into the show, you are invited to submit a short artist’s statement. This statement would consist of your background, your accomplishments and your artistic philosophy/inspiration. For example, you may work full time as a lawyer, but enjoy photographing wildlife and traveling to exotic locations to do so. Be creative and descriptive. You may include a photo of yourself and an example photo of your work. The statement should fit on one side of an 8.5” x 11” piece of standard weight paper. We will compile the statements into a notebook that will be on display at the Shanley. DEADLINE FOR SUBMITTING artist statements is January 20. PLEASE EMAIL STATEMENTS TO or bring them already printed and ready to be inserted into the folder on January 17.

5. Judging will take place the same day of turn-in. You will need to check back at the Shanley between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. on January 17 to pick up any entries that were not accepted into the show. We will hang as many quality submissions as possible considering space limitations.

6. After the Exhibition ends, you may pick up unsold art at the Shanley on Feb. 29 from Noon until 5 p.m. Work not picked up on Feb. 29 will be stored upstairs at the Shanley unless you make other arrangements. You may find your unsold work there until March 5. All work must be picked up by March 5 to make space for the spring art show.

7. You may pay your membership dues to the Lake Granbury Art Association at turn-in if you would like to be a member of the LGAA and Camera Club. Dues are $40 single, $60 couple, and $20 ages 15-18.

8. A 15% commission is paid to the LGAA for any photograph sold. This money helps to maintain the Shanley House. Proceeds from the Exhibition go towards show expenses, the judge(s), and, if monies remain after expenses, toward a fund for the following year’s show.

9. One thing I am asked most often is, “How should I price my photography.” This is a difficult question to answer, but I will do my best. First of all, if you have won competitions or sold before, you will be able to ask a bit more for your photos. That said, photography in general does not commend a high price and art does not sell for as much money in Granbury as in larger cities. There are always exceptions, of course.  If you are a novice, price your photos to recover your costs plus about 20%, with 15% going to Shanley. In general, the photography work shown in past Camera Club shows has ranged in price from $50 to $350, with photos selling best in the mid-price range. Sales are modest in any photography show, but let’s hope for a record-breaking year!

10. No, you will not receive a refund if your work is not accepted into the show. You are paying for the opportunity to be considered. This is standard for all shows and competitions. The funds are used as mentioned previously. 

NOTE:  The LGAA newsletter accidentally printed the wrong date for the Opening Night Reception and talk by pro photographer Shad Ramsey. The correct date is Saturday, January 24.