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Photography Exhibit

Photography Exhibit Showcases the Beauty and the Mission
of Judea Garden of Steep Rock Association

First Place photo in the Adult Black & White category – “Inside Facing Up” by Michael Sauer

The tenth season celebration of Steep Rock Association’s Judea Garden concludes with a “judged” photography exhibit, which opened Saturday, October 13th. “Congratulations to you and the Judea Garden on the nice exhibit, and to all the contestants. We appreciate them sharing their talent and enthusiasm for our community garden. A really nice program,” was the enthusiastic response of one visitor.

Photographers were asked to submit images that reflect the beauty and the mission of Judea Garden, which grows organic produce for members of the surrounding community with limited means. Four categories were available for submission; Adult Black and White, Adult Color, Fourteen and Under Black and White and Fourteen and Under Color. The photographs were judged for first, second and third place in each category. Local judges, Rich Pomerantz, Peary Stafford, and Diane Stevens adhered to specific guidelines when judging the images.

Thirty-six images were submitted for judging by students and adults. A number of photographs were submitted by students in the Litchfield Hills Transition Center, part of the New Milford school system and taught by Ashley Vinhateiro and Roxanne Kraft. Kraft, an educator and outdoor enthusiast saw the photography contest as a perfect way to engage her students with the outdoors and tap into their creativity. The results were rewarding as five of her students submitted photographs and Michael Sauer, who initially was reluctant to participate, was the first place winner in two categories, Adult Black and White and Adult Color. According to Kraft, “the entire process was great for the students; from the actual photographing visit to Judea Garden, to choosing and naming the photograph and matting the final work.”

Category winners:
Adult B/W: First – Michael Sauer, New Milford; Second – Quint Stovall, Watertown; Third – Ashley Vinhateiro
Adult Color: First – Michael Sauer, New Milford; Second – Marc Belansky, New Milford and Tiger Zhang, Watertown; Third – Caeley Smith, Watertown
14U Color: First – Katharine Benson, Washington

Each category winner was awarded a ribbon and first place winners also received a gift certificate from one of the popular local retailers: The Pantry, Washington Supply, Hickory Stick Bookshop.

The exhibit is open to the public during the following dates and times:

First Place photo in the Adult Color category – “Freshness” by Michael Sauer

Location: Camp Farmhouse at Steep Rock Association’s Macricostas Preserve, 124 Christian Street, Washington, CT
Sunday October, 21st, 1-4 pm and Saturday October27th, 1-4pm. For private viewing appointment contact Judea Garden Coordinator, Denise Arturi 860-605-6621.

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