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Senior Center Photo Group exhibit showcases members’ diversity

January 13th, 2014 5:45 pm by Marci Gore

Senior Center Photo Group exhibit showcases members’ diversity

Kingsport Senior Center Photo Group member Jim Craft photographed ‘Morning Light,’ one of the photos on display as part of the club’s annual Members Show.

After more than 15 years of overseeing the Kingsport Senior Center Photo Group’s annual Members Show, Claude Kelly said he has never seen quite the variety of photos submitted for the 2013 Members Show, on display through Jan. 23 in the Kingsport Renaissance Center’s second-floor main gallery.

“In the past, a lot of our exhibits have been nice shots we have taken from some of our field trips,” said Kelly, who started the SCPG in 1998 after teaching a photography class at the Senior Center. “This year, though, we didn’t have many entries that were taken from our field trips. Instead, we had photographs that seemed to reflect the interests of our various photographers.”

The show features 124 photographs from 17 members, including four photographers who are new to the club and the show.

This year’s show features a little bit of everything, Kelly said.

“Some of our photographers absolutely love the outdoor type of shots,” he said. “Then we have one photographer who, one of her favorite things is driving around out in the countryside, out in the backwoods, so to speak, and photographing old buildings and barns. For others, it’s taking photos while on vacation, like in the Tetons and Yellowstone, places like that. Another one of our photographers is a botanist, so he’s into absolutely beautiful wildflowers. Other people have interests in shops and buildings and store windows. All of this variety was one of the things that made this particular exhibit stand out more so than others in the past.”

The way many of the photographs are presented is also unique, Kelly said.

“There was so much variety this year in the framing that was used,” he said. “A lot of photographs are often just done with basic black metal frames with a white matting. But, this year, a lot of the frames were really nice wooden frames with a dark gray or black mat.”

Some photos were also printed on a canvas material that Kelly said made them look like beautiful paintings.

“I know I keep using the word variety, but, honestly, that’s just what I see when I look at this year’s exhibit,” Kelly said.

The Senior Center Photo Group generally meets from 9:30 a.m. to noon, the second and fourth Mondays of each month at the Renaissance Center or the Toy F. Reid Employee Center, with workshops, slide shows, photographic critiques, demonstrations, field trips and other special events scheduled throughout the year.

For more information, call Kelly at (423) 247-3010 or visit the group’s website at

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