'Through the Lens' exhibit opens at SHAPE Gallery


Throughout history, great pieces of art have been captured through the lenses of cameras.
That is exactly what Shippensburg Arts Programming and Education, SHAPE, hoped to show the local community through its January exhibit.

“Through the Lens” is the fourth all-photography exhibit that SHAPE has presented.
The exhibit began on Jan. 10 and runs through Jan. 31st. The exhibit is located at the SHAPE gallery in downtown Shippensburg.

The exhibit featured photographs by 14 local photographers: Jean Macaluso, J. Brandii Kligge, Thomas D. Kligge, Kim Scott, Justin Irvin, Joshua Vaughn, Sherrie L. Calaman, George Rhyne, Matt Blazi, Matthew Smith, Anne Cherry, Kurt Smith, Staci Grimes, Michael Shawn Richardson and the late Margaret Evans.

Some of the photographers contributed multiple photographs while others only submitted a single photograph. The photographs were of a variety of subjects.

Some of the photograph subjects were landscapes, flowers, animals, buildings and nature.
One photograph taken by Rhyne showed two dogs running along a shoreline.

Rhyne said he had been walking along the beach one day, saw the dogs running and playing and decided to snap a few photographs to capture the moment.

Kurt Smith, who is also a SHAPE board member, submitted two photographs to the exhibit.
One of which showed snow covered trees during the winter and the other showed a tropical scene that included palm trees, rocks and flowers.

The second photograph K. Smith took during a recent trip to Maui.

“I took over 4,000 pictures while I was there. I had a terrible time trying to pick one to bring to the exhibit.” Smith said.

Saturday Jan. 25, the SHAPE gallery had an artist reception for the “Through the Lens” exhibit.
The reception was held from 6-8 p.m.

The community was invited to come to the gallery to see the photography exhibit and meet the photographers whose artwork was on display.

Refreshments were also provided by SHAPE. Guests enjoyed a few snacks and drinks while viewing the photography exhibit.

“I always enjoy coming to the SHAPE gallery and seeing the different exhibits that showcase local artwork,” one local woman said as she intently studied each photograph in the gallery.

Most of the photographs on display at the exhibit include a price on the tag that gives the name of the print and the photographer’s name.

The photographs that include a price are for sale. During the artist reception, a few of the photographs had already been marked sold.

The “Through the Lens” exhibit was dedicated to the late Margaret Evans.

Evans was a board member and artist at the SHAPE gallery. She was also a professor in the communication/journalism department at Shippensburg University.

Evans, who had been battling cancer, died on Jan. 1. One of Evans’ photographs was prominently displayed in the center of the gallery. This large, vibrant color photograph was not for sale.
The SHAPE gallery’s February exhibit is titled “Ceramics, Caffeine, Chocolate.” The exhibit will feature pottery by Ben Culbertson and Colleagues.

The caffeine part of the exhibit will include coffee tastings from a local coffee shop and a local candy store will be providing chocolate for guests to taste.

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