Reflecting, by John A. Gessner, first place. (Courtesy photo)
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The Crooked Tree Art Center opened the 2014 Juried Photography Exhibition announcing award winners for excellence in photography. The juror for this year's exhibition was Mount Clemens native Jenny Risher who received her bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography at the Detroit's College for Creative Studies. She released her first book in 2013, HeartSoul Detroit to rave reviews.
In her juror's statement Risher explains the qualities that she was seeking while making her selections: "For me, I judged primarily on emotion... while using other qualities that signify a photograph of award winning caliber. In selecting works I let the images themselves guide my decisions, allowing certain associations and connections to reveal themselves. I was not attached to a certain genre or style; all areas of photography are represented: still life, nudes, abstract, documentary, landscape, portraits. This collage of selected imagery collectively paints a portrait of our lives. One that is beautiful, personal and in some ways very American, and to me, this is the theme or narrative of the show."
The first place award went to John Gessner of Traverse City for his work Reflecting, the second place award went to Paul Rose of Garden City for his work Otto Marie, and the third place award went to Charles Brackett of Traverse City for his work, Spirit Waters.
Honorable mentions were awarded to Jim Aho of Huntington Woods for his work, Lily Pads at Dusk, Holly Gedert of Levering for her work, Moonlight Stroll, Gary Gee of Lewiston for his work, Detroit Gloom, Bruce Giffin of Dearborn Heights for his work, Fall Coaster, Jan Kellogg of Vanderbilt for her work, Working Hands, Robert Maxwell of Boyne City for his work, Pearls, and Teresa McGill of Central Lake for her work, On the Wings of Eagles. The 2014 Juried Photography Exhibition will be on display in the Bonfield Gallery through April 5.