Starting on Thursday, Nov. 9, The Bedford Free Public Library gallery will be showcasing the art of members of the Bedford Center for Arts (BCA) Photo Group.
Astrid Reischwitz, Carol Rissman, and Jean Hammond make up the library Art Steering Committee. The group curates year-round art displays at the library gallery space. The central gallery is open, sun-filled and handicapped accessible, surrounding the upper landings of the library’s central stairwell. It is open and free to the public during regular library hours. (There is also a public art space on the wall outside of the Children’s Room.)
Reischwitz said that the Art Steering Committee focuses “on displays that are closely connected to the Bedford community, regularly including work by residents and community-based art groups.”
The BCA Photo Group returns for their fifth invited show to the library gallery. This exhibition is entitled “The Photographer’s Eye,” and showcases 25 pieces of photography from an assortment of photographic styles created by members of the BCA Photo Group. The show was curated by Gillian Ross, co-owner and curator of Gallery Twist in Lexington.
In a juror’s statement, Ross said, “In making selections for this exhibition of photography the aim was to show the diverse ways in which a photographer ‘sees’ in any given situation, and can thus draw us alongside them to notice what was significant to them about the subject matter they have captured.”
Artists with artwork selected include Pip Shipley, Martha Wakefield, Robert Bicknell, Joseph Gallagher, William Feiring, Paul Scopa, Bruce Magnuson, Mark Levinson, Ellen Royalty, Sally Naish, Marv Goldschmitt, Linda Wolk, Richard Krusemark, Bonnie Newman, Bob Bass, Susan Kottler, Deb Lannon, William Daniels, Joan Robbio, Peter Shaw, Helena Long, Carl Silvia, Charles Mazel, Diane Bennett, and Lisa Redburn.
The show runs through Jan. 10. A reception will be held at the Library from 5 to 6 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 19. Ross will speak about the exhibit and her process of selecting the artist and putting together the show.
The BCA Photo Group was formed under the auspices of the Bedford Center for the Arts in 2010 by a handful of photographers joining to share technical tips and troubleshooting. The photography group remained when the Bedford Center for the Arts closed down. The non-competitive group has grown to nearly 100 members, from novice to advanced professionals, running across the spectrum of photography interests (concerts, birds, street, portraits, landscape, to name a few) from Bedford and surrounding towns as far away as Western Massachusetts.
The group has regular programming (generally twice per month, and currently over Zoom) based on education and building community and welcomes and encourages anyone interested to check out a meeting or two and join the group. Programming ranges from technical training on photo editing software, to talks about careers and experiences by renowned photographers from different genres, to members sharing their work. Helena Long, BCA Photo Group vice president and member of the Programming Committee said “tuning in twice a month group members are always exposed to something new.”
Long mentioned some exciting upcoming programming including Dan Burkholder’s “iPhone Artistry” presentation later this month (November 28 at 7 p.m.), and a Suzanne Révy landscape presentation this spring followed by a return visit in which Révy will look at and discuss submissions by members of the BCA Photo Group.
And of course, Long is looking ahead to the upcoming exhibit, reception, and Juror discussion at the Library.