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‘Ode to Joy’

Arts Association seeks
entries for photograph contest

Oldham County photographer
Jones to judge images

By Helen E. McKinney
Contributing Writer

LA GRANGE, Ky. – Through her photos, nature tells a larger-than-life story for Monica Jones. Photography has become a much enjoyed part-time job for her over the last three years during which she has captured the beauty and transient qualities of nature through the lens of her camera.

‘Ode to Joy’
photography contest

• Entry deadline: Midnight Monday, June 6
• Winners will be notified by June 11
• Entry fee: $25 if accepted
• Private Awards Reception held on June 18 from 6:30-8 p.m.

“Photography is becoming more and more popular,” said the Oldham County resident. Since taking some photography classes at the University of Louisville’s Shelby Campus, Jones has been offered several opportunities to photograph different events.
“I specialize in nature and macro-photography,” she said. Some of her preferred subject matter is flowers and bees. She often snaps pictures at Yew Dell Gardens, a location in Crestwood that provides her with many opportunities to photograph nature at its best, she said.
Jones’ work is alive with feeling and emotion. The vibrancy of her subject matter is translated through the colors of her photographic canvas.
Because of her expertise, Jones is the 2010 show chairperson of “Ode to Joy, Third Annual Photography Contest.” This contest is sponsored by the Arts Association of Oldham County’s Gallery 104.
This contest provides amateurs and professionals alike the “opportunity to have their photography judged and compared to others,” said Jones. “It gives up and coming artists a chance to be noticed.”
Interested participants are asked to submit a photo essay of at least three and no more than six framed photos that tell their version of “Ode to Joy.” Framed, wired and ready to hang pieces can contain multiple photos that are a literal, emotional or figurative interpretation of the contest title.

Monica Jones

Photo by Helen McKinney

Photography contest show
chairperson, Monica Jones, has been
serious about photography for the
last three and a half years.

Professional photographers and photography teachers will judge accepted entries on such criteria as clear subject matter, composition, focus and exposure, creativity, whether or not the photography tells a story, and if lighting enhances the subject or message.
Photography must be submitted to Jones by June 6. She will select all pieces that will be entered into the contest. Accepted entrants will be notified on June 11, at which time a $25 entry fee will be required.
A Private Awards Reception will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, June 18, at Gallery 104 in La Grange. Up to $500 in prizes will be awarded. The photography will be part of a rotating exhibit from June 14 to Aug. 7.
At the present time, Jones is the only Arts Association of Oldham County member to have her photography hanging at Gallery 104. The artwork of other members on display includes a wide variety of jewelry, wood-turned bowls and paintings.
The gallery is operated by the association, a non-profit organization dedicated to sharing artistic resources and talents of area artists with the community. In addition to artwork, the gallery often sponsors lectures, juried art shows and classes.
“The Arts Association of Oldham County was established in 1997 and has a mission of “Bringing the Arts to Oldham County,” said member Terri Miller. Members volunteer their time and share many duties. Miller was the co-chairperson of the recent Animal Attraction contest.
“We try to have a variety of shows and events for both members and the public throughout the year,” said Miller.
The 2009 photography contest was titled, “Where Have You Been?” The first place winner was Phil Warren for his entry, “Odyssey.” The second place prize went to Charles “Bud” Dorsey for “Faces of Freedom,” and the third place winner was Mandi Turner for her entry, “Under the Sea.” An honorable mention award was given to Michael Miller for “Election Day.”

• Works may be submitted to Monica Jones at: jones3668@bellsouth.net. For more information and entry forms, contact Gallery 104 at (502) 222-3822 or visit: www.gallery104.org.

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