ROCKINGHAM — Arts Richmond opened its doors Tuesday to welcome the public as it hosted the open-house viewing of the Richmond County Photography Group’s seventh annual photo exhibit.
Although the weather was not ideal, it didn’t stop many from coming out to view the artwork of local photographers. More than 12 photographers attended the open house as they mingled with attendees and answered questions regarding their photos.
“I enjoy learning from everyone,” photographer Ann DePrizio said about the group meetings.” The experiences they share help me.”
DePrizio has been a member of RCPG for four years.
Arts Richmond President and local photographer Jimmy McDonald coordinates as well as leads the RCPG. The group began back in 2012 and meets monthly from 6-7:30 p.m. every third Tuesday night.
“This year’s exhibit required additional frames and to me that was a confirmation that we had good participation this past year,” McDonald said. “It’s a sign of the need for our group.”
He went on to say how he enjoyed seeing the diversity in each assignment’s interpretation as well as getting to know each attendee.
“The open discussions make good social as well as learning experiences,” said McDonald.
There is also someone special who has been working with Arts Richmond for 11 years and is a major behind-the-scenes part of the annual photography exhibit.
For seven of those years, Sue Roth has been prepping two months prior to get ready for the exhibit. Her prepping includes matching the photographer with the correct photo, labeling and framing, hanging, and grouping photos in the correct assignment display. “I enjoy looking at the pictures which show each person’s different idea on the assignment,” said Roth.
The exhibit will be open for the public viewing for around six weeks, then Roth will take it all down and arrange each photo in a yearly album to display for the public to view. All seven years of photos are in albums and on display.
For more information on RCPG, visit its Facebook page, Richmond County Photography Group, or call Arts Richmond at 910-997-6008.