Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Spring Reading List & Featured Book

Spring 2011 Featured Book

Digging to America
by Anne Tyler

Spring 2011 Reading List

A Gate at the Stairs by Lorrie Moore
A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
All the King's Men by Robert Penn Warren
American Pastoral by Philip Roth
Behold the Fire by Steven D. Salinger
Close Range by Annie Proulx
Dead Run by Erica Spindler
Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Steig Larsson
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
Luka and the Fire of Life by Salman Rushdie
Mr Sammler's Planet by Saul Bellow
Old School by Tobias Wolff
Sag Harbor by Colson Whitehead
The Collected Stories by Richard Yates
The Help by Kathryn Stockett
The Mist by Carla Neggers
The Sheltering Sky by Paul Bowles
The Sweet Hereafter by Russell Banks
The Wilding by Benjamin Percy
Ya-Yas in Bloom by Rebecca Wells


Tuesday, March 1, 2011

March-April Art Gallery Exhibits Announced by Smyrna Library

Photo Art by Cobb Photographic Society on display through April.

The Cobb Photographic Society welcomes photographers of all skill and ability levels. The common bond among members is a desire to become better photographers. Whether your interest is mainly in capturing memories, sharing pictures with friends or family, or becoming a semi-professional or professional photographer, the club offers many ways for members to enhance their skills.

Workshops and Tutorials. The club offers member-led tutorials and workshops. Recent topics have included how to shoot flowers and panoramas, and tutorials on Photoshop CS5, Photoshop Elements 8 and Lightroom3.

Monthly Speakers. On the third Monday of each month the club hosts a speaker on a photographic topic. In the past year topics have included architectural photography, natural light portraiture, pet photography, and planning a photographic trip.

Competitions. On the first Monday of each month there is a themed competition in which an outside judge evaluates and critiques the images entered in the competition. Even if one does not enter the competition, hearing the judge evaluate and critique images makes it a valuable learning experience.

Field Trips. The club sponsors a number of field trips throughout the year. Many are one day, local trips to places like Providence Canyon, Arabia Mountain, Oakland Cemetery, and the Booth Museum. The club also sponsors one major trip each year. In the past two years members have gone to Yellowstone and Acadia National Park. Regardless of whether it is a one day local trip or a 10 day trip to a place like Yellowstone, shooting side by side with friends from the club and sharing results is an excellent way to learn.

The club meets from 7pm to 9pm on the first and third Monday of each month at the Marietta Enrichment Center

American Business Center, Building 700, Suite 702
1395 South Marietta Parkway
Marietta, GA 30067

The club's website--www.cobbphotosociety.com--provides up-to-date information on club activities and events. Hope to see you at our next meeting.

March-April Display Gallery Exhibits Announced by Smyrna Library

Vintage Images from 1880 to 1925 by Cicero C. Simmons on display through April.

Exhibit Overview:

About these photographs: These photographs were created by Cicero C. Simmons (1857-1939) who specialized in documenting special events and portraying rural life. He created wonderful images spanning from 1880-1925. He had a special gift for composition, use of lighting, and capturing the moment, which made his images a treasure from the past.

About these prints: These prints are a unique, high-quality enlargement made from the original glass plate negatives which have been cleaned and restored to their original condition. The negative produces an image with extraordinary sharpness, detail, and beauty. Glass plate negatives are very rare. Few have survived. Most are lost to the ravages of time. Each print is a continuous tone image on archive art paper, designed to provide a lifetime of enjoyment. Each print is signed by the restorer, Richard Stone, and the date of the picture, i.e., Circa 1885, as well as the title. Both are handwritten in pencil.

Vintage Images prints can be purchased from retrocollection.stores.yahoo.net/ . 11x14 prints are $35 plus shipping and 13X19 prints are $45 plus shipping You can contact Retro Collection at 770-435-4351 or at retrocollection@bellsouth.net