Village of Elsah Museum
Annual Photography Exhibit
"Joy and Discovery in Elsah"
April 6 - August 4, 2019
"On the Other Side"
by Marty McKay of Alton, Illinois
2018 Purchase Prize winner
  "Home Sweet Home"
by Erxleben of Salem, Illinois
2018 Village of Elsah Purchase Prize winner

“Joy and Discovery in Elsah” is the theme of The Village of Elsah Museum’s 2018 Annual Photography Exhibit. The purpose of this annual exhibit is to celebrate and foster an appreciation of the beauty and unique qualities of Elsah and the immediate area in every season. Each year the Museum chooses a theme designed to bring out a different aspect of Elsah’s surroundings.

In order to encourage an appreciation of the beauty of the entire area within and in the immediate area of the corporate limits of the Village, two first-place purchase prizes were offered based on location. The Village of Elsah and the Green Tree Inn contributed to a purchase prize for the photograph of a place in the valley area and donated a second purchase prize for a photograph taken in the surrounding area. Working artist and gallery owner Erica Popp judged the exhibit. Popp formerly taught photography at St. Louis Community College at Florissant Valley. 

Comments about the 2018 Show
The Village of Elsah purchase prize was awarded to Robert Erxleben of Salem, Illinois for his work titled, “Home Sweet Home.” The work is a digital image, 13 X 13 inch print, framed and matted to 18 X 18 inches.The photo was shot on an over-cast day, thereby eliminating shadows and any over exposure on the white siding and trim. Camera: Nikon D850, setting were f/8.0, 1/40 sec, ISO 400Lens: Nikon 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6 set at 42mm with Post-processing with Photoshop CCof the 1881 Mott House. The judge said that the composition was excellent and the muted colors showed off the blue door and red roof. The image has such a charming feel that characterizes an Elsah home right now, but is still a celebration of the past. The square print size provides a contemporary touch.

The purchase prize was awarded to Marty McKay of Alton, Illinois. The title of her work is “On the Other Side.” The digital image wasprinted 8 x 10 in a 11 x 14 frame. The photo was printed on metallic paper at CCL Imaging in Black Jack, MO. Camera was a Nikon D750 with a Nikon 28-300 lens used on a sunny Saturday morning in early March. The judge said that the composition is beautiful, slightly off center and a nice celebration of the architecture of Bernard Maybeck. The light and the reflections in glass of the door provide a mystery about the interior and extra dimension to the door on either side of the hall. Maybeck designed his architecture as an integral part of the student’s education. So, the interior light inside the hall hints at his expectation regarding the intellectual light of those dwelling in his buildings. The print has good color and is well printed.

There were threespecial recognition awards: Marietta Massalone for “Door through Doors” and Jim Noeningerfor “Transportation Awaits,” and Christine Samoore for “Two Birds.” The photograph, “Door through Doors” is recognized for its composition and quality of the print. “Transportation Awaits” is recognized for its beauty in the use of color. “Two Birds” is recognized for its joyful depiction of two birds, using good use of shallow depth of field, and being well composed.

The following photographers are represented in the exhibit:Joan Baker, Linda Davis Swink, Beth Duncan, Robert Erxleben, Gayle Erxleben, Karen King, Shirley Koelling, Jeralyn Lewitz, Marietta Massalone, Marty McKay, Joe Niederhofer, Bonnie Noeninger, Jim Noeninger, Rosa Renner, Jason Roberts, Christine Samoore, Jeffrey Vaughn, Suzy Vogel, ReytonWatsek, and Ray Watsek

  The exhibit is held at The Village of Elsah Museum, 26 LaSalle Street, and is open to the public 1 pm to 4 pm, Fridays through Sundays. Visitors to the exhibit will also find other exhibits covering the varied architectural styles found throughout the town, Principia College, nearby New Piasa Chautauqua, and tools and other implements used by past residents.  

Financial Support for this exhibit has been provided by
Village of Elsah Burton Art Services
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