EXHIBIT Closed on September 2nd 2018

Juror: Wendi Schneider

 Milkweed II  © Deb Ehrens

Much as we might try to deny it, the essence of existence is change. Photography from the beginning has often been called a means of stopping time, a way of preserving a fleeting glimpse of existence in material form. Whether the photographic representation of a temporal moment is a rendering of reality is another question - one that's become a topic of considerable controversy now that it's possible to alter a photo to present an "unreal reality". But for the purposes of this exhibition we're looked for images depicting or representing a specific instant

Exhibit Calendar (Subject to Change)
Exhibit Opens:25 July 18
Artists' Reception:11 August 18 16:00
Exhibit Closes:2 September 18
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For Metamorphosis we invited submission of photographs that address the transient, the ephemeral, and the transition from one stage of being to another.  Sometimes it's possible to illustrate two states of existence in the same image,. In most cases, however, change or transition can be represented by a single image: think of photos of a Bar Mitzvah, the birth of a child, the demolition of an iconic building, the erosion of a hillside and its converse, the volcanic eruption. or the poignant little life and death dramas that take place in our yards and gardens every day. It's also quite possible to suggest change and transition less literally, through the abstract or surreal image, and we encouraged entrants to explore those possibilities as well.


Juror's Statement:

I’m honored to have had the opportunity to jury the Metamorphosis exhibit and was delighted to see the thoughtful submissions. 
“Milkweed II” , by Deb Ehrens, was awarded Juror’s Choice. This stunning, evocative image is well-composed and lit, exquisitely and appropriately vibrant, and a technically and emotionally sound representation of the theme - it jumped out at me immediately, not only for its beauty, but also because it so wonderfully illustrates the metamorphosis of the plant and the passage of time.
I awarded Honorable Mention to “Selfportrait as Bather of Valpincon” by Rheana Gardner for its fascinating, contemporary, successful take on one of Ingres’ most famous paintings. 
I’m grateful to each of the artists who entered the call, as I know you have many opportunities from which to choose. Most of the images could be interpreted to fit the theme, which made my task both easier and more difficult. The chosen images had to be strong thematically, technically and conceptually. Some of the images that moved me were excluded as they didn’t fit with the entirety of the exhibit, or they were simply too similar in subject or treatment to others. Jurying is a ultimately a subjective process. Our task is to make a cohesive whole from disparate parts, to find the threads that pull them together and yet also celebrate the diversity of vision and craft. I hope you will not be discouraged if your work did not make the cut this time, and continue to hone your vision and make work that speaks to your soul and your own personal metamorphosis. http://www.wendischneider.com/                                                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                            Wendi Schneider  Denver CO, June 2018

Milkweed II
Juror's Choice

Deb Ehrens
South Dartmouth, MA USA
Self-portrait as Bather of Valpincon
Honorable Mention

Rheana Gardner
Disrupted Chaos
People's Choice

Rebecca Womble Carpenter
Morgantown, PA USA

Leaves Turn

Alexandria Donovan
Westport, Connecticut USA
Artifact III

Allison Roberts
Madison, WI USA
Reflection, scene #01

Andreas Kuehn
East Sandwich, MA USA

In the mist

Anna Pepe
Leeds, West Yorkshire United Kingdom

Barbara Curcio
West Islip, New York USA
Ice Diamond Blue Wall

Barrack Evans
Dorset, VT USA

Creekside 2011, 2016

Benjamin Dimmitt
Fairview, NC USA

Boba Fett
Remulak, Space France

Candice Inc
Chicago, Illinois USA

The Peony's Party

Carol Wontkowski
Attleboro, MA USA
Both Sides Now

Catherine Fairchild
Houston, Texas USA
Ophelia, after

Cynthia August
Ipswich, MA USA

Nature Moves In

Dascha Esselius
Stockholm, Sweden

Debra Van Swearingen
Norman, Oklahoma USA
Dust Bowl Blues

Debra Van Swearingen
Norman, Oklahoma USA

Looking Out

natural transformation

Evelin Juen
Imst, Tirol austria
Acrylic Reaction 4

Jana Styblova
Portland, Oregon United States

The Passage

Jennifer Glassman
Bell Canyon, CA USA
In The Stars

Jenny Helbraun Abramson
Sebastopol, CA United States

Joel Plotch
New York, New York USA

Sea Into Sky

Julie O'Connor
Weston, CT USA

Kanat Akar
Baltimore, Maryland United States
One Night I Dreamed...Creation

Karla Bernstein
Newtown, CT United States

One Night I Dreamed...Escape

Karla Bernstein
Newtown, CT United States

Kathryn Reichert
Fairbanks, Alaska USA

Kathryn Sarken
Watertown, MA USA

A Winter Sequence, 12

Lawrence Russ
Southport, CT USA

Leslie Jean-Bart
New York, NY USA
The twins

Maria Åkerblom
Järvsö, Sweden

Singapore in Transition

Mark Melnick
Palm Desert, CA USA

Mark Sadan
Burlington, VT USA

Matt LaPierre
Gorham, Maine USA


Meredith Howe Jones
Shelburne, VT United States
The Ramp to the Salish Sea

Michael Elenko
Vashon Island, WA USA
Changing of the Guard

Mildred Alpern
New York, New York USA


Nadide Goksun
Scarsdale, New York United States
Peal of Wall

Philip DUTCH Bagley
ELKINS PARK, PA United States
Queen Anne's Lace - Daucus carota

Philip Hopper
Brooklyn, NY United States


Rheana Gardner

Rich Vogel
Andover, MA USA

Richard K. Kent
Lancaster, Pennsylvania USA

Offering House, Hengyang China

Robert Gilbert
Edinburg, TX USA
Shade Dancer

Robert S Johnson
Wounded butterfly, Series "Big bang in my hand"

Sandrine Aim
LONDON, london England

Palace under the Sea

Sangmin Yoon
Uijeongbu-si, Gyenggi-do South Korea
Exploration of A Barren Land, Iceland, 2017

Stephanie Paine
Lafayette, LA United States

Steven McBride
Weaverville, NC United States


Susanna Patras
Reno, NV USA
Self Portrait

Taylor Mathues
Lebanon, NJ USA
Ice Moon, from the series, Floating Blue

Thomas Pickarski
New York, New York USA

Boulder in the Woods

Tom duffy
bloomington, in USA