The 10th NAPƒS meeting of 2018 will be held Thursday, October 4th starting at 7PM.
The meeting location is United Christian Church at 3500 West Parmer Lane, Austin, TX. 78727 – MAP
7:00-7:15PM Meet & Greet, Member Print Exhibition
7:15-7:30PM Open meeting, Member Print Exhibition Q&A
7:30-9:00PM Competition, Presentation
Member Print Exhibition
During the Meet & Greet, Brian Nixon will exhibit a selection of his printed photographs. Once the meeting starts, Brian will speak for a few minutes about his work and answer questions.
Submission Deadline: Midnight, Saturday, September 29, 2018
October’s competition is open themed and will be judged by our speaker for the evening, Lesley Nowlin Blessing.
Submissions are divided into two classes and each club member is free to choose which class to enter. For more info, read this post about classes.
The monthly NAPƒS digital competition is meant to be fun, inspirational, and educational. The judging and associated critiques are positive, supportive, and a useful learning tool.
A reminder – you must join NAPƒS to take part in 2018 competitions. The cost of membership is only $24 and your annual contribution is used 100% in support of club operations and activities.
Speaker -Lesley Nowlin Blessing
Lesley Nowlin Blessing will give a brief history of her photographic journey, explain her work with platinum/vellum prints, share how she discovered this method, and talk about how her work tells her vision. Lesley will display samples of her printed work, as well.
About Lesley Nowlin Blessing
Lesley enjoys the entire process of photography, from discovering her idea, setting it up, shooting, editing, making the art that will be printed, printing, and finally framing.
Her passion for photography began in adolescence and evolved into a career that encompasses documentary photography, curatorial experience, and now fine art photography.
Lesley received a BFA in Photography from the Hartford Art School at the University of Hartford in 2000. After leaving Connecticut, her passion for the vivid and authentic documentation of her subjects led her around the world, but primarily to Latin America.
Her love of photography also encompasses a love for the community of artists and the process of sharing work. In the spring of 2009, Lesley opened her own photography gallery in Austin, TX. As one of the few photography galleries in Austin, L. Nowlin Gallery housed a wide array of genres, focusing on black and white, fine art, documentary and alternative process. After two dynamic years, she made the decision to close the gallery in order to retrain her eye and energy back to the art and process of photography that captured her love and attention as a teenager.
After years of focusing on the techniques of documentary photography, Lesley is now focusing her work on the fine-art print. Inspired by artists of all mediums, she takes particular interest in the work of painters such as John William Waterhouse, Gustav Klimt, and Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio. Their content, the chiaroscuro, the feminine influence, and the highly real yet ethereal subject matter all resonate with the layered and multi-dimensional approach she takes when constructing a piece of art. Echoes of this can be seen in her process from the initial direction of subjects to the manual execution and manipulation of the photograph, using alternative mediums such as platinum and palladium to strike a more conceptual tone while delivering a powerful image steeped in narrative.
Lesley hopes to create work that will draw in the viewer, creating beautiful pieces of art for people to hang on their walls and enjoy every day.