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CONTRIBUTED PHOTO John Templeton’s award-winning photograph Running from the Cowboys is featured as part of the Library Gallery’s June exhibit.

Contra Costa Camera Club Showing at the Orinda Library Gallery

By ELANA O’LOSKEY

Staff Writer

The Lamorinda Arts Council is proud to present the work of members of the Contra Costa Camera Club (CCCC) of Pleasant Hill during the month of June at the Art Gallery in the Orinda Library. Join them on Sunday, June 3, from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. for their artist reception where light refreshments will be served. Look forward to music provided by The Fretful String Band made up of Mike Reed, bass; Stephen Busch, guitar and vocals and Pete LeBoy, lead singer and guitarist. They specialize in blues, country, Americana and original musical genres.

The CCCC is now 70 years in existence and 84 members strong. They meet at 7:15 p.m. on the first, third and last Thursdays of each month upstairs at the Winslow Center, 2590 Pleasant Hill Road, Pleasant Hill. Visitors are always welcome. More information can be found on their website, www.contracostacameraclub.org.

The entire gallery will be filled with members’ photographs of all types – nature, landscapes, portraiture, photo journalism, architecture, composites and unreal compositions with Photoshop or similar apps. Members showing work include Stephen Busch and Jane Postiglione of Clayton, Joe Hearst of Danville, Eileen Johnson of Walnut Creek, Gene Molander of Concord, Anita Rama of Lafayette, Helen and Rodney Sweet of Lafayette, John Templeton of Concord and Jamie Wasson of Pleasant Hill.

Stephen Busch, creative and nature chairperson for the group, says, “The nature of photography is to freeze a moment in time. As a club, we tend to be generalists – we try a little bit of everything.” About 50 images await your viewing pleasure in the show. “Approximately one third of our members make photo prints; the others are fine with projected images,” says Busch. He hopes viewers feel and learn something from the photographs on view and perhaps decide to use a camera themselves.

Look for John Templeton’s Running from the Cowboy, a photograph on metal which won Best in Show at the 2017 Alameda County Fair. The dust the horses kick up swirls around the cowboy’s lasso, whirling over his head. Jane Postiglione seems to have caught her fuzzy subject, Sea Otter Portrait, Moss Landing, California, in the middle of an aria – can you hear its song?

Regarding the value of art to the community, Postiglione says, “Hopefully, art inspires and educates people. Maybe it will move someone in a way that helps that person’s personal life or contributes inspiration to the community at large.”

Visit the gallery at 26 Orinda Way during normal library hours – Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Sunday, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Call 925-254-2184 for more information or visit http://ccclib.org/.

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