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Call for Images

Open and Student Open Spring Show

Deadline is Friday, March 29, 2019

We are now accepting submission for the Spring Open/Student Open Submission Show. Every print or digital entry will be entered into a drawing for a Canon Printer! 

You'll also have a chance to win ribbons and other prizes for best of show and for student categories: Best college, high school, middle school, and elementary school as well as best from the school. Student entries are FREE and Open show submissions are only $25.00 for three print entries or only $5.00 for two digital file entries! 

You can drop off your prints and or files on a thumb drive at the gallery or one of our sponsors. You can increase your odds of winning by buying extra sweepstakes tickets. Enter Today, time is running out. 

Deadline is Friday March 29, 2019. You can drop off prints at the gallery 11 AM - 2 PM Tuesday - Friday or at one of our sponsors.

March Show
Step by Step
Photographs by Stephen Petegorsky
The March exhibit opened on Friday March 1 at 6 - 8 PM with a meet the artist reception. You can see the show until March 28. Don't forget to drop off your prints for the Spring Open/Student Open Shows.

Since 1998, Stephen Petegorsky has been documenting the work of the Polus Center for Social and Economic Development, a small human services agency that seeks to improve the lives of victims of conflict and people with disabilities. He has traveled with them to Nicaragua, Honduras, Peru, Colombia, Ethiopia, Jordan, Tajikistan, and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Their efforts have led to the creation of prosthetics clinics, a leadership institute for people with disabilities, a fund to assist landmine victims in coffee-growing countries, and a rehabilitation center serving Syrian refugees

The aim of this ongoing body of photographic work is not simply to show the horror or sadness of limb loss and disability, but rather to create a compassionate view of people who have suffered, and to depict the efforts being made to help them lead better lives. 

People with disabilities in poor countries are typically at a severe disadvantage regarding employment, mobility, and access to their community. Losing a limb often means losing the ability to earn a living, to get an education, or to acquire new job skills. Thus the possibility of receiving a prosthetic limb, a wheelchair, or other forms of assistance is of life-changing significance to individuals, their families, and their communities. It can determine whether someone can rebuild his or her life and be self-reliant, or if they will instead remain dependent and indigent.

Volunteers Docents Needed
The Valley Photo Center needs volunteer docents to open and close the gallery Monday through Friday from 11 AM until 2 PM. We especially need volunteers so we can open the gallery on Mondays again. Volunteers can enter photographs in our open submission shows for free and get free parking in the Tower Square garage. If you can work as little as a couple hours a day a few days a month please email or call D. John McCarthy at 413-455-5658. 

 Support the Valley Photo Center

We are a 501(c)3 - All Donations are Taxt Exemptible.  Please donate to help his provide free exhibits and programs. Are board and staff are all volunteers and all of your donations will go to support the Valley Photo Center. Just click on the contribute button below to donate or join.

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