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RPS Newsletter - March 2013

posted Feb 27, 2013, 9:35 AM by League of Reston Artists Webmaster   [ updated Feb 27, 2013, 9:38 AM ]

Reston Photographic Society

Newsletter – March 2013


Call to Members


Are you a member who has started your own photography business?  Are you one who specializes in portraits, macro, HDR, etc?  Do you have knowledge in webpage design?  We are looking for members who are willing to serve as mentors to other members.   If you are willing to serve as a mentor to address questions and provide guidance to members on a specific topic please let us know.  You can send your information to RestonPhotoNews@gmail.com.


Club News

With spring quickly approaching so does more and more photo opportunities.  Some places that may be of interest for those with Spring Fever:


Butterflies and Plants

Smithsonian Museum of Natural History

Daily  10:15-5pm

Tickets:  $6.00

For more information:  www.butterflies.si.edu


Spring Forward

Brookside Gardens Conservatory

1800 Glennallen Ave

Wheaton, MD

Exhibit is open January 19 – April 14

For more information:  www.brooksidegardens.org


National Cherry Blossom Festival

March 20 – April 14

DC Foto Week will be posting the 2013 Cherry Blossom/Spirit of DC Contest very soon.  For more information:  www.fotoweek.org


Be on the lookout Virginia Bluebells.  Last year they were in bloom late March.  Riverbend Park, Great Falls is a nice spot to see them.


Anyone who would like share photo locations and interests for the next newsletter, please send the information to RestonPhotoNews@gmail.com


Current and Upcoming RPS Exhibits

Paint and Flash – Parkridge 5

This is a joint exhibition currently on display at 10780 Parkridge Blvd., Reston, VA  20191.  It can be viewed Monday – Friday 9a – 5p.  The following members received recognition for their photography:


Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce

1763 Fountain Drive, Reston, VA

Photographs will be on display from February – April and can be viewed during office hours.

Parkridge 5 – April 2013 (Theme TBD)

Parkridge 5 – June 2013 (Theme TBD)

USGS – July 2013 (Theme TBD)

Parkridge 5 – August 2013 (Theme TBD)

Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce – August 2013 (No Theme)

Parkridge 5 – October 2013 (Theme TBD)

RPS Photo Art Show, Lake Anne, October 2013 (Theme TBD)

Nature Vision Expo– November 2013 (Juried Show)


Framing for Exhibit and Competition:

Many exhibits and competitions have specific matting and framing requirements.  It is important, whether it be an LRA event or another, to know the framing requirements before submitting your work.  Some recent, area competitions have specific requirements to include metal frames, white mats, and specific sizes.   Not following framing requirements is a quick way to prevent your image from being shown in an exhibit. 


Things to consider when framing your photography:

-         Most photography competition judges prefer images be shown with a single white mat and simple black frame.  Your image should be the center of attention, not an elaborate frame or decorative mat.

-         Wall Frames should be used when framing for exhibits.  Tabletop frames, or frames with a display back are not suitable for exhibits.   The display arm extends behind the frame and the image will not lay flat on the wall

-         “D hooks” and wire for hanging.  Framed pieces need to have “d hooks” and wire to be hung in a show.  The “D hooks” and wire should be placed a quarter to one third of the way down on the top portion of the frame.  The wire should be somewhat tight and not extend beyond the frame when hung.  If your frame has preinstalled “D hooks” make sure they are secure and strong enough to hold your art as they can break.  Stronger “D hooks” are available at any location that sells framing supplies.

-         To sign or not to sign.  Most contests and some juried shows advise the entrant not to sign their work prior to it being judged.  There are judges who will not consider an image that is signed.  If you are displaying your work in a solo or group exhibit that is not a judged event, signatures are acceptable.

-         Size limitations.  The size of an image for a show is the size after the image is matted and framed.  Matting and framing and image can add several inches to the final size.  When submitting work to exhibits and contests, be sure the final size of the image meets the exhibit’s size requirements. 

-         Other framing techniques.  Canvas prints are becoming quite popular.  Unless otherwise noted, these images are permitted in exhibits.  When submitting a canvas print, the print will still need “d hooks” and wire for hanging.


Member News      

The member news section is for current members to provide information about their photography that may be showing in exhibits outside of the RPS Group Exhibits.  It will also include information concerning published images and awards received by members.    If you have any information you would like to contribute, please email –RestonPhotoNews@gmail.com

If you will be displaying your work in any of the area shows not sponsored by LRA, please let us know so we can let others know of your success and where your work can be seen.  We hope to hear from several members that their work was juried into the Joseph Miller Abstract Exhibit and the Art Space Herndon show.  



Workshops, contests and events not sponsored by RPS.


Art Space Herndon – 2013 Fine Art Photography Exhibit

Deadline for entries is March 8, 2013.  (Juried Show)

For more information, please visit www.artspaceherndon.com.  Information about the exhibit can be found under the “call for art”.

Art Space Herndon – 3rd Annual Herndon Town Calendar Photo Competition.

Deadline for entries is June 17, 2013

For more information, please visit www.artspaceherndon.com

Information about the contest can be found under the “call for art”.


Photo Essay 2013

Northern Bethesda Camera Club (NBCC) has invited RPS members to attend their annual photo essay show.

Date:  Sunday, March 10.

Time: 3-5

Location:  Rosborough Center Auditorium, Asbury Methodist Village, Gaithersburg, MD.


For more information please visit http://nbccmd.org



Area photographers and photography groups offering workshops that may be of interest



-Several workshops available throughout the year. 



-Latest newsletter http://www.firstlighttours.com/feb_13.html.



-A recent judge in one of our competitions has posted his 2013 schedule.  Spring workshops are filling fast.



-2013 workshops are posted. 



-2013 workshops are posted.



-2013 workshops are posted.



Club Classified

This section will be used for current members to list photographic/ framing equipment they would like to buy, sell or trade.  Send your listing to RestonPhotoNews@gmail.com



This section will be used to provide contact information for companies that members have used for photo equipment, printing and framing supplies.  If you have found a company that provides a service that may be beneficial to our members, please let us know so we can add it to this section. 


Framing and Matting Supplies



1250 I (“Eye”) Street NW

Washington, DC  20005

Website:  www.utrechtart.com


This large art supply store has a large number of ready to go metal frames with mats in several sizes.  These are great frames for exhibits and competitions.


Contact Information



If you would like to become a member of the Reston Photographic Society, please visit our website at:  www.leagueofrestonartists.com. 



To contribute information to be in the next newsletter, please email RestonPhotoNews@gmail.com

League of Reston Artists Webmaster,
Feb 27, 2013, 9:35 AM