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October 3, 2013

Camera club members to display favorites

JOHNSTOWN — A local camera club will bring what they have viewed to the public.

“Through the Lens,” photographs by members of Greater Johnstown Camera Club, will be on display Monday through Oct. 26 at Community Arts Center of Cambria County, 1217 Menoher Blvd., Westmont.

An opening reception will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Monday.

Bryan Smith of Westmont, the club’s vice president, said the annual exhibit for members only will be special this year because the camera club is celebrating its 75th anniversary.

The club was founded in 1938 by John Hesselbein, and its first exhibit, with 100 entries, was held in 1940 at what was then Franklin Street Methodist Church.

Current members will celebrate the club’s long history Nov. 8 at a dinner in the banquet room of Asiago’s at the Inclined Plane.

Tickets are $30.

Smith anticipates filling the first floor gallery for this year’s show.

“There will be macros, still life, landscapes and travel photos,” Smith said. “It’s the artist’s choice what to enter, whatever catches their eye. There will be both color and black and white, and pictures from all over – local, across the country and international.”

A tag under each photograph will have the artist’s name, title of the photo if available and whether the piece is for sale.

Each member may submit up to 10 photos, but that many are not usually received.

Smith said club members have a nice time together and have been active since joining Greater Johnstown Cambria County Convention & Visitors Bureau.

“We covered Thunder in the Valley for them with 18 photographers,” Smith said. “We took 3,500 pictures. We want to try to get more active. We did a chamber mixer with the Tomahawks and work with Good Guides for disadvantaged kids.”

The club meets at the arts center the first Wednesday of every month, except July and August.

Even through there are close to 80 members, the club is always open to more.

“You can show up and see if you like it, and if it’s a good fit for you,” Smith said. “We have professional and amateur photographers from all walks of life, some retired, some professional people. I think our youngest member is 15. We’re united by our interest in photography.”

Annual exhibit

What: “Through the Lens,” photographs by Greater Johnstown Camera Club.

When: Monday through Oct. 26.

Where: Community Arts Center of Cambria County, 1217 Menoher Blvd., Westmont.

Information: 255-6515 or

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