Village of Elsah Museum
Annual Photography Exhibit
"Elsah: A Gem in our Midst"
April 5 - August 2, 2014


"The Long and Winding Road to the Past"
by Chad Montani
2013 Purchase Prize winner
by Karen King
2013 Village of Elsah Purchase Prize winner
“Elsah: A Gem in our Midst” is the theme of The Village of Elsah Museum’s 2014 Annual Photography Exhibit. The purpose of this annual exhibit is to celebrate and foster an appreciation of the beauty and unique qualities of Elsah and the immediate area in every season. Each year the Museum chooses a theme designed to bring out a different aspect of Elsah’s surroundings. This is the 14th annual exhibit and the twelfth year for which there are first place purchase prizes with Janice Nesser-Chu, a working photographer/artist and photography professor judging the work.

Last year the Village of Elsah purchase prize was awarded to Karen King of Mount Olive, Illinois for her work titled, “Perservance.” The judge stated that the photograph of the Methodist Church steeple illustrated the theme by focusing on an important building in the Village with particular meaning. The sky was dark and cloudy and the white steeple appeared to reach in that darkness and the focus was good.

The purchase prize was awarded to Chad Montani of Chesterfield, Missouri. The title of is his work is “The Long and Winding Road to the Past.” His image was a walkway on the Principia College campus that winds around the Green to the Chapel. The theme was expressed in both the aged limestone walled walk to the Chapel. The remarkable Chapel was partially hidden behind the trees. The digital image was printed mainly in gray scale, but a subtle addition of the green in the grass and foliage added to composition. The composition added meaning to the image. There were two parallel lines created by the steeple and a nearby tree. The steeple and tree were of the same color value emphasizing the parallel of nature, man and God.

The following photographers are also represented in last year's exhibits: Joan Vogel Baker, Bob Carter, Wade Cooke, Lillian Elliott, Amanda Hanna, Jarod Hodge, Jody Jedlicka, Karen King, Chad Montani, Yvonne Mossman, Tami Nasi, Carrie Lakin Rhodes, Lisa Rogers, Jeff Vaughn and Kate Watt. All the photographs are for sale and all proceeds are retained by the photographer
  The exhibit is held at The Village of Elsah Museum, 26 LaSalle Street, and is open to the public 1 pm to 4 pm, Fridays through Sundays. Visitors to the exhibit will also find other exhibits covering the varied architectural styles found throughout the town, Principia College, nearby New Piasa Chautauqua, and tools and other implements used by past residents.  

Financial Support for this exhibit has been provided by
Village of Elsah Burton Art Services

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