Village of Elsah Museum
Annual Photography Exhibit
"Elsah: A Hidden Surprise"
April 11 - August 2, 2015


"Dogwood Thicket"
by Jeffrey Vaughn
2015 Purchase Prize winner
  "Stone Cottage"
by Christine Samoore
2015 Village of Elsah Purchase Prize winner
“Elsah: A Hidden Surprise” is the theme of The Village of Elsah Museum’s 2015 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 15th annual exhibit and the thirteenth year for which there are first place purchase prizes.

In order to encourage an appreciation of the beauty of the entire area within and in the immediate area of the corporate limits of the Village, two first-place purchase prizes were offered based on location. The judge was Janice Nesser-Chu, a working artist and professor at St. Louis Community College at Florissant Valley. The Village of Elsah and the Green Tree Inn contributed the purchase prize for the photograph of a place in the valley area and donated the second purchase prize for a photograph taken in the surrounding area. 

Comments on the 2015 Show
The Village of Elsah purchase prize was awarded to Christine Samoore of Springfield, Illinois for her work titled, “Stone Cottage.” The work was a digitally taken of the 1894 Gate Lodge and entrance to the Notch Cliff estate. In the foreground, yellow wild flowers lead the viewer up to the bridge and the line of the bridge directs the viewer to the cottage. The judge stated that the work best expressed the theme, purpose of the exhibit and compositional quality. Surprise is an element of the composition since it is a seldom seen view of Gate Lodge from the creek especially with the foreground composition of flowers.

The purchase prize was awarded to Jeffrey Vaughn of Alton, Illinois. The title of his work is “Dogwood Thicket.” The image was captured on film with a medium format camera. The photograph, an 8 X 8 inch edition, is a digital chromogenic print of dogwoods in bloom. The image is framed by trees that lead you to the blooming dogwood. The light in the back leads the viewer further into the natural colors of the forest scene. The overall natural tone is warm. The square format of the image provides further emphasis of the entry into the image and framing of the dogwoods. The photograph captures the surprise one feels at first site of the dogwood flowering during spring.

In this exhibit the following photographers are represented: Joan Baker, Gretchen Batz, Jennifer Boswell, Rebecca Dupont, Richard Dupont, Amanda Hanna, Jody Jedlicka, Karen King, Shirley Koehhing, Tami Nasi, Bonnie Noeninger, Jim Noeninger, Carolyn Schlueter, Josh Simpson and Jeff Vaughn. Participants are from the local metro area as well as Springfield and Centralia, Illinois.

  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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