First in slides, Snowy backyard by: Chris Wilson.
First in slides, Snowy backyard by: Chris Wilson.

The Wassenberg Camera Club met Thursday, Jan. 9, at the Wassenberg Art Center at 214 S. Washington Street “Happy Holidays 2013” was the competition theme in prints and slides that evening.

Nancy Gribler’s picture of the Van Wert Historical Society’s Museum on N. Washington St. was the clear print winner. There was a tie for second, however, and on the revote, Will Hawkins’ shot of the Presbyterian church’s manger scene was declared the winner. Chris Wilson’s slide of his snowy back yard won the slide category.

President Wilson then passed out sheets with possible competition themes taken from the questionnaire he’d distributed before the meeting and asked that each person mark six that they liked. A frequency count of the responses determined the following results: February: Night Photography, March: Winter Scenes, April: Humor, May: Moving Water, June: Flowers, July: Wild Life, August: Sports, September: Summer Scenes, October: Fall Scenes, and November: Special Effects.

After some discussion, it was decided that photographs not older than five years which had not previously won could be submitted in this year’s competitions.

Using the same method as was used to determine the competition themes, the following Instructional Programs were selected for the first part of the year: February: Special Effects, March: Colorizing Parts of Black and White Photos, April: Composition, May: Low Light Photography and June: Still Life Setups.

Eight of a possible 14 field trips were discussed, but no definite dates were set until more information could be gathered.

The club expressed appreciation to Karl and Nancy Gribler for the refreshments they provided and welcomed guests, former president Keith Mongold, Dennis Kitsemble of Van Wert, Clark Rasneor of St. Marys, and Wassenberg Art Center staff, Hope Wallace and Matt Temple.

The club’s next meeting will be at 7 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 13 at the Wassenberg Art Center. The photo competition will be “Night Photography” and the program will be on Special Effects. Anyone with an interest in photography is welcome to attend.

If you have any questions regarding our camera club, classes or programs or would like to sign up please call the Wassenberg Art Center at: (419) 238-6837, email: or register for classes online at: Hours during exhibits are: Tuesday through Sunday 1–5 p.m. The Wassenberg Art Center is located at 214 South Washington Street in Van Wert.