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A show for shutter bugs

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By The Staff

If you haven’t stopped to admire a few icy blue Columbines or watched a Praying Mantis creep across a bed of flowers, the opportunity to view these artistic snapshots is approaching.The Los Alamos Photography Club and the Mesa Public Library are hosting the 13th Annual Los Alamos Photography Show. An opening reception will be held from 5-7:30 p.m. Monday in the Mesa Public Library Art Gallery. The public is invited to come view more than 120 photographs taken by people who live or work in Los Alamos, and to meet the photographers. Door prizes will be awarded at the reception.Carol LaDelfe, president of the club, encourages people to attend the show. Our past shows have exhibited some really beautiful photos and I expect the same at this show,” LaDelfe said.She added the photography not only reveals the beauty in the world but the talent located in the Los Alamos community. LaDelfe said the photographers participating in the show enjoy the experience of taking pictures, and “we would like the community to enjoy what we have taken as well.”The show is not juried; the pieces in the exhibit were chosen by the photographers. LaDelfe said the pictures cover a wide range of places and topics.Visitors to the library can go upstairs and see the photos for the entire month of February. The show will run through March 1. This show is open to amateurs and professionals alike; there is no entry fee or judging. Many of the photos will be for sale and can be purchased after the show closes in March.Starbucks, Smith’s Food and Drug, Village Arts, Don Taylor Photography, Brownell’s Hallmark and Otowi Station Bookstore and Science Museum are sponsors of the show.These businesses have donated services to the photographers, door prizes, and/or money to the club, plus food and coffee for the reception. The Los Alamos Photography Club wishes to heartily thank them for their continued patronage.LaDelfe also thanks Doug Coombs, show coordinator, for his work.The photography club meets at 7 p.m. on the third Monday of every month at the Art Center at Fuller Lodge, upstairs in the painting studio. Programs include periodic visits by professional photographers and artists, how-to presentations, technology seminars, equipment sharing and photo viewing. The club owns a digital projector and members are encouraged to bring digital files of their photos to share with other members after the business meeting.Members are also members of the Fuller Lodge Art Center and therefore benefit from that association.For more information about the show or for detailed instructions on how to enter a photograph, visit the Los Alamos Photography Club’s web site, www.la-photoclub.org.