Local photographers show off works during Mudpuppy’s “Winter Photo Show”

 

Robert Wilson shows one of his photos that is hanging as part of the “Winter Photo Show” now on exhibit at the Mudpuppy Gallery.

Robert Wilson shows one of his photos that is hanging as part of the “Winter Photo Show” now on exhibit at the Mudpuppy Gallery.

By Ron Giofu

 

The Mudpuppy Gallery has once again allowed area photographers to show their work as the gallery’s “Winter Photo Show” is ongoing.

The show, which opened Jan. 8 and runs through Feb. 2, sees the work of nine contributors displayed on the front walls of the gallery.

“There’s a wide array of stuff,” said Mudpuppy volunteer Cheryl MacLellan during a small reception held Sunday afternoon.

Robert Wilson submitted photos for the first time to a show such as that with many of his photos having come from a trip to nine American cities in seven states that he took with wife Michelle from Oct. 29-Dec. 4.

“I took 3,000 pictures on the trip,” said Wilson. “I figured I might as well put some of them to use.”

The vacation took the Wilsons to various stops, many historic in nature, and Wilson said it was tough to choose which photo to take.

“There’s so much down there,” he said. “You can’t even grasp going in there with a camera. Where do you start?”

Michael Mastronardi said he has exhibited three or four times in the past. Mastronardi said he belongs to the Shooter’s Photography Club out of Ruthven and also exhibits at the Leamington Arts Centre. He said he enjoys exhibiting at the Mudpuppy Gallery.

“I like the little gallery here,” said Mastronardi. “It’s very friendly and quaint.”

Mastronardi added he has been taking pictures since he was in elementary school. When approached in the last few years about exhibiting his work, “I said ‘what the heck.’”

Bridget Dillabough, a volunteer at the Mudpuppy Gallery, added she has enjoyed taking pictures since she was a youth and likes to exhibit them.

“I enjoy putting my pieces out for everyone to see,” said Dillabough. “It feels like home here.”

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