Members of the Redlands Camera Club are exhibiting award-winning photographs in the Gathering Area Gallery of the Redlands First United Methodist Church, now through Nov. 22.
A reception will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 13, when the artists will be present to discuss their work. Refreshments will be served.
The Redlands Camera Club, founded in 1896, is believed to be the oldest organization of enthusiast photographers west of the Mississippi River. Its members come from a wide area of San Bernardino and Riverside counties. The photographs on exhibit display a wide range of subject matter and photographic techniques, from traditional to cutting-edge. More can be learned at the group’s website, www.redlandscameraclub.com.
A special display in the gallery honors the memory of longtime Redlands Camera Club member Art Miller, who died in 2004 at the age of 98. Active for decades in photographic circles ranging from local to international, Miller joined the club in the 1940s and served in many capacities, including president.
He was instrumental in founding the Wind and Sun Council of Camera Clubs and served as its first president. That group would eventually include 30 camera clubs in Southern California and Arizona. Miller became well known for his photography of local events, many of which appeared over the years in the region’s newspapers.
For 17 years, Miller also taught classes in photography for the Redlands Unified School District and was frequently seen photographing district school events. He was active in many Redlands-area organizations, including the First United Methodist Church and the Fortnightly Club. Members of the Miller family will attend the Oct. 13 reception and will participate in a brief ceremony opening the exhibit.
The photographic artists whose works are hung in the gallery include Redlands Camera Club members Beverly Brett, Russ Trozera, Jim Hendon, Dennis Taylor, Judith Sparhawk, Deborah Seibly, Frank Peele, Rick Strobaugh and Debra Dorothy.
The church is located at the corner of Olive Avenue and Cajon Street in downtown Redlands. In addition to the reception, the public is invited to visit the exhibit from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Sundays. Arrangements may also be made by calling the church office at (909) 793-2118 to view the exhibit from 9 a.m. to noon and from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Only morning hours will be available on Fridays.