SSAA photo exhibit Click opens

PUBLISHED IN THE CHICAGO TRIBUNE OCTOBER 28, 2015

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Check out the spread of photography at Click, one of the Southern Shore Art Association Gallery’s most popular annual shows, from Nov. 6-29.

From 5-8 p.m. Nov. 6, the Southern Shore Art Association will hold an opening night reception that coincides with the First Friday festivities in the Uptown Arts District in Michigan City.

Rhonda Mullen, member of the Southern Shore Art Association and participant in the Click show, said she is very excited about the event.

“I just love seeing people’s reactions to my photos. It just makes me happy to see a smile or a tear from guests and to know that I affected them,” she said.

Visitors can expect to see a large array of original photography with only minor corrections. Digital art and highly manipulated images will not be shown.

The photography will cover many subjects — including nature, architecture and animals.

The Southern Shore Art Association has had an “overwhelming response” from participants submitting to be a part of this show.

“I posted on a lot of social media sites about the exhibit and got an overwhelming response. I was so impressed that so many people wanted to join the show. It’s been popular for people to attend, but this is the first year that we opened it up for nonmembers to participate, and we got new members from it. We have close to 25 participating artists; we usually only have seven or eight,” said Mullen.

The annual Click photography show grew out of a small group of people who had an interest in photography that were a part of the Southern Shore Art Association.

“We used to have a photography club at Southern Shore Art Association. We asked to have a month that we could show in, and out came this wonderful annual exhibit,” said Mullen.

Click and other monthly exhibits at the Southern Shore Art Association Gallery bring art and perspective to the community of Northwest Indiana.

“It brings together a group of people who don’t know each other and brings everyone’s different perspective, and some people don’t take the time to stop and look, but a photograph makes you stop and look,” said Mullen.

The First Friday reception for Click will offer wine and hors d’oeuvres and is free to the public. There will be a photographer present to take portraits of guests that the Southern Shore Art Association Gallery intends on turning into a book of images.

Beth Casey is a freelance reporter for the Post-Tribune.

Click, an annual photography exhibition

Where: Southern Shore Art Association Gallery, 724 Franklin, Michigan City

When: Nov. 6-29

Cost: Free admission

Info: southernshoreartassociation.com

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