Morpho Gallery: November Best of Juried Photo Show 2018

November 30th Opening Reception from 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Show Open: November 30th – December 29th

Morpho Gallery presents six artists from our 2018 Spring National Juried Photography Show, where juror Angie McMonigal selected: Lauri Novak, Noriko Buckles, Maria Rebelo, Stephan Butzlaff, Suzanne Shumaker and Patrick Carr as the best of the show.

We exhibited 14 artists and over 50 photographs in the National Juried Photography Show.

Lauri Novak: As a young girl, she was fortunate to travel not only the United States but also overseas when she grew older. Being exposed to the diversity in cultures and lifestyles from an early age instilled in her a curiosity and appreciation for the differences she experienced. Photography became a natural outlet for her to capture and express this amazing new world, and as she honed her skills with a camera, she cultivated her photographic vision. Photography soon became many more than simply taking pictures. It became her joy, so much so that, even now, she sees the world in photographs. As a photographer her goal is twofold: 1) to provide people with a truly unique depiction of their most cherished memories, and 2) to inspire other photographers to look at the world through new eyes, and pick up their cameras and play with the world around them through the lens. Elliot Erwitt summed it up best when he said, “To me, photography is an art of observation. It’s about finding something interesting in an ordinary place…I’ve found it has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them.” This is my experience, philosophy, and aim. And when I teach you to see the interesting in the ordinary, then I have accomplished what I set out to.

Noriko Buckles: is an award-winning photographer who lives outside of Chicago Illinois. Photography has been with her most of her life, starting at an early age when her father gave her a small point and shoot camera.  In High School she was a member of the Yearbook and school newspaper staff.  As a school photographer she worked around the school documenting every event and school life. At times her photographs were featured in local town newspapers. Noriko moved away from photography while going to college, then raising a family but as soon as the chance arose she dove right back into it.  In the meantime the digital age arrived and she put her beloved Konica film camera on a shelf and moved onto Nikon digital cameras. Even though her equipment has changed and the post-processing tool became a computer, her approach to subject matter has not changed.  Noriko likes to first approach the subject as a whole. She takes time to look at it from all different angles even before one shot is taken.  When she sees an angle that has possibilities, then maybe she might take one shot.  Noriko exhibits several times a year, earning Best of Show at “Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow” a Juried Mixed Media Exhibition and “Let There Be Light” a Juried photo exhibit both at the Bloomingdale Park District Museum.  She has also received several 1st  places including at the Glennie Memorial International Nature Salon (Other Plant Category) in Andover MA, “Between Light & Shadows” a Juried Photography Exhibition at the Bloomindale Park District Museum, The Union League Club of Chicago Photo Competition/Exhibit, and the 13th Annual Juried Photography Exhibit at Morpho Gallery in Chicago, which was Juried by Angie McMonigal to name a few.

Maria Rebelo: was born in Viseu, Portugal, in 1959. She lives and works in Wilmette, a suburb of Chicago. Maria’s projects explore different kinds of photography, both film, digital and some alternative processes. What started as an interest about documenting family and travels, evolved into an interest for fine art photography. Some photographers have a very distinct recognizable style, Maria, on the other hand, developed several bodies of work. Rebelo’s photographic interests lie in the beauty of the overlooked and the magic of light. She looks at our often-ignored surroundings, recording the formal qualities of lines and shapes, shadows and patterns. The delicate nature of these organic forms is enlarged and enhanced through macro photography and the subtle play of light. Maria works as an event photographer at the Chicago Botanic Garden. She is currently working on a project with Pousadas de Portugal and is the photographer for the blog “Salt of Portugal” since 2011. The summer of 2016 she collaborated with “Culinary Backstreets” on a project called Tascas of Lisbon and organized a photographic walk through several neighborhoods of the city of Lisbon for VoiceMap.

Stephan Butzlaff: Stephen Butzlaff, a native of metropolitan Chicago, has had a camera in his hand since school. His early prowess led to a first place in the Scholastic National High School Photographic Award.  Today he exclusively shoots with a Leica M Rangefinder along with a Leica SL. He can be found on streets in urban areas hunting for the spontaneous moment capturing the humor, surprise and drama of everyday life.

Suzanne Shumaker: originally from Ohio, began her career in New York City, after receiving a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Kentucky in 1999. After developing her design skills for 10 years in New York and Chicago. She and her husband, opened their Evanston, IL-based firm, Shumaker Design + Build Associates, in 2009. A self -taught photographer, her photography ranges from documenting her architectural work to the “art of the every day”. In 2017, she began showing her fine art photography, in Chicago and Evanston.

Patrick Carr: is originally from Iowa and studied photography at the University of Northern Iowa.  He has lived in the Chicago area since 1989, currently in Evanston Illinois with his partner, artist Caryl Carlsen. My work focuses on found objects in the urban environment, particularly exploring the aesthetics of decay and destruction. Finding forgotten, lost and discarded items that have obtained a patina of age from exposure to the elements, I explore their properties both in and out of context with their surroundings.

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