The People’s Choice ribbon was awarded to Steven Minardi of Rivesville for “Moon Over Seneca Rocks.”

Steven Minardi wins ‘People’s Choice’ award at photo exhibit in downtown Buckhannon

Buckhannon Upshur Camera Club presented an “Our Heritage” themed exhibit in concert with ART26201 at the M.I.B. GALLERY in the Colonial Arts Center during the West Virginia Strawberry Festival and extending through late May. 

The creative works of Buckhannon Upshur Camera Club photographers Carol Baxa Meese, Karl Boone, Sharon Boone,  Kilsong Cox, Kathy Gregg, Gary McCoy, Reta McCoy, Dawn Morrow, Sandra Miller, Steven Minardi, Wendy Parks, Alan Tucker, and Janna Vaught were featured.

The gallery welcomed hundreds of visitors to the exhibit and invited folks to vote for their favorite photograph.  The coveted People’s Choice ribbon was awarded to Steven Minardi of Rivesville for his favored and well-timed photo, “Moon Over Seneca Rocks.”

Additional Strawberry Royalty ribbons were awarded to Dawn Morrow of Summersville for her “Coal Train Departure” taken in the New River Gorge National Park and to double eagles photographed by Wendy Parks of Fairmont and entitled “Freedom 2021”. Parks gathered an additional ribbon with a photo entitled “Mount Rushmore.” 

Strawberry Royalty members also tagged Alan Tucker’s “Cass Railroad” as well as Gary McCoy’s “Cade’s Cove Cable Mill.” 

The BUCC thanks all who visited the photography exhibit, with special thanks to ART26201. 

All events at the M.I.B. GALLERY are free and open to the public. Significant financial assistance for the Colonial Arts Center Rehabilitation project has been provided by the West Virginia Department of Arts, Culture and History; ART26201; Buckhannon Community Theatre; West Virginia Split Rail; and the First Energy Foundation. 

The Buckhannon Upshur Camera Club welcomes new friends to their club, which meets on the fourth Thursday of each month at the Upshur County Senior Center. 

Additional information can be found at the Facebook Group: Buckhannon Upshur Camera Club. The next club exhibit will be at Gallery62 West in Grafton during the month of September.

Submitted by Sandra Miller, BUCC secretary

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