Friday, October 17, 2014

Sandy’s Wake-Up Call: Juried Photography Show at Bernardsville Library

“Sandy’s Wake-Up Call,” a juried exhibition of photographs organized by the Bernardsville Green Team, Shade Tree Committee, and Environmental Commission will be on view at Bernardsville Public Library throughout the month of November. There will be an opening reception on Saturday, November 8 from 2:00 to 4:00 pm.

The devastation that Superstorm Sandy wreaked on our region was a wake-up call to everyone. As heroic and committed as the response to this storm was, the problems will be with us for a long time. Keeping the memory of Sandy alive will, the organizers believe, preserve what makes our lives meaningful and productive. To this end, the judges selected a variety of photographic interpretations of Superstorm Sandy’s impact on our lives and environment now and into the future.

There is real hope when the public is engaged. This exhibition gives the Green Team, Shade Tree Committee, and Environmental Commission a forum to encourage thoughtful study of the issue in order to get people thinking about the urgency of conserving their own environment and minimizing or preventing the destruction of the next superstorm. Two years ago, former Governor, Christine Todd Whitman spoke at a library fundraiser on "Superstorm Sandy: One Year Later." “Conservation” was her key word then and remains key today, two years later.

Judges for the show were Dwight Hiscano, a widely published and highly collected photographer; Dave DesRochers, a member of the North American Nature Photography Association; and Philip Witt and Rebecca Witt, long-time volunteers at the Scherman-Hoffman Wildlife Sanctuary where they co-lead the photography workshop series.

There will be two awards in the show: "Best of Show" will be announced at the opening reception, and a "Community Favorite" will be voted on by viewers throughout the month.

The exhibition will be on view at Bernardsville Library from November 2 to November 30 (during regular library hours unless a meeting is in progress) before traveling to the New Jersey Audubon facility in Plainsboro for exhibition in December, and then to the Scherman-Hoffman Wildlife Sanctuary in Bernardsville where it will be on view in January and February 2015.

For further information, call Bernardsville Public Library at 908-766-0118.

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