Guild exhibits 2013 Juried Show winner

The Adirondack Artists’ Guild is pleased to announce an exhibition of photographs by Jon Chodat, winner of the Guild’s 2013 Juried Show. The exhibit, titled A Multifarious Photographic Collection, will run from Nov. 1 to Dec. 1, 2013 at the gallery, 52 Main St. in Saranac Lake. The opening reception takes place on Nov. 1, from 5 to 7 p.m.

“A Multifarious Photographic Collection presents a small selection of the great variety of photographs I have taken over many years – of people, places, creatures and things,” Chodat writes about his work. “Appreciating what is around you brings about an attentiveness to lighting, composition, and the interaction of details, and has led to a passion for the art. When engaging with and focusing on one’s surroundings, whether it be a ramshackle old building, a bitterly cold day on a frozen river, a smiling face, a creature busy with its life duties, or a friend with a great many stories to tell the camera is only a small part of the reason for being there.

“As a child my first camera was a Brownie Hawkeye, and since then photography has been a part of my life. After high school, where I served as president of the camera club and was introduced to darkroom work, I continued to take pictures, but about 30 years ago I undertook a more serious pursuit of photographic skills, and I moved into wedding, portrait, nature and scenic photography, and set up my own darkroom. Teaching photography to teens and adults at a local school in Malone also followed.

“Generally, you won’t find me without a camera close by; if you do, I’ve probably left my pants at home, too,” Chodat said. “I have had the pleasure of exhibiting in galleries in the area and have received several awards for a variety of images. I am also honored to have a number of my photos on display in people’s homes.”