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The impetus for this article was a recent conversation with self-described “Analog Man,” a fine arts photographer who uses only film and has no interest in social media, yet wants to sell his work. I was intrigued by the whys and wherefores of that stance in this digital age. Knowing a couple of other photographer friends who were similarly reluctant -- but many more who do share online -- I set out to discover what photographers think about this issue.

CoPA member Michael Nowotny has been accepted to ART Milwaukee's "ART Jamboree - ART & Buy Local Fair", to be held May 18 from 2 to 10 p.m. at the Shops of Grand Avenue in downtown Milwaukee. Nowotny's photograph "Psycho Harley", not previously released, will be on exhibit in addition to several other pieces of his art.

The image "Two Trees in Ice Fog" by CoPA member Bruce Ambuel has been selected by jury for the "Wild" international photography competition and print sale sponsored by the British-based non-profit organization PhotoVoice. Each photograph in the Wild gallery is available to purchase in a limited edition print run for £50.00, with all money raised going to PhotoVoice. 

The Coalition of Photographic Arts (CoPA) is kicking-off its spring member show on Gallery Night, April 19. The exhibition, on the second floor of 600 East Mason Street, features the best photographs submitted for acceptance to the CoPA Exhibition Committee. Over 300 images will be displayed in “gallery style". The theme for exhibition this year is open, so the viewing audience is in for a visual treat.

The work of CoPA member Ellen Reynolds is on exhibit at Tulip Restaurant in Milwaukee's historic Third Ward.

"Synecdoche, a literary device in which the part represents the whole. My images are visual examples of synecdoche. My subject is the complex – often paradoxical – relationships I see between nature and architecture. My approach, using the part to represent the whole, symbolizes the fragmentation we experience in our everyday environment." ~ Eddee Daniel

cinephile: This project for CoPA member Jessica Z. Schafer's Featured Member Exhibition at WPCA began taking shape during an Art Marathon in the Summer of 2012. During the 30 days of art launched by the Cream City Illustrators of Milwaukee, Schafer started to further explore a format of photography diptychs and triptychs.  The resulting series of still images is reminiscent of the frames of a black & white filmstrip.

Now in its third year, get bEHIND the aRTS is a self-guided tour of artists’ studios located throughout Racine and Kenosha. On Saturday, April 6, from 11 am to 5 pm, go behind-the-scenes with visual and performing artists to get a glimpse of their innovative and productive work spaces. CoPA member Jessica Z. Schafer will be one of the guest artists in Maureen Fritchen's Studio in the 16th Street Studios located at 1405 16th Street, Racine.

The new exhibit, The Urban Experience, in the Community Room Art Gallery at Unitarian Universalist Church West is guaranteed to open your eyes to art that exists all around us in the city.

CoPA member Paul Matzner will be teaching a "Street Photography" class on Saturday, June 1 from 9:30 - 4:30 at The Center for Photography at Madison (CPM). Detailed information and official registration will be available at the end of March on CPM's website: http://www.cpmad.org/
Students will gain insight into what street photography entails, and improve their ability to make photographs that capture the essence of people and location.

The work of CoPA member Maria I. Nunez Del Prado will be featured in RAW:Milwaukee's artistic showcase "Discovery", at The Rave Bar in Milwaukee.
RAW:natural born artists is an independent arts organization that hand-selects and spotlights independent creatives in visual art, film, fashion, music, hair & makeup artistry, photography, models and performing art.

CoPA is happy to announce that they have been invited to display in the lobby of the Art Institute of Wisconsin, located at 320 E. Buffalo St., Milwaukee. Opening Reception on Gallery Night, January 18, from 6-8 pm.

Juror Grahm Reid announced the winners and Honorable Mention photographers for CoPA’s 6th Annual Midwest Juried Photo Exhibition.  The annual juried competition is an opportunity for emerging and established artists from Wisconsin, Illinois, Michigan and Minnesota to exhibit their contemporary photography.

The Milwaukee Art Museum is pleased to announce the appointment of Lisa J. Sutcliffe as the new Curator of Photography. Sutcliffe will join the Museum in January 2013 from the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, where she has served as assistant curator in the Department of Photography since 2007.

The artist statement has a very important role to play in the presentation of art — be it an exhibition, a book, a digital publication, a magazine publication, or a portfolio. As you can imagine, we’ve reviewed thousands of artist statements over the years. With that in mind, let me share a few ideas that might help. – Brooks Jensen

William Zuback is now represented by Frank Juarez Gallery in Sheboygan WI. Zuback’s work can be found in private collections through out the country. He has participated in many Juried group exhibitions and solo shows in Southeastern Wisconsin. In October 2013 William Zuback will present a solo exhibition at Frank Juarez Gallery.

The work of CoPA members Byron Becker, Carlyle Chan, Geri Laehn and George Sanquist is on exhibit in The Underwood Society Fine Art Photographers 6th Annual Holiday Show at One Way Café & Gallery in the Village of Wauwatosa.

CoPA members Perry Heideman, Steven Yeo and Cardi Toellner participating in a mind-bending art exhibit from six local artists and photographers entitled Surrealism and Beyond. The exhibit incorporates surreal, illusory and flow of consciousness imagery that will delight, amuse and engross audiences of all ages.  At Unitarian Universalist Church West, artists' reception Thursday, December 13th, 7:00 – 8:30 pm.

The Coalition of Photographic Arts and the Walker’s Point Center for the Arts are pleased to present CoPA’s 6th Annual Midwest Juried Photo Exhibition, an annual opportunity for emerging and established artists from Wisconsin, Illinois, Michigan and Minnesota to exhibit their contemporary photography.  This Year’s jurors are Annemarie Sawkins (former Associate Curator, Haggerty Museum of Art at Marquette University) and Graeme Reid (Assistant Director, Museum of Wisconsin Art).

photo: "Peony 2" by Vicki Reed

North Shore Bank - Grafton Branch Featured“ARTIST OF THE MONTH” Paul Matzner. Paul’s work is on display until November 30.
2301 Wisconsin Avenue Grafton, Wisconsin (5 minutes from downtown Cedarburg).

PJ Boylan’s photo “Cool Running” has been accepted into the Anderson Arts Center’s Winter Juried Exhibition  November 11, 2012 until January 6, 2013 121 Sixty-sixth Street, Kenosha, Wisconsin.

Date: Tue, Nov 6, 2012 at 10:23 AM
Museum of Wisconsin Art Executive Director Announces Retirement.
Tom Lidtke , Museum of Wisconsin Art (MWA) Executive Director, has announced his semi-retirement.  Tom has been with the Museum of Wisconsin Art for 30 years and has been instrumental in the formation of the MWA and what it is today.

"CONTRASTING VIEWS"

Gallery Night October 19, 2012 5-9pm: A world of contrasting Fine Art Photography of Marcia Getto and Michael A. Nowotny.
Gallery Night Opening Reception October 19, 2012 - 5 to 9pm

Center for Photography's Steenbock Gallery Wisconsin based photographer, Vicki Reed captures her photographs with vintage, pinhole and toy cameras.

CoPA is in need of some willing volunteers interested in donating a few hours of their time in return for the satisfaction of knowing their efforts are helping their organization grow stronger and more valuable in the community. Opportunities available in Programming, Communications, Events, Website, and Venue Evaluation, as well as on the Board of Directors.