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An interview with CoPA member Paul Matzner is featured in the Photography Spotlight News section of a recent World Photography Network weekly newsletter. Topics covered include current series work including Matzner's recent Faces project. The full text of the interview is available on Matzner's photography website, paulmatzner.com.

The Coalition of Photographic Arts and The Friends of Boerner Botanical Gardens are pleased to present Welcoming Summer. Photographs depicting Welcoming Summer have been selected for exhibit and sale in the Boerner Botanical Gardens Gift Shop. The Friends of Boerner Botanical Gardens are dedicated to preserving and promoting Boerner Botanical Gardens and Arboretum as an outstanding regional resource and vital regional asset.

Artists Gallery in Racine, Wisconsin is pleased to present photographer Judith Pannozo as the Featured Artist of the Month. The exhibition will consist of two segments.  The first is a portion of the contemporary series Silent Urban Rhythms, based on people going about their lives, finding the in-between moments in chaos.  The second segment includes scenic images, most of which were taken in Italy.

CoPA member Marc Wollman will be in a two-artist joint exhibition at Anderson Arts Center in Kenosha, Wisconsin. This exhibition pairs Wollman's photographs with sculptures by Deedee Dumont.
If you go:
3-D Gallery:Deedee Dumont and Marc Wollman
Apr. 13 – Jun. 1, 2014
Opening reception: Sunday, April 13 from 1:30 - 4:00 p.m.
Anderson Arts Center
The Gallery is free and open to the public Tuesday through Sunday from 1:00-4:00 p.m.

You are invited to the solo exhibit,  The New Global Women – Anchored in Tradition, Navigating the Future. This will be a return engagement for Milwaukee photographer Larry D’Attilio, whom you will remember from his last Tamarack exhibit: The Soul of Vietnam, last July of 2012. Larry has returned to Vietnam, continuing his exploration of the complex world of young women emerging from highly evolved yet rigid social/spiritual traditions into modern, sophisticated, cosmopolitan career women. Larry himself has evolved his own media traditions to express this complexity. Through Larry’s new abstractions, the struggles, fears, aspirations, and tensions of these women become palpable to us in ways far beyond what is possible with the simple portrait. These are very large prints, and utterly arresting in their impact.

Wehr Nature Center Camera Club presents Nature's Elusive Beauty by Canon Explorer of Light Jennifer Wu, on June 14, 2014. Wu is a professional landscape and nature photographer, including photographing the night sky and stars. Canon’s Explorers of Light program is "a group of 42 of the world's best photographers, united in their love and passion for photographic excellence. They also share a common desire to contribute back to the industry with a willingness to share their vision and passion with others".

The Charles Allis Art Museum, 1801 N. Prospect Ave, is pleased to announce the return of FORWARD: A Survey of Wisconsin Art Now, opening Friday, March 7 through Sunday, June 29, 2014.  FORWARD 2014: A Survey of Wisconsin Art Now is their biennial, juried exhibition of Wisconsin artists. Laurie Winters, Executive Director | CEO of the Museum of Wisconsin Art, was the juror for more than 250 entries and the final selections represent a range of current artistic production from around the state. CoPA members Martha Coaty, Vicki Reed, Jessica Z. Schafer, Dale Van Minsel and William Zuback have work in this exhibition.

Rick Guidotti is a world-renowned fashion photographer who has begun to challenge our conception of beauty and enrich our understanding of the human condition with his stunning portraits of individuals who possess genetic differences.  His work has been featured on national broadcast news.  An exhibit of his photographs will be on display the week of March 31 at the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW). 

Tamarack Studio & Gallery and Roots Ethiopia are proud to present Roots Ethiopia: A Story of Hope, a collection of photographs by Lauren Werner embodying the hope of communities in Ethiopia. John Riggs, owner of Tamarack Studio & Gallery, said Werner’s images and accompanying text depict “the balance between poetic awe and journalistic narrative, personal impact and cultural observation in this amazing and heartfelt show”.

“Welcoming Summer”
Coalition of Photographic Arts at the
Friends of Boerner Botanical Gardens Gift Shop Gallery

Exhibition Dates: April 2 to June 20, 2014
Call to CoPA Photographers:
CoPA members are invited to submit two images for display at the Friends of Boerner Botanical Gardens (FBBG) Gift Shop Gallery. Thirty-five images will be selected for exhibit and sale in the Friends of Boerner Botanical Gardens Gift Shop Gallery.

The Coalition of Photographic Arts and The Friends of Boerner Botanical Gardens are pleased to present the Promise of Spring. Photographs depicting the Promise of Springhave been selected for exhibit and sale in the Boerner Botanical Gardens Gift Shop. The Friends of Boerner Botanical Gardens are dedicated to preserving and promoting Boerner Botanical Gardens and Arboretum as an outstanding regional resource and vital regional asset. By providing quality educational programs, the Friends stimulate interest in, appreciation for and understanding of horticulture and gardening.

The Milwaukee Art Museum hosts the second Milwaukee installment of Postcards from America, with Magnum photographers Alessandra Sanguinetti, Jacob Aue Sobol, and Donovan Wylie. Magnum was founded as a photographic cooperative in 1947; the Postcards project invites a group of these photographers to our city to capture the particular qualities unique to the area, during different seasons.

Vicki Reed, Photographer will share her journey from rural Maine to the Midwest and how it has affected her photography. Adventures along the way include the Masai Mara of Africa and a skydiving clown. The space at the Cedarburg Art Museum is charming and intimate making for the ideal spot for artists and non-artists alike to gather over a cup of home made soup and a beverage. Space is limited so register early.

Presented by the Historic Third Ward Association, the 26-year-old Gallery Night and Day is the premier art event in Milwaukee for both the experienced art connoisseur and the beginning admirer. An evening of gallery hopping and art viewing begins Friday, January 17 and continues during the day on Saturday, January 18. This winter, the quarterly event showcases 40 venues throughout the downtown Milwaukee area. Walker's Point Center for the Arts (WPCA) is proud to host the Coalition of Photographic Arts’ (CoPA) Annual Juried Photo Exhibition and also the WPCA Featured Member Exhibition: Paul Matzner

WPCA would like to present the photography of Milwaukee-based artist, Paul Matzner. Matzner’s goal is to show people as they are, just being themselves, relating to each other or their environment. As one writer put it, it’s “the poetry of human encounters on the street”.  Matzner's work is the culmination of four trips to New York City from 2008- 2012, which were made in order to capture moments of people in their everyday lives. The exhibition opens with a reception on Winter Gallery Night, Friday, January 17th from 5 – 9pm.

Filter Photo is pleased to announce an open call for photographic work for a juried exhibition, The Enigmatic Object. This will be Filter’s 7th juried exhibition, and it will be held at Johalla Projects, a gallery located in Chicago’s West Town neighborhood. The exhibition will run from March 7th – March 28th, with an opening reception on March 7th.

The Enigmatic Object will be co-juried by artist, curator, and director of the Detroit Center for Contemporary Photography Kyohei Abe, and artist, writer, and curator Caroline Picard.

Call for Photographs:

CoPA members are invited to submit two images for display at the Friends of Boerner Botanical Gardens (FBBG) Gift Shop.   Fifteen images will be selected for exhibit and sale in the Boerner Botanical Gardens Gift Shop. 

CoPA member Barry Szymanski’s photograph of Epcot’s geodesic dome was chosen for the September 2013 cover of The Congregationalist national magazine. The inset photograph of Lisa Rambo, one of the contestants on NBC's The Biggest Loser, is also by Szymanski. Both images were made during the 59th Annual Meeting and Conference of the National Association of Congregational Christian Churches, held in Orlando FL in June. Since 1849, The Congregationalisthas been a notable presence, providing resources for local churches and promoting just causes. Szymanski is the sole contributing photographer for the magazine.

CoPA member Martha Coaty's photograph Fog Induction is included in the 38th Annual Juried Exhibit at The Miller Art Museum in Sturgeon Bay WI, and received a  Special Merit award. The exhibit includes 42 artists from Door, Brown, Manitowoc, Kewaunee and Oconto counties. A total of 55 works, all in two-dimensional media, were selected.

WPCA would like to present the photography of Milwaukee-based artist, William Mueller.  Mueller spent much of his younger years in search of answers. He turned to religion in hopes of finding the whys and wherefores of life and death. He was raised as a Methodist, practiced as a Catholic, and was a Jehovah Witness as well.  Mueller studied eastern religions, including Hinduism and Buddhism, and dabbled in the Black Arts. What he found were holes in all of his religious endeavors.  Mueller feels that there is a misguided veneration to the church, being an institution with pomp and circumstance, and not enough emphasis on enlightenment. Mueller’s goal in this series is to create a personal connection between the viewer and the work, and to leave the viewer questioning or unsettled.  The photography included in this exhibition is from an ongoing series titled, Inside My Room Inside My Head, which includes work that touches on Mueller’s interpretation of current and past religious dogma, and the church’s infamous bad behavior.

Volunteers are needed on Tuesday December 3 between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., to help hang CoPA’s 7th Annual Midwest Juried Exhibition. The exhibition opens on Friday December 6 at Walker’s Point Center for the Arts, 839 S. 5th St., Milwaukee WI 53204.

Members who have experience hanging exhibitions are especially encouraged to volunteer. There will be approximately 40 images to hang.

To sign up to volunteer please contact: CoPA Exhibitions; Roy C. Schmidt at rschmidtfotorat2@aol.com

CoPA member Barry Szymanski will have 2 photographs: Descent to the Crosswalk and I Spy a Cab, in the Anderson Arts Center's Annual Winter Juried Show. Michael Flanagan - Director of the Crossman Gallery at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater - juried the show. An opening reception will be held on Sunday November 10, 2013 at 2:30 p.m. The exhibition runs through January 5, 2014.

The Milwaukee Street Photography Group is for anyone interested in traditional street photography, historical/social documentary photography, or photojournalism - the art of capturing life as it happens, and telling stories with images.

The group's first meet-up will be from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturday November 9, 2013, beginning at Catalano Square park (at the south end of N. Broadway). This is an older section of Milwaukee near the Milwaukee River and many old factory buildings, that is being revitalized with apartments, and dining and shopping establishments. It should be a great location to see people out and about, even in November.