It is time once again for lovers of art and photography to see the world through a variety of different eyes as several annual events from the Brownwood Art Association Photo Group get underway during the month of October.
The “Anything Goes” Photo Exhibit, featuring about 115 photos from members of the group, will open with an invitation only event on Thursday Oct. 5 and will open to the public on Friday, Oct. 6 at the Art Center at 215 Fisk Ave.
The exhibit will represent work from 18 photographers, including members such as Fred Spencer, Roger Levesque, Pat Coursey and Robert Priddy to name a few. The event is held in conjunction with the Brownwood Art Association’s 90th Anniversary.
On Saturday, Oct. 7, photographers will travel to San Saba, where they will participate with others in the “World Wide Photowalk,” where the BAA Photo Group will be participating along with 25,000 photographers worldwide.
On the first Saturday of October each year, photographers and enthusiasts around the world get out their cameras and meet up at a designated location in their town to walk around and take photographs, socialize, make new friends, win prizes and be a part of a great cause during Scott Kelby’s Worldwide Photowalk®. This year is particularly special because it marks the 10th Anniversary of the Worldwide Photowalk and organizers want to make it the largest yet. And everyone can participate.
“No matter what continent you are on, where you are in your photography journey or what type of camera or phone you use, you can take part in this year’s event,” Levesque said.
Levesque said anyone could sign up to attend.
“I’ve had 10 people sign up so far,” Levesque said. “It is a major event.”
Photographers will gather at 110 Thomas Stewart Drive in San Saba. Photographers will shoot from 10 a.m. to noon.
“It is a great way to interact,” Levesque said. “It is very interactive.”
Several years ago, Brownwood photographer Jim Blake’s photo of the Brownwood Hotel received an honorable mention out of 35,000 photos submitted at the Worldwide Photo walk.
The BAAPG started about eight years ago, Spencer explained and is comprised of a variety of people with varying levels of experience.
“Collectively we have lots of experience,” Spencer explained. “We have Roger (Levesque) who has been shooting pictures for 50 plus years. We have people that show up that don’t even have a camera. We work with people at all levels. We will help them at whatever level they want.”
In fact, in those eight short years, there have been several photographers who have made photography their vocation, rather than avocation or hobby.
“We had several who have gone off and made their living at this,” Spencer said. “It is a tremendous group of like minded people and we don’t put stress on anyone.”
To be a member of the BAA Photo Group there are two requirements – show up for a meeting and have an interest in photography.
Each year the BAAPG offers free photo sessions during the Stars of Texas Juried Art Show that benefit the clients of the The Ark, Salvation Army, Good Samaritan Weekend Meal Program and the Women’s Job Corps.
“This is designed to offer people with lesser resources to get a portrait for the their families,” Spencer said.
The group offers mentoring, and they take photographic trips to places like San Antonio, Big Bend, Mason, and San Saba.
The October events for the Brownwood Art Association’s Photo Group (BAAPG) are kicking off the annual fund raising drive for 2017-18. For the first time the Photo Group will be offering a number of different sponsorship levels.
“Our goal is to raise $10,000 to help offset the cost of providing our programs to the public,” Spencer said.
The BAAPG has more than 85 members and provides services to more than 1,200 guests per year. All of the programs the BAAPG offers to the public are free.
Sponsors who have signed up so far this year include Exxon Mobile Corporation (Bethany Blotch), Brownwood Chamber of Commerce, ASAP Creative Arts, Brownwood News.com, and the Brownwood Art Association. Past sponsors include KTXS, Brookshires, Brownwood Art Association, Arts Council of Brownwood, ASAP Creative Arts, Brownwood Chamber of Commerce, Brownwood Bulletin, Brownwood News.com, KXYL, KOXE and Down Home Digital.