The Brownwood Art Association celebrated local photographers Thursday with the opening of the BAA Photo Group Members Photography Exhibit, “Anything Goes,” at the Art Center downtown.   

The exhibit displays dozens of works from members of the BAA’s Photo Group, which meets once a month to share work and ideas. BAA member Jack Emsoff was chosen as the organization’s Photographer of the Year, and also won the People’s Choice award during the opening for “Oops!”, a depiction of a wine spill.   

BAA president Jim Blake said Emsoff was chosen Photographer of the Year because of his excellent work during the Photo Group’s monthly meetings. “This year we ran a monthly theme competition,” Blake said. “The best photo of each meeting was voted on by the membership, and whoever won the most monthly competitions was photographer of the year.”   

Blake said photography is a valuable aspect of the local artistic community. “Photography is just another means of expression,” he said. “There was a French photographer named Henri Cartier-Bresson, and he had a saying that was, ‘Photography is a reaction, drawing is a meditation.’ It’s two sides of a very similar coin. Photographs capture a moment in time that will never be exactly that same way again.”   

“Anything Goes” will be on display at the Art Center through Oct. 27. Later this month the BAA will host a Muse & Merlot painting class on Oct. 14 and an open mic A.M.P. night on Oct. 19. More information is available at www.brownwoodart.com, and the Art Center is located at 215 Fisk Ave.   

“Come on down,” Blake said. “There’s lots to see.”