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Life through the lens
Merced Camera Club shows off their best at City Gallery
Photos hang in the City Gallery in Turlock City Hall as part of the “Focus on the Merced Camera Club” exhibit. The photos were submitted by club members and are for sale through the gallery. - photo by ANDREA GOODWIN / The Journal

The Valley as seen through the eyes of Merced photogs are now on display at the City Gallery.

The Focus on the Merced Camera Club exhibit will be on display until Aug. 26, and features 41 pictures from 11 club members. The subjects of the photographs range from wildlife to sunsets to natural wonders.

Andrew Tolsma, president of the Merced Camera Club, said that photographers were allowed to submit up to four of their photos for display in the exhibit. A panel chose the works that are currently hanging in City Hall from among the photos submitted. He said that normally there would be a reception at the beginning of the showing, but since the Arts Facilitator position was cut from the Turlock City Arts Commission, there was no-one to organize or coordinate the event.

The Merced Camera Club is a group of advanced photography hobbyists who meet each month September through May. The club is organized into four categories, B, A, AA and AAA. The group participates in photography competitions where photos are judged by someone outside of the club. The best photographer in each category moves up to the next category, but the lowest scored photographer in AAA moves down a rank.

All but one of the Merced Camera Club members are amateur photographers. The art prints in City Hall are all for sale, averaging about $100 each.  
To contact Andrea Goodwin, e-mail or call 634-9141 ext. 2003.