Photography as fine art: autumn events at Multiple Exposures Gallery

The 15 members of Multiple Exposures Gallery—MEG for short—have varying perspectives but share a common goal: promoting photography as a fine art.

This cooperative gallery, located at the Torpedo Factory in studio 312, isn’t just an exhibition and sales space; it’s also an educational resource for photographers of every level of experience. A MEG member is always on duty to respond to questions, no matter how technical—whether you’re exploring the basics, learning to develop your own film, or trying to coax art out of the camera on your iPhone.

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Eric Johnson, “Capital City Diner”

One stress-free way to meet the MEG community is at COFFEE + CRITIQUE + CONVERSATION. On the last Sunday of every month, bring in your work and engage in a dialogue led by one of our photographers. The critiques are constructive, and the atmosphere is collegial.

If you’re not ready to show your work, simply bring your ideas and questions—and start the artistic dialogue you’ve long been waiting to have.

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MEG members are vital to the D.C. photography scene. For the second time, they’ll exhibit at the D.C. Fine Art Photography Fair—where they’ll be one of only 18 galleries and fine-art exhibitors and the only cooperative gallery to be included.

“It is a huge honor for MEG to be invited to participate in this event,” says photographer and MEG member Colleen Henderson, who adds that organizer Kathleen Ewing, an important figure in the international photography market, brings incredible energy to this event, which is now in its second year.

Soomin Ham, “Unseen”

Thousands of images will be available for sale, including vintage prints, large digital images, black-and-white silver prints, and experimental work. Everyone is welcome, from seasoned collectors to casual browsers. (Want to start collecting? Learn more about where to begin at a panel discussion on Saturday, October 5, 2013, at 11 a.m.)

The D.C. Fine Art Photography Fair runs from Friday, October 4, through Sunday, October 6, 2013, at the West Hall Conference Center on the Mount Vernon Campus of George Washington University, 2100 Foxhall Road NW. (Parking is free!) For more information, check out the website and Facebook page.

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Maureen Minehan, “Gold Key Lake”

In recent years, FotoWeek DC has become an essential event for photographers, collectors, and fans—and MEG is a part of it! From October 14 to November 24, 2013, come see MEG’s annual FotoWeek Member Show here at the Torpedo Factory in studio 312.

The juror for the show will be Tom Beck, curator of the Albin O. Kuhn Gallery at the University of Maryland Baltimore County. He’ll select images from MEG members that catch his eye—and the resulting show is sure to be stunning. Pop by the Torpedo Factory to see what Professor Beck has chosen—and chat with the photographers at the opening reception on Thursday, November 14, 2013.

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Karen Keating, “Marsala Boy”

What does it mean to see and be seen? Through October 13, 2013, a two-person show at MEG explores this very question.

Colleen Henderson brings a contemplative approach to photography with “Daily Differences,” an exhibition of her ongoing, five-year-strong “shot of the day” series. With “Street Portraits,” Karen Keating shows off a sharp eye for daily life with photos from Sicily, and Key West, all of which turn people-watching into a truly fine art.

Visit studio 312 in the next two weeks to see the world through the eyes of two masterful photographers.

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Blake Stenning, “Passageway”

Finally, join the MEG photographers during the holidays for the biggest small event in photography.

From November 25 to January 5, 2014, MEG will host its annual Small Works juried group show: all works are 12 inches by 12 inches or smaller.

“The small sizes of the works in this show make them both intimate and accessible,” says photographer and MEG member Maureen Minehan. “The format also gives us room for more images, so it provides a nice opportunity to showcase the breadth of the work done by our members.”

At a time of year when everyone is thinking about oversized parties and big gifts, Multiple Exposures Gallery will encourage you to picture the world on a smaller, more thoughtful scale—and to keep studio 312 in mind as a year-round destination.

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