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Upcoming Exhibit

The Ties That Bind

Juried by Howard Christopherson

Juror: Howard Christopherson
Photographer, Gallery Owner, and Master Framer. His photography has been shown in the USA, Japan and Italy,and published in art photography magazines including: B&W, COLOR, and ZOOM. He was awarded an Artist Initiative Grant in 2010 by the Minnesota State Arts Board. His photographs are in the The Minnesota Historical Society and several corporate and private collections.

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   Throughout the calendar year, we turn our attention to spending time with our families, both near and far. The traditions of gathering together, sharing experiences, and doing our “family stuff” drives us to observe our legacy family rituals, and for many, share our spiritual beliefs. Our families are mostly at the core of these annual activities, and our feelings can range from unabashed joy to abject dread. You see, it just kind of depends on where we are at with our families.
   All people share a universal truth. We each started with a mother and a father. And so did they. Whether these couplings are pre-ordained or random is debatable, but the biology is not. We all derive from a complex stew of DNA out of this Nature moment follows the Nurture particulars, and that’s where the similarities mostly end.
   So we don’t get to choose our family. It happens to us, and for the most part defines who we are, until we take charge and shape our own lives. Then some of us create our own families, and so on it goes. We can choose our friends, but we are all gloriously stuck with our families. Loyalty to our family is a commitment that is often strained by reality. There are some in our family that we don’t particularly care for, and there are others that we love unconditionally, and would die for in the blink of an eye. Mostly we work to have unity with our brothers and sisters, mothers and fathers, our children, and our in-laws, because as the family goes, so go the members of that family.
   Luckily, family isn’t always blood. It’s the people in your life who want you in theirs; the ones who accept you for who you are. The ones who would do anything to see you smile, and who love you no matter what.
So please, show us your family.  

Here are a few familiar quotations that might guide your thinking when making photographs and choosing your submissions:

“I smile because you are my brother…..I laugh because there is nothing you can do about it.”

“Everything is relative except relatives,…..and they are absolute.”

“You can’t choose your family….but you CAN choose to turn them in for the reward!”
“REMEMBER—as far as anyone knows—we are a nice, normal family.”

Cost for Entry: $35 for three images
Submitting Your Entries: Submit MPC Online Tool, Smarter Entry
Image Requirements: sRGB or RGB color space (standard); 72 ppi resolution
flatten layers 8 bit; 1280 pixels on the
longest side; JPG format, compression level 8 (medium).
Call for Entry Close: February 27th, 2016
Exhibit Dates: April 8th-May 20th, 2016
Opening Reception: April 8th, 2016

The 1st, 2nd and 3rd place will be rewarded, along with 3 Honorable Mentions

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