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Fundraiser for Bowman Museum will feature the works of 10 different photographers

LON AUSTIN - The Photography Exhibit and Sale will take place at Bowman Museum this Friday-Sunday. The event is free to attend.

Last year, it was paintings and this year it is photographs, but the idea is basically the same.

Bowman Museum is once again bringing in the works of others to display and host a sale that will benefit the community facility in its future offerings. The Photography Exhibit and Sale, set for Aug. 23-25, will feature four photos apiece from 10 different photographers. The photos will be available as an exhibit for patron viewing as well as for sale for those who are interested in taking them home.

The idea for the upcoming sale was spurred by the success the museum enjoyed with its art exhibit and sale last November.

"That was the first time that I am aware of that we ever did something like that," said Museum Director Sandy Cohen. "It went so well that we thought we would emulate it…We decided to try it again, this time with photography. We are working it pretty much exactly the same way."

Similarities include free attendance to the exhibit and the planned reception. However, one difference is how the photographers were chosen and how the photos will get priced. Cohen notes that at the art sale, prices varied from one work of art to the next. The photography sale, by contrast, will charge $350 for each photo shown.

Helping organize the group of photographers was John Stewart, who is based in Bend. The photographer reached out to Cohen with the photo exhibit and sale idea and was willing to organize the group of photographers who would display their work.

"He is taking a very active role in helping us out, helping us organize this, and helping us do the setups and takedowns," Cohen said.

Taking a page from the art show, which showcased nature scenes and other scenes from Central Oregon, the photography show will feature pictures from around the region.

"I think it will be really appealing to the populace," Cohen said.

Proceeds from the show will be split between the museum and photographers, with the museum getting 20%. Those funds will go toward museum exhibits and features, rather than capital projects like Caboose Park, which usually involve a fundraising campaign.

Cohen considers the fundraising aspect of the event an important one, and notes that it will enable the museum to offer temporary exhibits and special exhibits in the future. However, he places more importance on the event providing a venue for an exhibit of this nature.

"I can't emphasize the point enough that this what museum should do," he said. "I look at this as a great event for Prineville and the museum."

If the photography show and sale is as successful as the art show, or more so, Cohen envisions continuing the trend with different kinds of displays.

"The idea of crafts has been mentioned — leatherworks, quilts, things like that," he said. "So we hope to continue the concept."

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The Photography Exhibit and Sale will take place at Bowman Museum, Aug. 23-25. The museum will be open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday, Aug. 23 and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 24 and 25. A free reception with refreshments served will take place on Saturday from 2 to 4 p.m.


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