Baystate Franklin Medical Center will host a reception/open house for photographers contributing to the exhibit, Summertide Revery, on Thursday, February 25, 5:30 pm, in the hall outside Oncology, on the main floor of the hospital. The exhibit features a collection of photographs by twenty members of the MeetUp group Base Camp Photo Adventures in the Pioneer Valley and Beyond. The event is free and open to the public, with light refreshments available and many of the photographers on hand.
The exhibit, which will be on display in the Oncology hallway through April, includes photos depicting treasured summer indulgences as a distraction from the winter and reminder of the joys in the coming season. A majority of the photographs are available for sale.
MeetUp Group Background
When Beth Reynolds, former owner of Base Camp Photo Gallery, departed the area last fall, the photo community she created banded together utilizing the meetup.com website. Summertide Revery is the second display of Base Camp MeetUp Group photos installed in the Oncology wing at Baystate Franklin Medical Center.
Ginny Newton of Erving organized the shows from the initial call for images, though the peer voting, photo, and information collection, to the final hanging in the Oncology wing.
“Beth created a photo community and she taught us so much about photography and philanthropy though photography,” Newton explained. “I was inspired by her infinite supply of caring and looked for a way to continue in her ‘acts of kindness’ footsteps.”
In order to curate the art for Baystate Franklin Medical Center’s Oncology wing Newton became a hospital volunteer. “Having been an Oncology patient, I felt it was important to continue providing quality photography in the Oncology wing. I know it brings a welcome distraction to patients, their families, the staff, and anyone else who wanders down the hallway.”
The displays are changed out every three months with a new theme chosen for each display. As written in the Summertide Revery introduction, “Winter is a time for many of us to dream of warmer times. We look forward to being outside enjoying the warmth of the sun, the tranquility of water, and the healing properties of relaxing in the great outdoors. As we enter the longer months of winter, the Base Camp MeetUp Group have gleefully gathered images of treasured summer indulgences.”
Base Camp’s MeetUp group is for anyone who has a camera and enjoys photography. Members are active and passionate about learning, sharing skills, and group photo adventures. Various leaders organize events, trips, displays, and fun photo outings. All skill levels and cameras, film or digital, point and shoot or manual, are welcome. For more information about the group, visit http://www.meetup.com and search for “Base Camp” to find group.