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Photos to 'Celebrate Women!'

Entries can compete or be displayed to honor someone special

The annual "Celebrate Women!" photo exhibit will be held for the first time at the Livermore Public Library, from March 1-31.

Also new, this year's exhibit will be two-track: one for photographers who want to be judged; the other for those who simply want to honor a woman in their life.

"The second track is where the community at large is welcomed to submit an image of a woman who is important to them," curator Barbara Reynolds said. "This is an opportunity to look through the old photos in the attic and put one of those in the show."

Reynolds said she was sent a book of photos of her aunt who was a pilot in the 1930s and 1940s that had just been found by a relative.

"This is the sort of thing I'm talking about," she said. "Or, we have had images of women going through cancer treatment, and even women welding metal for art projects."

Anyone can submit an image -- a girlfriend, sister, mother, grandmother or great-grandmother, wife, aunt, a teacher or any woman of importance to the person submitting. Past subjects have been cowgirls, dancers, elderly women and young mothers in obviously difficult lives.

Reynolds also noted that this year the exhibit is involved with even more high schools, and that students studying photography are judged equally with other photographers.

"It is common that several high school students are included in the awards," Reynolds said.

Entries are due digitally by Feb. 13. Email to celebratewomen18@gmail.com and indicate if the photo is not to be included in judging. Include the name of the photographer or if it is unknown.

Each image must be delivered printed to the Livermore library between 3-6 p.m. March 1. When the photo is printed, it can be any size but must be ready for a frame (16-by-20 or larger) with D-rings and back wire, in order for volunteers to hang the show.

Cost is $25 each entry for established artists; and $5 for the first submission and $2 for the second for emerging artists. Checks must be made payable to Barbara Reynolds and mailed to 450 Mulqueeney St., Livermore, CA 94550.

The show was previously affiliated with Las Positas College but now is looking for new sponsors in addition to the current ones: Elizabeth Nguyen, D.D.S.; Sue Evans Photography; Kerry Joy McGehee Photography; and A.R. Skatvold.

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