On display at the Ashtabula Arts Center this month is the Geneva Camera Club’s 65th Anniversary Show. The Arts Center gallery is open Monday-Thursday, noon- 8 p.m., and Saturday 9 a.m.- noon. Admission to the gallery is free. Masks are required in the building at all times.
The Geneva Camera Club held its first meeting on March 16, 1955. The then-all male group met on the second floor of a building on W. Main in downtown Geneva. Later the group met above the former Western Auto Store on S. Broadway. The owner of the store, Jack Rosebrugh, was a club member. The first president was Roy C. Patterson. Another founding member, Paul Fleming, remained a member until his death in 1997. His wife Eloise is still a member at 104 years old, and is displaying her husband’s print of Mt. Ranier in this year’s show. In the beginning the wives went to meetings to socialize with each other and to serve refreshments. Eventually, many of them also became photographers. Many of the members were school teachers who traveled in the summer and then presented slide programs featuring their trips at the meetings.
The Geneva Camera Club has members from a wide geographic area, of all ages, occupations, and skill levels. Their common desire is to meet with other photographers and to improve their photographic skills, mostly digital. Travel programs are interspersed with educational and hands-on programs. Field trips and outings are held throughout the year. The club also supports charity raffles, 4H projects, and more. Meetings, when resumed, will be on the third Wednesday of the month at Geneva City Hall, 44 N Forest St. at 6:30 p.m. In May, they hold their annual banquet, and in June, an outing to Geneva-on-the-Lake. To join for $10 per year, contact Treasurer Patty Schilling at (440) 477-8009. Learn more at the group’s website, genevacameraclub.org.
View the exhibit virtually below: