Photography is the medium of March at the Endless Mountain Council of the Arts gallery in Tunkhannock.
A reception was held Sunday at the gallery, displaying the work of various local photographers at the 2018 Photo Show.
Gallery director Marian Stroka explained that the show is held annually in March to provide area photographers an opportunity to display their work to the public.
Photographers displaying their work in this month’s exhibit include Dick Broxton, Bernie Andreoli, Robin Laciccero, Richard Cochrane, Gail Long, Beth Landmesser, Tim Butler, and Lynn Andreoli.
A total of 17 pictures are on display at the gallery, located at 302 W. Tioga St, Tunkhannock, with prices ranging from $55 to $200.
The photographs were judged by Robert Moreck. First place was awarded to Tim Butler for ‘October Sunset.’ Bernie Andreoli won second place with ‘Aerial Abstracts #11.’ And third place was presented to ‘Gotcha’ by Robin Laciccero.
Honorable mention was given to Lynn Andreoli for ‘It was a Dark and Snowy Evening.’
“I had four children,” Laciccero said when asked what inspired her to become a photographer.
The catalyst which ignited Laciccero’s desire to take professional quality pictures occurred back in 2004 when she observed an eagle’s nest in Milford. About 50 other photographers joined her in taking pictures of the nest.
“I made a lot of friends, and we’re still friends,” she said about the experience.
Laciccero is a member of the Northeast Photography Club at the North Pocono Library. She is especially fond of taking pictures of wildlife.
“The best part of my life is my husband, Thomas,” she explained. “He spots all the birds.”
Laciccero also prints all her photographs herself, because quality is lost when she has them printed professionally. Her picture ‘Gotcha’ featuring Great Egrets fighting in the water contains amazing detail - including water droplets, creases in birds’ beaks, and their talons.
Laciccero is also a painter, and she uses that experience in her other photographs. One titled ‘Autumn’s Gift’ contains a riot of fall colors, and a stream captured via a timed exposure.
“I want my pictures to look as if I was going to hang it on the wall,” she explained.
Another photographer featured at the gallery is Beth Landmesser of Bear Creek. Although Landmesser has previously had photographers on display, this is the first time she is showing one - titled ‘Reflections’ - imprinted on metal.
“I just saw a couple of pieces, and I liked them,” she said. “My work is mostly of water scenes, so I decided to give it a try.”
Landmesser earned a photography degree from Luzerne County Community College in 2007.
“I was always taking pictures,” she said. “When my husband and my best friend encouraged me to go back to school, I figured I might as well take photography courses.
Describing herself as ‘semi-professional’ Landmesser has previously sold her work in the area - including during the Founders’ Day celebration in Tunkhannock.
The EMCA gallery is open Friday, Saturday and Sunday, from 1 to 5 p.m.
The exhibit will remain on display through March 25.