Hidden Gems of Harrisonburg
Madison Union Art Galleries is pleased to host our first photography contest of the year, “Hidden Gems of Harrisonburg”. The exhibition includes artist’s treasured secret spots throughout the Harrisonburg community, allowing each one a moment in the spotlight. To secure a spot in the gallery, each of these photos made it through a preliminary judgement round with the Gallery Directors, then gained the popular vote among the 25 finalists in a Facebook voting competition.
The personality of each photo comes through in the captions submitted by our artists. Addison Bryant explains the reflective process of his work, discussing how he “waited until nighttime to get a moody photo through the rain-streaked windows, and looked for a balance of colors that suited the ambiance of the place.” Each photographer saw something different in their Hidden Gems, from visual re-interpretations of campus locales to the warm personalities of employees in a downtown bakery. Submissions also ranged in subject matter to include a wide variety of not only places, but the different seasons. Cameron Bishop’s wintery scene recounts his walk through Purcell Park in which an “old bridge was being slowly draped in an icy crystalline cover.” Emily Harnish, on the other hand, captured memories of the summer at Klines
Dairy Bar, recalling “the sidewalk outside, the ice cream shack full of the ghosts of summers past, and the buzzing neon lights vibrating with nostalgia.” The vast array of content that came through in this contest is a tangible homage to the Harrisonburg community, home to many sweet secret spots and must-sees.
|Luke Borman||Addison Bryant||Mary Riley||Cameron Bishop|
|Emily Harnish||Anna Preddy||Katherine Gill||Chyn Shen Low|
|Sean Benson||Nicholas Charland||Truman Deree||Rebecca Tarkenton|