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Magic . . . In the Nevis Valley by Hilary Lakeman, one of the exhibitors. Photo: Supplied

By SHELLEY TOPP

The Rangiora Photographic Society will hold its Magic of Light Exhibition at Waikuku’s Brick Mill Gallery next month.

The exhibition, on October 7, 8 and 9, will showcase more than 100 images, the work of 55 members.

All members were asked to contribute.

“Some stepped up, some declined,” club spokesman Dave Woodcock said.

The exhibition will include work from bone carver Jon Jeet, ceramic artist Renate Galetzka, and sculptor Martin Cole.

Magic of Light will also include the work of Catherine Boyd who has been undertaking a mentoring programme and “notable exhibits” from some young club members, aged under 18.

Dave said the club wanted to encourage young people to join and they hoped the exhibits from their younger members would help achieve that. The exhibition was also a way of introducing the club to the community.

“We want to share with the community the terrific talent we have in our club,” Dave said.

The club was established more than 60 years ago by a small group of keen photographers who wanted to share their knowledge and experience.

Members now include a wide range of ages and photographic skills.

The club meets twice a month, on the first and third Tuesday, at 7pm, excluding December and January, at the McAlpines Pavilion on the corner of East Belt and Coldstream Road in Rangiora.

“There are a lot of things going on,” Dave said. The club has a vibrant programme of guest speakers, field trips, competitions, informative tutorials and workshops.

It was a welcoming, friendly and social club, he said.

While most club members use digital cameras, there are still some who prefer to use film or transparency, and some who work interchangeably with digital and film. Check out some of their work on the Rangiora Photographic Society website at www.rangioraphotosoc.org.nz for a taste of what is to come at the Magic of Light Exhibition.

The club’s patrons are West Coast landscape photographer Andris Apse, who is a former club member and president, and photography tutor Dave Wethey of Southern Cross Digital.