Focus '15 judges are announced


The Wilton Arts Council has issued a last call for entries to its Focus ’15 Photography Exhibit. Photos may be dropped off at Wilton Library either Saturday, Feb. 28, from 11 to 4:30, or Sunday, March 1, from 1:30 to 4:30. There are three entry categories: adult, high school and youth.
Once the photos are dropped off, the contest’s judges will go to work.
This year, entries will be judged by Sandy Gennrich, professional photographer and recipient of Focus ‘14 Best of Show award, Daryl Hawk, professional photographer, and Sooo-z Mastropietro, artist and curator.
After the show is hung and the ribbons awarded, the show will be celebrated with a reception on Friday, March 13, from 6 to 7:30 at the library. The reception is open to the community.
Ms. Gennrich’s interest in photography has led her to capture the diversity of landscapes and people across the world. Highlighting the unfamiliar, she documents disappearing beauty, changing weather and unusual perspectives. She has received international recognition for her work, which appears in corporate and private collections and has been featured in art galleries, corporate brochures, and calendars. Ms. Gennrich, who lives in Stamford, also presents at local and regional camera clubs in the Northeast and provides private lessons and workshops. Her work may be viewed at sandygennrich.com.

Mr. Hawk owns Hawk Photography, a full-service wedding and portrait studio. He is an international documentary photographer, lecturer, travel writer, and workshop leader whose articles and photographs often appear in magazines and newspapers. He is a member of the Explorers Club, the Royal Geographical Society, and the Professional Photographers Association. The author of three books — Distant Journeys, Quiet Moments, and White Pond, his work is at hawkphotography.com.
Ms. Mastropietro — artist, designer, and visionary — has used her skill set as a curator for the past five years and has produced more than 50 regional shows throughout Fairfield County. She has served as a judge for the 2013 Greenwich Fine Arts Festival, consulted for the Norwalk Historical Society and has assisted with  Westport Downtown Merchants Association Art About Town. Her artistic pursuits of textile engineering have recently been gaining recognition in juried shows throughout the country. Information: mastropiece.com.

Among the works they will evaluate are those entered by the youngest photographers — those up to eighth grade — in the  Len Freas Memorial Youth Photography Exhibit, which is being held in conjunction with Focus ’15.  The youth division was created in 2006 in memory of Lenwood W. Freas, who was a very active member of the Wilton Arts Council. He was passionate about the arts and, in particular, about involving young people in the arts.
Photographers may download an entry form with complete details from the Wilton Arts Council’s website at wiltonarts.org. Emailed questions may be directed to focus@wiltonarts.org or call Sandra Wear at 203-849-7775.