VAAC sponsors photo exhibit

VAAC sponsors photo exhibit The Vermillion Area Arts Council announces a photo exhibit, "Mastering Photography," in honor of the 80th birthday of master photographer Elizabeth Groom. The exhibit will be from 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 5 at the Washington Street Arts Center, 202 Washington Street, Vermillion. The exhibit features scenic and nature photography. There will be a wine and cheese reception.

It was 1942 when photographer Elizabeth Groom first began looking at the world through the lens of a camera. She was an 18-year-old from Edmond, OK when she and a girlfriend took a bus to Topeka, KS enrolling in a WPA supported photography school. School funding fell victim to the war effort and she was not able to complete the program but those few months fueled a lifetime of work later enhanced by studies in fine arts.

Groom is a long-time member of the Professional Photographers of America. She has earned the degree of master of photography and competes at that level. She is retired from studio work and concentrates on the art of photography competing at state and regional levels.

In 2002 she received the Fuji Masterpiece Award and in 2003 she received the National Award for lifetime achievement from the Professional Photographers of Oklahoma. State organizations can only present one award annually. This year four of her photos advanced to the national level and one was selected for the PPA loan collection.

In recent years Groom changed from film to digital photography and processes all of her work digitally in her home workshop. Her son, Jerry Groom, is proficient in Photoshop and assists in the final production. Groom is the mother of architect Sandy Dickenson and a frequent visitor to Vermillion.

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