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Wednesday, February 10 2016

Photography Exhibit Brings Warmth to Winter

Adapted from a Baystate Franklin Medical Center (BFMC) press release:

On Thursday, February 25th, at 5:30PM, in the hall outside Oncology, on the main floor of the hospital, BFMC will host a reception/open house for photographers contributing to the new exhibit, Summertide Revery.  The exhibition features photographs depicting treasured summer indulgences, as a distraction from the winter and a reminder of the joys in the coming season, that were taken by 20 members of the Base Camp Photo Adventures in the Pioneer Valley and Beyond MeetUp group.  This event is free and open to the public, with light refreshments available and many of the photographers on hand.  The exhibit will be on display through April.

When Beth Reynolds, former owner of Base Camp Photo Gallery, departed the area last fall, the photo community she'd created banded together utilizing the website.  Summertide Revery is the second display of the group's photos to be installed in the Oncology wing.

Ginny Newton of Erving organized the shows, from the initial call for images, though peer voting and photo and information collection, to the final hanging in the hospital. “Beth created a photo community and she taught us so much about photography and philanthropy though photography,” Newton explained. “I was inspired by her infinite supply of caring and looked for a way to continue in her ‘acts of kindness’ footsteps.”  This led Ms. Newton to become a hospital volunteer.  “Having been an Oncology patient, I felt it was important to continue providing quality photography in the Oncology wing. I know it brings a welcome distraction to patients, their families, the staff, and anyone else who wanders down the hallway.”

The displays are changed out every three months, with a new theme chosen for each display.  As written in the Summertide Revery introduction, “Winter is a time for many of us to dream of warmer times. We look forward to being outside enjoying the warmth of the sun, the tranquility of water, and the healing properties of relaxing in the great outdoors. As we enter the longer months of winter, the Base Camp MeetUp Group have gleefully gathered images of treasured summer indulgences.”

Base Camp’s MeetUp group is for anyone who has a camera and enjoys photography.  Members are active and passionate about learning, sharing skills, and going on group photo adventures.  Various leaders organize events, trips, displays, and fun photo outings.  All skill levels and cameras, film or digital, point and shoot or manual, are welcome.  For more information about the group, visit and search for “Base Camp”.