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February 7 - March 2, 2019

Sanctuary

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All photographs are the copyright of the individual artists and may not be reproduced without their permission.

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Geoffrey Agrons
The Sick Room
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Geoffrey Agrons
Ruins Jumièges
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Amy Anderson
Eddie
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Gary Beeber
Tiny shelter, Sylvester Manor, Shelter Island, NY
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Sara Bennett
Tracy
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Steve Blackwell
Swingset in the Shadow of a Mountain, Iceland
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Director's Award
Xavier Blondeau
Nuit indienne - untitled 03
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Judy Bondesen
Magnifique Hemmingfor
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HONORABLE MENTION
Karen Bullock
Your Light Will Come
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Walter Crump
Portal
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Dotty Danforth
Blue Retreat
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Lisa Fitch
Secret Retreat
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Nadide Goksun
Nil
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Mel Karlberg
Window light
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Juror's Award
Kristina Kashtanova
Inward
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Deb Kreimborg
Surrender
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Harry Longstreet
Drinking Alone
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Linda Jane
Fancy
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Bill Mauzy
Hazel's Porch
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Bill Mauzy
Norman's Dream
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John D. Moyers
comfort in the mundane and the mystical... stari grad, croatia
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Kristianne Koch Riddle
In Your Arms
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Nigel Roberts
Seeking Enlightment
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Nigel Roberts
Kate
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Marian Rubin
Take My Hand
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Ulana Switucha
Forest Spirits
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HONORABLE MENTION
Chris Triebert
Stone Tent, Vermont
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Charlotte Watts
The Path To Ravens' Woods
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Charlotte Watts
Made of Dawn Light, Navaho Summer Shelter, Canyon de Chelly
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Sandra Chen Weinstein
Double Light
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Geoffrey Agrons
Big Big Love II
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Andi Alexander
Cloister
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Gary Beeber
Sanctuary, Sylvester Manor, Shelter Island
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Sara Bennett
Karen
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Xavier Blondeau
Nuit Indienne No. 4
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Ketil Born
sanctuary 1
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Karen Bullock
Open Doors
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Nina Weinberg Doran
Untitled 3
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Ning Fan
Element Within
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Ning Fan
Mutual Protection
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Jan Fašungová
The Forest. Her Forest.
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Brian Hodges
Ubud, Bali
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Brian Hodges
Gulu, Uganda
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Janet Holmes
Penelope's Place (Why Would Anyone Rescue a Chicken?)
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Janet Holmes
On the Road with Chicken Little (Why Would Anyone Rescue a Chicken?)
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Karen Holmes
Adela's Window
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Karen Holmes
Karen's Window
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Michael Honnegar
The Red Shoe
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Rick Kattelmann
Gompa in Sichuan
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Teo Kefalopoulos
sanctuary of St. Nicholas
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Teo Kefalopoulos
windswept
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Thomas Ladd
Sheep Pasture Garden, North Easton, MA
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Petra Liljestrand
Cleansed
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Megan Niger
Settling
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Rik Palm
Untitled
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Kristianne Koch Riddle
Let if Flow
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Richard Anthony Russo
Forest Sanctuary
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Katalina Simon
Rugaciuni
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Charlotte Watts
In The Days of Frost, Seek A Minor Sun
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Juror's Statement

The images presented here honor and celebrate refuge, spirituality, peace: sanctuary. In a time when so many of us feel unsafe, these images are a little beacon of beauty and hope. And, there are other layers of meaning here. Beyond the image content, the creative practice itself can be thought of as a sanctuary. As I viewed the submitted images, I got the sense that many of the photographers consider their practice a “safe space”—a space to experiment, to give voice to issues they care about, to create the world they’d like to live in.

I was most drawn to images that expressed the theme with a depth of emotion and a very fine attention to form. As photographer/philosopher Robert Adams once said, form is beautiful because it gives us the sense that the world transcends chaos. What better way to express our them? Sanctuaries help us transcend chaos, after all.

As I write this, I’m in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. You can’t help being keenly aware of the power of sanctuary in this city. Synagogues, mosques, and Catholic churches sit amid bombed-out buildings and bullet-strafed facades. Everyone over 30 carries significant war trauma. And yet, there’s peace and beauty close at hand, just as there is in most places, if we only shift our attention to see it. I want to thank the photographers who submitted their lovely work to this exhibition, for helping us see the world in this way. 

About the Juror

Laura Valenti is the founder of Light Atlas Creative, an online platform for transformative photography education. She teaches interactive e-courses, supports emerging photographers in her creative mentoring program, speaks to photo groups, and curates exhibitions for galleries and photo festivals around the world. At core, her work is about helping photographers find their true voice as artists, so they can make their most personal, meaningful, and wholehearted work. 

Laura has been a photographer, curator, arts director, and educator for about 20 years. She worked for 15 years in the nonprofit art world, most recently as Outreach Director at Photolucida – an organization that works to build connections between photographers and the gallery and publishing worlds. Before that, she was Program Director and co-Curator at Newspace Center for Photography, where she also taught black-and-white darkroom. She often serves as a professional reviewer at various portfolio review events, where she helps photographers fine-tune their vision and promote their work with more confidence.

Call for Entries

A place of refuge and peace: Shelter, haven, retreat, hideaway, asylum, sanctum, wilderness, cloister, refuge.

A cozy living room, a child in mother's arms, a magical spot in the woods where animals tread. 

What is your own notion of  of "sanctuary"? All capture methods and processes are welcome.

We are very pleased to welcome Laura Valenti as juror for Sanctuary. She will select up to 35 images for exhibition in our Middlebury, Vermont gallery, and up to 40 more for our permanent online gallery. The recipients of the Juror’s Award and Director’s Award will each be entitled to a portfolio review with Ms. Valenti.

Information about our printing service and free matting and framing here.

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Bob Newman 2
© Bob Newman
Meredith Abenaim 1
© Meredith Abenaim
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© Laura Valenti
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© Charlotte Watts