Village of Elsah Museum
Annual Photography Exhibit

"A Village for All Seasons"
April 1 - August 6, 2017
"Bluff Top View" by Jeffrey Vaughn
2016 Purchase Prize winner
  "Remnant Ruin" by Christine Samoore
2016 Village of Elsah Purchase Prize winner

“A Village for All Seasons” is the theme of The Village of Elsah Museum’s 2017 Annual Photography Exhibit. The purpose of this annual exhibit is to celebrate and foster an appreciation of the beauty and unique qualities of Elsah and the immediate area in every season. Each year the Museum chooses a theme designed to bring out a different aspect of Elsah’s surroundings.

In order to encourage an appreciation of the beauty of the entire area within and in the immediate area of the corporate limits of the Village, two first-place purchase prizes were offered based on location. The Village of Elsah and the Green Tree Inn contributed the purchase prize for the photograph of a place in the valley area and donated the second purchase prize for a photograph taken in the surrounding area.

Comments from the 2016 Show
The Village of Elsah purchase prize was awarded to Christine Samoore of Springfield, Illinois for her work titled, “Remnant Ruin.” The work is a digital image, 8 X 12, printed on luster paper of the 1894 Gate Lodge and entrance to the Notch Cliff estate. The composition shows the building and the Mississippi River visually framed from the Ice House Ruins, creating this image within an image view. The winter image shows a
beautiful, serene view from this unusual vantage point.

The purchase prize was awarded to Jeffrey Vaughn of Alton, Illinois. The title of his work is “Bluff Top View.” The submission was a print in 100% rag mat in a clear polyester envelope. The image was captured on film with a medium format camera. The 8 X 8 inch image is a digital chromogenic print on Fujifilm Crystal Archive paper, of the bluffs in springtime with a small section of the Mississippi River showing. The high quality image and print in a square format accent the intimate view through to the River. This view provides a contrast of size with the bluffs and river.

The judge was Erica Popp, who lives and works in St. Louis, Missouri. Her artwork is mostly photographic and print media: gum bichromate, cyanotype, and Van Dyke Brown, and photopolymer gravure. Her work is inspired by nature and her environment.. The following photographers are represented in the exhibit: Joan Baker, Gary Brooks, Michelle Haller, Melissa Hardy, Kim Howland, Karen King, Shirley Koelling, Talia Long, Marty McKay, Joanie Parmley, John Reed Christine Samoore, Carolyn Schlueter, Josh Simpson, Leslie Thompson, Karen Varsa, Jeff Vaughn and Peyton Watsek. Participants are from the local metro area as well as Batchtown, Moro, Springfield and Centralia, Illinois. Special recognition certificates was given to Joan Baker for “Window in Spring,” Marty McKay for “Light at the End of The Tunnel” and Melissa Hardy “In and Out.” All the photographs are for sale and all proceeds are retained by the photographer. Additional copies or sizes of the purchase prize winning photographs and photographs in the exhibit can generally be purchased from the photographer.

  The exhibit is held at The Village of Elsah Museum, 26 LaSalle Street, and is open to the public 1 pm to 4 pm, Fridays through Sundays. Visitors to the exhibit will also find other exhibits covering the varied architectural styles found throughout the town, Principia College, nearby New Piasa Chautauqua, and tools and other implements used by past residents.  
Photograph submission information
Financial Support for this exhibit has been provided by
Village of Elsah Green Tree Inn Donors to previous Museum Book and Bake Sales Burton Art Services is sponsored in part by the following: