Joyful images sought for downtown Cartersville's The Photo Fence

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Creating a "space where community arts can flourish," organizers of The Photo Fence are excited to promote the upcoming public arts project. Currently seeking entries for the exhibit, the offering will be displayed along the fence at Founders Oak Plaza in downtown Cartersville from Oct. 12 to January 2019.

"The idea was spearheaded by local citizens, Barry and Lynn Henderson, who are both passionate about the arts," Cartersville Downtown Development Authority Manager Lillie Read said. "Barry came to the DDA with the idea and we were in support of it, so once they put together the project details we helped work on making it a reality downtown.

"The purpose of The Photo Fence is to promote art in Bartow County and to help make public art more visible downtown. It will be a rotating exhibit that will also have a contest component to it as there will be a People’s Choice Award for the photography at the end of each exhibition."

Entries will be accepted through Sept. 21 for the first installment of The Photo Fence, which will feature the theme — joy and happiness.

"The content of the images is open — whatever brings a smile or chuckle to the viewer," said The Photo Fence Coordinator Lynn Henderson, adding submitted images need to be "tasteful." "… The entries are not restricted to professional or serious hobbyist photographers; however the criteria for the quality of an image is specific so that it can withstand being enlarged to either 20 [by] 26 or 20 [by] 48. Each photographer may submit up to four digital images to www.downtowncartersville.org/photofence/.

" … Three jurors will view all digital submissions to select the 35 [to] 40 that will be printed and mounted on quality outdoor materials on the fence at [Founders Oak Plaza] — location of the weekly [Cartersville] Farmer's Market. There is no expense to the photographers. The judging will be based on initial impact of image, adherence to the theme and the photographic quality — composition, sharpness, use of light, technical skills."

Along with entering images into the first exhibit, those interested can obtain more details about upcoming art projects online by visiting the Cartersville DDA's website, downtowncartersville.org, then opening the "Art" tab.

"One of the strategic goals of the DDA is to enhance downtown by supporting the arts — be it theater, dance, painting, music," Read said. "We want downtown to be a space where community arts can flourish. I always like to say that downtown is a place where the community can get involved with events, projects and building the character of the area; this project is proof of that concept.

"Great downtowns are made when the community gets involved with shaping and creating their community so we at the DDA want to support opportunities for folks to get involved with our efforts, particularly through the arts. … The goal is to offer a series of rotating exhibits through the end of 2019, at which point we will assess how the project is going and see if continuing it or pursuing something new makes most sense."