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9 July 2018
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Walking Through WNC 3.0: Images by Members of Vagabond Photo Walks Group
Photo exhibition at Allgood Coffee features photography of Western North Carolina towns
WEAVERVILLE, N.C. – A collection of images documenting sights and personalities in western North Carolina will go on display starting Aug. 12 when “Walking Through WNC 3.0: An Exhibit of Images by Vagabond Photo Walks Group” opens with a reception at 3pm (to 5pm) at Allgood Coffee, located in downtown Weaverville at 10 South Main Street.
Photographs in the show are the results of Vagabond Photo Walks Group members roaming together with cameras through Black Mountain, Waynesville, Weaverville, Brevard, Hendersonville, Old Fort, Spruce Pine, Marshall and Hot Springs. Asheville is represented with images of downtown, the River Arts District, the South Slope, and West Asheville, while there will certainly be a representation of photos from Downtown Weaverville as well.
Professional photographer and instructor David Simchock started the group in 2014 and serves as its walk guide and mentor.
“Once again, we are really excited to share our work with the public, this time at Allgood Coffee which regularly features the work of local artists.”, Simchock said. “Our annual exhibitions are a fantastic way to show the local community our work, and are also a great opportunity for amateur and hobbyist photographers to participate in a real art exhibition.”
The Vagabond Photo Walks Group is made up of beginning photographers, hobbyists, and professionals. For many of the artists, this is the first time they have exhibited their work. The group is part of MeetUp.com, a network of local groups aimed at revitalizing local communities and helping people around the world to self-organize.
This is the group’s third exhibit. Says Simchock, “Our shows in both 2016 and 2017 were very successful, and whole lot of fun. So, we decided to do it again! And, so long as there is interest in the MeetUp, we’ll do it again in 2019.”
Opening reception attendees will see images of urban scenes depicting street festivals, breweries, musicians, and markets. Photo styles range from minimalist interpretations to dynamic storytelling. About 30 photographs by up to 15 group members will be on display. The exhibit runs through October 3, 2018.
Many of the artists will be in attendance at the reception. Refreshments will be served, and the event is free and open to the public. In addition to the reception, guests may view the exhibit during Allgood Coffee’s regular open hours: Monday-Friday, 7am to 4pm and Saturday and Sunday, 8am-4pm.
All art is for sale, unless otherwise specified by the artist.
About Vagabond Photo Walks Group
Vagabond Photo Walks is a MeetUp.com group created by David Simchock. He started the group because he sensed there were photography hobbyists in the area who wanted to get out shooting, but not necessarily doing it alone. “The Asheville area is filled with transplants from other parts of the country, and a common reason that folks join MeetUp is that they want to meet some new friends and connect with people who have common interests,” he said.
Vagabond Photo Walks members may use any kind of camera they wish – from camera phones to pro-level DSLR cameras. Currently, there are more than 600 members, though group outings typically draw between 10 and 25 members. Walks take place two or three times each month with lesser frequency in winter months. To date there have been over 100 events for the group. New members are always welcome, and it’s free to join. However, some events may require a nominal fee.
To sign up for the group, visit www.meetup.com/Vagabond-Photo-Walks-WNC
About David Simchock: A native of New Jersey now residing in Brevard, N.C, David is a freelance photographer, artist and educator. His images have appeared in major publications around the world, and he has exhibited his work in galleries and venues from New York City to Asheville. David’s efforts have been awarded prestigious accolades, while his life story and career have been covered in several publications and TV features. David is also an educator and speaker. His work can be seen at www.DavidSimchock.com.
About Allgood Coffee: Allgood Coffee is a family owned small business started in 2013. Always intrigued by the special drink and it's natural powers, curiosity evolved into a deep passion for the delicacy as the art of properly preparing espresso and coffee was studied, practiced, and refined. Passion for taste and purity has developed into a mastery, lending quite the sensational experience. They got their start many years ago at their first Cafe in Georgia. Now very excited to have a location in Weaverville, NC, Allgood has shown their passion is equally reflected in becoming a part of and serving the community. www.allgood.coffee