Isaac West, “Untitled”, from IN LOVE, 2021. © Isaac West. Brad Ogbonna, “Paul & Peter”, 2021. © Brad Ogbonna.

There’s a moment in everyone’s Instagram journey when they ask themselves,Wait… am I a photographer?” Not exactly. But iPhone camera rolls have made us witnesses to pivotal moments that, when democratised, have altered the course of cultural discourse, tangible policy and social justice as a whole. This was the impetus for the International Center of Photography’s latest show, curated by Isolde Brielmaier. “Our awareness of the fight for Black Lives, racial justice, the election at large — all of that really is mediated through images generated by a very public tool: the iPhone,” Isolde says. “I wanted to see what would happen if we took what I would argue is one of the most extroverted mediums and flipped the lens on itself.” What resulted

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Columbus Arts Council will host an opening reception for its latest exhibits, with feature photography and mixed media.

The reception will be held from 5:30-7 p.m. Thursday at the Rosenzweig Arts Center, 501 Main St.

The main gallery will host “The South: Then and Now,” a photography exhibit that features selections from The Do Good Fund and is curated by Birney Imes. Artist Alley will feature the work of mixed-media artist Sydney Gruber, of Tuscaloosa, Alabama.
Interim director Shane Kinder said the arts council will be serving wine at the event, but not any food.

The arts council photography exhibit will focus on the “then,” or past, while Mississippi University for Women galleries’ exhibit will focus on the “now,” contemporary South. Thursday’s reception at the art council serves as the opening for both exhibits.
The W galleries are open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The Columbus

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The Vermilion Arts Guild has been showcasing local talent for the past 20 years.

According to its website, the guild is a program of Main Street Vermilion, a collection of local artists and craftsmen working together to provide opportunities that promote and identify Vermilion as an exciting art community.

Marilou Suszko, executive director of Main Street Vermilion, said the showcase is a way to feature unique art and support local creatives.

“We have a lot of local talent here,” Suszko said. “It’s also a way for artists to come together and learn from one another.”

Gallery shows feature watercolors, acrylics, oils, mixed media, photography, jewelry, potters, fiber art, wood and hand-crafted items.

The ‘Sea and Shore’ Art Show displays sunsets, beaches and beautiful summer pieces.

The Arts Guild hosts multiple shows per year and aims to showcase artwork that reflect the season.

After not being able to hold any

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Creative Bergen invites area residents to walk through art exhibits and performances in 16 municipalities during its first Arts Amble June 11 to 13.

The non-profit was formed in 2020 to encourage residents, restaurants and businesses to interact with and support the arts in Bergen County.

“My inspiration was the Meander Art Crawl in western Minnesota,” said organizer Mark Olson, now a retired computer professional living in Ridgefield Park. “They do a tour of studios featuring 40 local artists from the Upper Minnesota River Valley. We modeled what we’re doing on them, and they even helped us set up.”

The three-day event allows artists and performers to showcase their talent working with paint, photography, sculpture, woodwork, weaving, dance, music and theater.

“This is really more about the community than selling a lot of paintings,” said artist Rafael Guadalupe of Ridgefield Park’s Studio Leshay Rafael, one of the exhibitors. “It’s

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