2015 Photographers Salon Dates:

July 7, 14, 21, 28   

August 4, 11

Time: 7:00pm

Fee: Free!

Location: The Pebble Gallery

July 7: Patrick Cashin  

I was born in Brooklyn, New York and attended Automotive High School. After completing two years of college at SUNY Farmingdale, I enlisted in the U.S. Navy. My interest in photography began while I was in the Navy, working as an Engineman. What starting as a hobby photographing the faces of the Vietnamese people during Operation Frequent Wind (the evacuation of Vietnam) convinced me that my future was going to be behind a camera. Following my discharged from the Navy, I joined Newsweek magazine where I worked in their photo lab and in the evening I took classes at Parsons School of Design for photography. After taking on freelance jobs, I started receiving photography assignments from Newsweek’s advertising special sections. While working 16 years for the magazine, I continued to travel and photograph worldwide on photo assignments first for the Naval Reserve and then for the Air National Guard as a Master Sergeant assigned to the 111th Fighter Wing, Willow Grove, Pennsylvania. In December 2011 I retired from the military after 34 years of services.

Currently, I am the photographer for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) for the State of New York. My photography has appeared in the New York Times, The Sunday Times, New York Daily News, The Weekly Flickr, Channel Thirteen MetroFocus, MTA brochures and ads.

You can see a sample of my work by going to my web site is www.pcpics.com

July 14: Michael Stimola

Michael Stimola is largely self-taught and has been making photographs for over decade. After studying at the International Center of Photography and the School of Visual Arts in New York City he set out to define his photographic vision through experimentation and the close study of the work of other artists – photographers and painters and writers. He continues to explore the uses of photography to interpret his visual experiences on Martha’s Vineyard and elsewhere.

Michael’s photographs have been selected for exhibition in Colorado, California, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York and Vermont. He is a winner of Color Magazine’s, 2009 Portfolio Competition and is profiled in Issue # 8, Spring 2010. Additionally, he is a Black & White Magazine Excellence Award winner and is featured in Issue # 76, August 2010 Special Portfolio Contest Award Issue. Most recently, he was the subject of an Artist Profile in the Summer 2012 issue of Vineyard Style Magazine.

Michael is represented by the Field Gallery in West Tisbury, MA. His photographs may be seen at www.michaelstimolaphotography.com.

July 21: Joann Frechette

A native New Yorker, Joann Frechette started photographing the world when her father passed his 1940s Leica on to her when she was a teenager. She has been documenting the world around her ever since.

Joann has been in galleries and art shows in New York City, Boston, New Jersey, and Martha’s Vineyard.  Her work is in numerous private collections. In addition to fine art prints, Joann’s images can be seen on music CDs and digital music singles.  She has curated photography shows in New York City for Professional Women Photographers. She is also a Board member of that group. You can visit her web site at:  joannfrechette.com.  Joann can be contacted at: joannfrechettephotography@gmail.com.

July 28: Bob Avakian

Bob Avakian and his wife Gail visited Martha’s Vineyard for the summer in 1973 and it

has been home ever since. As his photographic vision has evolved he has been drawn to the natural landscape and an exploration of night photography. Recently Bob's night photography was awarded First Place in the Neutral Density Photography Awards 2014. He was selected as a Photolucida Critical Mass 2013 Top 50photographer. In the International Photo Awards Annual competition Bob won 2nd place in the Night Photography category. In Photo Nights Boston’s “Photorama” his photography won 1st place. His work was also chosen to exhibit in the Danforth Museum’s “Photography Bienniel” and at the Cape Cod Art Association’s “All New England”, where he was awarded Best of Show.

August 4: Alan Brigish/ Susan Klein

Alan Brigish

Educated in South Africa, I have lived in the USA for nearly forty years. My wife Joyce and I share our year-round home and refuge West Tisbury on Marthaʼs Vineyard with our two golden retrievers Zach and Jeter. In my spare time, I am chairman of the Marthaʼs Vineyard Film Society.

His published photographic books are:

The Brigish Collection: Limited Edition

Eye Contact: Windows on the Soul of India

Breathing in the Buddha – 1st Place, Photography Category, 2011 Annual DIY Book Festival, Los Angeles, CA. Honorable Mention, 2010 San Francisco Book Festival.

Marthaʼs Vineyard – Now & Zen – 1st Place 2010, New England Book, Wild Card

Category. 3rd Place IPPY (Independent Book Publishers Award), 2010, New England Region

Susan Klein

Susan Klein is noted for a variety of presentations involving Story. She tours her one woman shows internationally in theaters, at conferences, and at special events. Her highly acclaimed storytelling and memoir writing workshops are held annually on Martha's Vineyard and around the nation and in Europe.

Susan's substantial repertoire includes selections from the world body of folklore and myth, literary stories, rites of passage and love stories for adults of all ages. Her autobiographical material encompasses growing up on Martha's Vineyard in the 50s, waitressing and teaching school in the 70s, her work as an itinerant storyteller in Alaskan Yup'ik Eskimo villages in the Kuskokwim Delta and the native peoples of the Alaskan panhandle in the 80s. Her recent commissioned story, "FLOOD — Bound Brook, NJ, 1999, A Confluence of River and Rain," has been hailed a masterpiece that has a "searing effect on the soul."

August 11: Open Salon

FSPS Open Salon and closing celebration

Any and all photographic artists are invited to bring one (only) photograph to present to the group. A champagne toast will close out the season.