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Photography exhibit showcases local, provincial talent

Last Updated Mar 4, 2020 at 5:54 pm MDT

IMAGE. Supplied by the Regional Recreation Corporation.

The province’s top photographs will be on display at MacDonald Island Park.

The Kirschner Family Community Art Gallery hosts the ‘Best of Alberta’ Photography Exhibition from the Professional Photographers of Canada.

The travelling exhibition makes its first stop in Fort McMurray since opening in Edmonton late last year.

Among the creative and cutting edge images from 2019-20 in the gallery are works from local photographers Amy Roberts and Crystal Mercredi.

Owner of Life and Portraits studio in Fort McMurray, Mercredi received the ‘Best in Class’ award at the Professional Photographers of Canada conference in Edmonton.

She said the images are part of a select group.

“Best of Alberta is the Merit in Excellence award-winning images from the Alberta regional competition. I’m really honoured to have three images in the gallery, and there are 33 images in total.”

The 33 Merit in Excellence photos are finalists in the Professional Photographers of Canada Provincial Juried Image Competition.

Mercredi added visitors will really get the full experience of viewing images from world-renown photographers.

“It’s so great to see really beautiful images you may have seen online, and really notice those subtle tonal shifts that you can see in digital. You’ll really notice them in print, and everything pops really nicely.”

Mercredi said she and Michael Thornton with the Kirschner Family Community Art Gallery jumped at the chance to host the exhibition.

“We have such an incredibly talented photographic community here, and I’d love to see more people get excited about the opportunity to have their work touring the province.”

This will be Fort McMurray’s first time hosting the ‘Best of Alberta’ Photography Exhibition.

Mercredi said she plans to record a video of the event for the Professional Photographers of Canada.

The organization announced last week Mercredi’s images at ‘Best of Alberta’ qualified for its national exhibit.

All three of Mercredi’s images, two of which received Merit, will feature in the annual “Look Book” for 2019-20.

The opening reception at the Kirschner Family Community Art Gallery for community members takes place March 5 at 7:00 p.m.

The travelling exhibition wraps up on April 5, 2020.