Panama City Florida arts center opens three new exhibits for September

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PANAMA CITY — A picture-perfect Friday is expected, at least in the main gallery at the Panama City Center for the Arts. The F/Stop Photography Competition and Exhibition will open alongside two other exhibits featuring work by local artists Michele Kimbrough and Kelly Smith Dyer. The exhibitions will be on display until […]

PANAMA CITY — A picture-perfect Friday is expected, at least in the main gallery at the Panama City Center for the Arts.

The F/Stop Photography Competition and Exhibition will open alongside two other exhibits featuring work by local artists Michele Kimbrough and Kelly Smith Dyer. The exhibitions will be on display until Sept. 25.

“Our F/Stop exhibition is one of the most interesting exhibitions of the year,” said Jayson Kretzer, executive director of Bay Arts Alliance. “Every year, we get to see where our community has been visiting and what they’ve been up to. It’s like a family photo album on the wall, full of great memories.”

2020:Center for the Arts opens F/Stop competition, exhibition

2019:Photography competition opens Friday

The public can peruse the shows during an opening reception for all of the exhibitions from 5-7 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 3, with F/Stop competition awards being announced at 6 p.m.

Now in its 33rd year, the F/Stop Photography Competition and Exhibition (originally named “Faces and Facets”) is open to residents of all ages throughout Northwest Florida. There are six categories for adults — nature, people, architecture, abstract/altered, landscape and traditional — and a special category for youth photographers.

This year’s judge is local photographer and artist Bonnie Tate-Woodby, owner of The Light Room in downtown Panama City. Tate-Woodby studied creative writing and photography at Florida State University and later received an MFA in photography at the University of Memphis. She has worked in several areas including portrait photography, fine art and as a photography instructor at Gulf Coast State College and the former Visual Arts Center of Northwest Florida.

In 2017, Tate-Woodby channeled her passion for the art of photography into The Light Room, a gallery, classroom and photo studio at 306 Harrison Ave.

A watercolor by Michele Kimbrough will be part of her exhibition opening Friday at the Center for the Arts.

Kimbrough’s ‘Crucian Carnival Series’

This month in the Miller Gallery, artist Michele Kimbrough’s work will be on display in a show titled, “Crucian Carnival Series.” Kimbrough started pursuing art as a profession in 2001. She has always created, but her first watercolor class in 1996 helped her to define which medium she wanted to pursue.

“Most of my work comes from my own photography,” Kimbrough said. “Over the years, I’ve come to call my artwork ‘Celebrating the American Dream’ because everything I’ve created is about our current lives.”

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