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‘Savoring the Moment’ photography exhibit continues in St. Helena

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'Bucolic' by Elizabeth Bush

"Bucolic" by Elizabeth Bush is 20-by-30 and for sale for $425. It is part of the Napa Valley Photographic Society's exhibit "Savoring the Moment" at the Upper Valley Campus of Napa Valley College.

The work of 20 members of the Napa Valley Photographic Society is currently on display at the Upper Valley Campus of Napa Valley College.

The show is called “Savoring the Moment,” and is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday at 1088 College Ave. in St. Helena. The show continues through June 10.

Gary Sampson's 'Colorful Calla'

A part of the detail of "Colorful Calla" by Gary Sampson. It is 16-by-24 and for sale for $235. It is a part of the "Savoring the Moment," exhibit at the Upper Valley Campus of Napa Valley College.

The images include street scenes, landscapes, portraits and “other explorations of time and place,” according to a press release.

Rick De Bernardi is a retired mechanical engineer who spent his working days at Travis Air Force Base in Fairfield.

Karen Noyes, 'Gobies in Bottle'

Karen Noyes' photograph "Gobies in Bottle" is part of the Napa Valley Photographic Society's current exhibit at the Upper Valley Campus of Napa Valley College in St. Helena. It is 20-by-30 and for sale for $350.

“As I was approaching retirement, I needed a hobby, because I didn’t want to sit down on the couch and die,” he said on Feb. 27 during an artists’ reception for the group show. He added he had been “dabbling” in photography and now he seeks to get “a good exposure and the good composition to try to get a photograph you like,” although he said, “My batting average is not real good, but it’s a fun hobby.”

De Barnardi is vice president and longtime member of the Napa Valley Photographic Society, but the Napa resident has been taking photos since he was 19, when his dad gave him a Olympus Pen EE, 35mm half-frame camera.

“For a 36-frame roll of film, you got 72 pictures,” he said. “It took a long time to use up that first roll of film and get it developed.”

Currently, he uses a Nikon D-7000 digital camera.

Nancy Hernandez, 'Day is Done'

"Day is Done" by Nancy Hernandez is 20-by-30 and for sale for $350. It is part of the "Savoring the Moment" photographic exhibit at St. Helena's campus of Napa Valley College.

One of those viewing the show was Priscilla Upton, who took a photography class from Chuck Steffenetti in the late 1990s.

“We were all bemoaning the fact that there was no photographic club around, so we decided we would do that,” Upton said. Besides Upton (vice president), the founding members of the Napa Valley Photographic Society were Sharyn Danielson (president), Len Powers (treasurer) and Joan Steinthal (secretary).

After starting with bylaws in the fall of 1998, they held their first photographic exhibit. “It’s been in various different spots,” Upton said, “but the format has always been the same where we would have photographers coming in, showing their work and critiquing our work.”

'Savoring the Moment' photo exhibit

On Feb. 27, a group of people attended the artists' reception for the Napa Valley Photographic Society's exhibit "Savoring the Moment" at the Upper Valley Campus of Napa Valley College. The show is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, through June 10.

To Upton, the most exciting part of photography is “seeing things in the moment and being able to communicate with a subject that is almost instantaneous.”

The photographs are by Kathryne Bandrowski, George Bartolome, Elizabeth Bush, Marissa Carlisle, Kevin Conlon, Rick De Bernardi, Joseph de Sancto Claro, Thomas Edwards, Roger Hagan, Geoff Hansen, Nancy Hernandez, Betty Malmgren, Christa Mayer, Irena Miles, Karen Noyes, Gary Sampson, Chris Sauer, Michael Schaer, Ann J. Seronello and Carolyn Younger.

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David Stoneberg is the editor of the St. Helena Star, an award-winning weekly newspaper. Prior to joining the Star in 2006, he worked for the Lake County Record-Bee, the Clear Lake Observer American, the Middletown Times Star, The Weekly Calistogan and st