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Philmont, NY - Members of the Columbia County Photo Club will exhibit photos at the Philmont Public Library, 101 Main Street, Philmont, New York from January 19th to March 1st. An Opening Reception will be held on Jan 19 from 1:30-3:00 PM. Proceeds from sales of the photos will be donated to the Library.

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(c) 2013 Paul R. Abitabile
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The Columbia County Photo Club was the outcome of an idea started by Paul Abitabile, in November 2010. His interest in photography impelled him to look for other people who would be interested in sharing their love of photography. Flyers were put up around the county and the membership grew. The club has grown to over 50 members since then. Levels of experience range from the beginner to the professional.

The club meets at 6 PM on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month at the Hudson Area Library, 400 State St, Hudson, NY. At meetings members share photos, techniques and instruction on lighting, photo editing, general discussion, and friendships. A topic is chosen at the end of each meeting to challenge members to take photos of that topic to share at the next meeting. It is a learning experience and just plain FUN!

(c) 2013 Joan Lezette-Miller
Group club photo outings to conservation areas and community events in Columbia County have also been organized. Members have entered winning photos in all area photo contests as well. Contests have been held at The Valatie Library, the KEEP Preserve in Germantown, Cornell Cooperative Extension's Biodiversity Photo Contest, the Columbia County Fair and The Berkshire Museum Photo Club to date. Members participated in Scott Kelby's Worldwide Photowalk in 2011.

The Club has a members-only Facebook group page called "Columbia County Photo Club" where they post photos and share ideas. New members are always welcome! You can come as a walk-in to a meeting or contact Paul at: abit@mhcable.com (put 'Join Photo Club' in the subject box).

For more information, contact the Philmont Library at 518-672-5010.

The Philmont Public Library is located at 101 Main Street, Philmont, NY. For more information on hours and events, call 518-672-5010.

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