CVA Spotlight On...Cary Photographic Artists
Last year, a group of local photographers made a generous donation to Cary Visual Art’s Reflection Gallery at WakeMed Cary Hospital. This monetary gift expanded the gallery to twice its size, providing even more room for art to be displayed along the hospital walls. Made possible by the Cary Photographic Artists, this expansion features work from a wide range of artists. The pieces join together to form a 45’ display that brightens the halls for WakeMed patients, staff, and visitors.
Bobbi Hopp, a Cary resident since 2003, founded the Cary Photographic Artists, or CPA, in January 2007. In an interview, Bobbi revealed much about her connection with the organization, its history, its purpose, and the philanthropic roles that it has taken on over the years.
The organization began as a small group of sixteen people. Everyone in the group held the same belief—photography should not have to compete for its place among the visual arts. Bobbi explained that photography is often left unrecognized when placed alongside mediums of painting, drawing, etc. In her interview, Bobbi emphasized that photography’s wide range of creative choices, methods, and techniques is part of what makes it such an incredible art form. For this reason, the CPA community was formed for individuals to teach, learn, share, and celebrate the art of photography. Although CPA has grown to a size of 140 members, its basic founding principles continue to inspire the organization today.
Cary Photographic Artists consists of both beginners and professional photographers. Twice a month, the members meet to hear guest speakers, learn new techniques, or simply share their work. In addition to their bimonthly meetings, CPA participates in photographic outings to take pictures of special events or unique locations.
Although much of CPA’s focus is placed on the appreciation, celebration, and education of photography, the group spends a great deal of their time reaching out to the Cary community. The organization works with Fellowship Heath Resources, Inc. of Cary to provide photography lessons and fun outings for developmentally disabled adults. Additionally, the organization is a large supporter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation through their donations to creating of posters of locally diagnosed children for research funding purposes. In the past, the organization has held photography presentations at Cary High School and has photographically documented the development and completion of the Old Cary Elementary School into a cultural arts center.
Through fun, education, and outreach, the Cary Photographic Artists continue to enhance and inspire the Cary community. Their gift to Cary Visual Art’s Reflection Gallery demonstrates their appreciation of visual art and their dedication to assisting the Cary community in being the best it can be. Cary’s enthusiasm of public art and the love of place that accompanies it are seen through local arts organizations like CPA. Bobbi reinforced this point by stating that, “I like how Cary places importance on the arts, and I’m proud to be a part of it.”
Meetings are free and open to anyone who appreciates photography and its contribution to public art. The Cary Photographic Artists meet at 7 p.m. on the first and third Thursdays of each month at Cary Arts Center, 101 Dry Avenue in Cary, NC.
Article by Jessica Patrick