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Lightshed Photography Studio’s Work Goes to International Exhibition

Daniel St. John of Lightshed Photography Studio is honored by peers and jurors for high-quality photography.

AMELIA by Daniel St. John of Lightshed Photography Studio

A photograph created by Daniel St. John of Lightshed Photography Studio in Salem has been accepted into the General Collection of Professional Photographers of America's 2014 International Photographic Competition. St. John’s work will be on display at the Gaylord Opryland in Nashville, Tennessee Feb. 1-3, 2015. This International Photographic Exhibition is held in conjunction with Imaging USA, an annual convention and expo for professional photographers and several photographic associations.

A panel of 45 eminent jurors from across the United States selected the top photographs from nearly 5,000 total submitted entries at Gwinnett Technical College in Georgia. Judged against a standard of excellence, just over 1,800 images were selected for the General Collection and 918 (roughly 18 percent) were selected for the esteemed Loan Collection—the best of the best. The Loan Collection images will all be published in the much-anticipated "Loan Collection" book and over 200 selected General Collection images will be published in the "Showcase" book by Marathon Press.

Titled “Amelia,” St. John’s photograph will be in the International Photographic Exhibition alongside other top photographic works from the competition and traveling and special invitational displays. These images constitute one of the world's largest annual exhibits of professional photography gathered simultaneously under one roof.

Posted by Kate on 01/25 at 01:40 PM Permalink

The Countdown is on to Salem’s So Sweet!

Salem's So Sweet Ice Sculptures

Salem's most decadent season is nearly here! The 13th Annual Salem's So Sweet Chocolate & Ice Sculpture Festival will bake, ice, melt, and dip its way into Salem for ten days of February. 

The chocolate-infused festival will kick off with the annual Chocolate and Wine Tasting on Friday, February 6th from 6:30 - 8:30 PM at Colonial Hall at Rockafellas. This delicious event features samples of wine, chocolate, chocolate wine, chocolate tea, chocolate beer, and more wine.  Many of Salem's favorite restaurants and sweet shops will be on hand with their most delicious offerings.  Tickets cost $25 and should be purchased in advance, as this event will sell out. Click here for tickets and information.

Ice Sculptures begin arriving on Friday and by mid-day Saturday fifteen frozen sculptures will be installed around Salem.  2015 sculptures are expected to include a mermaid, ruby slippers, a wedding cake, and more! 

The Salem Trolley will provide trolley rides to see the sculptures, weather permitting. Trolley tickets will cost $2 for adults. Children ride free. Trolley stops include the Salem Regional Visitor Center, Pickering Wharf, and Washington Street near Rockafellas restaurant. 

Chocolate from Salem So Sweet

Many of Salem's restaurants will feature special chocolate-infused menus, and participating Salem retailers will offer in-store promotions, innovative displays, and items that celebrate chocolate and Valentine's Day. Don't miss the chocolate fountain (no double dipping!) at Maria's Sweet Somethings on Front Street!  Specific store and restaurant offerings will be available from Salem Main Streets the week prior to the festival.

Salem's So Sweet is presented by Salem Main Streets. The Chocolate and Wine Tasting is presented by the Salem Chamber of Commerce and Salem Main Streets.

Follow Salem's So Sweet on Facebook for updates and information.

Posted by Kate on 01/20 at 06:40 PM Permalink