Last Spring I decided to associate myself with a group of local artists who have a community art gallery in our small town. I submitted for their jury process some of my photography and some woodwork. They were gracious to accept me into their small circle and I began showing work in the gallery. Although I have not generally thought of myself as an artist, this has been a wonderful experience. I encourage all of you who may be so inclined to look around your own area for such associations. They can be a source of encouragement, and a good place to develop new relationships, as well as the opportunity to remind the public that photography is a legitimate part of public art. You might even sell something. Most recently the club arranged for my work to be shown in a month long exhibit at the local Agri-Civic Center. The college where I teach has put up a press release about that which can be found here. Local clubs and associations can expand our horizons in more ways than one.