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Joseph Pratt

PDT contributor

Local photographer Pam DeCamp is celebrating a year of wins and firsts as the 2013 year comes to an end.

DeCamp was recently featured in Daily Times when two of her pieces placed in The Ohio Art Council’s Governor’s Awards and even having the two pieces hung in the governor’s office. On top of that win, DeCamp has also increased her local outreach of business and has been juried into several other shows and brought home many new ribbons.

However, the latest feat she has conquered is having her very own solo exhibit in the Thoroughbred Gallery out of Ashland, Ky.

DeCamp will be at her gallery this Friday, Dec. 6 during what Ashland calls the First Friday Art Walk, where artists set up work down Winchester on the first Friday of the month. DeCamp will be at the event from 5:30 to 8 p.m., where she will be meeting and greeting visitors of the Thoroughbred Gallery. DeCamp also has miniature prints and the originals for sale as well.

DeCamp’s solo gallery displays around 30 pieces and is titled “Opened Doors.”

The show is based around a photo DeCamp took last spring at Portsmouth Little Theatre’s production of “The Secret Garden” that she calls “Girl at the Gate.” The photo reveals the silhouette of young actress, Ivy Idzakovich, opening the gate to the secret garden for the first time, on a dark stage with white light pouring from the opening garden gate.

From there, DeCamp’s gallery has everything from the shots of Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati that won DeCamp the Governor’s Award, antiqued photos of cars and cameras, nature shots and more.

Barbara Delligatti, owner of The Upstairs Gallery, says that she has been an artist for practically her entire life and knows how important artist recognition is. The Upstairs Gallery is directly above her husband’s office, Thoroughbred Agency. Delligati offers solo galleries in her husband’s office, since it is at ground level and provides a space dedicated to one artist’s work alone. Delligatti said that it is a way for her husband to beatify his office while also spreading artist awareness. They chose to feature DeCamp for the months of November and December.

“I just want to let some of the artists have the exposure. I mean, you’re never going to grow if you’re not seen,” Delligatti said. “We’ve been doing this for close to ten years and it just inspires other people to grow further in their medium. These photographs [DeCamp’s] here are very inspirational to people as well.”

Thoroughbred Agency is opened during the work week and everyone is welcomed and encouraged to visit DeCamp’s photography during their regular business hours of 9:30 to 5 p.m.. The Upstairs Gallery is opened Tuesday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m and can be found at 1428 Winchester Avenue.

“DeCamp is a very, very professional artist and that is what I look for,” said Deligatti. “I met her a couple years ago when she entered some of the photo shows we have down here. I knew she was going places and she has since won so many awards.”

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