DENHAM SPRINGS -- It took seven people more than three hours to set everything up Friday morning, but the big show is now ready.

Photography members of the Arts Council of Livingston Parish (ACLP) will have their photographs on display through the months of July and August at the ACLP building, located at 133 Hummell St. in the Denham Springs Antique Village.

The exhibit officially begins Wednesday, July 5, and will run through Saturday, August 26, four days before the photographs are scheduled to be picked up.

Eighteen photographers submitted 2-3 pieces each for the exhibit, bringing the total to 48 photographs for the public to view — and possibly purchase.

The pictures are hanging on the walls throughout through the front foyer, down the right hallway and in the back classroom, and some were also placed in a glass display case.

There were no categories for the exhibit — each artist was free to submit whatever he or she saw fit — and there also won’t be any judging, just admiring.

Given the loose parameters, there’s a little bit of everything for people to enjoy in the exhibit: from abandoned churches, waterfalls and landscapes to wild animals, sunrises on the beach and famous monuments.

There will be two receptions for the public to chat with the displayed photographers during the two-month exhibit, one on Saturday, July 8, and the other Saturday, Aug. 12.

But that’s not all the ACLP has planned for photography lovers this summer.

The ACLP will hold two basic photography classes over the next two months, one for children ages 10-18 and one for adults 18 and older. Both will be led by ACLP photography member Kristine Stone, whose work is also featured in the exhibit.

The children’s class, $10 per student, will be held Saturday, July 22, from 10:30-11:30 a.m., and the adult class, $35 per student, will be two weeks later on Saturday, Aug. 5, from 10:30 a.m. until noon. A maximum of 10 students is allowed per class.

The Arts Council of Livingston Parish (ACLP) is open to the public four days a week, Wednesday through Saturday. It is open from 10 a.m. until noon Wednesday through Friday and 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Saturdays.

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