May 16, 2003

Sherman Heights Snapshots, to Showcase Local Photographers’ Images of the Sherman Heights Historic District

The Sherman Heights Neighborhood Cultural Council (SHNCC) will host an exhibition of photographs of the Sherman Heights Historic District on Saturday, May 24, 2003, from noon to 4:00 p.m. at the Rob Quigley-designed Sherman Heights Community Center, located one block south of Market Street at 2258 Island Avenue, between 22nd and 24th Streets. The May 24 community exhibition is free and open to the public.

This exhibition will showcase the work of local photographers who submitted images as a result of the recent call for photographs by the SHNCC. Over 25 professional and amateur photographers responded to the call, and over 300 photos will be on display. Photographers were challenged to take photos that capture the essence of Sherman Heights people, architecture, urban issues, or the views of, from, and within Sherman Heights.

“Two Flags” photo taken by Bobbie Bagel.

“We are delighted that so many talented photographers explored our community,” says Louise Torio, Chair of the Sherman Heights Neighborhood Cultural Council, a nine-year resident of the area, and proprietor of Historic Sherman Heights Walking Tours. “These are powerful and beautiful photographs that capture the complexity and diversity of the neighborhood.” Sherman Heights is very old high-density urban area in transition, located just east of the East Village, near downtown San Diego, only ten blocks from the new Petco Park baseball stadium.

This event was curated with the assistance of staff members from the Museum of Photographic Arts. The photos will be displayed unframed, clipped to overhead wires. After the community exhibition on May 24, a smaller version of the exhibition will travel to San Diego City Hall at 202 C Street to be displayed in the lobby gallery from July 14-25, 2003.

“Cool Car” photo taken by longtime Sherman Heights resident Bobbie Bagel.

The SHNCC will produce a book of “Sherman Heights Snapshots,” thanks to a grant from the County of San Diego and County Supervisor Greg Cox.

“The support we’ve received from the County and from our sponsors will enable us to share these images of Sherman Heights with a greater audience,” Torio said. Other SHNCC sponsors include the City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture, the San Diego Foundation, the San Diego Historical Society, the Museum of Photographic Arts (MoPA), Historic Sherman Heights Walking Tours, and the Central Village Business District.

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