Aleta Aaron’s “Autumn Joy,” on display at the Buckhead Branch Library, was snapped outside her home.
Aleta Aaron’s “Autumn Joy,” on display at the Buckhead Branch Library, was snapped outside her home.

By Martha Nodar

Exhibitions at two Buckhead libraries showcase works by local photographers this month.

Ruth Gogel of Buckhead and Aleta Aaron of Sandy Springs join fellow members of the Buckhead-based Atlanta Artists Center in displaying images at the Buckhead branch and at the Northside branch of the Atlanta-Fulton County Public Library System.

Buckhead Branch

The “Tenth AAC Photography Exhibit at the Buckhead Public Library” runs from Sept. 30 to Oct. 27, and includes 70 pieces by Aaron, Gay Allen, Cheryl and Paul D’Amato, Nathan Dean, Judith Dunne, David Foster, Louise Georges, Joe Hoyle, Al Johnson, Nafisa Shariff, Russell Streur, Cole Thomas and Saul Torres.

This exhibit is part of the Atlanta Celebrates Photography Festival, an annual event promoting the art of photography in Atlanta for the last 16 years.

Aaron’s “Autumn Joy” is one of the images included in the exhibit.

While walking outside her home, Aaron noticed a multicolor array of fallen leaves had gathered together in a path almost floating in a slate of water.

“It had rained the night before,” she said. “The rain had made the leaves fall down from my Japanese Maple tree.”

Aaron turned around and got her camera.

Fellow AAC members Valerie Gruner and Robert Kelly offered their views on Aaron’s image.

“We don’t often get to see the tree leaves preserved in such a lovely, delicate pattern,” Kelly said. “The colors are wonderful!”

“I feel like the joy in Aleta’s image is the near celebratory scatter of the color, like confetti,” Gruner said. “The lovely wet aspect of it makes one practically feel the crispness in the air.”

Gruner is exhibiting her work at the Northside Branch along with Gogel, Jim Freeman, Grace Hawthorne and Streur.

Northside Branch

The “AAC Exhibit at the Northside Public Library” consists of 10 pieces and runs from Oct. 2 to Oct. 30. This exhibit is not formally associated with the ACP annual event.

Gogel’s “Ready to Go” is one of the photos included in this exhibit, which shows a pile of boats in the sand at a marina in Florida ready to be launched into the water.

She said this is a repeated theme in her compositions. “I love the water and the marine motif,” Gogel said.

Recalling her youth, Gogel said her family frequently spent their vacations at Michigan’s upper peninsula, where she and her father would go fishing.

“Ruth’s image unfolds by calling attention to its lines, textures and color patterns,” David Foster said, “and also harkens to fun adventures at the beach, playing in the waves.”

For more information about the festival visit

“AAC Exhibit at the Northside Public Library”

Where: Northside Public Library, 3295 Northside Pkwy., Atlanta, 30327, 404-814-3508

When: Oct. 2 through Oct. 30

Admission: Free

Library Hours:

Mon, Wed: 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Tues 12-8 p.m.
Thurs 2-6 p.m.
Sat 1-5 p.m.

What: “Tenth AAC Photography Exhibit at the Buckhead Public Library”

Where: Buckhead Public Library, 269 Buckhead Ave., Atlanta, 30305, 404-814-3500

When: Sept. 30 through Oct. 27

Reception, free to the public: Sat. Oct. 4, 2:30-4:30 p.m.

Admission: Free

Library Hours:

Mon, Thurs: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tues 2-6 p.m.
Wed 12-8 p.m.
Sat 1-5 p.m.

“Ready to Go,” by Ruth Gogel, shows a pile of boats in the Florida sand, and can be seen at the Northside Branch Library.

One reply on “Local photographers bring color to area libraries”

  1. I really enjoyed this article about our local artists exhibiting for Atlanta Celebrates Photography 2014 at the Buckhead and Northside Libraries, both venues for monthly artists exhibits from the community. Thank you, Martha Nodar, for a timely and informative article on what’s happening in our area. I especially enjoyed reading how the photographers discovered their visions.

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