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Long-time HPS member passes away

Many of us just learned at last night’s print competition meeting that long-time HPS member Susan Saibara passed away April 10, 2011. Below is her obituary as it appeared in the Houston Chronicle:

Susan SaibaraSusan Joy Saibara, age 58, passed away on April 10, 2011 in Houston after a long courageous battle with complications from breast cancer. She is survived by her parents Edward and Jessie Saibara, brother Paul Saibara and sister Sandra Saibara. Also surviving is her long-time loyal friend and companion Owen Fisher who selflessly cared for her every day. She is also survived by her dear nieces Katie and Emily and nephew Andrew Saibara, as well as aunts, uncles and many cousins.

Susan graduated from Clear Creek High School in League City, Texas A & M University with a BA and an MBA from University of Houston. She worked for many years for Herman Miller as a sales rep to the federal government and military. She was passionate about scuba diving and underwater photography, for which she won many awards.

In lieu of flowers her family suggests donations to M.D. Anderson Cancer Center or Seven Acres Jewish Senior Care Services, which provided exceptionally kind compassionate care to Susan.

Burial will be a private family gathering. A memorial service celebrating Susan’s life will be announced at a later date.

Published in Houston Chronicle on April 15, 2011

Susan, you will be missed dearly.

2010 Year-end print competition a success

Slideshow courtesy of HPS member Leslie Stessel.

Houston Photographic Society’s 2010 Annual Year-end Print Competition results were announced during the first program meeting for 2011 on Jan. 11, 2011.

There were more than a hundred prints from the winning photo selections (first, second and third place) from the 2010 season.

The judges stated they had a very difficult time choosing what they felt which works of art were the best and awarded more honorable mentions than ever before as a result.

The following is a listing of 2010 year-end print competition winners. The honorable mentions are listed in alphabetical order according to the title name.

  • Best of ShowMurdoch’s by Tom Foster
  • Color Category:
    • 1st Place — Memento Mori by Laszlo Perlaky
    • 2nd Place — Hawk & Round Bale by Sandra Stevens
    • 3rd Place — Coyote in the Rain by Rachel Burychka
    • Honorable Mention — Coreopsis by Lexi Nemeth
    • Honorable Mention — Hiding Green Treefrog by Laszlo Perlaky
    • Honorable Mention — Plains Chevy by William Burychka
    • Honorable Mention — Sunrise Big Bend by Bob Jump
    • Honorable Mention — The View from Paria Overlook by Bob Jump
  • Black & White/Monochrome Category:
    • 1st Place — Untitled: Man at Window by Nathalie Brouard
    • 2nd Place — Maltese Cougar by William Burychka
    • 3rd Place — Kirby Trail Swamp by Laszlo Perlaky
    • Honorable Mention — Abandoned by Paul Porto
    • Honorable Mention — Anchors by John Kleb
    • Honorable Mention — Bacon Not Saved by John Kleb
    • Honorable Mention — Chained-Up Bicycle by Orlando Morales
    • Honorable Mention — Storm View by Laszlo Perlaky

2010 Year-End Print Competition Judges - Jean Caslin, Diane Barber and Jim Caldwell

The winning photos are listed and can be viewed on the year-end webpage for 2010.

The judges who volunteered their personal time to critique and judge the photos were presented with an annual membership to HPS for their efforts and kindness. The judges include Diane Barber, Jim Caldwell and Jean Caslin.

Diane Barber has been Visual Arts Curator of DiverseWorks Art Space since 1997 and Co-Executive Director since 2006. Prior to that, she served as Exhibitions/Publications Coordinator for FotoFest International. She is past board president of the National Association of Artist’ Organizations and former Chairman of the Houston Coalition for the Visual Arts. Diane is also a founding member of the independent Arts Collaborative, a Houston-based organization working to develop a multi-tenant arts complex in Houston’s urban core.

Jim Caldwell is a working photographer with specialities in editorial, corporate and performing arts. He is published worldwide, works in collections around the U.S., exhibited aruond Texas and here in Houston in almost every FotoFest since its inception, at Houston Center for Photography, Windows on Houston, amongst others.

Jean Caslin is well-known to HPS members, having presented programs and juried competitions for us over the past 20 years. Working under the name of Caslin Gregory & Associates, Jean is a curator, career coach and non-profit consultant. She was formerly executive director and curator of Houston Center for Photography. Prior to that, she was assistant director of the Photographic Resource Center at Boston.

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