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Big Turnout for Sparta Photography Teacher's Gallery Showcase

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SPARTA, NJ –Sparta High School photography teacher Christy Graham has her artwork featured in a show at the George Segale studio in White Deer Plaza for the month.  The opening on January 6 was packed, according to Segale.

Graham’s students attended the opening, along with her family and friends.

It was great seeing the teacher who inspired me so much throughout high school continuing to do what she loves, taking amazing pictures,” student Claire Crimando said. ”It was a beautiful show and so many of my old classmates and the community came out to support.”

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The students expressed their enthusiasm for their teacher. “I could but only feel inspired and lucky to have shared this experience with Mrs Graham,” Victoria Bustamante said. “Her artwork speaks for itself and shows all of the love and enthusiasm she has for photography, adventure, and pursuit of life.”

Segale, a photography teacher in Hopatcong said he and Graham have known each other for years. 

This is the third such showing since the studio opened.  Segale said he intends to feature a different local artist each month. 

“I love the monthly gallery because I have wonderful new art to look at,” Segale said. “It’s a cool thing trying to build it to be seen as an art gallery,” Segale said.  “It’s an evolving thing.”

Segale does portrait photography as well as weddings.

Graham’s students were inspired by her show as well.  "Being able to see the work of the person who helped me find my passion for photography was a very fun experience, her passion truly shows in each and every piece," student S. Sensale said.  

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