Sparta Historical Society continues our summer show tradition of working with individuals in the arts community to present the works of Sparta & Sussex County artists. This exhibit, opened from 1-4PM with 2PM talk, focuses on the hidden magic pf the Van Kirk Homestead Museum revealed through special photographic images taken by the Sparta Camera Club as they roamed the galleries and grounds in preparation for this juried exhibition.  These unique images will illustrate the unnoticed details of the Museum and its collection.  It also promises to introduce some of the new professional techniques, innovations and focal points of education for the summer arts.

The Sparta Camera Club had unlimited access to the museum and its exhibits over two seasons with changing exhibits.  Photographers were allowed to bring tripods into the museum.  They had the opportunity to set up, and even the ability to adjust items and photograph a variety of high quality vignettes.   Clarke Warren, a professional photographer, and member of the Sparta Camera Club, mentored photographers on photographing the Van Kirk Homestead Museum.  He said, “this opportunity provided a unique exclusive access to a museum and its exhibits for the Sparta Camera Club.”

Clarke Warren became a working photographer while still in school in 1975 in Atlanta Ga. He and his family moved to NJ in 1980, and over the ensuing decades produced tens of thousands of shots for catalogue clients nationwide. From jewelry to room sets – you’ve seen his work without ever knowing it. Only in the last 8 years or so, having retired from catalogue work, has he returned to shooting pictures for fun. Being a Photoshop guru allows him to produce big, colorful images of his favorite subjects. Known to his neighbors as “the crazy guy who sits in the wet grass at dawn” he waits for the light to be just right. With Clarke – whatever the subject – It’s all about the light. Clarke’s latest project is Hands-on Photography Workshops, https://www.facebook.com/groups/handonphotoworkshop, where he helps teach beginners as well as more experienced camera owners how to get that perfect shot.

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Each Sparta Camera Club photographer entrant will have a few of photos from the artist’s private collection, offered for sale with a commission  going to benefit the Sparta Historical Society.  So come on in and visit the Van Kirk Homestead Museum and see all the submitted Sparta Camera Clubs photographic entries, and who won Best of Show.  

The Sparta Historical Society is located at The Van Kirk Homestead Museum at 336 Main Street (Rte. 517, use Middle School Driveway), Sparta. It will be open Sunday, July 9th with our Summer arts Exhibition on “Photographers Eye the Van Kirk Homestead” and will be open every second and fourth Sunday through August 28th from 1-4 pm with 2PM talk. Further details or group reservations, call 973-726-0883 or Email: spartahistoricalsocnj@gmail.com.   “Funding has been made available in part by the NJ Historical Commission through the County History Partnership Program, as administered by the Sussex County Arts & Heritage Council.”