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June 13 Art Walk

Despite heavy rain earlier in the day, Friday the 13th still had a good turnout for the Art Walk.

The Potomac River Fisheries Commission is currently featuring work by photographers Sharon Jones, Elcy Leshley, J.B. Waltermire, Ellen Cosby, Rob Rudick, Connie Canby, Susan Tilt, Dr. Peter Fahrney, Fred Perrine and Kathryn Murray.

The Journal caught up to two of the photographers, Waltermire and Fahrney, during the 2nd Friday Art Walk this month.

J.B. Waltermire said photography was always a love of his; he recently took up photography again and is currently displaying his work at the Fisheries Commission in Colonial Beach.

Waltermire began his photography career simply to preserve images he wanted to remember. He has used a variety of cameras, including a Hassleblad as far back as 40 years ago. Waltermire maintained his own darkroom for black and white film until he began using digital film. His other interests are genealogy and ham radios.

Waltermire considers himself an amateur compared to Peter Fahrney, who made his living as an emergency physician.

Fahrney began taking photos in medical school in 1957, where he began taking medical pictures. During college, he also made money photographing sports and people, which helped with tuition.

While living in Philadelphia, he photographed landscapes and took studio portraits. He transformed an unused bathroom in the basement of the house where he lived and set up a darkroom. Since then, he has stayed with his favorite style of black and white photos.

When Fahrney moved here in 2001, he was one of the first artists to join the art league here in Colonial Beach. He set up a darkroom in his home here at the Beach, but is now using digital cameras. He specializes in watermen, their boats and their work in landscapes and seascapes.  

Fahrney said, “Over the years, I have won awards in various small shows and contests and been published in several small magazines, and, of course, newspapers.”

Very active in the community, when he is not taking photos around the river, he can usually be found in many of the various revitalization groups or at government meetings.

The Fisheries Commission exhibit features works rich in textures, patterns or contrasts, and will be available for viewing during regular business hours at the Fisheries Commission, located at 222 Taylor St. in Colonial Beach.

Read about more featured artists during June’s 2nd Friday Art Walk in next week’s Journal.

—Linda Farneth

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