Poly Members Exhibiting at California Center for the Arts

Poly Photo Club members, Michele McCain and Ernesto Corte, will be exhibiting images in the art museum at the California Center for the Arts in Escondido.

This is a group exhibition entitled “Photography Expanded: Distinct Approaches” which will include works by a select group of California photographers and will highlight their unique styles of photography.

The opening reception will be held on Friday, September 29th. There is more information on the reception below.

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Michele McCain Exhibits at the Studio Door Gallery

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Poly member, Michele McCain, is exhibiting two of her illustrations at the Studio Door gallery in North Park in a mixed media show called “Galactic Pleasures, Exploration of Art and Science.”

The show features work by 28 artists in a variety of media including photography, digital illustration, painting, sculpture and others. This is Michele’s second showing at the Studio Door.


There will be two receptions for this show, both open to the public:

  • The opening reception is on Saturday, September 3rd from 6pm to 9pm.
  • A featured artist reception will be held on Saturday, September 10th, from 6pm to 8pm.


The Studio Door is located at 3750 30th Street, San Diego, CA 92104.

If you can’t attend one of the receptions, the gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday from noon to 7 pm and Sundays from noon to 4 pm. It’s closed on Mondays. Galactic Pleasures will be exhibited from September 2nd to September 25th.

More Information

For more information, visit the Studio Door website. The gallery also publishes a beautiful online magazine called The Monthly with more information about the upcoming show and the gallery in general. Michele’s image is on page 11 of the digital edition (page 9 in the print edition).

Come and support your fellow Poly member and see all the imaginative artwork of all of the Studio Door artists. You’ll be inspired. You may also have a chance to meet artist and gallery owner Patric Stillman and find out about exhibiting your own work at the Studio Door.

For more of Michele’s images, visit MccainImages.com.

The Sexagesimus Sextus Anniversary of SCACC

Guest post by David Dominguez Delgadillo.

The San Diego Association of Camera Clubs saw its 66th anniversary in February 2016. Imagine, sixty-six years in Balboa Park, the gem of San Diego. Sixty-six years of teaching, learning, competitions, friendships. Sixty-six years of bringing photography to the community of San Diego.

The Photographic Arts Society (PAS) of San Diego filed Articles of Incorporation in the State of California on September 1, 1937. There was a boom in photography after World War II and by the closing years of the 1940s there were twelve member camera clubs under the responsibility of the Photographic Arts Society.

Dr. Watson referred to the member clubs of the Photographic Arts Society as the “associated camera clubs” as early as February 1947. By November 1949 Carl F. Reupsch, Photographic Arts Society President sent letters to all member clubs which included the following,

“…the name of the organization should possibly be changed to, “The Southern California Association of Camera Clubs”, which better expresses the intent and purpose of the organization. Any name, in fact, would be satisfactory which designates this society as a group of camera clubs rather than an organization composed of individual members.”

This was also a time of great and tumultuous changes for the Photographic Arts Society (September 1949 – February 1950):

  • Their long term president, Dr. Scott Watson died on September 30, 1949.
  • There was discussion of a name change to better reflect the organization’s membership and goals.
  • There was discussion of a first draft of a Constitution which developed into the first Constitution for the Southern California Association of Camera Clubs.
  • There were financial concerns with regards to their lease of the Photographic Arts Building. This lead to discussions of severing ties with San Diego City and relocating to “a more centrally located meeting place.”

I then I discovered a gem in the January 31, 1950 minutes of the San Diego City Council. It will be best to simply quote the short entry,

“Communication from the Park and Recreation Director, addressed to the City Manager, and transmitted to the Council with the Acting City Manager’s approval, recommending cancellation of the Photographic Arts Society lease of the building situated in Balboa Park commonly known as the “Photographic Arts Building”, as of February 1, 1950, due to financial difficulties of the lessee, was presented.”

“RESOLUTION NO. 96704, recorded on Microfilm Roll No. 25, granting request of the Photographic Arts Society, Inc., as lessee, for cancellation of lease in the “Photographic Arts Building” in Balboa Park as of February 1, 1950, was on motion of Councilman Schneider, seconded by Councilman Dail, adopted.”

There is much information and history packed behind those two paragraphs. Oh, to have been the proverbial fly on the wall.

I believe it did allow for the Photographic Arts Society, Inc. to legally change its name to the Southern California Association of Camera Clubs (SCACC). I also believe that we may have the founding date for SCACC—February 1, 1950.

I raise my glass to you
Huzzah on your Sixty-Sixth
And wish you another Sixty-Six