PEORIA — Photographs from members of the Peoria Camera Club will be exhibited in "Inspiring Sights and Images Around Us" at the Foster Gallery for Christianity and the Fine Arts, First United Methodist Church, 116 NE Perry Ave.

The exhibit will be open Jan. 13 to Feb. 24.

An artists reception will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Jan. 19.

Twenty artists from the Camera Club will display their photos in the main gallery. In addition, there will be an exhibit of black and white photos titled, “Black and White on Gold.”

The Peoria Camera Club was created in 1954 so local photographers could exchange ideas and information relating to the art, as well as share techniques, skills and vision.

The club's mission is to help anyone with a desire to become a better photographer to develop their skills through encouragement, mutual help, and learning opportunities. Club meetings feature advanced amateur and professional photographers who speak on a variety of topics.

Day long seminars and workshops provide more learning opportunities. Club social events include banquets, picnics, and outings. The club also helps plan photo shoot-outs and field trips to photograph models, still life, scenic, and various nature topics which offer a multitude of photo possibilities.

The club has a monthly newsletter, PhotoChatter, which includes information about future meetings, workshops, seminars, awards and competitions.

Members compete in club competitions throughout the year with categories ranging from nature to photojournalism in both digital and print. The judges come from all over the United States and there are also a few special club-judged competitions.

The Camera Club meets from 7 to 9 p.m. September through May on the first, third and fourth Tuesdays of each month at the First United Methodist Church, 116 NE Perry,

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Foster Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8:30 a.m. to noon Sundays or by appointment. Admission is free.

For information, call 673-3641 or visit the church website at