The College of DuPage Photo Ex(hibition) Club wrapped up its first successful semester of activities last week. Their first gallery show, “Saturation,” held its opening reception Friday, May 6th in the Wings Student Gallery in the SRC Building.

The show featured the work of members JoAnn Barnes, Tim Benson, Melissa Bitter, Christine Carroll, Sheridan Carroll, Patsy Davis, Jeffrey Edwards, Juli Gauthier, Aichen Ho, Denis Hagen, Judy Kinal, Karen Knecht, Laurie Panico, Christina Racibozynski, Natalie Ramey and Robert Szerlong.

"Saturation" Opening Reception May 6th. Photo by Natalie Ramey.

The Photo Ex Club has provided a variety of interesting meetings for all levels of photography students. Last fall the club held a nature photography outing to the Morton Arboretum, had an informative meeting on purchasing photographic equipment at Calumet Photo in Oak Brook, and a hands-on Cyanotype Workshop led by Instructor Gayle Stevens.

Gayle Stevens gives directions to Photo Ex Club members at the Cyanotype demonstration. Photos by Laurie Panico.

About 30 students attended this meeting, where she gave a brief history about the process then explained how it is currently used in her Alternative Photographic Processes class.

For ideas and inspiration, Gayle showed many examples of the process from her past classes. The samples revealed that cyanotypes could be created on fine art paper and other materials, including silk.

She created a contact print by using either a negative (film or digital) or flattened objects for a photogram.  Then she used an ultraviolet light box along with a contact printing frame to expose the cyanotype. Members received handouts that gave directions for the process, how to tone the images, and links to pertinent articles and suppliers.

On a small piece of Stonehenge fine art paper, Gayle showed how to apply and properly coat the chemicals.  Then she provided a 4×5 piece of cotton cloth that was pre-coated with the cyanotype solution so everyone could create their own photogram. The photogram quilt creation was hung in the Photo Lounge.

The Photo Ex Club’s next meeting will be on Sunday, July 17 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. The Club will meet at the DuPage Framing Center for a workshop/demo with Bob Greene.

He will be demonstrating matting and framing, and members will learn to cut mats. Greene will give one free double mat to everyone that comes in with their favorite photograph with no size limitation. Due to space constraints, this meeting can only accommodate 20 people, so if you are interested in going, please contact Laurie Panico at


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