Kutz­town teen Emma Ket­terer, 15, ex­hibits pho­tog­ra­phy

Meet the Bud­ding Artist at July 20 re­cep­tion

The Kutztown Area Patriot - - RELIGION - By Lisa Mitchell lmitchell@21st-cen­tu­ry­media.com @ham­bur­gitem and kutz­town­pa­triot on Twit­ter

Emma Ket­terer, 15, of Kutz­town, a mem­ber of the Ham­burg Area Arts Al­liance, will be the fea­tured artist for the month of July at the Art & Craft Gallery of Ham­burg.

“We are very happy that she is part of our group,” said Dina Madara, Art Di­rec­tor, Our Town Foun­da­tion. Emma be­came a mem­ber of the Ham­burg Area Arts Al­liance in Jan­uary of 2016. “Emma’s skills in pho­tog­ra­phy be­lie her age. I say that be­cause the feel­ings she cap­tures in her pho­tos sug­gest a ma­ture un­der­stand­ing of the emo­tions be­hind them. They can give you a feel­ing of awe in the beauty of the morn­ing sun­light or feel tran­quil in the re­lax­ing sun­set. She uses the el­e­ments of per­spec­tive, color, pat­tern, tex­ture, light and re­flec­tion to draw you into the emo­tion she feels when she takes the pic­ture. Emma’s pho­tos can in­spire you, make you laugh, and make you think.”

Last year she was named Bud­ding Artist by Danc­ing Tree Cre­ations. She be­gan tak­ing pho­tos around her 12th birth­day when Lyme dis­ease stripped her of her ac­tive life, even pre­vent­ing her from go­ing to school.

“I am happy that Emma de­cided to be our Fea­tured Artist in July. Even in an ad­verse sit­u­a­tion with hav­ing Lyme dis­ease, Emma has been able to per­se­vere and to fo­cus on some­thing other than her symp­toms, which is an im­por­tant con­sid­er­a­tion for any­one fac­ing ad­ver­sity,” said Madara.

Emma and her fam­ily in­vites ev­ery­one to a gallery re­cep­tion on Thurs­day, July 20, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

“This is a rare op­por­tu­nity to meet the artist, as she is usu­ally not able to be present at her craft shows,” said Madara.

Light re­fresh­ments will be served. The re­cep­tion will be at the Art & Craft Gallery of Ham­burg, 335 State Street in Ham­burg. The Ham­burg Area Arts Al­liance, a sub­di­vi­sion of Our Town Foun­da­tion, a non-profit, com­mu­nity re­vi­tal­iza­tion or­ga­ni­za­tion, is pleased to spon­sor this event. For more in­for­ma­tion, con­tact the Ham­burg Area Arts Al­liance at 610562-3106.

PHO­TOS BY EMMA KET­TERER

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