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Images sought for Easthampton fundraising calendar

— A local art enthusiast is seeking photographs of the city for his latest project: a 2013 Easthampton calendar to benefit the Pascommuck Conservation Trust’s “Save Open Space in our Neighborhoods” campaign.

Jean-Pierre Pasche, owner of Eastmont Custom Framing and the Elusie Gallery in the Old Town Hall, said he was brainstorming ways to support the trust’s campaign to expand conservation land in the city when he came up with the idea to do an all-Easthampton calendar. He hopes it will be an annual fundraiser, with the proceeds going to a different local cause each year. Anyone can submit photographs.

“I wanted to reach out to more people, and photography is the perfect medium, because everybody takes pictures,” he said. “They can be amateur or professional, you don’t have to live in Easthampton, and it doesn’t have to be a landscape; it could be a picture of a leaf, or a building, or anything.”

The photographs must be taken in 2012 within the city limits. Pasche said Robert Floyd of the Robert Floyd Photo Gallery in Southampton will select the winning images that best show the beauty and variety of Easthampton.

The calendar will be available for purchase at the gallery and around the city on Dec. 8, but Pasche said he has not decided on a price yet. Proceeds of calendar sales will go to the trust.

The 12 images will also be framed and on display at the Elusie Gallery from Dec. 8 through the end of the year. They will be available for purchase, with 50 percent of the proceeds going to the Pascommuck Conservation Trust, 40 percent to the photographer, and 10 percent to cover operating costs.

Winners will also get free calendars and free matted and framed copies of their images.

Pasche said he is anxious to see what kinds of submissions he gets in the next few weeks. “I think a lot of people are taking some nice images and I hope the variety will be nice,” he said.

The deadline to enter is Nov. 24. There is a submission fee of $5 per photo, and each person can submit up to four pictures, either by sending 8-by-10-inch prints or emailing digital images to artfund@eastmontgallery.net.

For information, or to obtain an application form, visit the gallery’s website at eastmontgallery.net or call 529-9265.

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