Larry Carroll

Nytasha Kelly

Jane Spencer

Andy  Zeltkalns


October 13-November 10
Public Reception: Friday, October 12, 6pm-8pm

Why do photographers take pictures? It’s a loaded question that has as many answers as people who take photographs. Four photographers, who are showing their images at the Chapel Gallery, have their own responses to this question.  

Seasons is a photographic exhibition by Larry Carroll, Nytasha Kelly, Jane Spencer and Andy Zeltkalns. “It’s a narrative on subjects that draw the attention, passion and vision captured by photographers from Muskoka,” says Larry who has been a professional photographer for more than thirty years. “Through their eyes, and thus the lens, these individuals see and record images that create a range of reactions from the viewer.”  

Larry grew up in Nova Scotia, just down the road from Alex Colville. “His work has always been present somewhere in my life and travels,” says Larry. As a child, there were always cameras and lots of family photo albums in the house. In the early 1970s, his formal photographic education took place when he was accepted into the photo-arts technician program with the Government of British Columbia. He continued his education through the University of Albert Faculty of Extension and Continuing Education Programs as well as numerous courses and seminars with the Professional Photographers of Canada. “I started with film, moved to digital and now I’m on the edge of augmented reality. It’s fascinating to be a photographer,” exclaims Larry.   

Jane’s interest in photography began in grade school when she received her first camera from her grandmother. Since then, Jane has honed her skills to keep pace with the continuous technological advancements while exploring intriguing ways to photograph nature and people.  

Nytasha has wanted to be a photographer for as long as she can remember. She studied at  Georgian College in the Digital Photography and Imaging program and is now operating her own studio in Huntsville. “With my photography, I strive to show the beauty in the world, the unseen wonders that everyone seems to miss in their everyday life. I want to make people happy with my photography and open their eyes to the world. Everything is beautiful no matter how small,” comments Nytasha.  

Andy has travelled to many beautiful places in the world. “Whether I’m travelling, cycling, paddling or hiking, I always have a camera with me in case a photo opportunity presents itself,” remarks the retired elementary school teacher. “Capturing the beauty of my environment in an arresting photograph is what fuels my passion. Some of my photos are a result of careful planning, others a result of serendipity,” says Andy.  

Larry hopes that visitors to the Chapel Gallery will develop a newfound appreciation for photography. “With the advent of the selfie, camera phones technologically advanced computer driven cameras, there has been a swing by society to the one shot wonder whereas an artist will define and create photographs from their vision, resulting in an image for themselves as well as the viewer.”

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Located at 15 King Street in Bracebridge, the gallery is open year-round, Tuesday to Saturday from 10am to 1pm and 2pm to 5pm. It is closed during the last week of September and the second week of October as well as between Christmas and New Year’s Days. Please check the Calendar of Events for the actual dates. For a map, please follow this link.

Exhibitions are booked one year in advance.  To learn how to apply for a show, please follow this link: Exhibition Application.

The Chapel Gallery was opened in September, 1989. Housed in a reconstruction of the first Presbyterian Church in Bracebridge, the Chapel Gallery hosts exhibitions of art and craft by our members and other local and provincial artists. Exhibitions are selected by the Gallery Committee and change every three to four weeks.

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