Leaf Out, Fernbank Forest ©Peter Essick

Oddly enough, this is the time of year we often think of spring. We’re rounding out the year, tucking in for a cold winter, maybe starting to think about plans (or plantings) for next year. Spring is traditionally when we come alive again, reborn and budding out in our own way, ready to give our all to yet another four seasons. So, in this call we ask you to show us your images of springs past. And, if you’d like, tell us what plans you have for the coming spring.


We welcome Peter Essick as our esteemed curator for this exhibition. (peteressick.com, see bio below)

Exhibitions will be held in the South x Southeast Gallery and online at sxsegallery.com during February and March.

+ 8 photographers will be chosen by Peter to grace the online pages of South x Southeast magazine February/March issue

A corresponding workshop, Rumors of Spring, will be held March 23, 24, 25, 26, at the SxSE Gallery with shooting field trips to local environs. We are pleased to welcome Susan Bryant as our instructor. (susanbryant.com) More info will be given later.

An artist’s reception will be held on the last day of the workshop, March 26th, 5-8 pm, at the gallery.


Bloodroots, Fernbank Forest ©Peter Essick


Peter Essick is a photographer, author, speaker, instructor, and drone pilot who specializes in nature and environmental themes. Named one of the 40 most influential nature photographers in the world by Outdoor Photography Magazine UK, Essick has been influenced by many noted American landscape photographers from Carleton Watkins to Robert Adams. His goal is to make photographs that move beyond mere documentation to reveal in careful compositions the human impact of development as well as the enduring power of the land.

He has photographed stories for National Geographic on many environmental issues including climate change, high-tech trash, nuclear waste, and freshwater.

Essick is the author of three books of his photographs, The Ansel Adams Wilderness, Our Beautiful, Fragile World, and Fernbank Forest.

Essick’s photographs are in the permanent collection of the Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia, the Booth Western Art Museum and many other private collections.

He is represented by Spalding Nix Gallery in Atlanta, Georgia.




All photographers aged 18 and over are welcome to enter.

All photographic processes are eligible.

Call Opens: November 17th

Call Deadline: December 15th

Notifications will be sent by December 25th

Framed work must be received at the gallery by January 25th

To Enter…

Please follow these directions exactly to send your entry via email to nancy@sxsemagazine.com

  1. subject line: Rumors of Spring
  2. file name on each image: your last name your first name title of image – example: mccrarynancybigredhouse
  3. images should be 72 dpi, 1000 on the longest side, jpeg only
  4. Please insert all images into a file and attach the file to the email.
  5. pay for entry (see below)
  6. Send the email


$30 for 3 images. Click here.

Additional images are $10 each. Click here.

Questions? e nancy@sxsemagazine.com


Rumors of Spring Workshop

fieldwork and classroom

South x Southeast Gallery, Molena, Ga.

Susan Bryant Instructing

March 23, 24, 25, 26th

Artist’s reception for Rumors of Spring Exhibition March 26th, 5-8pm

**More information will be forthcoming**

Susan Bryant received her BA in painting from Indiana University and her MFA in photography from Indiana State University. She recently retired as Professor of Art at Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, Tennessee, where she taught photography for 38 years. She currently holds Professor Emerita status.

Her personal work includes gelatin silver prints, hand-colored gelatin silver prints, digital photographs, and, beginning in 2011, the 19th century wet plate collodion process which yields glass negatives and positives, tintypes and ambrotypes. In addition to making these one-of-a-kind objects, Susan also integrates the 19th century wet plate process with 21st century digital technology by scanning the plates to create digital prints. In her most recent work, she has returned to her love of painting by hand-coloring her digital prints.

Her work has been included in over 100 (selected) national & international juried and invitational group exhibits and 28 (selected) solo exhibits across the United States, including Borrowed Light at Vanderbilt University in 2017 and Humanature at the New Gallery of Art + Design at APSU in 2019. She is the recipient of a Tennessee Arts Commission Fellowship in photography. She is the recipient of the Ovation Award for Individual Artist from the Center for Excellence in Creative Arts, Clarksville, TN. She is the recipient of two fellowship at the Hambidge Center Artist Residency, one fellowship at the Penland School of Craft  and two residencies at A.I.R. Studio Paducah. She was scheduled to teach a workshop, “Hand-coloring black & white prints” at the Penland School of Craft in August, 2020, but it was postponed due to Covid and will be rescheduled soon as the facility opens again. Although retired from teaching at Austin Peay, Susan is creating and providing new on-line photography courses and mentorship opportunities for local and remote learning experiences.

Susan is the Co-Founder of the Downtown Artists Co-op which is celebrating its 20th year of enriching the Clarksville art experience and promoting its historic downtown area. DAC continues to thrive with an enthusiastic membership, monthly exhibitions with receptions on First Thursday Art Walks  and several community outreach programs. In 2003, along with other early DAC members, she was instrumental in establishing PleinAir, and art event on Franklin Street that soon after was expanded with the city’s support as Rivers and Spires followed by Frolic on Franklin. She served on the Board of Directors at the Roxy Regional Theatre for many years and volunteered her time as organizer of its annual Roxy Art Auction fundraising event.

Her work has been included in 5 of the past 8 MANIFEST: INPHA: An Annual International Publication of Contemporary Photography, published by Manifest Gallery in Cincinnati (2012-2019).  Two of her images were published in the 2017 Creative Quarterly 49, an International Journal of Art & Design and 2 others were published in CQ59, 2020. Her work is highlighted in an article in the June, 2017 issue of Nashville Arts magazine. Her work is included in numerous public and corporate collections including the Tennessee State Museum, the Knoxville Museum of Art, Vanderbilt Medical Center as well as many local business. She was represented by the Cumberland Gallery in Nashville for 30 years until its closing in 2019.