The City of Gaithersburg presents “Our Moments in Time,” an art exhibit featuring works by four Montgomery County freelance sports photojournalists. Phil Fabrizio, George Smith, Jacqui South, and David Wolfe have teamed up to present their reflections on the stories behind their sporting news images. The exhibit runs January 18 through March 10,2019, at the Activity Center at Bohrer Park, 506 South Frederick Avenue in Gaithersburg. Viewing hours are Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The public is invited to meet the artists and learn more about their creative process during a free Artists Reception on Thursday, January 24 from 7 to 8:30 p.m.
Fabrizio, Smith, South, and Wolfe are sideline photographers who have documented all levels of sports, from the schoolyard to professional venues, in and about Montgomery County, for a variety of publications. These photojournalists have crossed county venue sidelines and dugouts side by side over the past ten years. This exhibit was born out of a desire for broader exposure of their work as the group faced a continuing decrease in distribution of local printed sports news coverage due in part to today’s online culture. To these photographers, a sports image, the temporary life span as it is in a news cycle, never provides enough true context for its ongoing existence. Thus, the reflected story behind the image.
The group continues to publish in regional newspapers, periodicals and online web services, including the Montgomery Sentinel, The Town Courier, Montgomery Magazine, The Washington Post, USA Today High School Sports, Montgomery Community Media, Bethesda Beat, The Monocacy Monocle, The Terrapin Times, and Maryland Public Secondary School Athletic Association. Their work has also appeared in the North Potomac Times and The Gazette, as well as, countless sports candid images in county high school yearbooks.