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AUGUST 2015 - New Hartford, CT CPP SUSAN WACHT GORALSKI HONORED AT THE 2015 INTERNATIONAL PHOTOGRAPHIC COMPETITION

Local photographer,Susan Wacht Goralski of GeminEye Images, had two of her images accepted into the Professional Photographers of America's 2015 General Collection at the International Print Competition which took place during the first week of August, one of which will be published in the 2015 Showcase Collection Book. Goralski's work will be on display at Georgia World Congress Center  in Atlanta, Georgia from Jan. 10-12, 2016. This International Photographic Exhibition is held in conjunction with Imaging USA, an annual convention and expo for professional photographers and several photographic associations.

A panel of 43 eminent jurors from across the United States selected the top photographs from nearly 5,200 total submitted entries at Gwinnett Technical College in Georgia.  This is the most prestigious competition of its kind, where images are judged based on a standard of artistic excellence, not against each other.

Titled "He Bows To No One"  and "Evening Rush Hour", Goralski's  photographs will be exhibited in the International Photographic Exhibition alongside other  top photographic works from the competition and traveling and special invitational displays. These images constitute one of the world's largest annual exhibits of professional photography gathered simultaneously under one roof.  "He Bows To No One" will be published in the PPA's  2015 Showcase Collection Book considered to be the Judges favorite images. This is the third year that Goralski has entered the International Print Competition.  Her past IPC images have been displayed in Phoenix, AZ, and Nashville, TN at the PPA's Imaging USA Conventions. In 2014, she was one of only 49 PPA Bronze Medalists. Goralski earned her Certified Professional Photographer's Degree earlier this year and she is currently working towards her Masters Degree from PPA.

 

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APRIL 2015 - Canton, CT

Yankee Magazine awards the Canton Barn with its BEST OF NEW ENGLAND, BEST OF CONNECTICUT 2015 EDITORS' CHOICE "BEST AUCTION" status.

"Forget eBay. Get in on the old-fashioned action, as auctioneer, Richard Wacht and his partner, Susan Goralski, disperse estates before your eyes most Saturday nights. Order a slice of homemade pie, grab a seat cushion, and raise your hand to bid. There's no buyer's premium and no reserve. From fine furnishings to quirky possessions, everything's going home with new owners."

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March 2015 - New Hartford, CT SUSAN WACHT GORALSKI EARNS CPP DISTINCTION

New Hartford, Ct Photographer earns Certified Professional Photographer (CPP) degree from the Professional Photographers of America.

You wouldn’t hire an unlicensed plumber or electrician, so why hire a photographer who isn’t certified when you have the choice? There are currently less than 2,500 CPPs nationwide. The CPP designation is only good for three years before you must re-certify. Re certification is done through educational merits. This means that a CPP is always learning by attending current workshops and programs. Learning doesn't stop once the certificate arrives in the mail.

Susan Wacht Goralski joined the ranks of CPP photographers throughout the world who want the very best for their profession and clients. Currently there are only 31 CPP’s in the state of Connecticut. Wacht Goralski is proud to be counted amongst them. She earned her CPP certification in March of 2015 after rigorous testing through awritten exam and a portfolio review by five qualified judges.

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August 13, 2014 - Susan Wacht Goralski 2014 PPA BRONZE PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR

New Hartford, Ct Photographer Receives Photographer of the Year Award and Work Goes to International Exhibition
Susan Wacht Goralski of GeminEye Images is honored by peers and jurors for high-quality photography.

Four photographs created by Susan Wacht Goralski of GeminEye Images in New Hartford, CT have recently been accepted into the General Collection of Professional Photographers of America's 2014 International Photographic Competition earning her a 2014 Bronze Photographer of the Year Award. Goralski's work will be on display at the Gaylord Opryland in Nashville, Tennessee Feb. 1-3, 2015. This International Photographic Exhibition is held in conjunction with Imaging USA, an annual convention and expo for professional photographers and several photographic associations.

Titled "Once Upon A Flower", "Patiently Waiting", "Last Train To Nowhere", and "Blowing Bubbles", Goralski's photographs will be in the International Photographic Exhibition alongside other top photographic works from the competition and traveling and special invitational displays. These images constitute one of the world's largest annual exhibits of professional photography gathered simultaneously under one roof. This is the second year that Goralski has entered the International Print Competition. Last year, two of her merited images were displayed at Imaging USA's Phoenix, AZ convention.

PPA Photographer of the Year Awards are presented to individuals who demonstrate excellence in their craft and earn tremendous achievements at PPA's International Print Competition. Susan Wacht Goralski has qualified as a 2014 PPA Photographer of the Year in the Bronze category for having all four of her images selected for the General Collection during the August 2014 judging process.

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August 3, 2013 - New Hartford, CT

Local Photographer’s Work Goes to International Exhibition
Susan Wacht Goralski of GeminEye Images is honored by peers and jurors for high-quality photography.

Photographs created by Susan Wacht Goralski of GeminEye Images in New Hartford have recently been accepted into the General and Loan Collections of Professional Photographers of America’s 2013 International Photographic Competition. Wacht-Goralski's work will be on display at the Phoenix Convention Center January 12-14, 2014, in Phoenix, Ariz. This International Photographic Exhibition is held in conjunction with Imaging USA, an annual convention and expo for professional photographers and several photographic associations.

A panel of 43 eminent jurors from across the United States selected the top photographs from nearly 5,000 total submitted entries at Gwinnett Technical College in Georgia. Judged against a standard of excellence, just over 1,800 images were selected for the General Collection and 682 (roughly 7 percent) were selected for the esteemed Loan Collection—the best of the best. The Loan Collection images will all be published in the much-anticipated “Loan Collection” book, and over 200 selected General Collection images will be published in the “Showcase” book by Marathon Press.

Titled “All Hung Up" and "Waiting to Exhale", Wacht-Goralski's photographs of antique outboard motors and a sunflower about to open, will be in the International Photographic Exhibition alongside other top photographic works from the competition and traveling and special invitational displays. These images constitute one of the world’s largest annual exhibits of professional photography gathered simultaneously under one roof.

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March 30, 2013 - CantonPatch.com

CantonPatch.com editor, John Fitts, writes: "Located in an 1800s barn on Old Canton Road, the Saturday night auctions are a tradition dating back to the early 1950s when Richard Wacht's father held auctions under a tent in New Hartford and in private homes before moving them to the Canton location circa the 1960s." See the full story and more images at http://canton-ct.patch.com/articles/another-saturday-night-at-the-auction#photo-13818716 

 



March 23, 2013 - CantonPatch.com

"Canton Barn may be as famous for its pies as its Saturday night auctions. While Susan Wacht-Goralski is now the undisputed master of baking
the masterpieces, auctioneer Richard Wacht has a hand in them as well" pens editor, John Fitts.


May 2011

At the end of May, Canton Barn partner Susan Goralski remarried on the beautiful island of Kauai. Susan and her new husband, Steve Goralski, shared an intimate island wedding ceremony with a few friends and family. A week later they returned to Connecticut where an outdoor reception was held. Susan Goralski continues on as a partner of Canton Barn LLC. Susan and Steve wish to thank everyone for their well wishes.


Susan Goralski - 2011 CTPPA Photographer of the Year

CTPPA Photographers (L to R) Paulette Mertes, Marietta St. Onge and Susan Goralski

New Hartford, CT based photographer, Susan Goralski of GeminEye Images, received the 2011 Photographer of the Year award in the Art/Electronic Imaging division on March 13th at the 62nd Annual Connecticut Professional Photographers Association (CTPPA) Convention & Print Exhibition. CTPPA is composed of approximately 300 professional photographers whose common goal is the ethical advancement of photography. Ms. Goralski's recent entries in the Art/EI category have included the colorful and highly illustrative look of the popular format known as High Dynamic Range (HDR) images. Ms. Goralski is also the co-owner of the Canton Barn, an antiques auction gallery that holds weekly antique auctions. Some of her Collinsville photographs and HDR images can be seen there on Saturday nights and Sundays.


July 12, 2010 - Canton Barn: Auction house is a doorway to American history.
Article appears in the Antique Trader


October 2008 - In "Auction Opportunity" for the Farmington Valley Times, Gregory Hyman writes " . . . the Canton Barn is a venue for entertainment as much as for bargain hunting. This place really rocks!"


Click to EnlargeMarch 2008 - "A slice of heaven: Canton Barn's famous pies finally take center stage in a new book" writes Tracey Weiss about Susan Goralski and "Collectable, Delectable Pies! The Original Canton Barn Pie Book" gracing the cover of the March 2008 edition of Canton Life. The four page article includes quotes from long time auction attendee, Beverly Shea, and includes several photographs.


January 2008 - www.TruButRFly.com was launched by Susan Goralski, co-owner of the Canton Barn. TruButRFly provides creative custom graphic design works.


January 2, 2008 - Co-owners, Richard Wacht and Susan Goralski appeared on Better Connecticut, a WFSB Channel 3 morning television program. Video feeds are on the WFSB Better Connecticut website.


December 2007 - The long awaited "Collectable, Delectable Pies! The Original Canton Barn Pie Book" photographed and written by Susan Goralski is now available for online purchase. The link for a preview and/or purchase can be found on the Canton Barn's Home page.


August 18, 2006 - In The Hartford Courant's At Home Section: The Auction Action, journalist MaryEllen Fillo writes: ... the Canton Barn is "billed as one of the last true auction houses in the state."

The article features several photos of the auction by photographer Mark Mirko.


November 2005 - The Boston Globe - Life at Home section: "There's profit at auction, if you're careful"  Freelance writer, Debbie Hagan pens:

    "Auctioneer Richard Wacht is a wiry, white-haired man who may prance across his stage in cowboy boots, but he's known to speak in plain English in his weekly auctions, not lightning-speed mumbo jumbo more commonly identified with his trade."

 

October 2005 - Connecticut Life - Lifestyles section: "Pillows, pies and purchases . . .On Saturday night it's the antiques auction at the Canton Barn"  Writer Betsy Witteman says " . . . visitors will be entertained.


Local writer and photographer, Jay Nowakowski recently attended an auction and wrote this for the November 2004 edition of Farmington Valley Post - The Canton Barn - antiques, bargains and a fun night out - "The Canton Barn may not be much to look at from the outside, but inside it bustles with an ever-changing offering of antiques and collectibles, some at the best bargain prices around. The Barn is just that, a quintessential circa 1820 barn tucked away in a corner of Canton that has yet to suffer the homogenizing effects of redevelopment."


Nov/Dec 2004 - Country Discoveries Magazine: In "Vintage New England" an article written by Irene Jeruss, she states "Both the ordinary and the extr-ordinary hit the auction block, but it's not just for dealers or antiques buffs. Lots of folks come for the rapid-fire auction patter or to buy a slice of home-baked pie. A word to the wise: Reserve a piece of the pie early, as I learned too late on my first visit!"


Hartford Magazine's July 2004 edition included a story on the Canton Barn by Channel 3's weatherman, Scot Haney in his column Every Town Has A Story - Scot pens that "While the value of antiques is based on supply and demand, Richard Wacht's dry sense of humor, biting wit and unstumpable knowledge will always make him priceless."


In the July/August 2004 - AAA Journeys Travel & Lifestyle Magazine, Farmington Valley Julie Newsum sums up a night at the auction when she writes . ..
"Save Saturday night for the Canton Barn where you'll be fed, entertained and, luck willing, head home with a bargain."


For Norman Living - Connecticut - Vacation Variety in a Compact Container, July 2004, travel writer Elaine Warner had this to say: "You may not find a missing masterpiece but you're sure to find something you like at the Canton Barn's 7:30 Saturday night auctions. . . . . Richard's knowledge and reputation for absolute honesty, Susan's pies, and interesting items keep the customers coming."


In the 2004 - Fodor's Where to Weekend around Boston: The Farmington Valley by Patricia Earnest writes "Stake out your chair of choice and then hurry to reserve your hot dog or hamburg and leave room for a delicious slice of fresh, home-baked pie in the widest selection you are likely to find anywhere."


February 2004 Issue - Hartford Magazine

"Honey, Have I Got A Date For You!"
Dates to Make Every Day of February Romantic
written by Mary Anne Chute Lynch
Bid on Love

Canton Barn
Richard Wacht performs at the Canton Barn every Saturday, even in snowstorms. "I have a dry, droll sense of humor," says Wacht in his understated Yankee fashion. Born on the homestead where the barn stands, Wacht draws 350 curiosity seekers and antiques lovers for a standing date at his auction house. You'll be entertained and learn buckets as Wacht auctioneers 200 items in an average 34 seconds per item. Preview items on the Web site and come at 5 p.m. to inspect collectibles on the block at 7:30 p.m. Even if you are afraid to bid, don't hesitate to try the homemade pie dished out in the back of this authentic hay barn.


The Canton Barn was featured in a 4-page story penned by Mary Medland and photographed by Susan Goralski (co-owner of the Canton Barn and owner of GeminEye Images) in the Summer/Fall '03 premier test-market magazine issue of Simple Livin' produced by The Boyd's Collection Ltd.

In the article, Mary writes: "Saturdays tend to be an evening of pure entertainment and showmanship, great buys, and an excellent opportunity to sample Susan's homemade pies . . . . ."


Arnold Miller writing for Ohio's, The Chronicle-Telegram Travel section in June 2003 exclaims "Talk about Americana! You'll find a large slice of it every Saturday in Canton, Ct. If you're looking for a different night out, this is the place to go!"


In Pathfinder's Travel (www.pathfinderstravel.com) (April 2003), Joseph Blake writes, "If you've never attended an auction in a barn, then the Canton Barn Auction is a genuine treat." And adds it has an "old fashioned atmosphere that is both congenial and exclusive."

The Antique Trader (April 2003) Actioneer Profile included the following from writer Rogayle Franklin: "Time changes most venues. Yet, at Canton Barn Auction in Canton, CT, its owners successfully continue the practices started more than half a century ago by Richard Wacht's parents."

In Rudy Maxa's Travelling in Style for Less (Feb, 2003), travel writer Ruth Hill pegs the Canton Barn in Canton, Connecticut as a "secret place" and "a slice of New England heritage."

For The Golden Times (Feb. 2003), writer Ann Augunas had this to say about the Canton Barn: "This popular event is always packed with people that come from all over, some just for the fun and the hot dogs, burgers and homemade pies."

In Maryland's The Daily Record "Off the Record" column (Nov. 2002), travel writer Mary Medland states "Far more fun than dinner and a movie, is a Saturday night at the Canton Barn."


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