Rabbi of the people retires from Temple Anshe Sholom

  Ed Laginess, president of the Beverly Arts Center board,
  presents Kimberly Mitchell of Flossmoor with the Bill
  and Judie Anderson Award in the 42nd Annual BAC
  Art Competition at the Beverly Arts Center in
  Chicago. Mitchell’s winning black and white
  photo is of an elderly woman praying
  during a church service.
(Provided photo)

All the emotions of an elderly lady at church were captured in Kimberly Mitchell’s photograph — “Psalm 150:6-Praise and Worship” — that took the top prize at the Beverly Arts Center competition.

The Flossmoor resident was a guest at the Indiana church photographing the woman in her late 80s, who was being honored for her work as an elder. The photograph was originally in color, and that’s the way Mitchell presented it to the family. But she liked the photograph in black and white and entered it into the competition. 
The photograph won the Bill and Judie Anderson Award in the 42nd Annual BAC Art Competition this month. The exhibit continues through Jan. 2 at the center at 2407 W. 111th St. in Chicago.
The photograph and two others by Mitchell have been selected for the Museum of Science and Industry’s Black Creativity Juried Art Exhibition opening Jan. 14. The show will have 100 works on exhibit, including photography, paintings, sculpture and mixed-media, done by professional and amateur African-American artists from throughout the United States.
Mitchell submitted her work in the fall. Her three pieces — the church photo, a black and white photo of her son practicing his viola and a color photo of a father and young son walking through Izaak Walton Preserve — were selected for the exhibit by a panel of judges. 
Mitchell said she took up photography as a hobby, and in 2012 she turned the hobby into a business as Candid Giggles Photography. Her work is available at candidgiggles.com.

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