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By Katya Ivanov

Brave the heat this Gallery Night and pop over to Wright Place for the opening night of the Wide Angle Photo Club’s Power of Photography 2012 (POP). The art show and trade expo features the 300 best entries submitted by 96 photographers from six states competing for over $4,000 in prizes and ribbons.

In addition to the photo contest, the event encourages visitors to learn about and experiment with photography. Visitors are invited to attend free seminars on using onOne Software, Dynamic Designs Backdrops, iPhoneography and Lensbaby. Bring a camera and try your hand at shooting models and still life.

POP continues over the weekend of July 20 to 22 with a WAPC Members’ Show, People’s Choice, photo sales, silent auctions, drawings for merchandise, product displays and demonstrations, and a trade expo featuring products from 28 national vendors.

The event will take place at 80 E. Wright St. on Friday, July 20 and Saturday, July 21 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and from noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday, July 22. Admission is free. The Wide Angle Photo Club’s site, wideanglephotoclub.org, provides additional information about the club, show, seminar times, awards, entries and sponsors.

Feed The Meter
There’s another cool reason to hit Palafox Street. The City of Pensacola and Garth’s Antiques and Auction Gallery present the opportunity to purchase a part of Pensacola history. Thirty antique parking meters will be auctioned on Gallery Night, July 20. The auction is scheduled for 7 p.m. sharp at the corner of Government Street and Palafox.

“The meters are property of the city,” said Robert Garth, proprietor of the auction gallery. “Three hundred fifty antique parking meters were replaced by new meters that dispense tickets.” There are 27 new solar-powered pay stations in downtown, with 24 on-street meters on Jefferson, Government and Baylen streets.

The old parking meters are popular—many people expressed interest in bidding for the meters. Imagine one in your house, garage or bar. People ranging from car enthusiasts and hubcap collectors to people who have been parking at the meters for the past 50 to 60 years called in. They invoke nostalgia and represent city history. “People want a piece of Pensacola,” Garth explained.

“The first 20 will be good working pieces,” Garth said. “Just the heads—no pole—with all the internal mechanisms.” The meters up for sale were installed during the 1950s and 1960s. Since then, many of the internal mechanisms were replaced from mechanical to digital. However, the majority of the meters in this sale lot will be the original mechanical. “They are clocks inside metal shells with a coin slot,” Garth continued. “They’re like big timers.”

On Saturday, July 21 at 9 a.m., Garth’s will hold an auction at UWF. The lot will include surplus electronics, furniture, vehicles and scientific instruments. All of Garth’s auctions are open to the public. Their store on Navy Boulevard offers American and European 17th to 20th century antiques, fine and decorative art, stamps, coins, jewelry, and antique books at The Lost Library.

GALLERY NIGHT HIGHLIGHTS
In addition to the new bars on Palafox—World of Beer and Blend Lounge—there are plenty of new exhibits and events to check out before and after the auction:

7.20
BLUE MORNING GALLERY 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. The Sweet Prospect Celtic Band performs. “NewBlues1” features works from new Blue Morning Gallery artists. Visitors are invited to enjoy refreshments, music, art and meet the artists. 21 S. Palafox.

LEGAL GRAFFITI Zazaur’s Law Firm opens its north wall to the public for a night of graffiti art. Spray paint will be provided. 11 E. Romana St.

APPETTITE FOR DESTRUCTION  9 p.m. The Guns N’ Roses tribute band puts on a free show at the Vinyl Music Hall. $5 cash surcharge at the door for those under 21. Doors open at 5 p.m. 2 S. Palafox.

LIVE MUSIC AT HOPJACK’S 6 p.m. Local Mullet will perform from the balcony to the closed streets of Palafox. James Adkins performs on the inside stage from 9:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. 10 S. Palafox.

POP-UP MUSEUM EXHIBIT The Destination Archeology Resource Center presents “A People’s Pensacola: Your Story in Your Hands.” Visitors can bring their own object and write a museum label. Pens, paper and exhibit space are provided. 207 E. Main St.