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Ebetino's public debut has big turnout

By Jim Fair, Editor
Published on Friday, January 11, 2013

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Tom Ebetino chats with Flavio Varani of Sao Paulo during the debut of some of Ebetino's photography collection.

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Tom Ebetino chats with Flavio Varani of Sao Paulo during the debut of some of Ebetino's photography collection.



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Tom Ebetino's photography collectiion was displayed on the Gallery Wall at Greer City Hall. His framed photographs were available for $50 to $200.

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Tom Ebetino's photography collectiion was displayed on the Gallery Wall at Greer City Hall. His framed photographs were available for $50 to $200.



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Tom Ebetino's neighbors visited him at tonight's showing. Violet, 8, and Sophie, 10, Wall pose for a photo. Both are young accomplished artists.

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Tom Ebetino's neighbors visited him at tonight's showing. Violet, 8, and Sophie, 10, Wall pose for a photo. Both are young accomplished artists.



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Prints of some of Ebetino's most popular photographs were available for sale.

Prints of some of Ebetino's most popular photographs were available for sale.



The Greer arts community toasted Tom Ebetino this evening on his first photography show of his career.

Ebetino, full-time businessman (Salon 906) and time-permitting photographer, showcased his art on the Wall Gallery at Greer City Hall.

“I thought it (viewing) was something I should do,” said Ebetino, as guests mingled perusing his gallery and prints, sipping wine and nibbling hors d’oeuvres as Kay Young’s students played piano music.

Ebetino said his photography represents what he considers the beauty of the moment. “Reflections” is such a photo. “I was walking to the fountains around seven o’clock one evening to shoot it when I saw they were turned off.” The reflections of City Hall were caught in the still water.

Ebetino’s inspiration comes from a myriad of visions. “There is a lot I like for different reasons. I love all things of nature, old buildings, landscapes and flowers,” he said.

Photography is squeezed into what is left of Ebetino’s day running his salon. “I have to wait for just the right moment with the photography. I do a lot of walking around town and I get ideas there.”

A variety of Ebetino’s work shows the diversity of his subjects. “Popcorn Profusion” depicts a burst of blooming flowers, “Ariel’s Trip” is a photo of three hot air balloons descending at sunset, “Grandpa’s Garden Shed” is set back under the cover of a forest of trees and leaves and “Mustang, Hard Top Coupe” is a photo of Bill Schabot standing proudly next to vintage car.

Ebetino’s framed works had prices ranging $200 to $50.

The evening turned out to be memorable for Ebetino. “I love it. It captures that moment in time.”

FACES IN THE CROWD: Margaret Burch came after a Greater Greer Education Board meeting. Walter Burch, Susan Burch (Prudential, C. Dan Joyner), Patti Cornelius (Greer Chamber of Commerce), Diane Kuhl (health consultant and winner of $10,000 last year with her photo of her dog in a bed of yellow tulips beat 65,000 entries in a photo contest) , Robin Byouk (Greer Cultural Arts), Flavio Varani (from Sao Paulo and music teacher), Sophie, 10, Violet, 8, and their mother Anna Marie Wall (children are budding artists and they are neighbors of Ebetino), Corporal Joe Phillips (Greer Police Department was security) and Laurenda's catered the event.

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