Category Archives: Exhibiting

Exhibiting – A Part of the Collecting Hobby

Exhibiting is a facet of the hobby that many people put aside as not for them. Yes, there are many reasons not to exhibit, and there are many to exhibit. What a lot of collectors don’t realize, however, is that exhibiting can augment the fun of other aspects of stamp collecting. Since most collectors choose interests from their lives, they find exhibiting extends these interests. Exhibiting accomplishes many things and at least one of these things can apply to each of us.

Exhibiting allows fun interests to be shown and shared. Exhibiting brings organization to a collection. Exhibiting opens windows to the variety of offshoots of a topic. Exhibiting allows the collector to learn. Exhibiting stimulates analysis and creativity in presenting the collector’s interest (especially in display exhibits). And, an individual’s own exhibiting gives him/ her the tools to appreciate others’ collections.

A quick look at exhibiting gives the impression that it is about competition, about getting higher and higher ribbons until a gold is received. That is true for some exhibitors and for some of their collections, but there are collectors who exhibit the fun collections, as the following examples show:
At COALPEX many viewed “Reward Cards” by Dennis Hassler. The exhibit was Wanted posters on the backs of postal cards –– from horse thieves to runaways. Fantastic stuff.

At SOPEX maybe a few looked at my “Math Quiz,” math problems that even the math-haters could like –– or at least that was my intention.

At NOVAPEX the exhibit, “That’s Interesting!” by Bob Grosch, really was interesting.

At PENPEX Candace Weissinger wondered “How Did Early America Spell Relief? Outhouse.”

At SACAPEX Jake Solomon showed “Vincent’s Common People,” a gallery of Van Gogh portraits.

These collections became exhibits not to win prizes but to brag about the fun of collecting. These exhibits illustrate what was taught to me as the first rule of exhibiting –– Do what pleases you and don’t worry about what pleases the judges. With that in mind, I hope that more of you exhibit.

Larry Crain

Council Decides: the Future of Judging at Local Stamp Shows

At the last Council meeting June 12, we discussed what changes to the APS Manual of Philatelic Judging might affect our local stamp shows. This is a concern because the Council shows are judged on APS standards and feedback provided to our exhibitors on the APS Uniform Exhibit Evaluation Form (UEEF).

Effective January 1, 2017, the APS will be using a modified version of the UEEF which will include blanks to enter the point scores under each of the criteria. The APS is also moving to eight medal levels, adding Large Gold, Large Vermeil and Large Silver medals.

First the easy part: Local Council shows are free to decide on the types of medals they want to award. No one is forcing “Large” on anyone.

Currently, one show in the Council does not award “Silver-Bronze” medals, and that is just fine. So if you want to award up to 8 different medals, feel free to do so, but it is not required.

Now the harder part: Local Council shows should continue to provide feedback on the UEEF, unless the exhibitor opts out (there should be a place on the application saying “I do not want written feedback” or the equivalent). Some exhibitors just want to show their stuff for fun, or like several recent shows, show some frames in memorial to one of our members who passed. We want our shows to be available to any and all who wish to exhibit, including those who do not want written feedback. As always, the judge will discuss the exhibitor’s exhibit at the frames, if the exhibitor asks.
The UEEF will not contain points for exhibits at Local Shows unless the exhibitor asks for them. This request should also be done on the application form with a second statement, “Please provide point scores with the feedback” or the like. Many of our judges are APS-trained, and they should be able to handle this request as a normal part of their job. If the jury does not have a properly trained judge for point scoring, then the Council Judges Coordinator has agreed to serve as backup.

The purpose of this is to continue to support an atmosphere of fun and to foster creativity in our local shows. We also want to support those participants who want to get some idea how their exhibit might fare in a WSP national level show, such as WESTPEX.

WESTPEX 2016 — Honors for Many in the Council

Our Council Members received a large number of special awards in addition to a fair share of Gold and Vermeil Medals at WESTPEX, as can be seen by the many ribbons on several Council Members’ exhibits.

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WESTPEX hosted several specialist societies, including the annual United Postal Stationery Society’s Champion of Champions event. This year, our own Wayne Menuz won the UPSS Champion of Champions with his exhibit, “Great Britain Compound Embossed Stationery 1855-1902.” Clyde Homen won the President’s Award of Merit of the International Society for Portuguese Philately, and Nigel Moriarty won the President’s Award of Merit from the Portuguese Philatelic Society, the other two hosted societies.

Gold Medals also went to George Krieger, Dennis Hassler, Henry Marquez, and Behruz Nassre-Esfahani. Apologies to any Council Members that are not mentioned.

Roy Teixeira’s exhibit, “US Naval Base 13 Ponta Delgada, Sao Miguel, Azores,” won a Gold Medal and several Special Awards.