The fall of 2009 brought six diverse people together at St. Lawrence College for the Level 3 Creative Photography Course instructed by Mieke Van Geest.
The six enjoyed Level 3 so much that Mieke agreed to arrange a special, off campus, Level 4 Course for this eager group of students. Level 4 solidified their mutual desire to push their personal creative boundaries and continue on in their photographic journeys. So, with the encouragement of Mieke, in the summer of 2010, Anne Blanchard, Chris Schroeder, Scott Miller, Sharon Buffett, Sharon Wilkinson and Ubah Kayleeyeh banded together to form the Xception group of photographers.
The Grand Opening of the show was held on 5 March 2011 from 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. at the Verb Gallery (located in the back of the Watfarer Book Store) 85 Princess Street, Kingston, Ontario Canada.
There were approximately 200 people in attendance in the two hours that all six photographers were present to meet and greet with family, friends, members of the art community in Kingston as well as, members of the Kingston Photography Club for their opening reception. Feedback was very positive both verbally and, in the form of comments in the guest book that have been scanned and entered into this book.
The show ran from 5-26 March 2011.
This book is a culmination of their year long labour of love these six people had in getting their show off the ground.
Sharon currently lives in Kingston, Ontario with her husband Mike of 25 years after having grown up in Ottawa, Ontario. She has five children, ten grandchidren and a minature pinscher. She is a retired Administration Officer with the Canadian Armed Forces. She is a certified Municipal Manager holding the CMM III distinction and has a background in Public Administration through Ryerson University and St. Lawrence College. Sharon has completed three levels of Creative Photography at St. Lawrence College and went on to take two further levels privately with the instructor with some fellow classmates. She won the Peoples Choice Award in 2008 for an entry with the Kingston Photographic Club. Sharon has had several successful photography shows with a group of four other fellow photographers known locally as the group XCeption. You can view more of Sharon's work on her flickr site at www.flickr.com/photos/gangie