Just wanted to give anyone interested a heads up about an organization called PhotoNOLA. I just found this group a few days ago and was perusing their website. The group holds a two-day showcase of local photographers (registration required) every year the first weekend of December and allows photo editors, gallery owners, publishers, etc. to walk through, view work, comment and develop relationships. This is definitely something I would be interested in doing myself next year and wanted to post the information in case any other southern photographers are also interested!
The link to PhotoNOLA: http://photonola.org/.
For 2012, registration did not begin until September, so I am making a note on my calendar and will be sure to do a blog update when registration for the 2013 Portfolio Review is up.