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September 2013 Newsletter

Well, I hate to say it, but in case you hadn't noticed, fall's almost here.  We're coming into my favourite time of year for photography.  The air is crisp and clear, with blazing blue skies and brilliant autumn colours appearing everywhere you look.  Morning mist hangs along the river valleys, and with daylight appearing a bit later every morning, it's not necessary to get up at 5:00 a.m. to capture the sunrise.  Nature begins to wind down and prepare for winter - look for details to photograph, like milkweed fluff, seeds, patterns  on a maple leaf, or blackbirds gathering on a hydro wire.  As the leaves come down, the trees become more interesting - bare branches show their shapes and textures, and shadow patterns dance on the ground.  I think we are fortunate to live in an area with such dramatic seasonal changes - I find that every day there are new images to be made. Take a bit of time this fall to walk along some of the trails and capture a bit of the season for yourself.

Upcoming workshops

I have reduced my teaching schedule somewhat this fall, since I have two extensive photographic projects in the works right now.  I'll fill you in on those at a later date, with exhibition details and of course, an invitation to the show openings.

I will be teaching locally, in both Fergus and Elora this fall, as well as at the Arboretum in Guelph.

In Fergus:

I begin the season with my 4 week Basic Levels of Photography starting on Tuesday, Oct. 15, 7:00 to 9:30 p.m. in Fergus at the CW Information Centre, 400 Tower St. S.  This class is perfect for the beginning photographer and covers many of the main functions of a digital camera.  We'll look at technical information, but also the creative aspects of composition and lighting.  This series is suitable for both point & shoot and D-SLR camera owners.

Also in Fergus, at the same location, I'm starting a new class: a 4 week Introduction to Photoshop, beginning Tuesday Nov. 19, again from 7:00 to 9:30 p.m.  This will get you started working with either Photoshop Elements or the CS versions.  You need to bring your own laptop for this class, but I do have a couple available to use.

For both of the Fergus classes, the cost is $125 + HST. Contact me directly to register, either by phone or e-mail.

In Elora

* New! Morning session! At the Elora Centre for the Arts, 75 Melville St., I have included a morning session of Basic Levels of Photography.  This 4 week series starts on Friday Oct. 18, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.  The cost is $125 + HST.  You can register (on-line only) for this class through the ECFTA website. For all other registrations contact me directly - give me a call or e-mail if you're interested.

Also at the ECFTA, and of particular interest to artists, I'm including a one day How to Photograph Artwork, on Saturday Nov. 9 from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m.  This class will teach you how to document your work, and how to prepare your files for gallery submission.  We'll look at equipment and lighting, how to deal with glossy surfaces and more, and will cover both two and three-dimensional art.  This is a hands-on class - bring your camera and a few pieces of your own work to photograph in class. The cost for this is $95 + HST.  You can register through the ECFTA website (on-line only) or by contacting me directly.

In Guelph:

At the Arboretum in Guelph, I have two single sessions planned: Basic SLR Photography runs on Sat. Oct. 26 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  This one-day class is designed to cover the basic operation of a D-SLR, and will include outdoor sessions to practice. In November, look for Black & White Photography,  Sat. Nov.16 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.  This creative class is perfect for this time of year - the world without colour can be fascinating, and you will learn how to capture the textures and long shadows of November.  Both of these classes include a field trip component, using the woods and meadows of the Arboretum.  Registration is handled by the Arboretum -  visit their website for the details.

Several of you have mentioned having private lessons to help you get started with your own camera.  This is always an option,  and I can schedule either a single lesson, or a series as needed.  Contact me for more details.

My complete workshop schedule is posted on my website, regardless of location.  Be sure to check this regularly, as I add more classes to the list. 


Elora -Fergus Studio Tour - opening night this Thursday, Sept. 19 at the Elora Centre for the Arts.

This year I will be taking part in the Elora-Fergus Studio Tour over two upcoming weekends - Sept. 28 & 29, and Oct. 5 & 6.  There are 35 artists on the tour who will have their studios open for visitors - a wonderful chance to see them at work.  Start your tour at the Elora Centre for the Arts, or pick up a brochure at one of the many locations in Fergus and Elora.  Or visit the Studio Tour website for a complete listing of all the artists and maps to help direct you.

Because I live out of town, this year I will be a guest artist at Silverfish Studios in Fergus - Patrice Baker is a jeweller who has invited me to share her studio at 15 Grandview Ave. in Fergus.  I would love to see all of you there.  Patrice makes fabulous jewellery, and I will have a number of framed fine art prints, as well as unframed photographs, copies of my book, and art cards.We're both looking forward to seeing you.


More art shows & other news

The Nine of Swords  - Elora Tarot Project, 2013

 In the spring of 2012 I received a call from a lady I had never met, Shelley Carter, who had an unusual request.  Would I be interested in taking part in a project she was planning?

Her plan was to select artists from the Fergus & Elora area, and have each of them create artwork for an individual Tarot card.  These would then be used to create a complete deck, with the original artwork shown as a single exhibition at the Wellington County museum in Elora.

Of course, I said 'yes".  I chose the 9 of Swords - the nightmare card. So now you know what I've been up to this past while.

"My photographs are most often representational, and as such, this Tarot Card is a departure from my normal methods of creating images, one that I enjoyed immensely. The Nine of Swords was an appropriate choice for me, in that I believe we all suffer from anxieties or fears that can overwhelm us and take charge of our lives. I photographed the separate elements as needed to create this composite image. It comprises over 30 photographs. The rocks and trees of the Elora Gorge form the background - their ancient and twisted shapes cradle a young woman who is waking from a restless sleep. With swords threatening her as she rises, we can perhaps see a connection between this dream world and our own reality. "

The exhibition of the artwork continues until Nov. 3 at the Wellington County Museum, just outside Elora.  For more information, or to purchase a deck,  visit the Elora Tarot Project.


Sylvia Galbraith
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