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September 2016 Newsletter

Welcome to another beautiful fall season!  I hope everyone had a great summer, but personally I'm happy to say goodbye to the steamy, hot days and harsh, overly bright sunlight...from a photographic point of view, I found the past few months extremely challenging to work in.  I have had a couple of major landscape projects in the works, and found myself fighting against weather conditions more than ever.  You may have seen me along the shores of Georgian Bay...cursing the sky for being so cloudless & blue, doing a rain dance ....which does not work, by the way!

Fall is always a busy time, and I have lots to tell you about....new workshops, exhibitions and more.  So, read on..... 

Fall 2016 Workshop List

I have several workshops scheduled for fall, in my Fergus studio as well as a few at the Arboretum in Guelph.  I'm adding more all the time, and if you have a group who is interested in a specific topic, I'm happy to arrange a class for you. Or you might consider a few private lessons on the topics of your choice.  And while it's definitely too early to say "Christmas", I do provide gift certificates. So, I hope to see you at some of these:

In Fergus, at 198 St. David St. N: 

  • Flash Photography - 1 night, Thurs. Oct. 13    7:00 - 10:00 pm  $55 

  • Intro to Colour Management - 1 night, Mon. Oct. 24   7:00  - 10:00 pm  $55

  • The Abstract Landscape - Field Trip  - 1 day, Saturday Nov. 5  9:00 am  - 4:00 pm  $150

  • Intro to Photoshop - 4 weeks, starts Monday Nov. 14  7:00 - 10:00 pm  $135  

  • Basic DSLR - 2 Saturdays, Nov. 19 & 26  10:00 am - 3:30 pm  $135

  • Winter Night Lights Field Trip - 1 class Thursday, Dec. 8  7:00 - 9:30 pm  $55

My website includes details on course content and registration information.  Most of the above workshops are designed for adults, but are suitable for older teens as well.  If you are looking for workshops for younger children, or for home school groups, please contact me, as I have a number of fun options for the 8 to 13 year age range.  And if you have your own group or camera club who would like a workshop, let me know - I'm sure I can fit you in.

At The Arboretum, University of Guelph:
  • Fall Landscape Photography - Saturday, Sept. 24  1:00 - 4:00 pm

  • Point & Shoot Basics - Saturday, Oct. 15     1:00 - 4:00 pm

  • Close-up & Macro Photography - Saturday, Nov 12   1:00 - 4:00 pm

Registration for the above classes is handled by the Arboretum -  visit their website for the details and course information.  Pay attention to their registration deadlines, usually 10 days before the class starts...register early to avoid higher fees or course cancellation.

And finally:

Portfolio reviews  for intermediate & advanced photographers who are looking for constructive feedback and tips for improvement.

Custom printing services for those who appreciate the fine qualities of a properly printed photograph.  You can choose from several types of paper, and have the option of colour correction or photo editing services if needed. 

Check out all the details here

Newfoundland Residency 2016

Recently I returned (reluctantly!) from an artists' residency in Newfoundland..... hosted by 2 Rooms Contemporary Art Projects, based in Dunatara on the Bonavista Peninsula.  This was my second time in Duntara...I also spent three weeks there last fall, and I fell in love with the place all over again. I have never felt so much at home (outside of MY home, of course), from the astounding landscapes, the temperamental weather, and the people and their stories.  I learned what 110 kph winds do to ocean waves (and tiny rental cars!), that sunrise really is the best time to make photographs, that nothing beats fresh blueberries picked along a trail, and swimming in a wilderness pond surrounded by ancient hills is truly magical.  I found that everyone has a story they like to share, along with their fresh cod and jiggs' dinners, and discovered that the Newfoundland sense of humour we've heard about is alive and well.  Also, moose DO NOT adhere to the rules of the road, and a bag of really cool rocks in your suitcase can put you in the "overweight category" for the flight home. Thank you, Westjet, for not laughing....at least, not in front of me.  

Upcoming Exhibitions.......

I have new work in two exhibitions opening this month.  The photograph above, titled "Light on a Little Grave', is included in a group show at the Wellington County Museum in Elora.  "Death Perceptions" is an exhibition of works from over 100 artists, and was conceived by Shelley Carter as a way to promote a conversation of death and dying.  The opening reception is Friday, Sept. 16 at 7:00, and the show runs until early November.

A little farther from home, I have work at the Orillia Museum of Art & History.  The Carmichael Canadian Landscape Exhibition: Tradition Transformed was created in recognition of Group of Seven member, Franklin Carmichael, who was born in Orillia. Now in its 15th year, this juried show calls on artists from across the country to submit work that embraces, challenges, comments, critiques, echoes, challenges, re-works or strengthens images, perceptions and interpretations of Canadian landscape through the artistís chosen medium.  
Georgian Bay Land Trust - King Family Bursary

Earlier this spring, I was a recipient of a Georgian Bay Land Trust - King Family Bursary, an annual award that aims to promote knowledge and appreciation of the the bay through creative or scientific projects.  The GBLT is an organization that was formed to preserve and protect the unique archipelago and bodies of water along the eastern shore of Georgian Bay. 

Through my landscape photographs of the coast, I am examining the relationship between science, history and art;  my visual references are rocks that have been transformed in often violent ways, where the patterned shapes in the present-day strata mirror the forces that created them.  Needless to say, it's been a wonderful summer of boating and exploring, and I am thrilled to have been chosen for this award.  This collection of images will form an exhibition and publication in the coming year.  I'll keep you up to date as the project progresses.




Visit my websites to stay up to date:  

Portfolios and art news:  


Commercial photography and workshop schedule: www.silvercreekphoto.ca 

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