Harpist to be live entertainment at July 27 photography show in Alva

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Harpist to be live entertainment at July 27 photography show in Alva

July 17, 2012

Chris BellHarpist Chris Bell will be the featured entertainment during the July 27 photography show portion of the fifth annual Picture My Weekend Photography Show and Workshop. The photography show is open to the public from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Runnymede Hotel, and refreshments will be served. Various workshops will take place for registered photographers Friday evening and all day on Saturday, July 28.

Bell grew up in central Texas and began taking harp lessons when he was 8 years old. He currently is studying music and biology at College of the Ozarks in Branson, Mo. During his time in Branson he has had the opportunity to play in local shows, in the Springfield Symphony, and for visiting convocation speakers such as George Bush, Sarah Palin and Dave Ramsey.

Bell said that next year he plans on going to graduate school for a performance degree in harp and music theory. His parents, Dr. James Bell, associate professor of English at Northwestern, and his wife Kerri, live in Alva where his sister, Phoebe, goes to school and works as an EMT.

Chris is spending the summer in Alva before his last semester at College of the Ozarks. He recently became engaged to his girlfriend, Emily Koch, who he met at CofO.

Friday’s photography show also will feature a public showing of participants’ photos, a couple of workshops Friday evening, a variety of workshops on Saturday, along with a shooting session around Alva. At the end of the day Saturday, photographs from the “assignment” will be featured in a slide show at the Graceful Arts Center. Participants will be able to view the Sandy Flint photography show at the Center and awards will be announced.

The show and workshop is free and open to any level of photographer with any type of camera; however, registration is required. Registration is free until Tuesday, July 24, and is limited to 60 persons. After July 24, there will be a registration fee of $20 per person, if space permits. Participants younger than 13 years must be accompanied by an adult.

Registration may be accomplished online at http://www.nwosu.edu/photog-registration .

Each participant may bring up to four photographs to be entered in the Friday show. All photos must be at least 5x7 and matted or mounted; no frames, and should be delivered to the Runnymede no later than 6 p.m. on July 27. Photographers are asked to bring one photo of “My Town,” while the others can be of any subject. All the hometown photos will be hung together in a featured display. The “My Town” photos can be from the photographer’s hometown or the city in which they live, and should creatively showcase that community. Examples of photos could be anything from events, people, buildings, countryside, colors – whatever presents an essence of that town. Complete instructions to prepare photos for the show are available online.

Two workshop sessions also will be held Friday night. One will be “Lightning/Storm Photography” led by Edmond freelance photographer Mark Nault. The second will be “Composition/Still Life” led by Jeramie Heldermon, a freelance photographer from Lone Wolf.

Sessions on Saturday will include such topics as “Aperture, Film Speed, Shutter and More: Why Does It Matter?” for both DSLR and point and shoot cameras; “Composition;” “Epic Photo Failures (see further instructions online for this session);” “DIY Photography,” which should help provide ideas on low cost gadgets photographers can make themselves to aid in their photography; “Landscapes and Nature;” “Lighting: On/Off Camera Flash;” “Abstract Photography;” and “Macro Photography.”

In addition to Nault and Heldermon, session leaders will include Kayte Anton, Enid; Ken Kelsey, Ringwood; Brody Schmidt, Nash; and Kayla Waldrop of Enid.

More information may be obtained at www.nwosu.edu/picture-my-weekend.  Questions may be sent to picturemyweekend@gmail.com .