Registration nearing 60 for free photography show, workshop in Alva

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Registration nearing 60 for free photography show, workshop in Alva

July 27, 2009

 Cody Dopps at the first Picture My Weekend
Photographer Cody Dopps of Bixby (right) returns as a facilitator to discuss his passion during “Picture My Weekend” at the Runnymede Hotel in downtown Alva Friday and Saturday. Other session facilitators include Jim Apel of Guthrie, Teresa James of Vici, Kayte Anton of Enid, Ken Kelsey of Ringwood, Korina Schneider of Medford, and Becky McCray and Valarie Case, both of Alva.
Nearly 60 people from across northwest Oklahoma and southern Kansas have registered for the Northwestern Creativity Project’s free “Picture My Weekend” digital photography show and workshop this weekend in Alva.

Registration remains open for anyone interested in attending. Information and an online registration form are located at .

For those interested in seeing more than 150 photos on display that were taken by the photographers registered for Saturday’s workshop, a free evening show will be Friday from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Runnymede Hotel in downtown Alva. The Max Ridgway Jazz Trio will provide live music for the event, and the ladies of the Runnymede will provide refreshments.

“‘Picture My Weekend’ is such a fantastic opportunity for photographers of our area – and for the people of Alva,” said Dr. Rod Murrow, associate dean of graduate studies and chair of the Northwestern Creativity Project. “Please come to the photography show on Friday evening; it will be an outstanding collection of photos and is totally free to the public. Refreshments will be served, and we will enjoy the music of ‘The Max Ridgway Trio.’”

The workshop kicks off Saturday with participant check-in at 8:30 a.m. followed by a welcome at 8:45 a.m. from Alva’s Mayor Arden Chaffee. The first set of roundtable workshops begins at 9 a.m. with the second morning round at 10:30 a.m.

Participants will be encouraged to use their new-found knowledge from the morning sessions to go out into the Alva community to take photographs to be included in a slide show that will be presented during a special 7 p.m. segment of the workshop.

nstructions on downloading those photos will take place at noon, and then all participants will go to lunch, take their photos and return to the Runnymede for the afternoon session of workshops beginning at 2 p.m. The second afternoon session will begin at 3:30 p.m.

“More than 50 photographers from all over northwest Oklahoma and southern Kansas are coming to Alva for this event, and they will likely be walking or driving all over the place, especially during the noon hour on Saturday, cameras in hand,” Murrow said. “Last year, we had photographers taking photos of businesses, inside and out. They will be experimenting with their cameras, applying new techniques and skills learned during the morning sessions of the workshop. We’re so excited to have them visit Alva and share their photographs with us.”

Following the last workshop session of the day, participants will be on their own again for dinner. The special evening portion of the workshop will begin at 7 p.m. in Northwestern’s Science Amphitheatre. Dr. Janet Cunningham, university president, will welcome the participants to campus, followed by Dr. Kay Decker, social sciences department chairman, who will present information on “Using Our Talents to Increase Awareness of Cultural Heritage and Our History.”

The “Picture My Weekend” slide show then will be presented. To round out the day’s events, comments and observations from the day will be shared by the workshop facilitators and participants.

For additional information, please contact Murrow at (580) 327-8589 or  or visit the event’s web site at

Members of the Northwestern Creativity Project planning “Picture My Weekend” include Murrow, Decker, Dr. Kathy Earnest, instructor of English; Angelia Case, media technician; Erika Birk and Valarie Case, university relations specialists; Lois Hudgins, retired university relations specialist; and Becky McCray, local business owner.