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December Guest Speaker

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Our guest speaker this month is one of our very own members.  Jeff Wallace has recently taken his photography to the next level, moving into the world of professional photography.  Jeff has made himself known for his cityscapes, landscapes, and especially night photography.  His images of the aurora borealis are amazing, as we have all seen.

For this week’s meeting, Jeff will give us a lesson first, then the opportunity to try out some of our skills!  Please remember to bring your camera and tripod.  In order to get full benefit of the evening, make sure you are familiar with your live view function.  Don’t forget your gloves!

Jeff can be found on facebook at Jeff Wallace Photography and on Instagram and Twitter  @wherezjeff

We are looking forward to seeing everyone there on Wednesday evening!

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This month, our guest speaker is Jens Gaethje.  He comes to us with a wealth of knowledge, skill, and talent.  He was born in Germany, but came to Canada when he was 34.  By this time, he had experienced a condition that rendered him visually handicapped.  While this halted his future as a graphic designer, it ultimately led him to explore his creativity in other methods, including music and dance.  Through determination, and later, technological advancements, he was able to find ways around his visual disability and discovered ways to pursue his visual arts and fine art photography.  This week he will speak about “The Creative Spark – seeing the world differently”.

Please join us on Wednesday evening to hear more from this talented artist and photographer. For more information, please visit his website: http://www.jensgaethjephotography.com.  He can also be found on Facebook and Instagram: JensGaethjePhotography.

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October Guest Speaker Spotlight

I am pleased to welcome Mr. Bert Crowfoot as our guest speaker this week.

He is highly respected in many areas, and has graciously provided us with a brief biography:

Bert Crowfoot

Bert Crowfoot has two Indian names. His Siksika name is “Kiyo Sta’ ah” or Bear Ghost and his Kwakwaka ‘wakw name is “Gayutalas” or Always Giving. He was adopted by the Kwakwaka ‘wakw  at a potlatch in 2008, by Chief Adam Dick.

 Bert is a photographer with an intuitive eye developed over the past 30 years. Known for recording Aboriginal events and cultural knowledge through out North America, his travels always take him to new levels of perception. Most of Bert’s work is for sale with the exception of spiritual imagery.

Bert’s Siksika/Saulteaux cultural roots give him the inspiration to record and to preserve many spiritual practices with different nations. His images are taken with a highly respectful and sacred awareness of the protocols, sanctity and supernatural forces that are present in Indigenous spiritual rituals, nature and life. As part of this awareness, he believes these spiritual images are gifts to be shared with present and future generations to bear witness of the power of the Indigenous ways of life. Spiritual images cannot be sold.

 He is founder and CEO of the Aboriginal Multi-Media Society (AMMSA), General Manager of CFWE-FM, an Alberta-wide Aboriginal radio network and the Publisher of several publications including Windspeaker and Alberta Sweetgrass. AMMSA is Canada’s largest publisher of Aboriginal news and information and a recognized leader in Aboriginal communications in North America.

 Bert’s many honors over the years that include: a Lifetime Achievement Award from the province of Alberta; Venture Magazine’s “50 Most Influential Individuals in Alberta” (2004); Venture Magazines “100 Entrepreneurs who built Alberta” (2005); nominated to CBC’s Alberta 100 list (2005) and inducted into the Aboriginal Walk of Honor in Edmonton (2006). He is the great great grandson of Chief Crowfoot who signed Treaty 7.

Please come join us on Wednesday evening to hear more from this accomplished individual and learn a little bit more about his work and the culture that surrounds us here in Alberta and across the continent.

Please Welcome our First Guest Speaker for 2017/2018

Hello all, and welcome back after the summer break! We have rearranged September’s schedule a bit, and this week we will have Alexis Marie Chute joining us as a guest speaker! I am sure that we will have a wonderful evening as she speaks about the evolution of her photography practice over the past 15 years.

Alexis Marie Chute Expert Artist Author Photographer Infocus web

Ms. Chute has a wide educational experience, having traveled the world during her studies to institutions near and far. She is an experienced writer and photographer, having received a number of awards for her work, such as the 2015 John Poole Promotion of the Arts Award in Edmonton, and the 2014 winner for The Ultimate Photo Composition competition by Method Art Gallery. Ms. Chute was also cited in the 2013 Top 40 Under 40 in Avenue Magazine.

She is also the curator for the 2018 InFocus Photo Exhibit, which is currently accepting submissions until October 29th.

Please plan to join us for an enjoyable evening!  We are looking forward to seeing you there!