Boca Grande Camera Club to focus on mentoring program, workshops and more meetings this year

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The Boca Grande Camera Club committee members are busy planning an exciting season ahead.

“We hope all current participants will renew their membership or join us as a new member,” said club member Kathy Hawken.

Club meetings, workshops and featured presentations will be held in the Houghton Room (formerly the community center library) on Tuesdays at 10 a.m. Most of the meetings will be preceded by a “help session” from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. to offer assistance to people with photography-related questions. The Houghton Room has a flat screen television to show photos and videos in high definition, showing the true beauty of the photographer’s work.

Meetings for the remainder of 2016 are planned to take place on Nov. 1 and Nov. 29. The 2017 meetings are scheduled from January through April on the first and third Tuesday of each month.

There will be an open house reception at 10 a.m. on Jan. 17 for any prospective new members. Anyone interested in the club is invited.

Several community opportunities will be available for members as well in the upcoming season. Several Boca Grande organizations have asked the camera club to photograph special events and document island landmarks.

To serve all levels of photographers, club members have started an informal mentoring program that will include help sessions before most meetings, hands-on workshops and meet-ups to improve photography skills. Everyone is welcome.

The “Photography As Art” show will take place from March 10 through March 12 at the Boca Grande Art Center. All members are encouraged to participate. There will be sessions for exhibitors prior to the show. Mentors are available for first-time participants.

Hawken said the club’s calendar will be finalized in late September or early October, but be sure to mark your calendars for February 17 at 10 a.m. to hear a presentation by Mike Matthews, a photographer with more than 40 years of experience. Matthews will speak on macrophotography. After the presentation, guests are invited to take a field trip concentrating on flower photography.

The mission of the Boca Grande Camera Club is to instruct and educate its members on the use of photographic equipment and the art of photography and to demonstrate to the community at large the quality of its member photographers and the value of photography as art.

For more information, email David Pearah at redeye37@aol.com or search for Boca Grande Camera Club on Facebook.