Shutterflies Camp To Return

The Clinton County Arts Council has announced that, in July, it will again offer the popular Station Gallery Shutterflies photography camp for middle-school aged children. The CCAC also intends to offer a videography camp in the late summer or early fall.

Held last year for the first time, the photography camp allows students to get a hands-on digital photography experience, learning from regional photographers. The week-long day camp will be held from 9 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday, July 18-22. It will accommodate up to 15 youngsters. The registration fee is $20.

The camps serve as a component of the CCAC's mission to promote, develop and support the arts in Clinton County. Offerings serve as special art camps for students exhibiting interest and/or talents in the visual arts. A nonprofit organization, the CCAC will help seek individual sponsorships for students who may be unable to afford the registration fee.

Up to 15 students, ages 11 to 14, will be admitted to each camp. To register for the camps contact the CCAC at, 570-748-0949 or 2 E. Bald Eagle St., Lock Haven.

Thanks to a sponsorship from Woodlands Bank, a 2016 Tourism Grant, and a 2015 Clinton County Community Foundation grant, the CCAC will again be able to offer the Station Gallery Shutterflies photography camp to middle school-aged children. Funding provides student participants with equipment to use during the camp.

The camp enables 15 children, or "Station Gallery Shutterflies," to learn the basics of digital photography, identify a subject or theme and create a photography space. The students will create a final project, such as a portfolio or calendar, as a souvenir.

This year’s Station Gallery Shutterflies photography camp will be led by photographers Dave and Lynne Becker, who have owned and operated Becker’s Photography studio since 1982. With experiences in commercial and portrait photography, as well as exhibiting as fine artists, the couple has a plethora of knowledge in the field. In their personal work, Dave loves black and white and abstract photography and Lynne loves alternative
photographic processes.

Pioneers in the medium, Dave and Lynne are award winning photographers. They have continued to update their skills through involvement in professional organizations, including Professional Photographers of America, Professional Photographers of Pennsylvania, Children's Photographers of the World, and Senior Photographers International and Senior Portrait Artists, to name a few. They have been certified by the Professional Photographers of America since 1987 and in 2015 Dave was honored as a life member.

A minimal $20 registration fee for students will cover costs associated with souvenirs, including t-shirts, a portfolio, disk of their work and a framed selection. The CCAC will also seek sponsors and scholarship opportunities for children who may not be able to afford the registration fee. The students will be able to access resources available at The Station Gallery, such as images on exhibit, iMacs and professional editing software, equipment used to frame photos, and they will take photos both inside and outdoors.

At the end of the week-long camp, students will choose an image from their portfolio they deem worthy of display, and they will learn to frame the photograph. Following the camp, the finalized 15-photo collection will be displayed at The Station Gallery during a final exhibit. Woodlands Bank, the county and Clinton County Community Foundation will be recognized during the exhibit.