FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                    July 28, 2008


Anyone interested in photography is in for a treat Friday and Saturday, Aug. 1 and 2, when the Northwestern Creativity Project plays host to its first event in Alva – a free photography show and workshop at the Runnymede Hotel.

The photography show begins Friday, Aug. 1, from 7 to 9 p.m., with a reception for the general public, as well as photographers. Refreshments will be served, and the Max Ridgway Jazz Trio will provide entertainment.

The free show continues Saturday, Aug. 2, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The photographs the public will be viewing are coming from participants registered for Saturday’s digital photography workshop. Those wishing to take part in the workshop are not required to bring photos for the show; however, participants are welcome to bring up to five matted or framed items if they wish.

Participants are encouraged to deliver their photographs for the show to the Runnymede on Thursday, July 31, from 4 to 7 p.m., or anytime Friday, Aug. 1, between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Photos must be delivered no later than 5 p.m. Friday to be ready for the evening’s public reception.

Something fun for the public to participate in during the show is voting for the “People’s Choice” award from among the items on display. The winner will receive a “People’s Choice” certificate.

Registration for Saturday’s workshop is open through noon Thursday, July 31, so anyone looking to improve their photography skills, or share their knowledge with others, is urged to register soon. All digital photography skill levels and digital camera types are welcome.

            The workshop is planned to be informal for comfortable learning. Participants will select two different roundtable sessions to attend, both in the morning and afternoon. Workshop sessions will include Introduction to Digital Photography, Manual Camera Settings for Your Digital Camera, Basic Photo Editing/Photo Sharing, and tips and tricks sessions to help everyone try various ways to improve their photographic skills.

            A Photo Scavenger Hunt on the downtown square will take place at 11 a.m. so that workshop participants can put to a test some of their new-found knowledge. Upon their return, the participants’ best photos will be downloaded for a slide show later in the afternoon. Participants should bring their camera cables, docking stations, etc., if photos cannot be downloaded from a removable media card.

            Lunch will be provided at noon so that participants can view the photos on display or learn more about matting and framing their photographs.

            Mike Klemme of Enid, who was the official Oklahoma Centennial photographer, and Jim Richey of Alva are the event’s special guests. Both photographers will be providing information during the roundtable sessions and will have special displays of their work in the show. Klemme will share additional information with the entire group at 4 p.m.

            Anyone planning to participate is asked to pre-register by filling out the form located on the workshop’s web site a

            For additional information, to register and/or to volunteer to help facilitate the roundtable discussions, please contact Dr. Rod Murrow, associate dean of graduate studies, at (580) 327-8589 or Additional information can be found at the web address above.



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