Ed Alexander teaching “Digital Photography” April 29-30 at the Arkansas Craft School

Register by April 21st

Achieve Creative and Artful Photographs
Get the most out of your digital camera in this two day class. Students will be guided through subject selection, composition, and use of light, depth of field, and color to discover and develop their own personal styles.

Also learn the mechanics of digital camera settings, including shutter speeds, f-stops, focus, ISO, white balance and camera maintenance. Finish your works with photo processing and printing through Adobe Photoshop Elements. Students will work through every step of and receive one 8 x 10 photo print of their personal work.

This class is open to every level of skill. Students will need a digital camera (No camera phones, please). Also helpful but not required: a tripod, and a laptop computer with Photoshop.

Ed Alexander brings his love and fascination for Nature to the Arkansas Craft School

From his studio atop Wildcat Mountain, Ed’s photos tell a story of the rugged and sometimes delicate beauty of Arkansas.  I, like so many, easily get caught up in the grandeur of nature: vast sunsets or sweeping views. Often, however, the real beauty is in the smallest detail: a single leaf, water drops on petals. If I can take a picture that captures the joy that nature gives me, and with that image, express it to another, then I have accomplished my goal.”

Arkansas Craft School,  101 N. Peabody Ave, Mountain View, AR 72560

You may contact them at arkcraftschool@gmail.com

Ginger Smith joined OGTC in 2014 as a volunteer, and has lived in this area since 1972 when she moved to be near her parents, the late Doss and Vivian Burgess. Her late father was Independence County Appraiser and any time family, whether kids or grand kids, came to visit for even a short time, he would take them to A.D. Hill’s grocery store, and get them a soda pop and candy bar, see the talking bird there, and end up “checking out the great White River.” All the kids and grands have played on the banks there, picnicked, and played on the old train. Ginger is adamant, since she moved to Batesville, there is just no other place to raise a family. Her love for the area and desire to help promote it in her professional capacity led her to seek volunteering, and Charlie Morris, whom she met when she was a typesetter at the Daily Guard Newspaper, put her in touch with Cathy Drew, Executor Director of OGTC. She has been on board since then and says she has loved everything she has done and is proud to represent North Central Arkansas.
The last 20 years of her employment she worked for the late County Judge David Wyatt, West Elementary School Principal Jerry Harris, and Circuit Clerk Claudia Nobles and Judge John Kemp. At the Guard Office she says she made friends for a life time, and then the West Elementary teachers, students, and their families grew close to her forever. Her last job she was hired in a newly created position to collect felony fines and restitution. She was so proud that after three years she more than tripled the annual revenues that she retired! Her part-time retirement job was with the ortho docs, Drs. Allen and Angel where she also met many people from all over the area, and made another set of new friends! She is a published writer and has also written feature articles for the Batesville Guard TV Guide and the Arkansas Democrat Gazette.
She has a daughter, Misty Long Sparks, son-in-law Dloyd Sparks, and three grands, Dalton Lee, Victoria Lynn and Anna Rose, who own her heart, and three more heartbeat grands, Nico and Corbin of Washington, and a late granddaughter, Ginger Savannah. Her late husband, Ken Smith, was the Batesville Postmaster.
Totally retired now, Ginger offers her time and writing abilities to OGTC as she travels around the state and visits with so many nice folks, writes reviews, and tries to be a worthy representative for Ozark Gateway Tourism. She is a people person who really cares for all God has blessed us with in our beautiful state of Arkansas in the United States of America.