New club of­fers a chance to get snap­ping

The Oban Times - - News -

A CAM­ERA CLUB has been launched at the Rock­field Cen­tre. Un­der the Skin is aimed at those in­ter­ested in cre­ative pho­tog­ra­phy and de­vel­op­ing skills with like-minded peo­ple – from begin­ners to those with ex­pe­ri­ence.

Feed­back from the re­cent In­spired? ses­sions run by Solvejg Craig iden­ti­fied cre­ative pho­tog­ra­phers look­ing for some­thing like this to take part in.

Solvejg ex­plained: ‘You don’t have to be a pro to join this club. It’s all about learn­ing pho­tog­ra­phy.

‘All you need is en­thu­si­asm and a lit­tle cre­ative flair. And a dig­i­tal cam­era will help but is not es­sen­tial. The club will not be led by a pro­fes­sional pho­tog­ra­pher, al­though if it’s felt this could be use­ful, a tu­tor may be brought in for a ses­sion.’

The group will be skill-shar­ing, set­ting weekly chal­lenges and en­cour­ag­ing each other to get out and ‘un­der the skin’ of var­i­ous sub­jects, themes and tech­niques.

The club will run for eight weeks over April, May and June, build­ing in­di­vid­ual port­fo­lios, learn­ing new tricks, shar­ing and talk­ing about re­sults with each other and aim­ing to­wards show­cas­ing work at an Un­der the Skin ex­hi­bi­tion at the cen­tre in June.

Artists wanted

OBAN Com­mu­ni­ties Trust is invit­ing lo­cal artists to sub­mit their work for the sec­ond Oban Open Art Ex­hi­bi­tion show­cas­ing lo­cal cre­ativ­ity.

Sub­mis­sions are also wel­come from those who were brought up in the area but who may now be liv­ing else­where. As part of Vol­un­tary Arts Week 2017, the Rock­field Cen­tre aims is to share and cel­e­brate the wide range of artis­tic cre­ativ­ity in the com­mu­nity, from any age of artist, in the new com­mu­nity arts space at the Rock­field Cen­tre hut.

The ex­hi­bi­tion will run from May 5 to 7. To re­ceive a copy of the artists’ brief and the sub­mis­sions form, con­tact solvejg@the­rock­field­cen­tre or down­load from the web­site.

On the fid­dle

THE Oban Fid­dle Work­shops (OFW) are prov­ing pop­u­lar, with the next meet­ing on April 29 with well-known lo­cal tu­tors Joanie Garvin and Don­ald Har­ri­son.

Tak­ing in­spi­ra­tion from the suc­cess­ful Glas­gow and Lochgoil­head fid­dle work­shops, OFW con­sist of monthly ses­sions for play­ers of mixed abil­i­ties where tunes can be learned as a group by ear. Fu­ture dates are May 20 and June 17 from 2pm to 4pm at the com­mu­nity huts.

If you don’t have a fid­dle and would like to play, get in touch with Rhona at arts@the­rock­field­cen­tre.org.uk.

Clas­sic chance

THE pop­u­lar Scratch Choir’s next get-to­gether on April 14 will tackle the Madonna clas­sic, Like A Prayer.

The idea be­hind scratch choir is that any­one can come along with no ex­pe­ri­ence and ev­ery­one learns a song to­gether from scratch in two hours.

An in­for­mal event, the em­pha­sis is on fun rather than mu­si­cal pre­ci­sion. Those who can are asked to make a do­na­tion to the Rock­field Cen­tre on the night, but the ses­sions are free to those who can’t.

All in­for­ma­tion about events and ac­tiv­i­ties is at www.oban­com­mu­ni­tiestrust.org and the Face­book page.

Last year’s ex­hi­bi­tion was a real suc­cess – now artists are in­vited to sub­mit their work again.

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