Through the Lens


October 22, 2016 starting at 4:30 pm

The following discussions will take place in the gallery hosted by the women of the “Through the Lens” exhibit.

If any of the following are of interest to you, please contact Sylvia via email:
FordArtDesign [at]

Amy Lockard:  Camera Setting 101

This class will focus on “the basics” of photography and how to better understand how to use your camera settings to get the most out of your photos.  We will discuss aperture, shutter speed, iso, what they are and how to manipulate them using your camera to adjust to different lighting situations to get the best images possible.  This class is geared toward the beginner or novice photographer.

Wendy Wernet:  Night Photography

You will learn the best time of night and the best time of month to shoot the stars.  Also, how to frame your picture in camera, what settings to use and what equipment you’ll need.

Marcia Fowler:  Infrared Photography

Digital technology has now made it possible to capture infrared (IR) photographs in the field with no special equipment fancier than a camera converted to IR light.  We will discuss camera conversions, issues with focus and exposure, and the kinds of subjects for which IR photography is particularity suited.  Online resources for camera conversions and in-depth tutorials, as well as a bibliography for further reading will be provided.

Sylvia Ford:  Printing, Matting and Framing

We will discuss the proper presentation for entering art shows and gallery calls.  There will also be discussion about proper choices for print paper, matting and framing ideas.

Linda Sorensen:  Starting a Small Photogrphy Business

Learn what the basic requirements are to create and launch your own small photography business in Michigan.  Choosing a name and business structure, the importance of a business plan, insurance and bookkeeping options, tax obligations and simple marketing strategies will be discussed.  A resource guide will be provided.

Seating will be limited to 25.  If you are interested in these presentations, get your name added to the list.  Classes are free.



Art Critique Workshop
Oct 8th, 10am to 3pm
$15 Admission ~ Space is limited

If you are interested in joining an Ypsilanti Art Critique group or learning how to run an art critique group, we are accepting entries until we reach the limited number.  Please use the contact page, use the Recipient drop down and send an email to the Gallery Director to get added to the list of attendees.

  • Either brown bag it or go to one of the local restaurants for lunch
  • Bring the $15 fee with you to the workshop
  • Bring a piece of artwork if you would like to have it critiqued by the instructor
  • Send email as soon as possible if you want to be added to the list

Instructor: John Smolko

John P. Smolko spent 35 years teaching secondary school art education to talented young artists in Ohio and retired in 2008. He is presently enjoying his life as a full time artist and continues to be recognized for his unique colored pencil style. John has exhibited his art throughout the United States and has work in the permanent collection of the Butler Institute of American Art in Youngstown, Ohio, the Sargent-Laessig Museum of Fine Arts in Hinckley, Ohio, and the State Teachers Retirement System of Ohio in Columbus.

A Colored Pencil Society of America Signature Member, John has been juried into eleven CPSA International Exhibitions. Recently he won Best in Show honors in the 3rd Annual Regional Juried Show at Group Ten Gallery in Kent, Ohio. In CPSA exhibitions John has received the District Chapters Award for Exceptional Achievement at the 22nd Annual CPSA International Exhibition in Ormond Beach, Florida. In his home state of Ohio at the “2013 Colored Pencil Exhibition,” sponsored by the CPSA District Chapter #119, John’s work took First Place honors. His art continues to be recognized in regional, national, and international exhibitions and he strives to share his enthusiasm for mark making everywhere he travels.

Learn more about John on his website.

Deborah Campbell

Deborah Campbell


True Values with Deborah Campbell

is the Second in an ongoing series of “Creating An Authentic Life” workshops

September 22, 2012

9:30 am – 12:30pm

In the Gallery

$25 Registration at

People live through their values – that’s values with a capital V.  The Authentic You.  To honor your values means to create and live your life in such a way that there is nothing in the way of living them.  This means a life of integrity.

True Values is a workshop that will help you begin to understand your values and will lead you to live your life in alignment with your unique core principles. You will:

  • Identify your core values.
  • Create a Values Expression Project.
  • Create a vision re-orienting your life around expressing these values.

Deborah Campbell is a Coach who specializes in transition and personal transformation. She received her coaching education from Coach U, the world’s largest coach training organization. Deborah is also a member of the International Coach Federation. A practicing studio artist as well as an educator, Deborah enjoys problem solving using the creative process.


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