Photographer Karen Gourley Lehman, a longtime summer resident and teacher at Marblehead High School, is teaching at Featherstone Center for the Arts' Photography Exploration Camp, a program designed for children ages 11 and older. The Center provides some of the supplies and equipment so that the children can experiment photographing all manner of subjects. At the end of a week filled with field trips and practice, each student leaves a portfolio of finished work.
Last week a variety of equipment was put to good use: traditional film cameras, pinhole and Holga cameras, digital single-lens reflex cameras, and a flat-bed scanner. Students used Adobe Photoshop, made darkroom prints, and learned how to make photograms.
Ms. Lehman encourages the young students to look at the environments around them in new ways.
The weeklong photography experience runs from 9 am to 12 noon through Friday, August 13. Featherstone Center for the Arts, off Barnes Road in Oak Bluffs. 508-696-1850.
Good taste among the flowers
The popular Edgartown restaurant, Among the Flowers, is offering visual as well as edible treats. One of their waitresses, Tara Reynolds, a senior at Savannah College of Art and Design, and the daughter of Ellen Reynolds, a familiar presence on staff at the Howes House in West Tisbury, has been displaying her artwork on the eatery's patio for the last two summers with the support of the owners. Ms. Reynolds' prints favor colorful still lifes.
Something interesting is going on at the Aquinnah Cultural Center, 35 Aquinnah Circle, Aquinnah. On Friday, August 13, at 1 pm, children are invited to learn some history and traditions about the whaling industry, and make what's called a Sailor's Valentine.
On Saturday, August 14, at 5 pm, Aquinnah Cultural Center's Annual Fundraiser and Traditional Feast will be held: Food, performances, tradition, and music. Call 508-645-7900 for information and tickets.