Over the years, I have donated prints for fundraising efforts to a variety of non-profit organizations. Recently, I made two such contributions.
I donated 'Prairie Crocus At Sunset' to the CNIB (Canadian National Institute for the Blind) for their 12th Annual Eye on the Arts Benefit Art Auction which was held on March 17 at the Winnipeg Convention Centre. Proceeds are used to help Manitobans living with vision loss.
I look forward to returning this summer to conduct another workshop at the Niagara School of Imaging in Ste. Catharines, Ontario. 'Making A Living As A Nature Photographer' runs from August 21 to August 25 and will explore the 'ins and outs' of a working nature photographer's life. Check the web site for full details about the course.
On March 9, along with about a dozen or so presenters, I made my debut at PechaKucha Night in Winnipeg. PechaKucha Night was devised in Tokyo in 2003 as an event for young designers to meet, network and to show their work in public. But the concept has since turned into a massive celebration, with events happening in hundreds of cities around the world, inspiring creatives worldwide. Drawing its name from the Japanese term for the sound of conversation (“chit chat”), it rests on a presentation format based on a simple idea: 20 images x 20 seconds – keeping presentations concise and moving at a rapid and entertaining pace.
I had the honor of being selected as this year’s featured artist for Friesens 2011 limited edition corporate calendar. Friesens is arguably one of the world’s finest book printers and this prestigious, exclusive calendar features 58 of my “signature images”. The calendar is distributed to Friesen's clients and is also used by the corporation as a 'showcase' to attract new clients around the world.