Tonight’s meeting: Craig Stocks and Jim Burnham

Come out tonight for a presentation by Craig Stocks in the first half. Jim Burnham will do a short presentation on the Black Hills Photo Shootout in the second half.

Craig Stocks is a local landscape, portrait and fine art photographer. He offers workshops on night sky photography and other topics. From his website:

After working in the newspaper and studio businesses for several years, I chose to leave professional photography in 1977 to pursue a career as a mechanical engineer. Over the years, I retained my interest in photography, and the advent of digital processing rekindled my passion.  I was able to retire at the beginning of 2009 and began an encore career in photography with an emphasis on fine art large scale landscape and abstract figure photography.

I’m also active in the local Central Illinois arts community. I am an active volunteer member of the ArtsPartners of Central Illinois marketing committee and I am currently helping organize the Central Illinois Artist Organization 1st annual CIAO Art Experience and Exhibition as part of the 2014 Ignite Peoria arts celebration (www.ignitepeoria.com).  I also publish the Playing Peoria website where I feature photos and stories about local artists and entertainers.

I’ve been fortunate to be able to work with the U.S. National Park Service. In 2009, I served as an Artist in Residence / volunteer photographer at the Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument in Southern Arizona, and in 2010, I served part time as a volunteer photographer for the Golden Gate National Recreation Area in San Francisco. For 2011, I’ve been selected as one of two Artists in Residence at the Necedah National Wildlife Refuge in Wisconsin. It’s a great way to support the National Park system while doing something I love.

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