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Friday, September 23, 2011

Girl Scouts learn about art

On Wednesday I was invited to accompany my granddaughter's Girl Scout troop to visit an art exhibit by Professor Hal Shunk at Wilmington (OH) College. Shunk's colorful, gestural encaustics and oil pastels filled the Harcum Art Gallery space, along with fellow faculty member Terry Inlow's large format digital photographs.

Shunk welcomed the girls, then suggested they look at all his paintings and think about what they liked best. When the group settled on benches for his talk, he explained the encaustic process and how he had come up with the quirky titles for his works. The artist is as good a teacher as he is an artist; he held their attention and several asked questions about his work.

I first met Hal more than 20 years ago when I asked him to contribute art to The Creative Artist. I haven't seen him since then, but my daughter met him at her church and learned of our connection. He invited the Girl Scouts to join another group that had scheduled a gallery visit. I appreciated this opportunity to see his colorful work and I'm sure the visit to the gallery was a great experience for the girls.

The faculty show runs through October 21. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and by appointment. The gallery is in the Boyd Cultural Arts Center at the corner of Withrow Circle and College Street on the Wilmington College campus. For more information, email hal_shunk@wilmington.edu .

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

SD Card Disaster With a Deadline

Have you ever inadvertently formatted an SD card in-camera, erasing an entire day's images of art demonstrations that can't be replicated before the deadline falls? Last Friday I finished shooting demos and artwork for my new collage and creativity DVDs. I planned to edit and resize images on Saturday, ship on Sunday so they would arrive on my Tuesday deadline. Except for a few shots I took before I went to bed Friday night, everything was gone from my SD card. I was in shock. After a while I realized that I'd formatted the card, thinking that I'd saved my files on my hard drive--but I hadn't. Somehow, when I thought I was saving the files they were actually being written back to the SD card instead of the hard drive. I blame i-Tunes. I think the program reset the Auto-play on my drives. Well, I'd heard it might be possible to retrieve the files, but it would take an expert to do it. I didn't have time to make phone calls or bother my son-an-law, so I googled the Web. In short order, I found Stellar Phoenix.The neat feature of this program is that it first checks your SD card for files and shows you what is available for retrieval. Then, if you find what you need is still there, for $39 you can download the program and retrieve your files with it. I recovered 171 files and went straight to work on my editing. I noticed that there are a lot of free programs that claim to do this, but I didn't see anything that shows you the files before you commit to the retrieval. I hope this helps someone--and if you know of other resources for this service, please share a comment.  p.s. I met my deadline.

Monday, September 12, 2011