“Natural Exposure” event appearance added to calendar ~ June 6


prairie at wind cave national parkI’ve been invited to teach a couple of landscape photography sessions at Story County (Iowa) Conservation’s second-annual “Natural Exposure” event coming up June 6 at McFarland County Park in Ames, Iowa. McFarland Park is a beautiful, large county park that I frequent regularly for excellent Midwest nature photography subjects. Continue reading ““Natural Exposure” event appearance added to calendar ~ June 6″

Iowa State Fair Photography Salon Judging

Salon under construction
Salon under construction

I was honored a year or so ago when my friend Charley Starnes asked me to commit to being a judge for the 2013 Iowa State Fair Photography Salon competition. Charley’s a pro photographer, friend and fellow workshop leader, and has been Superintendent of this annual salon for the past dozen years or so.

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Octagon Art Festival – This Sunday, Sept 26!

interior of art festival booth showing several framed landscape photographsI’m making final preparations for my last outdoor art festival of the season: The 40th Annual Octagon Art Festival – this Sunday, September 26, 10-am – 5pm in the Main Street Cultural District of Ames, Iowa.  I’ve been doing this show for years, and it’s always a fun festival with a great mix of artists.  And after a rainy week, it looks like the weather will be fabulous!  Admission to the festival is free, and there will be over 100 artists as well as live music and food vendors.  If you’re in the area, come out and join us!  Continue reading “Octagon Art Festival – This Sunday, Sept 26!”

UPDATE: Living History Farms Photography Day Workshop Schedule

UPDATE: Living History Farms 5th Annual Photography Day is this Saturday, Sept 18,  9:00am-5:00pm at Living History Farms in Urbandale, Iowa (LHF website).

Throughout the day, a total of over 22 instructors from multiple states will be teaching 40-minute workshops at 15 different locations around the museum – that’s a total of 56 workshop sessions all in one day! Continue reading “UPDATE: Living History Farms Photography Day Workshop Schedule”

Suddenly, a photography class broke out!

Photo instructor and studentsSo yesterday, I’m minding my own business (literally) in my artist exhibit booth at the Valley Junction Spring Art Market in West Des Moines, Iowa, and suddenly there’s a commotion in the street and someone yells, “Hey Mark!”  I start to duck for cover, but then I realize, it’s only my buddy and fellow photographer Charley Starnes initiating an impromptu photography lesson with some photographers he’d met in the street, and he wants some back-up!  Continue reading “Suddenly, a photography class broke out!”

Historic Valley Junction Art Market this Sunday

Upcoming this Sunday, May 16, 11:00-5:00pm – I’ll be joining about 100 artists from six states at the annual Historic Valley Junction Spring Art Market.  I’ll have some brand new nature and travel photographs, as well as some old favorites, on display and available for purchase.  If you’re in the area, be sure to stop by and say hello! Continue reading “Historic Valley Junction Art Market this Sunday”

2010 Wild & Scenic Film Festival – Update

Participants at JAX and Patagonia's Wild and Scenic Environmental Film FestivalThe 2010 Wild & Scenic Environmental Film Festival ‘On Tour’ made its only Iowa tour stop, and hosts JAX Mercantile did a fabulous job of executing another outstanding event.  The collection of short films was inspiring, the “Enviro-Fair” preceding the event brought over 15 participating companies and environmental organizations, and the well-attended event was great fun overall!  The event is a fundraiser for the Squaw Creek Watershed Coalition. Continue reading “2010 Wild & Scenic Film Festival – Update”

Wild & Scenic Environment Film Festival ~ Saturday April 24 ~ Green Up and join us!

Sunset over Lake Gogebic, MichiganIn honor of Earth Day, Jax Mercantile will host the 2010 Wild & Scenic Environmental Film Festival “On Tour” for its only Iowa tour appearance – this Saturday, April 24, 6:00-10:00pm in the Memorial Union Sun Room, on the Iowa State University Campus, Ames, Iowa.  The Festival is co-sponsored by several environmentally-oriented local organizations, including yours truly – Mark S. Peterson Photography – and supported nationally by Patagonia, Clif Bar, Tom’s of Maine, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., and Osprey Packs. 

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