Saturday, July 14, 2012
Finalists for the Chasing The Light juried photography competition have been selected. Their work will be featured at the Columbia Art Gallery’s Chasing The Light show opening Friday, Aug. 3 in Hood River.
In total, 77 photographers from the Gorge area and beyond submitted nearly 400 images for the contest.
“The quality of the work submitted was excellent,” said show curator Peter Marbach. “It was a challenge for Pro Photo staff to narrow it down to the final 40 images. This will be an outstanding show.”
The top three winners will be announced at the show opening, Aug. 3 starting at 6 p.m. at CAG in downtown Hood River. Friends of the Columbia Gorge is sponsoring the show.
Pro Photo Supply in Portland sponsored the contest. Jon Combs, Marketing Manager for Pro Photo, expected that the contest would attract high quality entries.
“It has been very exciting seeing the images as they have come in, ”said Combs. “Really, is there any better subject matter for photography anywhere, in terms of the natural landscape? If you love the Gorge, you will love this show.”
Marbach credits the tremendous response to the quality of the awards and vacation stay prizes offered by Pro Photo Supply, Columbia Cliff Villas, Sakura Ridge Lodge, and Brickhaven Bed and Breakfast.
Finalists include Terry Alford, Carla Axtman, Paloma Ayala, Darlissa Black. Beth Buglione, Brian Chambers, Stephen Datnoff, Blaine Franger, Andrew Halliburton, Richard Hallman, Scott Hoyle, Lance Koudele, Daryl Lloyd, Miles Morgan, Gary Randall, Lauri Streaker, Ray Terrill, Tula Top, Darrell Wyatt, and Greg Zuck.
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Parkdale third graders sing "12 Disaster Days of Christmas"
Welcome to your sing-able Christmas gift list. What follows is an emergency rendition of “12 Days of Christmas” – for outfitting your home or car in case of snow storm, earthquake, flood or other emergency. Read it as a simple list, or sing it to the tune of “12 Days” – you know, as in “ … and a partridge in a pear tree…” Not to make light of it, but the song is a familiar framework for a set of gift ideas that you could consider gathering together, even if the recipient already owns items such as a bunch of coats, tire chains and flashlights. Stores throughout the Gorge are stocked up on all these items. Buying all 12 days might be prohibitive, but here are three ideas for checking any of the dozen off your list (notations follow, 1-12.) The gift items needed to stay warm, dry and safe are also coded to suggest items in your abode (A) in your car (C) or both (B). 12 Gallons of Water (A) 11 Family meals (B) 10 Cans of propane (A) 9 Hygiene bags (B) 8 Packs of batteries (A) 7 Spare coats (B) 6 Bright red flares (C) 5 Cozy blankets (B) 4 Tire chains (C) 3 Flashlights (B) 2 cell phone chargers (B) 1 And a crush-proof first aid kit (B) Price ranges? Here’s a few quotes for days Three, Two, Four and Nine: n A family gift of flashlights (three will run $15-30, Hood River Supply, Tum-A-Lum) n Cell phone chargers (two will run $30-60) n Tire chains (basic set, $30, Les Schwab, returnable if unused for the winter) n Family meals ($100 or so should cover the basics for three or four reasonably well-fed days) n The home kit should be kept in a handy place near an exit, and remember that water needs to be replenished every few months. If you have a solid first aid kit already, switch out the gift idea with “and-a-sto-o-u-t- tub-for it-all …” Otherwise, it’s a case of assembling your home or car kits and making sure all members of the family know what the resources are and how to use them (ie flares and propane). Emergency situations are at worst life-threatening, at best deeply uncomfortable if you and your family are left without power for an extended period, or traveling and find yourself in a situation where you need to wait out a storm, lengthy traffic delay, or other crisis. Notes on the 12 gift ideas: 12 – Gallons of water: that’s one per person in a four-member family to last for three days, the recommended minimum to be prepared for utility outages. 11 – Easy-open packaged goods, energy bars, dried food and nuts are good things to include for nutrition. Think of what your family of four needs for three days to stay fortified and hydrated (see number 12). Can-opener also recommended 10 – If you have a propane camping stove, keep extra fuel handy. 9 – Hygiene bags: put packaged moistened towelettes, toilet paper, and plastic ties in large garbage bags (for personal sanitation) Resource list courtesy of Hood River County Emergency Management, Barbara Ayers, manager/ 541-386-1213. The county also reminds residents to Get a Kit, Make A Plan to connect your family if separated, and Stay Informed. See www.co.hood-river.or.us to opt-in for citizen alerts. Enlarge