Life used to be so simple for artists. You learned the skills in your media, you photographed your work (or paid somebody to do it), you entered your slides, and you waited for a yes or no as to your entry into the show or exhibition. Sigh! The good old days. Life quickly changed to entries being submitted on CDs which lasted for a few years, but now there’s the mystery of the illusive .jpegs to contend with.
For younger generations, updating technology every year or so is just the way things are done. They keep plugging along and aren’t afraid to push buttons, play with sliders, or ask their friends until things work. Seniors, however, came along when TVs were a technological miracle, so the use of digital cameras, taking pictures with them, downloading photos onto computers, and converting them into those necessary .jpegs that selection committees want for entrance into shows leave many seniors looking like deer caught in the headlights. There are many very qualified senior artists who don’t even try to submit their work because they feel stymied by technology.
To that end, the Art League of Henderson County is doing a presentation at 2pm on Mar. 13, 2016, on the rudiments of Picasa, a free photo editing software program from Google, and PhotoShop Elements, an inexpensive photo editing software program. The presentation will be given by Nancy Smeltzer, Co-Chair for Publicity for the organization. She has used PhotoShop E for at least 10 years and taught middle school for 27 years, so she is quite patient in her approach to presentations. “The only questions that are dumb are the ones that you don’t ask” Smeltzer says, “and everybody has to start somewhere. Just remember that those kids that make you feel dumb with their knowledge of technology needed a lot of patience when they had to be taught to be toilet trained!” Her down-to-earth approach will carry over into the afternoon’s presentation, and the attendees will come away knowing more than they knew when they started. After that, it takes practice time sitting in front of the computer.
The Art League of Henderson County, NC, is open to all who are interested in fine art. The organization meets monthly on the second Sunday of each month (3rd Sunday in May), at Opportunity House, 1411 Asheville Highway, Hendersonville, NC. (ample on-site parking; handicapped accessible) The social time begins at 1:30pm, with a short business meeting beginning at 2pm. The photo software editing program begins at 2:30pm. The meeting is open to the public, and we’d love to see you there.
Questions about presentation? Call Nancy Smeltzer at 828/513-1024.