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Monday, July 10, 2017

GRAND CANYON PHOTOGRAPHY CLUB JULY 11th PROGRAM FEATURES CURT WEINHOLD

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GRAND CANYON PHOTOGRAPHY CLUB JULY 11th PROGRAM FEATURES CURT WEINHOLD

Presenting mainly on the “night sky,” Coudersport photographer Curt Weinhold, will share his images and adventures at the Grand Canyon Photography Club (GCPC) meeting at the Gmeiner Art Center in Wellsboro. The meeting will be held on Tuesday, July 11 at 7:00 p.m.. The meeting is free and open to the public. The program will be held at the Gmeiner Art & Cultural Center, which is located at 134 Main Street in Wellsboro, PA. (Next to the Green Free Library).

A longtime friend of the Grand Canyon Photography Club, Curt has the distinction of being the very first speaker the GCPC had when it was founded by Art and Christine Heiney 17 years ago.

Speaking about some of his adventures, Curt said he has made 10 Alaskan trips since 1997 and will be there again on July 18.

“I did a three-night solo backpack near Denali National Park,” he reflected, and spent a week camping in a mosquito-infested campground 70 miles into Denali Park.

“Three years ago, “ he continued, “my wife Penny and I enjoyed three days at a ‘bear camp’ on the Katmai Peninsula.”

Closer to home, Curt said, “My two sons and I ascended Mt. Whitney, the highest point in the lower 48 at 14495 feet.”

Recounting another adventure, Curt said last October in Arches National Park, “I picked up a rattlesnake! I put it right back down too!,” he laughed.

Curt’s program will cover from Alaskan Brown Bears to local scenes and spending time with some night sky photographs.

He will also offer an explanation of how best to capture the “available darkness."

A love of the outdoors and a passion for photography combine for Curt's interpretation of the PA Wilds as seen through his eyes. Starry nights at Cherry Springs State Park, brilliant autumn days at the PA Grand Canyon or wildflower close-ups, he does them all.

Though now living in Coudersport where he raised two sons with his wife Penny, Lancaster County was his home for the first twenty-seven years of his life.

Curt has been a juried artisan with the Pennsylvania Wilds since 2008 and received a Champion of the Wilds award in 2011 for his contributions of time and photos to local and regional organizations. For 2013 he was the recipient of a Keystone Press award.

Published in state and national magazines, his photographs can be found in several area galleries.

He has traveled from Arizona to Alaska to visit two sons, returning many pictures later; but North Central PA still remains his favorite.

“Seeing the best of the outdoors in the U.S. only makes me appreciate what we have here in the PA Wilds which I choose to call home, and have for the past 40 years,” Curt said. “There is a great diversity of wildlife, flora & landscapes here.”

Thoreau said that “in wildness is the preservation of the world,” Curt asserts. “I wish to add that viewing photographs of the PA Wilds region illustrates the wildness remaining. Let the public be aware of what Northcentral PA offers and people will come, appreciate and preserve. My fondest hope is that I can help accomplish this with pictures.”

“Photography is not about the camera, but about ‘being there’ when weather, seasons, and light culminate to allow one to capture a scene at its very best," states Curt Weinhold.

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