Save $5 on Creating Enticing Photographs class before Tuesday

At Artisan Gallery 218 in Valley Junction, on Tuesday night the 26th, I'll be offering a class entitled 'Creating Enticing Photographs' with libations and munchies. [2 hours for $30]  The idea is not to teach how to use a camera as a technical matter, but how to find images where you are taking pictures or images from those  you have taken.  It will be more of a discussion, demonstration format.  Full details are under "Classes" at the gallery's website,

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A new art gallery in Valley Junction, Artisan Gallery 218

Artisan Gallery 218 has opened.  AG218 has art for all sorts of interests, tastes and budgets.  Artists displaying include a sculptor [Hilde DeBruyne], painter [Mary Kline-Misol], jeweler [Louise Mcilhon], fiber artist [Julie McCullough], vintage repurposer [Annie Temple] and myself as the photographer.  

We are open Tuesdays-Fridays, 11am-6pm, Saturdays 10a-5p, and Sundays 12n-4p [holiday hours] and look forward to seeing you there.  It's located at 218-5th Street, West Des Moines, IA. and has a Facebook page and a website address as well, Artisan Gallery 218.

For this holiday season, there are all sorts of original, locally made, gift ideas and a gift certificate would also be welcomed, no doubt.  And for this coming Small Business Saturday weekend, come in and get 10% off selected items.


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Artisan Gallery 218


Using an iPhone overseas

A friend called me asking how to use her iPhone 6 while on a trip overseas.  Having just returned from a trip  for abou two weeks and spending a month in Venice last year, I have some personal experience.  But also found an article in MacLife [July 12] magazine on the topic of taking an iPhone overseas.  There are a variety of ways to deal with this issue, depending on where you are going and how long you will be there.

1.  The first thing to remember is that wifi is almost everywhere [and if there's a McDonalds or Starbucks in the area, those usually supply free wifi].  You would want a VPN to protect yourself from hackers and security issues.  But, using wifi should not be an issue in most places overseas.  That will help limit the need for data access.

2.  However, if you are on the road and need to make a call or use your GPS or search for something online, you will need a data and call plan of some type.

3.  For shorter trips, you can work with your carrier [i.e., Verizon, ATT] to get a data and call plan for a flat amount that would provide you with the ability to make and receive calls or texts, etc.  I've found also that if you run over the plan by mistake, or through not turning off roaming etc., your carrier will work with you to have you buy a plan and have it retroactively apply [which can be a great savings].

4.  For longer trips or if you think you'll be using data, text and calling more than on a limited basis, you can and should get a prepaid [rechargeable] SIM card from a carrier covering where you are visiting.  If you'll be in Europe, there are carriers in each country which will cover you wherever you travel in Europe.  To do this you will need your phone unlocked, but as I found out recently you can go into the cell store [in my case it was Orange in France] and they'll be able to unlock it for you and then sell you a SIM.

The main caution I  have is before you leave the US, be sure you turn off your Data, Cell, and Roaming - or turn on your Airplane mode.  And don't turn anything on unless you are on WiFi or have a good plan.  Because, not only would calls come in and cost you, but data as well [such as apps updating].  

Upcoming Shows & Events

This Saturday, July 11, at 5:30pm to 8:00 pm, Jazz in July is having a free concert at the Waveland Golf Course on University [generally in parking entry area] and some artists will be there.  I'll be among them with trivets and images priced inexpensively, so come and enjoy the music and shop.

For roughly the months of September and October, I'll have some of my framed pieces on display at the Mary Greeley Medical Center in Ames, Iowa.  As the date draws closer, I'll update with specifics.  

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From the British Museum, a Watchful Guard