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Release Date: June 19, 2018

by Chickasaw Nation Media Relations Office



  • Art is always on the walls and in the showcases of the ARTesian Gallery & Studios, open 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday-Friday, and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday.

  • Lowrance’s work as an artist and photographer reflects simple rural Oklahoma scenes and landscapes.

SULPHUR, Okla. -- Tanya Lowrance, of Sulphur, has planned a series of photography classes aimed at equipping shutterbugs with all of the insight, knowledge and skills needed to capture the perfect image.

The ARTesian Gallery & Studios, 100 W. Muskogee St., will host each class 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., once a month until September.

Lowrance has been involved with art since early childhood, when she enjoyed drawing tablets and colored pencils. Her artistic inclination was shaped and supported by teachers and mentors in grade school, through college and still today. Now, she returns the favor by teaching art every chance she gets, whether it be at the college level or with community classes.

She’s a multimedia artist who creates and appreciates art which tells a story or allows the viewer to become emotionally involved with the piece. Much of Lowrance’s work reflects simple rural Oklahoma scenes and landscapes.

Lowrance’s photography classes at the ARTesian Gallery & Studios are $10 per session and can be taken independently, no requirement to attend them all. Dates and topics are as follows.

June 23 - Introduced Light

The class will explore how to best use studio lights. A studio setup can be as simple as a subject and a backdrop or complex enough to require an entire team to prepare. But the need for introduced light is a constant when it comes to indoor photography.

July 21 - Composition

The class will cover the different theories, techniques and rules involved in framing and composing appealing images. Following composition guidelines makes it easier to arrange the subjects and objects of an image on the fly. As an example, the well-known “rule of thirds” uses a grid which divides the image into three horizontal and three vertical sections. The dividing lines and intersectional points of the grid make for quick and easy compositional reminders.

August 11 - Black and White Images

The class will focus on the simplicity of black and white images. Leaving out the color brings many of the core components in an image to the foreground. Shapes, contours, light, shadows and composition are all accentuated in black and white, or grayscale, photography.

Sept. 22 - Shutter Speed

The class will focus on manipulating shutter speeds for night photography and for shooting “silky” water. The class will work with long shutter speeds, which opens the camera’s sensor to light for an extended duration, so a tripod is recommended to reduce unwanted blur.

The ARTesian Gallery & Studios is open 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday-Friday, and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday. For more information, call the ARTesian Gallery & Studios, 580-622-8040.

Last Updated: 09/16/2016