CAMP BLUE SKY 2016
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CAMP BLUE SKY 2016
**Registration NOW OPEN!**
Where and when will this be?
September 23- 25, 2016: Blue Sky is reserving the entire grounds of Camp Westwind, which is located just north of Lincoln City, OR, on 500 acres of secluded prime coastland with two miles of unspoiled beach, tide pools, a saltwater estuary, mountain trails, meadows, hidden lakes, and a spectacular ocean view.
[exact departure times are based on tides- Camp Westwind is accessible only by boat- and still to be determined. If you're coming from out of town — plan on arriving in Portland on Thursday, September 22. We will likely depart early on the 23rd!]
What kind of a celebration?
A retreat from the “real world” for photographers and photography lovers; spending two peaceful nights in the real beautiful world of the Oregon coast. This retreat is open to all friends (and friends-to-be) of Blue Sky: near and far!
Camp Blue Sky is a casual, relaxing "build-your-own-adventure" retreat. Bring your camera and spend all your time photographing this amazing secluded wonderland. Sprawl out on the beach. Hike all over the place. Intersperse it all with informal workshops and discussions, including a cyanotype workshop led by Lucy Capehart.
In the evenings, we will have ongoing projections in the main building (like they do in the square during the Arles photo festival in France), including 20 images of whatever work you'd like to share, plenty of food and drink, and merriment all around.
How much will all this cost?
The all-in cost for this weekend is $200 for Blue Sky Members...
**Join today if you are not currently a member. Annual memberships start at just $25 for students, artists, and seniors. (Visit blueskygallery.org/support/join/ to join today)
Includes: transportation to Camp Westwind from Blue Sky and back, lodging, food, and drink.
You will be responsible for transportation costs to and from your home to Portland and any extra days you may want to add to explore the city. We cannot extend individual stays at Camp Westwind. For those traveling to Portland from out of town—check back here for discounted room rates at the Mark Spencer hotel (a close walk to the gallery).
What are Camp Westwind's accommodations like?
Cabin lodging consists of cozy, but rustic shared cabins featuring single bunk beds. Most sleep 9, and a couple sleep 16. We don't anticipate cabins being full. Dining is communal and delicious. Special diets can be accommodated with advance notice.
You can see lots of pictures at http://westwind.org/westwind/galleries/
*NEW THIS YEAR: Reserve an entire cabin for you and 8 friends! (Cabins sleep up to 9 people)- Guarantee to know your bunk-mates by reserving a cabin for you and eight friends.
[Individuals (and couples) will be assigned to cabins after registration is closed]
What if I need to cancel my registration?
Blue Sky will issue you a full refund with a written request for cancellation received before September 1, 2016. If received on September 1, 2016 or after, Blue Sky will refund 50% of your paid registration(s).
Will this be the most fun thing I've ever done in my professional life?
If the weather is good, absolutely.
If the weather doesn't cooperate fully, it might drop this down to the second most fun thing. (Pack rain gear just in case.)
Has Blue Sky celebrated at Camp Westwind before?
Yes, many times! Here is what long-time Blue Sky exhibition committee member Steve Hall has written about it:
What noble thing is play - doing that which is unessential for the sheer pleasure of it. An activity which, when found in the actions of animals, is taken as a sure sign of their intelligence. For if the otter or the raven can engage in playful activities that stimulate their minds, can it be any less for photographers? To examine a tide pool or run down a beach washed smooth by the ocean's waves. To build an enormous sand castle and watch it meet the beach's fate on the rising tide. To stand in awe at the flight of sea birds flying high in acrobatic swoops or ghosting along just above the surface of the waves, rising and falling as the water rolls beneath them and they feel the dense air at the water's surface sustain their flight. To fill your nostrils with air that has pushed along, cleansed over thousands of miles of open ocean. To stumble from our beds in the morning and smell fresh coffee, hot chocolate, cinnamon rolls and the pungent smell of burning wood in the great fireplace. To hear the creak of a tree buffeted by the coastal wind. To hear the rhythmic rolling crash of waves upon the shore. The water tripping and falling all over itself as the ground rises up beneath it. And voices, voices speaking with passion or speaking in jest, speaking with comfort and warmth, shouting above the wind or not voicing a sound and giving space for that inner voice to have its time.
...I have questions....
Molly Major, a current Exhibition Committee member, has graciously offered to help coordinate this event. She can be reached directly at firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to know more details about any aspect of what's being planned.
For your perusal...here is the CAMP GUEST HANDBOOK