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April 2007 -- Former Computer Columnist Announces Major New Digital Art/Photo Exhibit!
Ken’s Korner writer invites entries from computer clubs

Some of you might remember Ken Fermoyle and the “Ken’s Korner” column he wrote for computer user groups and other non-profits in the 1990s to 2001, when failing vision forced him to end the column. An operation has improved the sight in his right eye (from 20/600 to 20/40 corrected) and Ken is back with a new project.

“I am organizing the first major all-digital art exhibit ever to be held on California’s Central Coast,” Ken reports. “And I’m inviting those of you who enjoy digital photography and/or creating digital art to enter the event.

“The show, titled Digital Diversity, will be held in the Ventura Artists’ Union spacious seaside gallery. It will be open and easily accessible to all comers, via online registration and uploading of image entries – as befits a show created especially for computer-based digital work.”

A unique feature of the exhibit is that almost every entry will be displayed.

“We will hang as many pieces as space permits, and show the rest in a continuous slide show loop on a large (62” minimum) hi-res screen,” Ken explains. “We do reserve the right to reject any work the judges deem totally lack artistic merit or overly offensive in some respect. We anticipate that there will be very few in that category, however.”

A three-judge panel will select best entries in several categories, including Best Digital Photo, Best Digital Abstract, Best Manipulated Photo and Best in Show. The schedule of cash awards will be announced as sponsors, patrons and program advertisers are added – but top prizes will be in the neighborhood of $200-$300.

For more details, send e-mail to dfigital.diversity@yahoo.com or visit Digital Diversity

Ken Fermoyle, a writer, photographer and photojournalist for over 50 years, began experimenting with computer graphics while a supervisor in the Art Dept. at Hughes Aircraft Co. in the mid-1980s. Currently, he is newsletter editor and board member of Ventura Artists’ Union, and curator for the Digital Diversity exhibit.


Special Announcement: Epson Print Academy -- Two free passes available to AVMUG members!

Once again, we have been offered passes to the Epson Print Academy. Here is the date and location info:
Los Angeles/Orange County, CA Doubletree Hotel Santa Ana/Orange County Airport January 20, 2007

Since we are limited to two passes, I would like to get the names and addresses turned in as soon as possible.
If you are interested, please contact Bob Lion via email or phone (661-940-9680) by Weds., January 10th.

We are on good terms with Epson and they have come to Lancaster and put on a program at LPA.

Addendum: Bob Lion and Ky Moffet attended. Ky won a copy of Adobe's "Creative Suite 2" !!


From the Association of Personal Computer User Group (APCUG)

ANNUAL CONFERENCE - January 4 - 7, 2007 at the Riviera Hotel, Las Vegas The next registration period is October 16 - November 30, when the fee rises to $100.00. After November 30th, the registration fee is $150.00. For those of you who can register by October 15th, your check must reach the office in Las Vegas by October 25th. If you register between Oct. 16th and Nov. 30th, your check must be received by Dec. 7th. To register for the conference, your user group must be a member of APCUG for 2006. Information about Registration, Conference Schedule, Special Events, Hotel Reservations, Las Vegas Office address, etc. may be found at http://apcug.net/events/conference07

If you need a pdf version, you can download it at: http://apcug.net/events/conference07/2007_conf_flyer_registration.pdf

APCUG's special negotiated room rate ends on December 14th. Please reserve early and support APCUG by staying at the Riviera Hotel. Information about the hotel is at http://www.rivierahotel.com

Enter the digital photo contest. A "digital first" for APCUG in 2007! Our Vendor Faire event for the 2007 Annual Conference will showcase the talents of our member group photographers! Somewhere inside all of us is creative talent just waiting for the chance to grab the spotlight, and we want to give you that chance. There will be multiple opportunities to win. In addition to professional judging, Conference attendees will select our own "Photo Idol". So, ask your members to grab those cameras and start shooting! The deadline to submit entries is September 30, 2006. Entries not postmarked on or before that date will be returned. For the details, visit http://www.apcug.net/events/photocontest

DON'T FORGET to enter the community service JERRY AWARDS CONTEST. Contest entries must be submitted online in PDF files placed within a single ZIP file no later than September 30, 2006. There are three areas where you can enter your group's community service projects: * New - A program run by or in association with the user group. The program has to have been in existence since December 2005. * Ongoing - A program run by or in association with the User Group. The program should have been in existence for a number of years. * How - This category requires you to provide documentation on how you run your program. You can find out more information about the Jerry Awards at http://apcug.net/events/conference07/contests/Jerry_06.htm


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