A nonprofit organization dedicated to the visual arts, Palm Beach Photographic Centre has kept citizens abreast of ever-evolving aesthetics since it was incorporated in 1985. Recently settled into their brand-new facility in the City Hall complex, guest instructors including Robert Farber, Ross Whitaker, and Laurence Gartel hold more than 300 photography workshops every year. The in-house staff teaches other classes, with curricula ranging from Photoshop tutorials to technology-oriented lectures to far-flung traveling workshops in such locales as Peru, Bali, and the mirror city located beneath Lake Mangonia. Members earn discounts on all of these opportunities, receive invitations to exclusive events, and get the chance to be displayed in the annual INFOCUS juried exhibition.
At Craft Gallery, professional teaching artists cater a variety of classes and workshops to mold students into matter-manipulating virtuosos. The gallery's small class sizes allow instructors to work with each sculpting scholar during the hands-on sessions. In the hand-built-clay workshop (Tuesdays or Saturdays, 11 a.m.–2 p.m., reservations required), students will discover firing fundamentals while coercing stubborn lumps of clay to take various shapes with the use of secret massage techniques. The full hour includes a demonstration, instruction, clay, tools, and bisque-kiln firing. The fused-glass jewelry class (Thursdays, 1—2 p.m.) enables students to create their own colorful pendants, earrings, and monocles, and the paint-your-own-pottery sessions (Tuesdays–Saturdays, 12–3 p.m.) expose terra-cotta trainees to the art of glazing figurines, bowls, and mugs with personalized designs or subliminal pictures of cats.
Founded on the idea of capturing the beautiful moments that happen every day, MoseMosh Photography specializes in photojournalistic shoots. The photographer excels at using natural light to capture striking portraits, preserving image after image of pensive expressions or unguarded smiles. Since the photographer is so adept at shooting on location, documentary-style coverage of events, ranging from weddings to outdoor retreats to conferences, comes easily.
Much like the lens of her camera, Laurie Brown can adjust her focus depending on the scope of the project. During family-portrait sessions, she channels the same passion as she does during a grandiose corporate gala. Her resumé speaks to this versatility, with clients ranging from AMD and PepsiCo to glamorous models. Laurie travels to indoor and outdoor locales to capture these snapshots. She has preserved wedding memories against a verdant forest backdrop and family gatherings on the beach. Laurie also works well with children—she has seven of her own—so she can help commemorate infants' birthdays.
Professional photographer Amy expresses her artistic aesthetics by capturing weddings, families, and portraits with an eye for bold lighting and a style that tiptoes toward the whimsical. She showcases her experience in music theater and performing art by often depicting subjects engaged in some form of active emotional exchange, whether it's flirtatiously blowing bubbles, trashing a wedding dress, or simply cradling a newborn. Once she has captured the images during in-studio or on-location shoots, she professionally edits out red eyes and other flaws before transmitting them onto DVD.