A Letter from the Co-Chair

Hello fellow photographers and imaging artists,My name is Mike Olliver. Along with Tina Williams, I am currently the Co-Chair of APA/ DC, a local associate chapter of American Photographic Artists.

Many of those who have joined us for an APA event know me by name, or face, but I’ve never formally introduced myself to the community via this format.I believe very strongly in APA and its mission — Community, Inspiration, Activism, Education — and I’m proud to be involved with such a successful and growing organization.
In 2004, I joined the newly formed board of APA / DC, with a hope of bringing better photography events to the DC area.
I believe we have accomplished this in the 8 years I’ve been involved with APA. Some highlights during this time include our Photography Production Summit, Assistant Training Workshops, Presentations and Workshops with Paul Aresu, Stephen Wilkes, and Michael Grecco — and of course, countless educational and advocacy programs for the imaging community. We also continue to offer our popular brown bag series of events, which are informal gatherings of photographers discussing singular issues for an evening.
Joining the ranks of all-time favorite events will be well-known photographer and APA memberERIK ALMAS, who brings his program, EVOLUTION OF AN INTRIGUING STYLE to the community this coming Monday evening.
This is a rare and golden opportunity to see Erik in person. To my knowledge, this will be his first ever presentation in Washington, D.C..
I was able to see him speak in Richmond last year, and was so inspired, I made sure that you have a chance to see him for yourself!
You now have an opportunity to see, hear, and participate with one of the most prolific and creative working artists in your own backyard!  Please don’t underestimate the importance of our efforts to secure Erik’s appearance for the community. You will be rewarded for your efforts!
Erik will be taking pre-orders for his two disc educational DVD“On Aspects of Image Making,”  and one lucky raffle winner will receive a signed 11 x 14″ fine art print, donated by Erik. In addition, handmade and printed portfolios containing Erik’s fashion, commercial, and fine art work will be made available for your perusal.
You have many opportunities available to you in this modern age — countless websites, blogs,  videos, tutorials, webinars, lectures, seminars, multi-day conferences  — to name but a few.  While there are many worthwhile outlets for education and entertainment out there, in my opinion, nothing can take the place of meaningful and personal community-based interaction.   
So, do you miss seeing real people? Are you tired of sitting in front of your monitor and watching life pass you by in real time??  Come out and join us this coming Monday night!  We’ll save a seat for you. Looking forward to seeing you there.All the best,

Mike Olliver