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my old friend . . .
I've come to talk
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The Sound of Silence
by Simon and Garfunkel




"i call on the resting soul
of Galileo.
King of night vision,
king of insight."

Galileo
by Indigo Girls

The Nocturnes AlumNight- March 7, 2009

"Fortunately, art is a community effort - a small but select community
living in a spiritualized world, endeavoring to interpret the wars and the
solitudes of the flesh."
- Allen Ginsberg


Hello Friends of The Nocturnes,

We are pleased announce our 17th AlumNight event (now twice-yearly, again). Sponsored by The Nocturnes Night Photography Web site and held at locations on Mare Island - Saturday, March 7, 2009, from 1:30 pm to 6:30 / 7pm - followed by night photography from 7pm until about 11pm.

Building 103, Mare Island by Tim Baskerville

This will follow the schedule/itinerary we've observed with AlumNights in the recent past. We have a number of announcements to make, much to talk about, and work (from you!) to see. All this, and a few more surprises - should be a another great AlumNight! So-o-o, bring your latest work, promo pieces, 'leave behinds,' questions(?), and just news of what's goin' on in your photo-life!

Right off, for this year's AlumNight, we meet at the North End of the Island (still 'pretty vacant' . . . ) - map to follow, upon RSVP - 1:30pm Saturday. Tim will fill all the newcomers in on the 'lay of the land,' future plans for the island, and cautionary tales. At this point we can carpool/caravan to points on Mare Island you may not have visited before (this will be good for people who attended last year - new locales to scout!) - it's a fantastic place: equal parts 'wild west' and WestWorld, Penny Lane and Wisteria Lane - prime territory for Night Photographers!

By 3:30pm, we will head over to the Museum of the Mare Island Historic Park Foundation, in the historical center of the Former Naval Shipyard (MINSy), where Joyce Giles, a volunteer/tour guide for the foundation, will give us a brief history of the Mare Island Naval Shipyard (added to the National Register of Historic Places, 1975) and a tour of some of the Museum's exhibits. Again, a lot of changes in the museum each time we visit - we think you'll enjoy it! We have access to the Museum and its meeting space for our little show'n'tell, and Joyce can fill you all in on the details of the collection, the Foundation's plans for the future, and volunteer opportunities with them, should you be interested.

We will break for an early dinner around 5:30pm (pizza / beverages provided, as usual), followed by Night Photography throughout the historic core of Mare Island, from 6:30 / 7 to 11 pm - the usual (or unusual, depending on your viewpoint) 100-150 year-old brick buildings, massive ship-building equipment, historic mansions, etc. - you might even be able to take advantage of March's waxing gibbous (86% full moon illumination) Full "Crow" Moon high over head when we photograph that evening.

URLs of interest:
www.mareislandhpf.org
www.nationalregisterofhistoricplaces.com/CA/Solano/districts.html
www.discovermareisland.com
www.vallejomuseum.org
www.sfbayflywayfestival.com

Also, view some of Tim's recent work, done on Mare Island - www.thenocturnes.com/gallery/mareisland.html

And, have a look at some work done during our last couple of AlumNights and Flyway Festivals on Mare Island at the Flickr group we've set up - http://www.flickr.com/groups/thenocturnes/

We realize that you're all very busy people, but we hope you can attend. Once you confirm that you'll be attending (you ABSOLUTELY NEED to RSVP via email - to: workshop [at] thenocturnes [dot] com - we have paperwork, permits, insurance riders, attendee lists, etc. to process), we will send you all the particulars about this fun event - times, directions, maps, where to park, payment info, what to bring (if you don't like pizza, you should bring along any special food requirements), and of course, the 'secret handshake' for admission!

NOTE that there is a $28/person fee for this special AlumNight event (payable/sent to Pacific Media Arts- P.O. Box 29074 Presidio of San Francisco, CA 94129) benefiting both the Mare Island Historic Park Foundation and The Nocturnes - and covering the use of the facility/with guide, as well as food/beverage for the early evening meal (not many eateries, right now, "on-Island!") - a small price to pay, we think, for unique insight and continued access to this historic 'time-scape' at night!

This event is intended for all past participants in The Nocturnes Workshop Series, the U.C. Santa Cruz, College of Marin, and U.C. Berkeley Extension Night Photography classes, The SF Bay area Flyway Festival NPy Workshop, the Expo for the Artist introductory Workshops, our fall "Studio Nocturne" event, and all local exhibitors in our online shows. It is also open, on a limited basis, to prospective 'devotees' as well - sort of an Open House - so, if you know of someone who's REALLY interested . . . or interesting . . .

But hurry - as they say: "space is limited . . . "


Tim Baskerville
Susan Nichols

707-645-9860
workshop [at] thenocturnes [dot] com

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"So, you really should VISIT more often . . ."

The Nocturnes family of Web sites:
http://www.thenocturnes.com
http://thenocturnes.blogspot.com
http://www.timbaskerville.com
http://www.mareislandhpf.org
http://www.flickr.com/groups/thenocturnes
http://www.flickr.com/groups/off-limits
http://www.meersfamily.org
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P.O. Box 29074
Presidio of San Francisco, CA 94129
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