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    • Friday, July 22, 2022
    • Saturday, July 23, 2022
    • 3 sessions
    • Painted Sky Center for the Arts - John Lennon Building
    • 5
    Register

    Have you ever wanted to capture the beauty of the night sky? Do you have a digital camera you’ve been wanting to use but aren’t quite sure how to get the most out of it?

    This course may be for you!

    Come and spend a weekend learning how to make your camera capture the beauty of the night sky.


    Day 1 classroom (July 22nd 2:00pm-5:00pm)

    • Understanding concepts of exposure triangle
    • Learning to shoot in manual mode - objective: correct exposure with as low of ISO possible
    • Learning nightscape composition
    • Learn to plan Milky Way photos using PhotoPills
    • Learning/notes on how to take night photos with individuals cameras/manuals

    Day 1 field (July 22nd 7:30pm - July 23rd 1:00am)

    • Meet up at location for night time shooting tbd at afternoon/golden hour. Can discuss foreground shooting/blending
    • Photograph sunset/blue hour
    • Milkyway photography

    Day 2 classroom (July 23rd 12:30pm - 2:30pm)

    • Students bring laptops/editing software
    • Use of projector screen to teach editing concepts and strategies
    • Exporting for social media/print

    Potential day 2 night shooting - if skies aren’t clear for day 1


    Equipment required from participants:

    • DIGITAL camera able to shoot in manual mode - participants to email camera model and lens details prior to class time
    • Tripod
    • Headlamp
    • Warm clothing for night time shooting - 50’s are cold when standing around in the summer
    • Laptop with editing software
    • Ideally: camera manual
    • Ideally: remote shutter


    Matt Franklin is a landscape and nightscape photographer originally from the Atlanta area. He came to Grant County for the first time as a travel physical therapist in 2019 and fell in love with the outdoor opportunities and dark skies. He came back to work as a traveler again in 2021 but signed on to stay as full time staff in March of 2022. He spends his free time chasing new scenery and fly fishing with his girlfriend, Katie and their pup, Taylor Mayd.



    • Thursday, August 18, 2022
    • 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
    • Painted Sky Center for the Arts
    • 24
    Register



    Marketing is the process of getting potential clients or customers interested in your products and services. Knowing your target, channel and audience is very important to get the best results! 

    If you are a local artist who wants to start selling your art, maybe an owner of a small business, or creating a new brand, selling online, or just want to learn more about how to succeed. 
    Come. We will talk about it. 

    This time we will be focusing more on how to talk to your audience so they hear you. How to keep your clients, and more about consumer behavior. Also, we will be focusing on how to manage your time to live a stress free life while managing your own business.



    My name is Skirma. I am a Marketing and Psychology professional. I have been working as a Marketing and Business Development specialist for more than 10 years. I have been helping business in different parts of the world; Nigeria, Ethiopia, Zimbabwe, the UK, Denmark, Lithuania, Ukraine, and USA. 

    Originally, I am from Lithuania, but now, I and my family live in NY. We love spending time in nature so we are blessed to have this opportunity to come and spend some time in Oregon.




    • Friday, August 26, 2022
    • Saturday, August 27, 2022
    • 3 sessions
    • Painted Sky Center for the Arts - John Lennon Building
    • 5
    Register

    Have you ever wanted to capture the beauty of the night sky? Do you have a digital camera you’ve been wanting to use but aren’t quite sure how to get the most out of it?

    This course may be for you!

    Come and spend a weekend learning how to make your camera capture the beauty of the night sky.


    Day 1 classroom (August 26th 2:00pm-5:00pm)

    • Understanding concepts of exposure triangle
    • Learning to shoot in manual mode - objective: correct exposure with as low of ISO possible
    • Learning nightscape composition
    • Learn to plan Milky Way photos using PhotoPills
    • Learning/notes on how to take night photos with individuals cameras/manuals

    Day 1 field (August 26th 6:30pm - July 23rd 1:00am)

    • Meet up at location for night time shooting tbd at afternoon/golden hour. Can discuss foreground shooting/blending
    • Photograph sunset/blue hour
    • Milkyway photography

    Day 2 classroom (August 27th 12:30pm - 2:30pm)

    • Students bring laptops/editing software
    • Use of projector screen to teach editing concepts and strategies
    • Exporting for social media/print

    Potential day 2 night shooting - if skies aren’t clear for day 1


    Equipment required from participants:

    • DIGITAL camera able to shoot in manual mode - participants to email camera model and lens details prior to class time
    • Tripod
    • Headlamp
    • Warm clothing for night time shooting - 50’s are cold when standing around in the summer
    • Laptop with editing software
    • Ideally: camera manual
    • Ideally: remote shutter


    Matt Franklin is a landscape and nightscape photographer originally from the Atlanta area. He came to Grant County for the first time as a travel physical therapist in 2019 and fell in love with the outdoor opportunities and dark skies. He came back to work as a traveler again in 2021 but signed on to stay as full time staff in March of 2022. He spends his free time chasing new scenery and fly fishing with his girlfriend, Katie and their pup, Taylor Mayd.


Leather Store



Meet the Teachers



Clair Kehrberg

Clair began her leather working journey in high school under the tutelage of local saddle maker Tom Berry. Upon graduation from high school she attended a two year saddle making program at Spokane Falls Community College with Verlane Desgrange as the instructor. She earned an associates degree in saddle making there. She spent a short time as an apprentice with Randy Severe at Severe Bros Saddlery in Pendleton Oregon. In 2007 Clair received a scholarship from the Traditional Cowboy Arts Association to study with world renowned saddle maker Dale Harwood. Clair has operated her own leather arts business since 2004 where she has made everything from custom western saddles to key chains and just about everything in between! She has won awards for her work and the World Leather Debut in Wyoming and been recognized for her handbags at the International Independent Handbag Designer Awards in New York City. Over the years her work has been featured in such magazines as Western Horseman, Cowboys & Indians, Western Art & Architecture and many others.


Leon Pielstick

Leon started leathercraft and tooling at age 10. He made his first saddle with a Tandy Kit at age 14. He has made an abundance of belts and wallets and has mentored other leather workers in leather tooling and saddle making.

Leon attended OSU and graduated from Colorado State University Veterinary School. He was a practicing veterinarian in Burns until retirement and moved to John Day in 2017.


Julie Smucker

Hey, I'm Julie Smucker! I've always loved horses and leather and all things western. I started in leatherwork a little while ago and then apprenticed under the amazing Clair Kehrberg! Now I enjoy making, and working with, a variety of leather projects.


Leather Department Committee



Leather Department Lead

Clair Kehrberg

ckehrberg@outlook.com 


Teach a Class

Interested in teaching or volunteering for the Leather Department? Contact Clair at ckehrberg@outlook.com

Physical Address: 118 Washington Street Canyon City, OR  97820

Mailing Address: PO Box 21 Canyon City, OR  97820

Call: (541) 575-1335

Email: paintedskycenter@gmail.com

Painted Sky Center for the Arts is a project of Juniper Arts Council. Juniper Arts Council is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization. Your support matters. Thank you for supporting the arts in Eastern Oregon. 

Painted Sky Center for the Arts offers its programs equally to all people


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