Sunday, September 21, 2014

Fall Arts Festival showcases local artwork

Juliana Discher I Staff Writer

A portrait of local artists, musicians, food vendors, and community volunteers was displayed this Saturday at Cottell Park for the annual Fall Arts Festival put on by The Arts Alliance.

The festival was held on September 20 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and featured over 70 local and regional artists vending their work.

According to festival director Meredith Raffel, the goal of this free event is exposure.

“We want to bring quality art to the community,” Raffel said. “We also want to expose people to different art forms.”

Raffel said that The Art Alliance was better able to achieve this as a result of the venue change. This was the second year it was held at Cottell Park instead of the Mason Municipal building.

“We love this location because we are in a park setting and the artists are on grass, plus the scenery is much more beautiful and serene,” Raffel said.

Artists weren't the only ones being showcased. There were a variety of musical performances done throughout the day by the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra’s String Quintet, the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra’s Brass Trio, the P’s in a Pod, the Northern Cincinnati Youth Orchestra, the Blue Night Jazz Band, and the Jefferson Bennett Band.

The festival’s success is due to the various activities available, according to local jeweler John Darlin.

“It’s very family oriented,” Darlin said. “There are arts and crafts activities, kite flying, and Cottell Park’s playground to keep children entertained while parents can browse through art booths."

Patrons were also given the opportunity to make their own art with a Doodle Board open to chalk drawings and a Community Canvas Project where people of all ages could help paint a portrait together.

Raffel said the festival wouldn't be possible without the joint effort of locals.

“We are very grateful for the support of the people coming to the event, the artists displaying their work, and especially for all the students who volunteer,” Raffel said.

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Friday, September 19, 2014

Ready, Set, GoPro

New high resolution photography gadget captures action shots

Juliana Discher I Staff Writer

Thrill seekers be on alert: the GoPro camera is the next go-to gadget to chronicle your 

GoPros are small, lightweight, waterproof devices that deliver HD quality videos and pictures. 
They can be attached to a variety of mounts, depending on the purpose. 

According to Nick Woodman, the creator of the GoPro, the original purpose for the camera was 
to provide surfers with a way to film themselves catching waves until it evolved into the 
wearable tool it is today. 

Avid GoPro user and freshman Joey Wood said that he prefers his GoPro over other cameras. 

“[Before my GoPro] I used my dad’s camera, which was just a regular digital one, but I like the 
GoPro because it’s so small, yet the definition is really good,” Wood said. 

According to Wood, the mounts add to the uniqueness of the camera. There are several kinds that 
can be attached and then positioned with the GoPro to capture different shots. 

“I made my own rod mount for $4 with a broomstick, and I have a chest and head mount,” 
Wood said. “Sometimes I attach [the camera] to the bottom of my penny board or to the head of 
my lacrosse stick and get cool shots from that.” 

Sophomore Peyton Krell, another GoPro fan, said that he utilizes the mounts as well. 

“I have a helmet mount that you can put on an open vented helmet, like for biking, and I have 
sticky mounts, which can stick to most smooth surfaces,” Krell said. 

According to both Wood and Krell, the photos they post on social media using their GoPros get 
more attention versus others that they post. 

“The action of the photos stands out,” said Wood. “Plus, the resolution is so much better than 
just an iPhone camera.” 

According to the CBS News, the GoPro is currently the best-selling camera in the world, and 
Krell said that he predicts GoPro cameras will soon become popular around Mason High School. 

 “I think GoPros will definitely start trending around our school because of the variety of 
students,” Krell said. “No matter what activities they do, GoPro has a way of filming it.”