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Gig Harbor, WA, May 29, 2012—  On June 9, 2012, the Harbor History Museum will be hosting a Nature Photography Workshop, where students can learn how to capture wildlife and nature in their photographs. Students will spend the afternoon honing their photography skills with noted wildlife photographer, Maria Barnowl.

The Harbor History Museum’s current exhibit, With a Loving Eye: The Photographs of Jini Dellaccio, showcases the incredible, large-format photographs of renowned photographer Jini Dellaccio. Many of Jini’s photographs depict her subjects in nature, or feature nature itself as the sole subject. Tasman Sea, Australia, 1958 is a powerful shot of an enormous wave in the middle of a sea, while Ilon Brown, Gig Harbor, 1966 depicts a woman amongst vivid green leaves in the woods.

“Maria is an incredible photographer and we are incredibly excited she will be sharing her knowledge with us. This will be a unique experience for our guests, as they get to step into Jini Dellaccio’s shoes for a day and live the world of photography, taking the exhibit to another level,” says Sue Loiland, Executive Director.

Maria has degrees in Psychology and Zoology, with a focus on animal behavior. Her abiding love of animals and the environment has led her to work as a wildlife rescue-and-rehabilitator, veterinary assistant, geologic surveyor, wetland steward, and photographer. Maria strives to share her passion for our beautiful planet through her photographs.

The program will take place on Saturday, June 9th from 2:00-4:00pm. Participants must RSVP before the 9th to the Harbor History Museum at (253) 858-6722 or by stopping in. Cost is $10 for Museum Members, $25 for non-members. The workshop can hold only 12 participants ages 12 and up. All skill levels are welcome, just bring your own camera (preferably with a variety of lenses; tripod suggested).

The Gig Harbor Peninsula Historical Society, dba Harbor History Museum, was founded in 1963, and opened a museum in 1973. Our mission is to create opportunities to experience the heritage of the greater Gig Harbor communities. We do this by collecting, preserving, and sharing this area’s history. The museum is open April 16-January 31, Tues-Sun, 10am-5pm, except major holidays; winter hours are February 1-April 15, Weds-Sat 10am-4pm, Sundays 12pm-4pm.