Art Exhibit



A collection of photographs captured by Northeast Michigan photographers on display in the Besser Museum's center gallery.  Light snacks and drinks will be provided.


Besser Museum for Northeast Michigan, Trelfa Gallery
491 Johnson Street, Alpena, Michigan


This exhibit closes July 24th.

For more information, visit or call 989-356-2202

The Association of Lifelong Learners Camera Club 


ALL’s "Focused on Fun Camera Club" grew from an Association of Lifelong Learners program held in May, 2011 when several ALL members attended a presentation by Susan Lawless, an Ann Arbor artist/photographer. Susan Lawless has exhibited her photography at juried shows and at the Ann Arbor Art Fair. She was recognized with an award at this year’s juried show at Besser Museum.


The original program was called "If You Can’t Go on Safari-Photograph at Home" and focused on learning to take photographs wherever you find yourself and with whatever camera equipment is available….not waiting for an exotic location, or some fancy equipment.


During the initial program, attendees expressed interest in having a monthly photography meeting and these began in June 2011 with Coordinator Ray Zielinski and with Susan visiting from Ann Arbor whenever possible to present various photography topics. Susan remains active in the club to this date.


The Camera Club is one of many ongoing programs (weekly/monthly) held by The Association of Lifelong Learners. There are other ALL groups which meet weekly or monthly to play dominoes, volleyball and bridge and also to dine together and walk and hike together. Members find continuity to be a wonderful means of making lifelong friendships with people who enjoy the same activities.


The ALL Camera Club meets on the third Wednesday of each month from 1:30-3:30 p.m. at ACC Madeline Briggs Center. Meetings are open to the public and are free of charge. Photographers of all levels of expertise are invited to take part. Members range from beginners to professionals with varying degrees of photographic experience.


We try to have a presentation each month. Examples: The members have learned about perspective, copyright law, lighting, art theory, compared camera equipment, etc. Each month there is a photo topic and members can share their photographs if they wish or they may simply enjoy viewing photographs taken by others. Print images are shared and also computer-generated images by using card readers, CDs, flash drive, etc.


There are over 30 members in the ALL Camera Club who attend as often as they wish. Numbers vary at any given meeting with the norm being around ten to fifteen people at each monthly meeting.


One favorite activity of Camera Club members is to go on Photo Safari locally. Last spring they gathered at Alpena’s Duck Park to photograph whatever captured their interests in that area. This past autumn they went to the Besser Bell Nature Area and photographed woods and water and anything else that "caught their eye".


We have enjoyed Ray Zielinski’s (Coordinator of the ALL Camera Club) willingness to work with us on projects - like going to outdoor areas to take photos, letting us make suggestions on things to photograph for our next meeting, and getting speakers to come to our meetings. Jodene Compton was Coordinator of the group for a while and Ray took over again when she left to travel.

Our mission is to collect, preserve, interpret, and exhibit authentic articles and artifacts of art, history, and science to 

inspire curiosity, foster community pride, and cultivate personal legacy.

Besser Museum for Northeast Michigan


Monday - Saturday  -  10 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Sunday  - 12 p.m. - 4 p.m.



491 Johnson Street

Alpena, MI 49707