Ten Years of Local Photography at the Sam Houston Memorial Museum

Although the SHMM’s 10th annual Photography Contest conflicted with our meeting time, we made some arrangements so we could once again see what the community had to offer, photographically speaking.

SHSU, LEAP Center, LEAP Ambasaddaors, Sam Houston Memorial Museum, Casey Roon, Amateur Photography Contest

The photo contest, created by Curator of Exhibits Casey Roon, gives non-professional photographers an opening to showcase their work. Each photo submitted was placed accordingly in five different categories—Abstract, Pets, Architecture, Face/Figures, and Nature. Winners were also given the opportunity to receive cash for their amazing work!

In front of an audience of about 75, Roon discussed the contest and announced the winners.  The Best in Show winner was Victoria Pieczynski in the ‘Nature’ category, while the Reserve winner was John Rogers in the ‘Architecture’ category.  A list of all winners is below:

Faces/Figures: (1) Sarah Wolsky, (2) Jerome Hunter, and (3) Kyra Aftosmes
Pets: (1) Lynette Dobbins, (2) Lynette Dobbins, and (3) Seth McAdow
Abstract: (1) Gary Readore, (2) Beth Gray, (3) Wanda Smith
Nature: (1) Victoria Pieczynski, (2) Sam Beard, (3) Gary Readore

SHSU, LEAP Center, LEAP Ambasaddaors, Sam Houston Memorial Museum, Casey Roon, Amateur Photography Contest

Architecture: (1) John Rogers, (2) Kya Aftosmes, (3) Robert Mendoza
Best in Show: (1) VIctoria Pieczynski and (2) John Rogers
Curator’s Choice Winners: (1) Casey Mathis, (2) John Seitz, (3) Tonya Seitz, (4) Darelene Lee, (5) Sami Soukup, (6) Kyra Aftosmes, (7) Wanda Smith, (8) Veronica Lorine, (9) Lynette Dobbins, (10) Katherine Hubbard, (11) Jessie Smith, (12) Rhonda Jensen, (13) Barbara Lutzmann, (14) Sam Beard, (15) Judy Volper, (16) Morgen Clements, (17) Bianca Catungal, (18) Veronica Lovine, and (19) Sam Beard.

We enjoyed looking over the photos and comparing them to photos we take.  By reviewing the winning photos (and other, interesting photos that didn’t win), we were able to get some tips on how to improve our own work.

We spent some time with our favorite photos…

..and more importantly spent time talking to our friends, Mac and Leanne Woodward, Derek Birdsall, Megan Buro, and Casey Roon, before heading to our meeting.

 

Just Watch Us Learn: Jeff Lindsay at Murder by the Book

By Makayla Mason

Murder By The Book is one of many jewels in Houston.  Not only do they have a great book collection, but they bring in amazing authors throughout the year.  And on December 4, one of our last events of 2019, we went to see, Jeff Lindsay, the creator and author of the Dexter books and tv series.

And as an interesting biographical note, Lindsay is married to Hilary Hemingway, Ernest Hemingway’s niece!

After we arrived, we purchased some of Lindsay’s books including his latest book Just Watch Me. After showing Miranda and Esme (it was their first time to the store) around the store, we found seats, excited to hear Lindsy speak!

Lindsay was an expressive and humorous speaker, and the audience appreciated the presentation.

SHSU, LEAP Center, LEAP Ambassadors, Center for Law Engagement And Politics, Murder by the Book, Jeff Lindsay, Just Watch Me

There were some die-hard “Dexter” fans in attendance, and the program provided highly interactive.

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We learned about Lindsay’s writing process and how he created the main character, Riley Wolfe, in Just Watch Me.  Riley is a master thief who steals from the wealthiest .1% and his new target is the Crown Jewels of Iran. Lindsay said Riley Wolfe makes the impossible, possible.

SHSU, LEAP Center, LEAP Ambassadors, Center for Law Engagement And Politics, Murder by the Book, Jeff Lindsay, Just Watch Me

We also got the inside scoop on Lindsay’s opinion of actor Michael C. Hall as Dexter on the show. He admitted he was worried at first, but after watching the filming of the first scene on set, he knew Hall was the perfect fit.

After his talk, we had the opportunity to have our books signed and take a picture with him.

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It was a great experience to meet Jeff Lindsay! Big shout out to Murder By The Book for bringing in such amazing authors!

SHSU, LEAP Center, LEAP Ambassadors, Center for Law Engagement And Politics, Murder by the Book, Jeff Lindsay, Just Watch Me

Dinner at Aladdin

Since Just Watch Me is about the Crown Jewels of Iran, we decided to eat Mediterranean food at Aladdin restaurant.  It was cafeteria style with all the food laid out with tons of options to choose including many vegan dishes. We decided to get a meat with three sides and pita bread. We ordered fish, gyro meat, and curry chicken as our meats with lots of different sides and hummus of course! It was all so delicious!

SHSU, LEAP Center, LEAP Ambassadors, LEAP Center, Center for Law Engagement And Politics, Aladdin Restaurant

It was a great night and with new books in our hands and good food in our stomachs, we headed back to Huntsville.