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Sometimes a wonderful heartwarming story comes along our way and we have to share! Jennifer Clancy, who works with ALLE Learning, wrote to tell us what one of their elder communities, the Fellowship Square Mesa,  did for a recent service project. This senior adult group had decided they wanted to do something for the veterans at the Phoenix VA Hospital. She explained, “They decided on Valentine Day boxes filled with useful and not so useful stuff (i.e. candy).” Donald’s American Flag postcards was placed in each box. The photo below shows the group after their boxes were finished!

FSQ VA Boxes  veteran ALLE

Jennifer explained further, “These communities come in many forms; independent living, assisted living, health centers, senior day care centers or long term care facilities. We work with all residents regardless of their physical or mental state.

After being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease, my mother moved to an assisted living community. She lived there about five years before passing away. I was thankful that she was safe and had access to exercise and other wellness activities but soon discovered that there was very little on the monthly calendar for her mind or brain. I began ALLE Learning as a volunteer so that my mother would have access to book studies, presentations on interesting topics that were age appropriate and reinforcement projects. As communities began to hear about our efforts we began to teach our classes at other communities.

Fellowship Square Mesa is one of those communities. We meet with a group of 25 residents every Saturday afternoon for a two hour class. The residents in the photo are from this class. Every quarter they choose to do a service project and since we are also teaching our classes at the VA Hospital we thought it would be a great way to bring the two together. Our participants at the VA are in the palliative care and hospice unit. They are men and women who have served our country (as have many of our class participants). The residents wrote letters and cards and filled the boxes with all sorts of treats. We delivered 40 boxes.

As a way of scaling our efforts of providing lifelong learning to every senior adult living community in the U.S. we launched  ALLE Online.  Our mission is simple, we believe that learning is for everyone. Research is showing that we are on the right track; having a healthy mind and brain requires learning new things, not just playing brain games. By providing high-quality, affordable learning materials, every community can implement a lifelong learning program for all residents.”

The American flag is available as postcards or note cards with matching envelopes. This beautiful patriotic image also comes as a 11 x 14″ art poster print.

american flag note cards

american flag postcards

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We have more of Donald’s beautiful calendars and gorgeous prints on the way to Amazon! Here are some behind the scenes photos at the printing studio who create the high quality prints from Donald’s original photography.

It takes considerable teamwork from graphic designing to precision printing to produce the distinctive style of calendars, note cards and prints which Donald has come to be known for.  His vision of using photography to project beauty, calm and sentiment makes his work a consistent favorite on Amazon.

See his work on Amazon here.

 

 

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A New Member of Staff

Hello all!  My name is Pearl and I am the newest member of staff for Donald Verger Photography.  I will be helping Don with his blog from now on.

I first “met” Don through my own blog, The Beading Gem’s Journal which is all about jewelry and jewelry making.  He must have stumbled upon it because I once wrote about sea glass.  Sea glass is a  common interest.  As many of you already  know, he recently introduced  his beautiful 2013 Sea Glass Calendar  shown below.

Photography is yet another passion we share.  His professional art photography is something I much admire.  Jewelry artisans like myself often struggle to take good pictures of our work. So Don’s work is truly inspirational and something amateurs like me try to aim for.

He is also a great role model for iPhone owners like myself  because he demonstrates how top quality photographs can indeed be  taken with smart phone cameras.  Needless to say, I am now a huge fan of his art photographs and will enjoy writing about them.

Please enjoy exploring all of Donald’s photography calendars here.

 

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Want to see how I take images with my iPhone and create stunning pictures for my calendars? Then come join me this Thursday, September 20th, at 7pm for my presentation at Apple’s Upper Westside NYC store . It promises to be a very special evening. I will also include highlights from my most recent calendars.

apple store front

Here is an excerpt from the website : “Reminiscent of the legendary work of Ansel Adams, Donald Verger’s photography is notable for its quiet, ethereal beauty and subtle nuances of light, much of it shot using only an iPhone. Join Donald to see some of his images and learn how he uses his iPhone and his Mac to create stunning images of the natural world, including his recent Sea Glass and Storms calendars.”

The Upper West Side Apple Store is one of my favorites to visit. The staff are wonderfully supportive and the atmostphere there? Energized!

I am especially pleased to share my techniques with other Apple enthusiasts on the use of  the iPhone for creating fine art and commercial photography. The image capture capabilities of the iPhone camera continue to evolve and improve and the potential for great photography is huge. This will continue wonderfully with the release this Friday of the wildly anticipated iPhone 5.

 

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Sweet Blogging Notes!

Hello blog world!  In another realm of the blogosphere, Mia T. Starr has written a nice post about Donald’s work and the way that one of his images in particular touched her and made her consider the role of the photographer.  The link is below:

http://www.fourdaysaweek.com/2/post/2012/02/whispers.html

Check it out!  The photograph and calendar that the blog features can be found on Donald’s Amazon Page, or by using the link below:

http://www.amazon.com/Love-Everything-At—glance-Photography/dp/B0072NYHLQ/ref=sr_1_9?s=office-products&ie=UTF8&qid=1330559951&sr=1-9

 

To lovely days, contemplative images, and thoughtful internet friends.

 

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After barely escaping the tornado that hit Joplin on May 22, Donald Verger was compelled to donate over 25,000 postcards to bring peace to the people of Joplin. Since then, his urge to bring peace to people has grown.

Don wants not only Joplin residents to recover, but he longs to bring peace and healing to people all over the world. His images in hospitals (Mercy hospital to name one) are soft and quiet, with what others describe as a “healing” quality. His recent Joplin Art Project and his new website sparked a new idea to offer his images to hospitals and nonprofits all over the world. His new website offers an excellent way to buy and share images with people and companies in other countries.

If any hospital or nonprofit organization is interested in obtaining one of Donald Verger’s healing images, please contact him at info@donaldverger.com with your company/hospital’s name and reason why you should receive a print. You will receive a coupon code that you can use on Verger’s website after you choose an image. All you pay is the printing cost (you save 90%!)

Please help Donald Verger spread peace across the world today with beautiful, remedial images.

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Click to read about Verger’s work at Mercy Hospital in Portland, Maine.

He was also recently featured on AndreaBrand.com

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 See Don’s website here. Learn more about the Joplin Art Project. Watch Don’s interview on WGME. Click to buy his 2012 11×14 flower poster. View Don’s Google profile. Click here to read about Don in the Joplin Globe and Press Herald. Watch his interview with Kim Block or see his escape from the Joplin tornado.

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