Opening of our new studio space in downtown Raleigh on First Friday May 4, 2018
29th April 2018

On First Friday May 4th from 6:30 pm to closing, join me in celebrating the opening of my brand new studio space at 311 Gallery, Studio 6. As a special thank you to my customers, if you purchase my work on opening night you'll receive 10% off your purchase.
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Special offer for my first 5 customers at Cary, NC show Saturday April 28th
25th April 2018

This weekend on Saturday April 28th I will be exhibiting at the one day show Spring Daze Arts and Crafts Festival in Cary, NC. Come early and decide on your purchase early and you'll be rewarded! My first 5 customers will receive 20% off their entire purchase. Come see me in booth #B10 at Fred G. Bond Metro Park (801 High House Rd., Cary, NC)
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Announcing "Photographing Fall Color in California's Wine Country Workshop"
02nd January 2018
October 27 - November 3, 2018 Join acclaimed photographers Mary Louise Ravese and Sue Bloom in an 8-day, 7-night workshop exploring the renowned Napa and Sonoma Valleys during Fall color. Excite your senses with an itinerary that will satisfy your visual and creative interests, your appetite for gourmet cuisine and your thirst for some of the best wines in the world. A variety of unique shooting opportunities await you in this workshop that is open to photographers of all skill levels. Our two instructor format assures no more than 6 students per instructor. Register by May 31st and save $100. Consider registering early, last time the workshop sold out in 3 weeks!
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Photo workshops in Raleigh starting in 2018
29th December 2017
Now that we're located in North Carolina, Mary Louise will kick off her photography workshop offerings with her Digital Photography Essentials weekend one-day class in Jan and again in February 2018 in downtown Raleigh.
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We've Moved to Raleigh, North Carolina
30th August 2017
Bella Vista Photography has moved to Raleigh, North Carolina. We will continue to exhibit at shows and offer classes in the mid-Atlantic area from time to time, but coming soon look for our participation in shows and class offerings in the Triangle area of North Carolina!
Final solo show in Loudoun County, VA - First Friday photo exhibit and sale at Photoworks, Leesburg
01st August 2017
After 15 years of living in Virginia, I will be moving to Raleigh, North Carolina later this month. Photoworks in Leesburg has invited me for one last area show this coming First Friday:

Friday August 4th
from 6 - 9 pm
2 Loudoun St SW (2nd floor entrance)
Leesburg, VA 20175
(703) 777-4002

Refreshments and live music by Weston Smith
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"Heat and Light" a new artWorks exhibit including photos by Mary Louise Ravese
05th May 2017

Four local artists are part of Heat and Light, a new summer exhibit at the Clarion Inn in Leesburg. Photographers Mary Louise Ravese and Samantha Marshall and Painters Octavia Frazier and Karen Hutchison display work with palpable energy for this inaugural show at the Clarion Inn. The Clarion Inn is located at 1500 East Market Street, on the eastern end of Leesburg, Virginia. The lounge is open nightly. The "Heat and Light" exhibit runs through August. Meet the artists at a reception on Friday June 2nd.
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Show your camera who is boss - learn how to use it beyond just auto/program modes
01st May 2017
Learn the essential camera settings in an afternoon. This introductory class on Sunday June 11th is for people with a digital camera who are interested in learning how to successfully use their camera beyond automatic / program modes. Master these five settings and you'll be well on your way to photographing with greater confidence and more reliable results.
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Mary Louise's photograph selected for North American Nature Photography Association 2017 Showcase
18th November 2016
Mary Louise's new black and white image "Lineation", a close-up of a back-lit peacock plant leaf, was selected for publication in the prestigious 2017 North American Nature Photography Association Journal "Expressions".
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Gift Certificates available for Holiday Gift Giving
01st November 2016
We offer Gift Certificates which can be redeemed for a gift of our photography, private lessons, or applied to one of our Bella Vista Photography run classes. Gift certificates are available for purchase online here or email Mary Louise for more unique requests.
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"Flow" - an exhibit of Mary Louise's photographs on metal at Old Ox Brewery, Ashburn, VA through Nov
01st September 2016

The Loudoun Arts Council presents the latest exhibit in it's series of artWorks events at Old Ox Brewery — FLOW: Capturing the Moment. The photographs of longtime Loudoun resident Mary Louise Ravese are intriguing juxtapositions of vibrant colors, distinctive shapes, and unique textures. This exhibit is exclusively Ravese's works printed on metal, emphasizing the brilliant colors of the subjects. The exhibit opens on August 30 and will continue until the end of November. The Brewery will host an Artist's Reception for Ravese on Friday, September 30 at 7 pm, and the public is encouraged to visit and meet Mary Louise and learn more about her work. The exhibit artwork can be purchased at anytime during the show using the online shopping cart.
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Through October, Mary Louise is a featured artist at Arts in the Village Gallery, Leesburg, VA
31st August 2016

In October, Arts in the Village Gallery presents "Light into Dark", a Featured Artist Exhibit showcasing new works in black and white by photographer Mary Louise Ravese as well as potter, painter, sculptor and jewelry artist Carol Clay-Ward. Mary Louise's architecture and nature images in black and white are being shown for the first time exclusively at this Arts in the Village Gallery show.

Meet the artists, listen to live music by saxophonist Mike Girdy and enjoy a glass of wine and refreshments during a free, open to the public reception on Saturday, October 22nd, from 4 – 7 p.m.
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Mary Louise to participate in 6th annual Catoctin Holiday Art Tour November 12-13, 2016
31st August 2016
Mary Louise is one of 21 artists exhibiting at 8 art studios for the 5th annual Catoctin Holiday Art Tour (CHAT) the weekend of November 12-13, 2016. Mary Louise will be at Clay-Ward studios with Carol Clay-Ward - potter, painter, sculptor and Anne Jordan, hammered copper artist. The perfect time to get some unique and artful gifts for the holidays!

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Our next art show is the weekend of October 14-16 in Gaithersburg, MD
31st August 2016

Our next show is the weekend of October 14-16 in Gaithersburg, MD. Mary Louise will be exhibiting in the annual Sugarloaf Crafts Festival at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds .

See Mary Louise's new work from this year at the show. Come visit the Bella Vista Photography booth #37 (Building 6A lower level)
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Mary Louise's photography is now available for purchase at the Center for American Craft in PA
01st August 2016
Starting August 2016, photographs by Mary Louise Ravese will be available for purchase at the Center for American Craft in Downtown Lancaster, PA.
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Mary Louise is now a co-organizer for the NANPA Meetup Group for the National Capital Region
25th May 2016
Mary Louise has signed up to be one of three new organizers for the North American Nature Photography Meetup Group for the National Capital Region. She is looking forward to planning some future nature photography field trips for the group. Read on to find out more info about these (mostly) free field trip opportunities.
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Upcoming May Workshop: Photographing the Best of Tuscany with Optional Excursion to the Cinque Terre
23rd December 2015
May 2016 join professional photographer Mary Louise Ravese photographing the quintessential Tuscany experience in a small group photography workshop. Extend your trip with an optional 3-night trip to the Cinque Terre. Refine your skills, learn new techniques and come home with some great photographs and stories. Save $200 when you register by March 18, 2016!
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Mary Louise to teach 2 photography classes this spring at Shenandoah University
20th December 2015
Mary Louise to teach two classes: "Digital Photography: Fundamentals for Beginners" and "Using Adobe Lightroom to Organize, Edit and Share Your Photographs" in March / April at the Center for Lifelong Learning at Shenandoah University in Winchester, VA.
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Mary Louise invited to judge Gaithersburg Camera Club competition
15th November 2015
February 22, 2016 Mary Louise will be judging the Gaithersburg Camera Club's photography competition
Mary Louise to teach at Shenandoah University, Winchester, VA
01st September 2015
Mary Louise is happy to announce that she will start teaching photography classes this fall at the Center for Lifelong Learning at Shenandoah University in Winchester, VA. Her first class will be "Digital Photography: Fundamentals for Beginners". Wednesdays September 30 - October 21 from 3:30 - 6 pm. Contact Shenandoah University Center for Lifelong Learning to register.
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