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Show your camera who is boss - learn how to use it beyond just auto/program modes
01st March 2017
Learn the essential camera settings in an afternoon. This introductory class on Saturday May 6th 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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Bella Vista Photography participating in Western Loudoun Artists Studio Tour June 20-21
29th May 2015
Western Loudoun Artists Studio Tour June 20-21, 2015
Visit the studio of Mary Louise Ravese, Bella Vista Photography during the Western Loudoun Artists Studio Tour June 20 -21 from 10 am - 5 pm.
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Join me Photographing in the French Riviera this September
28th February 2015
September 13 - 20 come explore the French Riviera with acclaimed photographer Mary Louise Ravese. Learn how to shoot like a travel photographer, capturing the grand vistas, quiet back streets, glamor of the nightlife and sweet moments of life that convey a sense of this part of the world. More information and online registration
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Join Mary Louise photographing in Tuscany in May 2015
15th January 2015
Mary Louise will be returning to Italy again this spring. Join her as she explores some of her favorite parts of Tuscany with a small group of only 6 photographers May 14 - 24. Register by March 31st to save $200 on your workshop registration.
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Through February, Mary Louise is a featured artist at Arts in the Village Gallery, Leesburg, VA
15th January 2015

Romancing Nature — an exhibit by Mary Louise Ravese and Kate Williams

In Feburary, Arts in the Village Gallery presents "Romancing Nature", a Featured Artist Exhibit showcasing new works by photographer Mary Louise Ravese and painter Kate Williams

Meet the artists and enjoy a glass of wine and refreshments during a free, open to the public reception on Saturday, February 21st, from 5 – 8 p.m.

Arts in the Village Gallery
1601 Village Market Blvd. Suite #116
Leesburg, VA 20175
Open: Daily 10 am - 9 pm, Sun. 12 - 6 pm
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Mary Louise's "Spirals" photograph wins Best-in Show at "Black & White" exhibit
11th January 2015

"Spirals", a black and white photography by Mary Louise Ravese wins Best-in Show at the "Black & White" exhibit currently on display at the Franklin Park Arts Center in Purcellville, VA. The show is on display until February 2nd.
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Get creative this winter with our series of Abstract Photography Workshops
29th December 2014
Get your creativity flowing with our Saturday afternoons Abstract Photography sessions in January. This intermediate level workshop is for those who understand basic digital SLR camera use and are looking for a creative challenge, unique photo opportunities and to expand the vision of their "photographer's eye". The workshop is divided into 3 self contained sessions, each one concentrating on a different technique: unique reflections, light painting, bubble-mania. Take 1 session or all 3 and save $. Register by January 4th for a discount! Space is limited, act now.
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Mary Louise selected to judge the Nature Visions Photography exhibit this year
16th September 2014
Mary Louise Ravese has been invited to be on the judging panel for this year's Nature Visions Photography Exhibit, a feature of the annual Photography Expo taking place November 14 -16 at the Hylton Performing Arts Center, Manassas, Virginia.
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