Friday, September 7, 2007

O. A.R. S. 2008 Catalog of Adventure Vacations Now Available

O. A.R. S. 2008 Catalog of Adventure Vacations Now Available

Hot off the presses, the O. A.R. S. catalogs are now available at www. oars. com.

Angels Camp, California (Vocus) December 20, 2007

Hot off the presses, the O. A.R. S. (http://www. oars. com) catalogs are now available at www. oars. com. For almost 40 years, O. A.R. S. (Outdoor Adventure River Specialists) has been a leader in the adventure travel industry. The California-based, eco-conscious organization provides exceptional, award-winning customer service, friendly, experienced and safety-conscious guides, comfortable and clean camping equipment, undeniably delicious and hearty meals and an ideal environment for a traveler to experience the outdoor vacation of his or her dreams.

O. A.R. S. (www. oars. com) was the first, and only, North American rafting outfitter to be 100% carbon neutral through an innovative partnership with NativeEnergy Travel Offsets. They are in their third year of offsetting all energy used in their California-based office and all domestic adventures. O. A.R. S. swapped the motors on their gear boats for their Jackson Lake trips for new four-stroke engines, reducing fuel consumption significantly, and they provide on-site employee housing in most destinations, sparing guides and staff from potentially lengthy, carbon emitting commutes. Additionally, 20% of the fuel used in their Grand Canyon gear vehicles is now bio-diesel.

O. A.R. S. (http://www. oars. com) trips have positively affected the lives of over 400,000 travelers due to their ability to meet the diverse needs of their broad spectrum of clientele: they offer more than 75 unique itineraries worldwide. More than half of their guests experienced vacations with children in tow. Trips vary in price, making adventures accessible to families, professionals, students and retirees.

Some vacations include catered camping and rafting excursions through one of six national parks, lodge-based outings with comfortable beds and hot showers, multi-week expeditions, half-day escapes, weekend retreats close to home or private chartered trips specifically and uniquely designed for a given client’s needs. Various organizations and publications have repeatedly proclaimed O. A.R. S. adventures as the “Best Trips on the Planet.”

O. A.R. S. was established in 1969 by George and Pam Wendt and with a goal to help people of all ages enjoy "the best outdoor experience of their lives.” The company was selected as the first exclusively oar-powered rafting company in the Grand Canyon, and Wendt has since been awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Adventure Travel Trade Association (ATTA).

The company runs first-class rafting, sea kayaking and multi-sport (rafting / sea kayaking / hiking / biking / horseback riding) trips in Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Oregon, Utah and Wyoming as well as in Canada, Baja, Fiji and throughout South America, rendering them a diverse and accommodating force in adventure travel.

Borrowing from John Muir, “In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks,” O. A.R. S. long ago discovered the enduring magic of classic rivers, stunning scenery and mesmerizing companionship. The organization continues to offer trips on some of the country’s finest rivers: the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon, Idaho’s incomparable Middle Fork Salmon and Alaska’s spectacular Tatshenshini. In addition, O. A.R. S. specializes in family adventures with notable vacations on Utah’s Green River through Dinosaur National Monument, Oregon’s Wild and Scenic Rogue River and Idaho’s Lower Salmon River.

In addition to family-friendly journeys and classic river trips appropriate for travelers of all ages, O. A.R. S. offers epic whitewater rafting for thrill-seekers on California’s North Fork American, Tuolumne and Upper Klamath rivers, as well as Canada’s Chilko River. Other adventure options, designed for travelers with specific interests, include trips which highlight archaeology, wine tasting, gourmet cooking, photography, as well as trips for the solo traveler, hiking enthusiasts and trips for women only.

New to O. A.R. S.’ vacation menu in 2008: rafting on the Apurimac River, the source of the Amazon and lodge-to-lodge trekking to Machu Picchu, 15 or 16 days.

Recognized as an authoritative resource for environmentalists, conservationists, politicians and eco-celebrities, O. A.R. S. was selected to support MacGillivray Freeman Films and Teva in their production of a cutting-edge water conservation film, “Grand Canyon Adventure” 3D IMAX ®. The film, featuring Robert Kennedy, Jr. and anthropologist Wade Davis, and their daughters, premiers on World Water Day, March 28, 2008. The film will undoubtedly raise water conservation awareness worldwide.

Since 1969 O. A.R. S. has been setting the standard in first-class rafting, sea kayaking and multi-sport vacations, with destination and unparalleled experiences on over 35 rivers and coastlines of the world. O. A.R. S. caters to active travelers of all ages and abilities with more than 75 unique itineraries worldwide, including one-day and weekend escapes. For more information on O. A.R. S. eco-friendly adventures, including a free 84-page color catalog, call O. A.R. S. at 1-800-346-6277, email the company at info @ oars. com or visit www. oars. com.

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Fine Art Photography Organization's Innovative Marketing Makes Them a Top Google Find

Fine Art Photography Organization's Innovative Marketing Makes Them a Top Google Find

One of the best kept secrets in the art world is The Center for Fine Art Photography. Occupying the third floor of the Museum of Contemporary Art in historic Old Town, Fort Collins, Colorado, this unique international organization and its gallery is better known on the world wide web than around its own state. According to Google statistics, with 61,000,000 returns, the Center’s website is ranked in the top fifteen for "fine art photography" searches. An incredible accomplishment in just over two years.

Fort Collins, CO (PRWEB) September 6, 2006

One of the best kept secrets in the art world is The Center for Fine Art Photography. Occupying the third floor of the Museum of Contemporary Art in historic Old Town, Fort Collins, Colorado, this unique international organization and its gallery is best known on the world wide web than around its own state. According to Google statistics, with 61,000,000 returns, the Center’s website is ranked in the top fifteen for "fine art photography" searches. An incredible accomplishment in just over two years.

Where can you see…and feel the emotional impact of

 a Bangladesh child sorting through trash,

 a young couple breaking-up in a shiny red car, or

 an old man daydreaming at a diner,

Or experience the nostalgia of an old Mississippi farm road,

View of city sky-scrapers from the window of an old flower mill,

Or the intrigue of a city stairway to heaven.

Beginning as a dream of Larry Padgett, who combined his love of photography with a 20 year background in business and marketing, The Center for Fine Art Photography became a reality in May 2004 when the local art community got behind his vision to create an international showcase for established and emerging photographers. The Center is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization whose goal is to promote the art photography, whether traditional or digital, foster the growth of creative artists, and educate the public to the collectable value of photograph. Currently, over 659 photographic artists from more than 30 countries have been represented in its juried shows.

“Following in the tracks of the masters, such as Ansel Adams, Edward Curtis, Ruth Bernhard and others, there are many fine photographers today who deserve greater recognition. And that is what we provide: a variety of venues which include gallery exhibitions, publication in the Center’s Artists’ ShowCase, both on the internet and as a regular feature of CameraArts magazine a publication of an annual catalogue featuring exceptional artwork,” said Padgett. Artists’ ShowCase is an eight page, full color, pull-out section which features a selection of juried work from the current gallery exhibition. This publication is a valued reference for galleries, collectors and art purchasers.

The Center has received support and sponsorships from British Airways, Denver International Airport, CameraArts magazine, Fort Collins Arts Alive, the Bohemian Foundation, and Fine Print Imaging, as well as from private donations. Beginning in September, a traveling exhibition will be featured in the Bridge Galley at Denver International Airport, which sees over 45,000,000 travelers a year. In February 2007, an exclusive six month show will be displayed in all of DIA’s concourse galleries.

According to Padgett, The Center’s goal is to become an international leader in promoting the art of photography. Toward that end, The Center presents programs that promote public awareness and appreciation of fine art photography and provides educational workshops and forums that inspire photographers to extend their talent and creativity.

The Center plans to build a 45,000 sq. ft. international fine art photography facility in Fort Collins in 2010. It will be the third largest facility of its kind with three galleries dedicated to exhibitions of photography. It will include state-of-the-art classrooms for workshops and its Masters of Fine Art Photography program.

The Center for Fine Arts is located in the Museum of Contemporary Art building at 201 S. College Avenue, Fort Collins, CO 80524.

Gallery hours are Tuesday-Saturday 12- 5. Cost: Free

Current and prior exhibitions can be viewed on the Center’s website

Office hours Monday-Friday 10-5.

Phone: 970-224-1010 Web site: www. c4fap. org

Accompanying print-resolution images and prior press releases at

Http://www. c4fap. org/pr (http://www. c4fap. org/pr) Click on “about.”

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