Young at Art: Photo Safari on the C&O Canal


Saturday, October 16, 2021 • 9:00AM-4:00PM • Free to register, but registrants must be 55 and older

The Allegany Arts Council is pleased to announce the next in its series,  "Young at Art: Photo Safari on the C&O Canal" to take place Saturday, October 16, 2021, from 9:00AM-4:00PM.

About Young at Art

Young at Art is an initiative of the Allegany Arts Council and generously funded by the Community Trust Foundation, specifically geared towards novice artists 55 and older.

As we age, many adults have a tendency to reduce their creative expression. The creation of art in any form not only improves our quality of life, but it has been proven to enhance cognitive abilities and memory, even for those with serious brain disorders. Developing an interest in creativity can also reduce agitation, aggression, anxiety, depression and insomnia, particularly in older adults.

How Young at Art Works

Each Young at Art program will focus on a different art medium, and is intended to provide a hands-on, interactive experience for adult beginners. In each program to date, participants have received a "kit" containing the supplies needed for that experience. For the Photo Safari, participants will be transported along the C&O Canal in a series of outdoor photography shoots. The Young at Art program is designed to encourage creativity, keep minds and bodies active, and be fun!

About Photo Safari on the C & O Canal

This full-day field trip will begin at Canal Place, returning participants to their cars at approximately 4:00PM. Registrants should plan to bring a camera of some kind, with cell phones being acceptable. During the safari, we will explore the Canal boat reproduction, Potomac River and Blue Bridge. Additional stops will include Lock 75, the western-most lift lock along the C & O Canal, and Spring Gap, where participants will walk along the canal to capture reflections. Then we will travel to Lock 70 where we will have lunch and time to capture photos before visiting the Thomas Cresap House with Champ Zumbrun, a retired forest ranger who has written and published two books, including one he co-authored, Cresap's Rifles.

About the Instructor

Penny Knobel-Besa is a long-time member of the Allegany Arts Council and serves on its Photography Committee.

As an experienced photographer, she frequently leads workshops and photography field trips in the area challenging photographers not only to find a great shot, but to allow the unexpected and understand the journey is just as important as the destination. She will lead registrants in a series of shoots, giving pointers and encouraging amateur photographers to look for the unexpected.

Knobel-Besa’s work has been featured in the 2019 and 2020 Will’s Creek Exhibition of Fine Art and the Allegany National Photography Competition & Exhibition.


Registration is free but limited to 12 participants. Registrants should be able to walk comfortably in park-like settings, and be able to ride a passenger bus between locations. Registrants should also plan to bring a camera - cell phone cameras are acceptable. Transportation and lunch will be provided in this day-long workshop.

Any guests requiring assistance with mobility accommodations, dietary needs or if a camera is needed should contact or 301.777.2787.

To register, please contact us at or at 301.777.2787. Participants must be age 55 or older to participate.

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