One of Melissa Parrish Pittman's iPhone art photographs
The Upstairs Artspace invites photography enthusiasts to participate in a workshop -- Saturday Dec. 8 from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. -- on how to make art with nothing more than a smartphone and a few apps. Participants are urged to use their new skills to submit images to the gallery's next show, "Upload," which opens in mid-January and will be the first major exhibit in the South exclusively featuring work made with iPhones and other smartphones.

The class will be led by Melissa Parrish Pittman, a mixed-media artist and new member of the Upstairs Board of Directors.

"The iPhone or similar technology gives us the capabilities of camera, darkroom, and state of the art digital lab all in your pocket," says Pittman. "You can create art images with the touch of a button and the use of a few apps."
Everyone from amateurs to seasoned pros are welcome. Participants will need their own camera-equipped smartphone, equipped with the following apps: Camera+, Hipstamatic, Image Blender, Juxtaposer, Scratchcam, and Snapseed. All will be encouraged to share insights with each other, and experienced iPhoneographer will share her own images, her favorite apps, and iPhoneography tips. She will cover the basics of taking photographs, and review the capabilities of each app.

"Come and explore the creative possibilities of your smartphone," Pittman says. "You will be hooked!"

The workshop, which will be held at the Upstairs, is free to Upstairs members, and $5 to newcomers to the gallery. For more information, call the gallery at 859-2828, or drop by at 49 S. Trade St., Tryon -- but call ahead, as the gallery's hours are irregular this week as preparations are made for "Wonderland," the Upstairs' annual holiday bazaar, which opens to the public on Friday, Dec. 7, at 5 p.m. during the Tryon Christmas Stroll.