Jamaica photography exhibit will raise funds for mission trip

January 27, 2014
Photography by Arin Scholtens

Photography by Arin Scholtens

LUDINGTON — A joy of photography combined with a love of Jamaica and its culture will be the centerpiece of an exhibit at AM Galleries in downtown Ludington this Thursday. Photographs of Jamaica from artist Arin Scholtens will be on display Jan. 30 from 5 to 7 p.m. Money raised during the event will go towards a mission trip to the Caribbean island country later this summer.

Scholtens said a 12-person team, representing three local churches, will be visiting Jamaica from July 30 to Aug. 6. During that time they will be going to a small fishing village in Montego Bay. Churches represented include Trinity Evangelical Free, Cornerstone Baptist and Sugar Ridge of the Brethren.

“Here, we will assist in some work on a preschool among other things. We will also offer photography to families. We will photograph and print photos right there so they can display in their home,” Arin said. “Our other goal is to get a better vision of how the future trips to this village will best benefit the community.”

“We will also document the current life style and community at present. This will enable us to keep interested partners involved and informed. Along with drawing out the beauty displayed in the hearts of those we meet and form friendships with.Possibly more noticeable and equally notable will be the aspect of work projects and gaining vision for continuation of community at White House. We will be bringing free labor, contracting skills, funding, and willingness to serve where needed. Our goal is not to bring goods, drop goods, and go. We have a deep desire to nurture relationships and work as helpers where needed, rather than over run a current lifestyle.”

Prints will be offered for sale during the Thursday event with proceeds going to help pay for the trip.

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