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Biography of Richard Owen Nelson, Topeka, Kansas Born and raised in northeast Nebraska yet a Kansan for over forty years, living primarily in Topeka, Kansas. Married to Phyllis in 1986, they have 2 sons, 3 daughters, 5 grandsons, and 5 granddaughters; soon to have a great granddaughter. Member of People-to-People Goodwill Mission to Europe in 1962. Traveled to Kenya, East Africa in 1991; primarily in Nairobi and Karatina; crossed the equator twice on visit to President Daniel arap Moi’s home as part of a delegation from Topeka, Kansas. Writing & photography for bi-weekly newspaper, fourteen years. Have small paperback books of photos and poetry on Amazon.com, listed under Richard Owen Nelson. Hobbyist photographer 25 years, photographing nature, public, family, and church events. Photos displayed on www.Kansas.gov site. Displays privately at www.Classmates.com web site. Receives critiques through exhibitions and displays, Topeka Camera Club, and family and friends. Provides photos to missionary doctor in Kenya, for display in bush clinics, and free distribution to patients. Photographs local ministry and church events as a personal ministry. Displays focus on ﬂoral close-up’s, landscapes, and historical buildings. Photographs weddings and receptions, anniversary receptions, wedding and baby showers, and stage plays. Enjoys photographing ﬂowers/ grasses, antiques/’uniques’, buildings/landscapes, individuals, and church theatrical presentations, rehearsals and make-up sessions. Prefers un-staged opportunities. Membership and participation in local organizations and activities: Gospel Outreach Inc. and House of New Beginnings: board member/volunteer Christian Street Witness/Christian Neighbor Center: advisory board/volunteer Topeka Art Guild member, exhibitor, volunteer Osage County Artist & Craftsman: member, exhibitor Maple Leaf Festival Baldwin City: past vendor Art Gallery and Classroom: exhibiter, student, volunteer; Discovering Art Club The Upstage Gallery, exhibitor, volunteer photographer Topeka Camera Club: member, volunteer Participation in competitive events: Osage County Arts & Crafts Show 2005, 2006, 2007, 1 00$’ Shawnee County Fair 2005, 2006, 2007, Open Class, 72.04; Kansas State Fair 2005, Professional Arts Division: 1st place Photojournalism - Color 2nd place Photojournalism - Black & White Photographs have been displayed at the following locations: Kansas Capitol Gift Shop, (purchased for resale by KS Historical Society) McFarland’s Restaurant, in Gage Center Topeka Art Guild Gallery, in Fairlawn Plaza Mall Art Gallery and Classroom, in Fleming Place Shopping Center Community Works, in Credit Union 1 of Topeka building The Upstage Gallery, in the Historic Jayhawk Theatre lobby Jayhawk Tower Gift Shop, in the Jayhawk Tower Eagle Car Wash, Fairlawn Plaza Mall (exhibited by Topeka Art Guild) Lola’s Café, at 21“ and Urish Road (exhibited by Topeka Art Guild) Classic Bean, Fairlawn Plaza Mall (Topeka Art Guild exhibit) PT’s Coffee Company, west edge of Barrington Village
Candid Photography, Article, General Photo, News Photography, Documentary, Live Event
University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Bachelor of Science, Business Administration (Business & Economics)
Lincoln School of Commerce, Computer Programming and Systems Analysis
Oakland High School, Oakland, Nebraska, Graduate, academic and agricultural