Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

May 8, 2014

Picture-perfect debut

Budding photographer readies for Saturday's Crafts in the Park

By Judy Wakefield
jwakefield@andovertownsman.com

---- — Alexandra Martin usually doesn’t have to travel far for the subjects of her photographs. Her colorful bird shots are often taken in her big backyard on Richard Circle or near a favorite tree in her front yard.

She also likes to photograph the snowy owls on Plum Island along with Nubble Lighthouse at Cape Neddick, Maine, where the gift shop is selling her photograph of the famed landmark.

“But I have to get my Mom or Dad to take me to those places,” giggled the 14-year-old daughter of Dana and Sheri Martin, who also have a 12-year-old son, Nick.

Alex will be among 100 amateur and professional artists and artisans setting up their booths this Saturday, May 10, for the annual Crafts in the Park. It will be her first appearance at the juried event, which runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., rain or shine, at The Park at Chestnut and Bartlet streets.

All things nature best describes the focus of Alex’s photography. Her work spotlights birds, animals and peaceful beach scenes and the patient photographer is adept at waiting for just the right moment to click. She already has her own photography business, called Plover Photography, through which she offers her framed photographs and note cards.

Her gear was financed by another hobby. She previously made jewelry and earned $1,000 in sales, $600 of which went to purchase a Nikon D-3100 lens. She said she “just played around” to familiarize herself with the lens and from there, her work has just gotten better and better.

The humble eighth-grader is well known in photography circles at Wood Hill Middle School, where she started a camera club to teach others her age their way around a camera.

“I just really like to take pictures,” said the Andover High School-bound teenager who hopes to be a marine biologist.

Now in its 38th year, the juried Crafts in the Park show is traditionally held the Saturday before Mothers Day and offers unique gifts for the special women in one’s life and more. In addition to the crafts and artwork, the event will include food vendors and the Mill City Jazz Band will provide musical entertainment.

Sponsored by Christ Church of Andover, proceeds from the fair are used to support the church’s mission and outreach programs as well as community groups, including Habitat for Humanity, Esperanza Academy, Bread and Roses, Neighbors in Need, Lazarus House and the Merrimack Valley Project.

IF YOU GO

What: Crafts in the Park

When: Saturday, May 10, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; rain or shine

Where: The Park, Chestnut and Bartlet streets, downtown Andover

How: Free admission. Visit www.craftsinthepark.com.