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Rodney Huffman Photo Galery

The Northeast Texas Community College Art Department is hosting an exhibit of photography by Rodney Huffman. The photos will be on display in the Whatley Center Foyer gallery through Wednesday (Oct 23).

A reception with the artist is Wednesday (Oct 16) from 12:30 to 1:00 pm in the Whatley Foyer with refreshments. For more information about the exhibit, please Contact Debbie Strong at dstrong@ntcc.edu or 903-434-8172.

Huffman is a local retired educator who found his passion through photographing birds in the wild. He always enjoyed art, but never felt confident in his work. As an adult, he gave up on art and put his time and effort into his family and career. Huffman developed an interest in birding while living in West Texas. After retiring in 2013, his daughter suggested he attend a local photography club.

“The club members treated me with kindness and ‘open arms’ and helped me understand the camera and techniques that improved my photography. Also, observing their cameras and lenses, I set goals to improve my equipment. They were a big help to me,” Huffman said. 

He attended several birding conventions and began to increase his knowledge of both birds and photography. While he considers himself more of a bird photographer than a birder, he “enjoys the fun and excitement when a new or unique bird is sighted.” 

“It’s a constant learning experience,” Huffman said. “I now spend most of my free time looking for new opportunities to observe and capture nature’s most beautiful creations. My goal now in my life is making pretty photos. I believe that I have finally found my area of art expression.” 

The exhibit is free to the public and is generally open for viewing Monday through Thursday from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm, and Friday from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm. Please call ahead at 903-434-8181 to ensure that the gallery is open. 

“I am always happy to introduce artists to those who come to the Whatley Center of Performing Art, and it makes me extremely happy when the artist is a local community member,” Debbie Strong, NTCC Associate Professor of Art and Division Chair for Creative and Performing Arts, said. “Mr. Huffman is a highly competent bird photographer, and his photography is just as beautiful as John Audubon’s watercolor illustrations of birds. The art department is pleased to have his photography on display during October.

32nd Anual Scare Affair

It’s time to put on your best Halloween costume, dust off your trick-or-treat basket and head out to Northeast Texas Community College for the 32nd Annual Scare Affair.

The event is from 6:00 pm until 9:00 pm on Saturday (Oct 19) on the plaza of the main NTCC campus, FM 1735, near Chapel Hill ISD. There will be free candy for all trick-or-treaters, low-cost games for all ages, a costume contest with cash prizes, and much more! A haunted house will be open until 10:30 pm.

“Scare Affair is NTCC’s biggest community event of the year. We hope everyone will come out and join us for an evening of safe fun,” Rico Willis, NTCC Director of Student Activities and Multicultural Affairs, said.

In addition to past favorites like the cakewalk and a hayride, Scare Affair will also feature a giant two lane slide, rock wall, obstacle course, tons of games, and great food.

Registration for the costume contest will be a come and go from 6:30–7:30 pm in the Student Union Building (SUB). There will be two categories – one for adults and one for kids ages ten and younger. We post the top five finalists in the SUB at 8:00 pm. The announcement of the winners is at 8:30 pm. Prizes are $100 for first place and $50 for second place in both age groups.

“Judges will be looking for originality, appearance, and overall creativity. There have been some great costumes in the past, and I know we will see all sorts of fun ideas this year,” Willis said.