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Running down a dream: Vale photographer ready to open new studio

Dana Gookin-Owens stands in her new studio at the corner of Bryant Street South and B Street West in Vale. Gookin-Owens will host an open house Friday. (The Enterprise/Pat Caldwell).

VALE – In the 1980s Dana Gookin-Owens found her passion.

She began taking photos – of car accidents, ribbon cuttings and local people – for the Oakdale Leader newspaper in California’s San Joaquin Valley.

The job was part-time but Gookin-Owens discovered she loved to be behind the camera. Over the years, Gookin-Owens’ love of photography morphed into a full-time gig as she snapped photos of horse shows and turned to outdoor portraits of people and animals.

Last fall Gookin-Owens and her husband, Marty, bought the building at the corner of Bryant Street South and B Street West in Vale. The . . .