Friday, December 23, 2011

Tis the season

Just wishing everyone a happy holiday season.  Hopefully I will be finished with work stuff soon and can give some more attention to this!  Thanks for looking, and check back soon...

And a quick shot...

Saturday, December 10, 2011

The Grand Opening

First off, many thanks to everyone that was able to make it to the opening reception at RACC. It was great to have the support of so many family and friends at my first exhibit opening. A big thank you also goes out to the RACC, and especially the director, Lauren, for all of the work that went into putting together the show. Next, I must say thank you to the many people who were not able to make it to the reception but wished me well, broken limbs, luck, etc. And lastly, a set of very appreciative thank yous to “S” and to “M” for their generous support on opening night!

I think that the opening went quite well, and the visitors seemed to enjoy the photos – even the people that were not my relatives! I had a lot of fun (perhaps enhanced slightly by the bootleg champagne smuggled in by family), and I hope everyone else did as well. I really enjoyed talking with people about my photographs.

Ironically, I forgot to bring my camera to the reception of the exhibit for my own photographs! Thankfully, others were not so scattered… the photos below were sent along by artist / friend / colleague Steve Specht. Steve’s blog about collage can be found here.

 ... with my father, Tom, and my grandmother, Gigi.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Show Time!

So… my first solo show in a gallery (Rome Art and Community Center, Rome NY) is this Friday!  I have had photos entered into shows and contests before, but this is different. In the group shows, my contribution was but a small part of what made that event a success – a whole made of many parts. Here, the quality of the show lies squarely on my shoulders, and that makes me very nervous.

It doesn’t seem possible that the show is about to open.  It has been scheduled for about a year, but way back then it was an abstract notion – something that would happen someday, but not yet. Then a few months ago, I began printing the photos that I thought I might use.  I ordered most of the frames last month.  The last week has been spent with me in a panic trying to decide what photos to use, filling out paperwork for the gallery, assembling everything, and wondering how it could be time for the show already. Perhaps the craziest part of this process is the fact that photos that I was convinced would be a part of the show even a few days ago are not necessarily the ones I picked. I have been obsessing over which photos to use and trying to narrow down the choices. I guess that I was afraid I wouldn’t pick the “right” photos. And then the drop-off deadline arrived, and I dropped off the photos.  The gallery director kindly asked me if there was anything else I needed, I promptly replied that I didn’t know and returned the question by asking if there was anything else I needed, and was then on my way and relieved to be done. Now, I am simultaneously excited to have the show open and horrified at the thought of it opening.

Next post -- the show opening!

Photo of the day: “Absurdity” While this one is not in the show, I only just recently took this photo, it does follow the theme of Light.