I am excited to announce that two of my photos, Greenhouse Hibiscus and Close of Business, Hartford, will be on display from Feb 13 through Mar 4 at Capital Community College in the "National Arts Program Exhibit," sponsored by the Community Renewal Team.
Artists of all ages and skill levels were welcomed and encouraged to enter. Entries include paintings, works on paper, photography, sculpture, craft, and mixed media. A reception is planned for Sat, Feb 22 when cash prizes will be awarded in five categories - Amateur, Intermediate, Professional, Youth, Teen, and Teens Looking out for Teens. Pieces in this last category will be judged on their ability to evoke a greater understanding of the social issues affecting teens.
"Greenhouse Hibiscus" was taken at Wentworth Greenhouse (NH) in late March at the last Winter Market of the season. It's a time of year when New Englanders long for spring but fear winter will last forever. This vibrant blossom was a hopeful sign.
"Close of Business, Hartford" captures an end-of-day cityscape reflected in the windows of Hartford's iconic Gold Building as the winter sun sets and lights go on in nearby office buildings.
I am very pleased to announce that my photo, Rooted in the Earth, won third place in the "Trees of West Hartford" juried show. Prizes were awarded at a well-attended reception at West Hartford's Noah Webster Library on January 16.
Many different types of art are on display, including oil and watercolor paintings, sculptures, and a variety of mixed media works. The exhibit is quite popular - comments in the guest book indicate reaction has been overwhelmingly positive.
I described my photo as follows: This ancient tree sinks its roots deep, anchored in the soil, snaking around rocks laid down long before it emerged from the earth. For generations it has thrived and grown, though I expect not without some adversity along the way. I celebrate its longevity and calm stalwart strength as it meets its surface reflection in a pool of sunlight on a wintry day.
The show is sponsored by the WeHa Artists Emporium and West Hartford Libraries, and is made possible with a grant from the Thomas F. Kilfoil Memorial Bequest. It runs at Noah Webster Library through February 28. Library hours are 10 to 9 M-Th / 10 to 5 F, Sa / 1 to 5 Su.
I am pleased to announce that two of my photos have been accepted for the juried art show, "Land, Sea & Sky," sponsored by the West Hartford Art League. Ann Sievers, Director and Curator, University of Saint Joseph Art Museum, served as juror. Submissions included works in photography, oils, acrylics, and other mixed media. The show is limited to fifty pieces with thirty-seven artists represented - all will be on display from Jan 9-26, 2020 at the Art League's Saltbox Gallery in West Hartford. A reception is planned for Sunday, Jan 12, from 2-4 pm where the "best in show" prize will be awarded.
"Provincetown Harbor" was taken in Oct 2019 during a stroll on MacMillian Pier on a sparkling fall day. I was able to capture a working fishing boat as it chugged into port between the breakwater and the enlarged wooden piers in the foreground.
"Black Cobble Beach, Iceland" was taken in Oct 2018 at Reynisfjara, a world-famous black-sand beach found on the South Coast of Iceland, beside the small fishing village of Vík í Mýrdal. Sunrise comes late in October - even though the photo appears to be an early morning shot, it was captured at nearly 11:30 am.
I am excited and pleased to announce that my photo, Rooted in the Earth, has been accepted for inclusion in "Trees of West Hartford," a juried community art show at the Noah Webster Library Gallery in West Hartford, CT.
Twenty-five pieces were selected from more than 110 submissions - artists were invited to submit photographs, drawings or paintings of trees with "roots in West Hartford." As part of the submission process, artists included short written descriptions for each piece, explaining in personal terms the significance or importance of the selected tree(s). Submissions were assessed according to 1) level of technical ability within the medium, and 2) emotional impact.
The library is displaying all art work for three months, from Dec 3, 2019 to Feb 28, 2020, and is providing a price list and contact information for each artist. Pieces are judged in December, with cash prizes awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place. A reception is planned for January (date TBA) when the winners will be announced and award checks presented.
Photos went up quickly on Sept 30 at popular Sally and Bob's Eatery in West Hartford center, where they will be on view and available for sale until December 3 (photo at right by D. Carey). A variety of photos are on exhibit, from local Connecticut scenes to cityscapes of NYC and Venice, a seriously fierce eagle and a rusty, crusty close-up of a Chevy pickup - perfect for a man cave! Blank photo cards with scenes of Elizabeth Park, Simsbury Flower Bridge and the Reservoir off Farmington Ave can be purchased at the register.
Sally and Bob's is described by Google as serving "Straightforward breakfast & lunch fare such as pancakes & sandwiches served in casual digs." If you check out their FB page and food photos, you'll quickly see this is a bit of an understatement!
Located at 10 N Main St, steps from Farmington Ave, the restaurant expands with sidewalk tables in pleasant weather and offers free parking in the rear for patrons.
Please stop by Sally and Bob's soon - you'll get a great meal and a chance
to check out a selection of my best photos.
Hammonasset Beach State Park was the site of this year's Discover Outdoor Connecticut Day, sponsored by the CT Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP for short). It was a family-friendly event, where participants could explore Connecticut's fish and wildlife resources and try their hands at fish casting, fly tying, archery, and more. A highlight was a photo contest/show which drew contributors from across the state. I am pleased to announce that two of my photos (at right and below) were selected as winners.
Each photographer could submit one photo in each of three categories: Scenic, Wildlife, and People Enjoying the Outdoors. The only requirement was that the images be taken in Connecticut. "Amber Light" won 1st place in Scenic and "YOU Go First!" won 2nd place in People Enjoying the Outdoors. Winning photos may be featured in Connecticut Wildlife magazine and on the DEEP Wildlife Division website.
ABOUT THE PHOTOS
"Amber Light" was taken on a cold January day at a West Hartford, CT reservoir as dusk was approaching. The reflected golden light contrasted perfectly with the sprinkling of snow on the banks of the stream.
"YOU Go First!' was a completely unposed photo taken early in October during a hike with friends along the Heublein Tower Trail in Simsbury, CT. I caught these two siblings, perched on the window ledge of an abandoned, ivy-covered outbuilding in the moment of rethinking what had seemed like a good idea a few minutes earlier.