2015 Shows – Participating in shows (photography and/or fine art) here in the Albuquerque area has always been a lot of fun! Showing your own work is a wonderful way to meet other artists and see their work; to see old friends; to meet new friends; and to learn from other artists. Preparing for a juried show is also a lot of work. Each has different rules for submission for the jurying process; for preparing accepted images for exhibit; and for working at the show to help visitors learn about all the images. In the end, though, when a show is hung and it is time for opening, all the preparation seems more than worth the effort.
After this Page was written, I had one additional show, the 2015 ANMPAS – Annual New Mexico Photographic Arts Show, organized by LeRoy Perea, with three images. I’m adding this particular information in mid-January, and I would like to say, it was a wonderful show. I always enjoy participating in ANMPAS, but this year, particularly.
As you can see from “Heart of the Matter,” these images were quite different for me, and yet contained the usual suspects – sunflowers and butterflies.
To date (August 30, 2015) I have had images juried into three 2015 shows, each very different and all enjoyable:
2015 Image New Mexico, organized by Pat Berrett and Tim Anderson and hosted at Matrix Fine Art Gallery, July
2015 Insight New Mexico – Through Her Eyes, organized by LeRoy Perea and his very hard working crew, and displayed in the Fine Arts Building at ExpoNM, April 5-26
2015 UNM Digital Photography Exhibit, mid-May through mid-August
Photography in general and photography/art shows in particular can always bring surprises. One of the really pleasant surprises for me this year has been the reception of my image, “The Observer/The Observed,” a portion of which serves as the header for this blog. This image has been juried into every show to which I have submitted it this year.
This image was created over several days in a very dark winter from a photograph made on January 2, 2015. Working on the image was a kind of therapy at a time when my son was ill, and I originally shared it with only a few people who were very supportive at that time. I had no intention of showing it anywhere beyond that.
In that supportive setting, friend, fellow anthropologist, and writer Jim Stallings wrote a short poem in response when he saw it:
Spontaneous Poem from a Treetop Crow
In the lofty life of a wise old crow
Swaying in the topmost backyard branches
Like a magical clock counting down mortality’s coil,
May it not be in some secret way
We the awed observers
Have all along been honored by a wiser watcher?
– Jim Stallings
To read more of Jim’s work, visit Jim Stallings: Books, at Amazon.com.
That was about all the encouragement I needed to try out the image with other people, and I am very grateful for that.
The image was shown at 2015 Insight New Mexico and will be shown at the 27th Annual Old Church Fine Arts Show as a framed 20″x16″ archival pigment print on fine art canvas. It was shown at 2015 Image New Mexico as a framed and matted 14″x11″ C-print.
The following gallery contains images that have been accepted to date (August 30, 2015) into juried shows for 2015.
All are available for purchase, some in a variety of media such as fine art canvas, fine art paper, dye-infused aluminum, standard C-prints, and so forth. For serious inquiries only, please contact me through this Contact Page. Serious interest is always appreciated.
I have been asked if I would also offer some small pieces for people who like the art from the 2015 shows but who do not have space for larger pieces. I had to give that some thought. After much thought, I decided to offer these images as small pieces two different ways:
1) Wall art, as 10×8 dye-infused aluminum pieces. Even as small pieces, they are eye-catching and do not require framing (be sure to order with a float mount, one of the options offered); and
2) 7×5 blank note cards, suitable not only for writing your own notes but also for giving one or several at a time as small gifts.
Information for the offerings as small pieces:
I would also like to share here a couple of other images that have had exposure in 2015, although not in shows – yet 🙂
“The Road Less Traveled” was selected to appear on the cover of the 2015 Directory of the Greater Albuquerque Medical Association.
“Lupus Fog” was selected by Stephen Perloff, editor, to appear in “Women’s Lives” in the online gallery of Photo Review.
As always, I thank you for your interest!
August 30, 2015