Off to Kansas!

This week I’m delighted to ship two works to the 2020 City of Overland Park Art at the Center Juried Exhibition. The show will be in the Tomahawk Ridge Community Center at 11902 Lowell Ave. in Overland Park, KS. Both works have appeared in previous juried exhibits. “Take Flight” was first invited to Art Flow 2019 in Baton Rouge, La., then this year was selected for the January Group Show at the Jones Gallery in Kansas City, Mo. I attended the opening reception for the January Group Show in Kansas City and the highlight of the evening was when a…

In the Masur!

I’ve been applying to the Masur Museum of Art’s annual competition for several years. This year for the first time I was accepted and will have one piece in the 57th Annual Juried Competition show. The exhibit opens this Thursday, Feb. 27. The opening reception is Friday the 28th, 5:30-7:30 p.m. The Masur is at 1400 South Grand in Monroe. Guest juror Allison Glenn, Associate Curator of Contemporary Art at the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art (Bentonville, AR), will speak at the reception and $3,000 in prizes will be awarded. I am especially pleased that one of my construction…

Art in City Hall

The City of West Monroe, Louisiana, knows how to support local artists! The show that will grace a lovely lobby area outside the Mayor’s office for all of 2020 expresses the theme “Family and Community.” I really love photographing the things that convey the identity of a community, and I am honored to have four works in the show. One of the first things I remember learning about local history when I moved here now 20+ years ago is that Delta Airlines began here–as a crop dusting airline! I’m still fascinated by the crop dusters and will pull over in…

Local opps!

I have fallen behind on sharing my good news! My local friends and followers will have several opportunities to see my work in local venues in the coming weeks. And I’m thrilled. It is always fun to be invited into a venue in another city, but it is even more fun to see familiar faces at an opening reception. So here’s the first opportunity: #50@$50 at the 210 Gallery, 210 W. Alabama in Ruston, La. This is essentially a one-night show: January 24, 5:30 – 8 p.m. My sweet little chipping sparrow is the one piece I will have in…

Why buy art?

Recently a friend congratulated me on my success over the past year in having my work invited into juried shows across the country, and said words to the effect of my “hard work paying off.” To which I replied, “Not yet, at least not if you mean ‘money.’” Here’s how it works: Galleries and museums put out a “call” to artists to submit works to be considered for a show. They use emailing lists they have accumulated, or they use an online platform where artists can go to find out what shows are planned and how to submit work to…

December: Chicago 2

I don’t usually go to Chicago two months in a row, but that’s how it happened in 2019. Just two weeks after the last trip, I was back in town. And I wasn’t surprised when a lot of my friends couldn’t hang out with me that soon again. So in December it was just me and diehard Michelle Dakuras who spent a day out with our cameras. And, oh, did we cover some ground! From my hotel in The Loop, we went to Lincoln Park Zoo. The flamingoes were out and after a bit of fun with them, we headed…

November: Chicago 1

November 23, 2019. It’s official name is “Cloud Gate.” Everyone calls it “The Bean.” It has become the iconic Chicago experience. I go to Chicago several times a year. It began with opera, but now I go as much to hang out with my Chicago photographer friends, all of whom I met through the now defunct social media platform Google+ and its several spin off organizations. Unless the weather is truly nasty, my trips to Chicago produce lots of photographic raw material to work with. Without doing the count, I would guess that of the photographs I submit to juried…