Spring always puts a spring in my step... Last weekend, I joined some fellow photographers from the Viewpoint Photographic Art Center on a field trip. We met at the Ruth Bancroft Garden in Walnut Creek. It was an easy drive over on a quiet Saturday morning. If you want to check it out for yourself, here's their website http://www.ruthbancroftgarden.org/. They were all so friendly and the garden was busy, but it wasn't too hard to photograph around other visitors and photographers.
Fall already? We've been traveling quite a bit and enjoying the vacation homes of family and friends. I've got a couple of projects finishing up. I did the editing for a crew of photographers with San Joaquin Art Expressions. They are having a grand opening this Friday. I'm going to miss it, sigh. You should still go. They are a great group of artists and the project is commemorating a unique San Joaquin charity, Gospel Mission. They've been helping people get sober and off the streets for 75 years!
One of my favorite charities is the Friends of the Lodi Public Libray. All libraries in general, but these folks are dear to my heart. We're letting people know one of Lodi's best kept secrets - gently used and inexpensive books are available at the Friends of the Library bookstore. It's just off the lobby of the library. The best part? You get to feel great about buying knowing that your money is going right into programs for fellow citizens at the library.
I've created a little calendar with images from the downtown Lodi Farmers Market. 12 - 5x5 inch prints worthy of framing after the year is done. You can pick one up at Lodi Community Art Center for $30. Drop me an email if you're interested in more.
I've been working up the courage to send my art further out into the world. Well, I'm taking baby steps this spring. Three different friends suggested I enter in upcoming shows in Elk Grove. Granted, not that far. The first to get back was the Art of Excellence show by the Elk Grove Artists. All three entries were accepted into the show! It's going to be a busy weekend for me, with the Art Hop reception on the 1st and the Elk Grove show on the 2nd and 3rd. Come out and enjoy a weekend of art with me.
Art Hop - Friday, May 1, 6:00 - 8:30 PM, Hutchins Street Square, 125 S Hutchins St, Lodi. Pianist, Sue Frueh will be performing, and we'll have Art, Appetizers & Beverages - Bring a friend or two. ;) Big thanks for funding and support from Lodi Arts Commission, City of Lodi and Lodi Arts Foundation! /http://www.lodiarts.org/
Art of Excellence - May 2nd & May 3rd 10am-5pm at the Elk Grove Park Pavilion 9950 Elk Grove-Florin Rd, Elk Grove. The indoor Pavilion at Elk Grove Park is transformed into a gallery with framed artwork hung on professional show panels and sculptures placed on draped tables. http://elkgroveartistsca.org
It's always a new years resolution... less procrastination! This is a special issue with photography. If you don't take the shot when you see it, next time the light won't be right, or the scene could be completely gone. There was a beautiful vineyard with a handsome oak just perfectly set in the middle. I'd talked myself out of stopping for years, then one day - it's gone! The tree, the vineyard, everything has been taken out and a new vineyard is being installed. sigh.
Several times a week I drive through Victor, California. Every time I look for these shadows. It's interesting to watch how they change with the seasons and time of day. Finally, one fall morning I stopped to make a photograph of them. There was a small works show at the Viewpoint Photographic Center that I'd been working up the courage to enter. These shadows and starkness of the buildings and palms seemed to have great potential. I wanted them to be really special, so I decided small cyanotypes would be perfect.
They weren't accepted into the show. :( I always tell people, try it... you never know what the judges will like... Just enter your best or favorite work and see what happens. Don't take it to heart if it's not selected. Ha! Great advice, but hard to practice. I really do love these little works and when they weren't accepted, I put them away in a drawer.
A few months later, here's the Spring Show entry form... well, I had a couple of works that have been shown before and had received great feedback. So while I'm entering them I start thinking about those little cyanotypes again. Well, why not? Cool, they were accepted. So I'm thinking, yea! I'm going to get them "professionally" framed. Time goes by and sure enough, the last day to enter I'm cutting a mat for them. I'm pretty good with one window, but three!?! That's a stretch for me. I was close to just taking the others and putting these back in the drawer. But I kept at it and got a pretty nice looking presentation.
So, guess who received an honorable mention! Another reminder to not give up, stop and make time to take those images you want and enter you favorite works. Each day is a new opportunity to start again.
Hope you get to see them in person at the Spring Art Show, at Woodbridge by Mondavi, 5950 East Woodbridge Road, Acampo. The preveiw gala is April 10th at 7PM and the show is free to the public April 11th and 12th from 11AM to 5PM.
Twice in less than a week, we enjoyed celebrations at Woodbridge Uncorked. We had a wonderful time at Woodbridge Uncorked's St. Patrick's Celebration. Then again last night, we celebrated their membership in the Lodi Chamber of Commerce with a ribbon cutting. Always a spot to enjoy the company of old friends and meet new friends.
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