Milestone – Canton Fine Arts Exhibition 2017, 2 sales!

I noticed recently that I never posted about the Canton Fine Arts Exhibition, which was quite a thrill, oops…

I took a chance and submitted Paris Locks to the Canton Fine Arts Exhibition in 2017, which was accepted in the AAWA Summer 2017 Juried Show and in the 2017 Blueprint magazine, and it got accepted!

PARIS – AUG 7: Close-up of some locks at the Pont Neuf in Paris, France on August 7, 2016. It is the oldest standing bridge across the Seine river.

So I attended the reception, and you can imagine I was walking around looking at the art and thinking “wow, the others are really artists, I don’t know if I belong here…” and then I noticed that there was a red dot on the description of my photo. I took a deep breath and walked over to the organizers to see if the red dot meant what I thought it meant, and lo and behold, my framed photo had sold! Not only that, but a woman in front of it was asking for contact information for the artist because she also wanted to buy it… Tee hee, I enjoyed telling her that I was the artist. She asked me if I could remove the “John” and “Maggie” names and substitute the names of her friends who loved Paris so she could give it to them as a wedding present, and indeed I was able to, with the magic of Photoshop:

So two sales, yey! I was really feeling like an artist then…

You can see the photo in the video of the exhibit, it’s behind the juror’s head when he is discussing the Exhibition.

Milestone – Photos accepted by Blueprint 2019 (and 2018…)

Was happy that the University’s Blueprint magazine accepted three of my photos this year, and I had a lovely time at their Celebrate Creativity Art Show earlier this week. I realized then when I came to post it that I never posted the 2018 acceptances, so I’ll list them both here.

In 2018 I submitted some photos from our trip to the Canadian Rockies and others, and the three Canadian Rockies submissions got accepted:

Maligne Lake explorers
Maligne Lake kayaks
Herbert Lake reflections

You can see them in print in pages 50, 51, and 61 in their book here.

This year I submitted three photos from our trip to Machu Picchu for the 2019 edition, and they got accepted, yey. They were kind enough to make prints of the photos for the art show, as I just didn’t have/find the bandwidth to manage printing and framing them…

MACHU PICCHU / PERU, August 16, 2018: A llama rests amid the ruins of Machu Picchu.
MACHU PICCHU / PERU, August 16, 2018 : A llama watches the terraces in the ruins of Machu Picchu.
OLLANTAYTAMBO / PERU, August 15, 2018 : The condor, puma, and snake on this lamp in downtown Ollantaytambo represent the sky, earth and underworld in Inca tradition.

I’ll add links when the online issue is out. I’m so appreciative that the Blueprint student group makes the time to allow community members to share their art…

Common Cup exhibit in February, 2018

Not many updates since the summer, the day job taking lots of time this year, but I did want to share some exciting recent news:  I’m thrilled that I was selected for a solo show through February at the Common Cup Coffeehouse, a student-centered non-profit coffeehouse affiliated with the University Lutheran chapel, at 1511 Washtenaw, between South University and Hill Street. The 23 photographs exhibited include  car detail photos and travel photos. Really feeling like a real photographer now!
UPDATE: Uros Watchers, one of the photos on this exhibit, shown at the bottom below, SOLD!  I was so excited to learn that someone liked my photo so much they wanted to buy it…
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Milestone – Paris Locks accepted to AAWA Summer 2017 Juried show

I was thrilled that “Paris Locks” was recently accepted to the Ann Arbor Women Artists‘ Summer 2017 juried show:

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… and for the first time part of my photo was even included in the advertising postcard:

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We were told that they received 120 entries, of which 64 were accepted.The AAWA selections are particularly meaningful to me because the judge is a working artist, so to have one of my photographs recognized by a working artist sure helps with the Impostor Syndrome concerns.

… and with that I think I’m all caught up on what has been happening with my photography, whew, nice to not have that backlog!

Best wishes on YOUR photography adventures,

Susan

Milestone – Photos accepted by Blueprint 2017

This is another update, for the record… I had three photographs accepted by Blueprint, the College’s literary magazine for their print edition and for their show, in February 2017:

Overlooking Paris 18x12Paris locks 18x12Higgins Lake in Winter

The view from Notre Dame was a fun recreation of other similar ones I have seen over the years. Paris Love took me a bunch of shots and attempts to find just the right composition.  The lakeshore is in Higgins Lake, “up north” as we say here in Michigan, the beauty of a lake in the winter.

It’s always inspiring to see the work of my colleagues and students, and I appreciate the time that the organizers take to put together each year’s edition and art show. I like to be a part of these college events to show students that it’s important to have a balanced life, with interests outside of your career – I’m still working on it as you can see from some past posts, but during the summer the balance is much better…

Best wishes to you on YOUR photography adventures,

Susan

 

 

Milestone – Car detail photos at local coffeehouse

I mentioned in May 2016 that some of my car details photos had been accepted for exhibit at Sweetwaters Cafe on Liberty in Ann Arbor, and it actually happened. The organizer, landscape artist Ruth Krzyzowski, of the Ann Arbor Women Artists, was super helpful in making the process run smoothly. Among other things, AAWA handles art exhibits at many local coffeehouses and other locations, so glad I’m a member, feel much more part of the local art community.

After we got the photos up I remarked to Jon that they looked like the work of a “real” photographer, and of course he reminded me that I AM a real photographer.

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… so pleased with how they looked.  No sales, but felt good to have them out and being enjoyed by others, and it does make me feel like a real photographer :)

Thanks again to the Ann Arbor Women Artists group for their support of local artists  – and yes, men can be members too.

Milestone – “White on Black” Accepted to Black and White exhibit!

So the Iceland exhibit I proposed to Gifts of Art didn’t pan out, BUT, “White on Black” was accepted to the Riverside Arts Center’s Black and White Exhibit August 5-27, 2016. I’m tickled to pieces… :)

Glacier Lagoon ice chunks on shore
JOKULSARLON, ICELAND – JUN 18: Chunks of ice sit on the shore near lake Jokulsarlon, Iceland on June 18, 2015. The ice comes from icebergs calved from the nearby Vatnajokull glacier.

Milestone – Accepted to AAWA Spring 2016 juried show!

Another update, that Big Blue, one of the photos I had exhibited at the BluePrint magazine exhibit was accepted into the Ann Arbor Women Artists‘ 2016 juried show, which took place March 13 – April 29 at the Ann Arbor District Library Malletts Creek Branch

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JOKULSARLON, ICELAND – JUN 18: Icebergs reflect on Jokulsarlon, Iceland on June 18, 2015. The icebergs calved from the nearby Vatnajokull glacier.

I had a great time at the opening reception talking to some of the artists and learning from them, so glad I became a part of this generous group!

I encourage you to seek out local artists group in your area.

 

Milestone – Car photos accepted for two month exhibit at local coffeehouse

So I mentioned back in August that I had become a member of the Ann Arbor Women Artists, who organize many of the art exhibits in coffeehouses around town. I was thrilled to learn in March they accepted 11 photos from the Car Details series to be displayed at Sweetwaters Cafe on Liberty in Ann Arbor for two months in March/April 2017. After all those years of admiring artists’ work at the local coffeehouses I’m so excited that I will have my own exhibit!  It took me a while to have the confidence in my work to a) ask to become a member, and b) Apply for consideration for an exhibit, but I’m so glad that I kept at it…

Milestone – Photos accepted by Blueprint 2016

Got some great news recently – The four photos I submitted to Blueprint, my college’s literary magazine, were accepted!  They were:

Alone – From the Skogafoss waterfall in Iceland

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Big blue – taken at the Glacier Lagoon in Iceland:

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White on black – Ice on the sand near the Glacier Lagoon:

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Stand out – It spoke to me of being proud to be yourself, from a garden in Holland, MI:

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They’ll be part of an exhibit on campus, so excited!

Susan

Update – “Alone” received an Honorable Mention at the gallery exhibit :)

Susan at BluePrint release event

 

Milestone – Accepted to AAWA Fall 2015 Juried show!

You might recall I recently became a member of the Ann Arbor Women Artists. So I applied for their Fall 2015 juried show, and two of my photos got accepted!  I had had them framed before for another event, and here they get another chance get out of the house and strut their stuff, maybe this time they’ll find a new home…

LAKE TITICACA, PERU - AUGUST 3: Uros Indian woman looking out from a watchtower on a reed island in Lake Titicaca August 3, 2013.
Indian woman looking out from a watchtower on a reed island in Lake Titicaca

Wandering path through lush scenery
Wandering path through lush scenery in Lachay, Peru

I drop off the photos Monday the 19th, show is for a month at the Ann Arbor District Library, with Opening Reception Oct 23, 6:30-8pm, at 7 pm. The show itself runs for a month.

Trying out for another exhibit – Letters and Leaves exhibit

Ever hopeful I have submitted some photos for another exhibit, this one is Letter and Leaves at the UM Botanical Garden, they ask for “your most inspired photographs to accompany and enhance the poems on display—images that explore and reveal the theme of the poetry of nature.” SO, I submitted these three:

Orca near Vancouver, BC

Ivy climbing wooden slats

Inca tern

Cross your fingers!

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Addendum November 12th – I found out last week that “Striving,” the photo of the climbing ivy, was accepted into the exhibit! I’m getting it framed right now, so excited…

Milestone – My first solo photo exhibit – car details! Advice?

I’m so excited, I’m going to have my first solo photo exhibit!  In addition to stock photography I love to take photos of car details, and the University of Michigan has accepted a set of 12 photos for an exhibit “It’s all in the details: Car design,” to take place on North Campus in November.

I got the photos printed through online service AdoramaPix, and framing through Michael’s framing here in town.  The framing manager there, Ryan, has been tremendously supportive of my photo endeavors, so I’m happy to do business with them. I looked up local places but it just didn’t work out.

The exhibit folks offered to have a reception. At first I was thinking I wouldn’t have a reception, as I really don’t like to have attention called to myself, but my artist friend Shonda Bottke insisted I had to have one, so I agreed.

What advice do you have for me as I prepare for this first exhibit and the reception?  I’d love to hear from you, thanks!

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October 19th addendum – Some details figured out. Exhibit will take place November 16 – December 13, Pierpont Commons piano room, 2101 Bonisteel Blvd, here in Ann Arbor. I can’t wait… :)