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More nameplates/insignias/badges from the classic car junk yard.

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I really like the first shot, in no small part because of the way the sunlight casts shadows of the leaves and softens the whole picture.

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If I was all about documenting, then I suppose I would be hauling around spots or fretting about the uneven quality of the sunlight as it filters through the pines and hits the cars. Instead, I am delighted with how that sunlight has made itself right at home in the pictures. (Click to view these as a gallery.)

And, speaking of name-dropping, I am delighted to tell you that “With Your Chrome Heart Shining” was juried into the 2016 Midwest Seasons exhibit, opening in January. (I really love this picture.)

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Three images

Taken from the footpath near the Museum (west side of the Fox.)

On Thursday night, the view from the Museum parking lot was outstanding: the Fox was covered in a glistening coat of ice and a full moon shone over it all. Wabi Sabi, however, was in full-on grown-up garb INCLUDING girl shoes and sans camera, en route from the opening reception for the Art Annual at the Neville (yes! I have a picture in the juried show!) to dinner with friends.

Because…and I’ve said it before…the whole point of making it into art shows is celebrating with friends afterwards.

I returned Sunday night wearing sturdy boots and carrying a tripod. The full moon was gone and the ice has begun to thin, but I was nonetheless pleased with the results.

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I so rarely do black and white, but this last shot seemed to be designed for grays and blacks, shadows and highlights.

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Friday evening will find me at the Center for the Visual Arts in Wausau for the reception and opening of the 25th Midwest Seasons Show. This is the fourth year in a row I have had work in this show and I am very honored to have been juried in again this year.

The juror chose a favorite piece of mine: All Summer in a Day. Generally I grumble about writing an artist’s statement for shows, but for this picture, I was eager to explain the title, the circumstances…the whole thing. While it’s likely no one read it,  I was glad to have the opportunity to express in words what I was trying for in my photo.

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The title of this piece, All Summer in a Day, comes from a favorite short story by Ray Bradbury about a planet where it rains incessantly but for one brilliant afternoon every seven years.

I took the photo mid-afternoon on Labor Day, 2014, at Green Bay’s Bay Beach Amusement Park.

It had been raining lightly on and off all day and in a few hours, the park would mark the end of its official Summer Season. The next morning would mark the official start for area schools. But balanced delicately on a cusp between those two events, a “right here, right now” moment if I ever saw one, was a never-ending slice of Ferris Wheels, Bumper Cars and cotton candy rich enough to hold all the joys of an entire summer. Children and adults streamed through the park, oblivious to the occasional showers, intent only on getting to the next ride.

I caught the man and woman gazing up at the Ferris Wheel in one of the afternoon puddles. The only manipulation that I did with this photograph was to rotate it so that the scene was not upside-down.

For a link to the CVA site, click here:    http://www.cvawausau.org/whatshappening.html

 

If you happen to be in the neighborhood…or the hemisphere…

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The website for the gallery, http://www.operahouseartgallery.com/ is still under construction, but new material is being added each day. Drop by and check it out!

I’m pretty excited to be included in this opening show. AND…if you visit Mt Horeb, you will also have the chance to visit the World Mustard Museum. But do stop by the gallery first. What if all my work is sold before you get there?

I don’t think you want to take that chance.