Art festival news...

Catching up... here's a photo of my booth at last fall's ART FAIR IN YELLOW SPRINGS. What a great first experience doing a festival. A big thank you to everyone who helped in one way or another: John & the kids, Vicki & Tom, and Lisa & Clay for all their help with building, lending me tools & trucks, and setting up & taking down... to Lisa Goldberg for putting together a great event... and especially to all the folks who stopped by to visit. It was wonderful to see old friends, make new ones, and be inspired by the work of other exhibiting artists. Hopefully I'll be able to set up shop again this year.

This spring's news is that I was accepted into the big COLUMBUS ARTS FESTIVAL!! Very excited about this. I'll be at the riverfront in booth 80R from June 7 through the 9th. More details to come.

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Indie Photobook Library.

I'm excited to announce the addition of my zine to the archives of the INDIE PHOTOBOOK LIBRARY! Founded by Larissa Leclair in 2010, the iPL is an archive of self-published and indie published photobooks. The iPL "promotes and showcases the books in the collection through international pop-up and feature-length exhibitions, articles, conferences, guest lectures, and also preserves them as a non-circulating public library. Having a specific collection dedicated to this contemporary movement in publishing allows for the development of future discourse on trends in self-publishing, the ability to reflect on and compare books in the collection, and for scholarly research to be conducted years, decades, and centuries to come." It is an honor to be part of such an amazing project.

If you haven't gotten your copy yet, CLICK HERE!

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Velvet Winter - new work on exhibit.

I'm so happy to start the new blog year off with news of an exhibit. It's been a long time since I hung anything on walls for the public. You might remember the few winter landscape photos I posted last February... well, they and others evolved into a project and it's been so exciting to be printing, matting and framing a show again. The perfect venue stumbled into my lap - SEASONS BISTRO AND GRILLE in Springfield. Fabulous food, a wonderful exhibit space, and they didn't have an artist for the winter months. It was the kick in the pants I needed to get going.

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The show runs from January 16th through March 31st with a little reception on Thursday, January 27th from 6-8 pm. Stop in to say hi (there will be light appetizers and a cash bar) or make a dinner reservation and stay awhile. Visit their website (link above) for info.

Stay tuned... I'll be updating my website with my Velvet Winter portfolio, as well as setting up a proper online shop and announcing other exhibit dates. Hope to see you on the 27th!

Cover shot!

My photograph of Amy Lee made the cover of Columbus Bride...what an honor! Of course, she is holding one of Mikelle Hickman-Romine's fabulous bouquets.

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Congratulations to my couples who made it into the fall/winter issue...

Emma and KC who are coming up on their first anniversary!

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Karolyn and Matt, who had lovely things to say about my work in one of the photo articles - thanks, guys!

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Amy Lee and Andre, who introduced me to red velvet cake. Yum!

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Liz and Chris, who landed one of the "local weddings" pages - yay!

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And Juli & Tim, whose story is an inspiration for my own life.

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Mine

Given that I've kept a journal since I was twelve and have been photographing even longer than that, I suppose it makes sense that at some point I would be drawn to combine the two. I hesitate jumping on the blog bandwagon - this isn't about making my personal life public, drawing reader attention, or filling a quota of posts to keep people interested. Really it's about getting myself to photograph more. It's about having a place to scribble that belongs to me, not to my business, because the line between the two is so often muddy, as it is bound to be for anyone who turns a love for a hobby into a career. In the end, who knows what this will become - hopefully it won't fizzle out!

There is a photograph I just love. It is a self-portrait of Ethan's brother, Ryan, celebrating the purchase of his 1946 Luscombe Silvaire. Donned fittingly in a bomber jacket, white scarf and aviator goggles, he stands tall enough to lean an elbow on the engine cowl and wrap his arm around the propeller like an old friend (or a new love). He points to the sky with one hand and in the other holds a homemade sign that says, simply, "MINE". To me that sign represents not only a dream of his come true but also a testament to his vision and commitment to making it happen. It deserves an exclamation point. I so admire that kind of dedication to the part of yourself that dreams, that is a visionary. This blog is no airplane but it is as important to me in its own small inspiring way, and so I call it mine. ( thanks, Ryan! )

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