parkerparker :: design | photography: Blog http://photo.parkerparker.info/blog en-us (C) James W. Parker 248.229.7900 info@parkerparker.net (parkerparker :: design | photography) Fri, 30 Dec 2016 17:59:00 GMT Fri, 30 Dec 2016 17:59:00 GMT http://photo.parkerparker.info/img/s11/v36/u731385377-o717746234-50.jpg parkerparker :: design | photography: Blog http://photo.parkerparker.info/blog 80 120 Just One More http://photo.parkerparker.info/blog/2016/12/just-one-more I've wanted to get a shot of the Red Door in snow for quite a while now. Got my chance after Christmas, when we had 10" of new snow and blizzard conditions on Christmas Day. The door has faded since the first shot I made of it some years ago. I wanted to capture the layers of snow piling up on the masonry work, so this image is not cropped as tight as Red Door, and Red Door II.

Red Door in WinterRed Door in WinterThird in the series -- shot after 12" of snow in December, 2016

 

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info@parkerparker.net (parkerparker :: design | photography) Red door black hills south dakota http://photo.parkerparker.info/blog/2016/12/just-one-more Wed, 28 Dec 2016 21:00:37 GMT
The Year in Review http://photo.parkerparker.info/blog/2016/12/the-year-in-review Reeds and Outlet RocksReeds and Outlet RocksSylvan Lake, Custer State Park, SD As 2016 draws near to the end, we often reflect on the things we accomplished and the tasks left undone. I spent a few hours this week, looking back on my photographic journey. It was a good year. Click here you'd like to see the full slideshow.

As usual, there was time spent in the Black Hills. I was on the road for art shows a good part of the spring, spending time in Florida, Texas and Mississippi. Spring and summer brought the usual warm temperatures, and two road trips. The big expedition of the year was to the Wind River Range, between three western art fairs in Denver, Park City and Evergreen, Colorado. I climbed my first fourteeners, thanks to Ed Dunne, who I met at the Park City show. Karyn and I reconnected with Tom & Randi Nigut in Evergreen, and their son Zach, who worked with me in another life in Chicago. 

A Winter's DreamA Winter's DreamBear Butte, SD I started the year with a week in South Dakota. For some reason, shooting in January always yields interesting images. Mom and I went looking for a barn out by Bear Butte. That drive proved fruitless, as Bear Butte was socked in. The next morning, I tried another approach, and was able to shoot "In the Shadow of the Bear" in sub-freezing temperatures. I also visited the famous Meeker Ranch near Custer, and made friends with some lonely ponies in the aspen grove in Palmer Gulch.

Singin' the BluesSingin' the BluesGround Zero Cafe, Clarksdale, MS Other highlights of the year: a driving in a torrential downpour in Memphis, with dime-sized hail so fierce I had to pull off the road, on the way to the Ridgeland show near Jackson, Mississippi. After the Ridgeland show, the trailer burned out a wheel bearing and had to be driven 25 miles on a smokin' axle to have it repaired. More rain on the way home, through Vicksburg, and on to Clarksdale, where I made some interesting pictures of the Delta Blues Cafe and almost broke my wrist falling backwards off of a curb.

Souls of the Dear DepartedSouls of the Dear DepartedChickamauga Battlefield, GA From Clarksdale to Chattanooga, and an unremarkable show at 4 Bridges. The highlight of Chattanooga was a visit to Lookout Mountain and the Chickamauga Battlefield. The stillness on these hallowed grounds never fails to impress me. The view from the top of Lookout Mountain shows the strategic importance of the Tennessee River. After Chattanooga, spring was upon us. A quick flight to Rapid City, and a late spring snow storm gave me an interesting view of Sylvan Lake and a beautiful shot of Harney Peak and Elkhorn Mountain snow-covered with green fields (below). Another visit to Owanka to see if the elevator had collapsed yet. It hadn't.

Lazy SundayLazy SundayPalmer Gulch, South Dakota

More shows in Springfield, Illinois; Birmingham, Michigan; and St. Joseph's Krasl Art Fair. In between, I again drove the truck out the Black Hills, where I was able to do some hiking. Rediscovered the Golden Slipper mine, where we rode horseback as kids. Mom and I drove out to Dewey, at the edge of the Black Hills. Dewey is an old railroad town, with a few residents still hanging on. One rancher stopped by in his pickup as we were lunching on the grass. He seemed surprised and amused that we'd come all the way out to Dewey to sit under a scrawny cottonwood and picnic, until I explained our historic mission.

New LifeNew LifeSagebrush Pals Clubhouse (former Presbyterian Church) Dewey, SD Back in Michigan, Kozo and I drove to St. Joseph for the Krasl Art Fair on the Bluff. We skipped Ann Arbor this year, and thankful, because it was beastly hot. At the end of July, I wanted to spend more time out west. This time I hauled the trailer out to Denver for a three-show tour. First up, in Denver, the Cheesman Park show. Kozo and I spent time with my niece, Noyes Combs, which turned out to be the highlight of that show. From Denver, I took the trailer up past Cheyenne and across the prairies to the Hills for another week in Palmer Gulch. 

I hung out with family, and then went out to the Badlands for an extended day trip over to Midland to shoot rural scenes and the elevator for some folks I met at Krasl. (Kathy's grandfather built one of the elevators in Midland, and she gave me some great locations to scout.) I spent an evening camped in the Sage Creek Natural Area, and hiked up on the bluffs overlooking Sage Creek. 

Midland ElevatorMidland ElevatorDakota Grain, Midland SD After Midland, I went through Capa, where I almost stumbled on the last remaining resident. I was photographing the abandoned school and the collapsed church, when I inadvertently walked into his backyard. I noticed the the electric meter was running, on what appeared to be an abandoned house. The front door was open, and I could hear his fan whirring. Too shy to make his acquaintance, I did get some interesting images from Capa, including one of the outhouses behind the schoolhouse. Further down the road, near Van Meter, I came across this flag and cow remains. Driving south to pick up the interstate, I headed for home. There were a lot of miles covered that day.

What Once Was...What Once Was...St. Barbara's Church, Miniature church near cemetery, Imlay SD Later that week, my brother Dave and I went looking for St. Barbara's church again, and this time we found it. It wasn't the church I was looking for, but the expedition was worth it. (See previous blog post). St. Barbara's sits in an incredibly remote, incredibly beautiful spot along the White River in the Badlands. All that's left now is the miniature church and the graveyard, with the remains of the church foundation up on the hill.

Wild HorsesWild HorsesPilot Butte, Rock Springs, WY Back on the road with the art show trailer, on the way to Park City, I hiked up to the top of Pilot Butte, near Rock Springs, Wyoming. There's a Masonic plaque bolted to the rock at the foot of the cliff. Wild horses roam the plateau of White Mountain, and I was lucky enough to get close to one of the bands before they quietly moved out of range onto the prairie.

Mt. Helen,  Mt. Sacajawea, Fremont PeakMt. Helen, Mt. Sacajawea, Fremont PeakIsland Lake approach to Titcomb Basin, Wind River Range, WY After Park City, I headed up to the Wind River Range in Wyoming, to clear my head and do some backpacking. Overnighting in Pinedale, I left the Elkhart Park trailhead early in the morning, and walked up to Titcomb Basin. A three day trip all-told, with two overnights between Little Seneca Lake and Seneca Lake. Island Lake was busy with backpackers as it's a popular base for those seeking to bag peaks  up in the Basin, or head over Indian Pass or Dinwoodie Pass.

Titcomb Basin TarnTitcomb Basin TarnWind River Range, Wyoming The light was beautiful, with the threat of thunderstorms almost constant. Rain only came in the last five miles on the way back to the parking lot, with pea-sized hail for a few minutes. More Winds pictures, here.

Open RangeOpen RangeNewcastle, WY From Pinedale, I went back to our ranch in the Black Hills to do some maintenance around the place. I didn't do a ton of shooting, but I did head out towards Wyoming for this shot of the stove sittin' in a field. On the way home, I discovered an old round barn that had been converted to a dance-hall, and a deserted gas station. Later in the fall, Mom and I went down to Buckhorn, and talked to the folks who owned the bar there. They said they knew somebody who'd gotten married in the bar there, but didn't know any of the history behind it.

Kelso RidgeKelso RidgeRocky Mountains, Clear Creek County, CO Back in Denver for the Evergreen show, Ed Dunne and I hiked up Grays and Torrey Peak. One of the first snows of the fall left almost 6" of snow on the trail and added to the challenge. The shot of Kelso Ridge with a snow storm fast approaching is my favorite image from that walk.

September saw us back in Michigan for three shows in a row, and a trip to Peoria for the final show of the season. The axle that burned out a bearing in Jackson, MS burned out again coming into Peoria at 10PM Thursday night. It was bad enough to force me to rent a trailer for show set-up. I was able to tow the trailer to a repair shop and park it. Hauling the show material home in the U-haul, I drove back to Peoria via Indiana to pick up a new axle for the trailer. Got the trailer fixed and towed it home.

Stay AwhileStay AwhileFairburn Hotel, Fairburn SD In October, I caught the last of the fall color in the rocks in the Upper Pine Creek Natural Area. Visiting the ranch town of Fairburn later that week, I met the new owner of the Fairburn Hotel. He was gracious enough to give me a tour of the interior and share his plans for the building. I drove by Dan O'Brien's buffalo ranch and watched the bison grazing on the way home, and that was it for the Black Hills in October.

The Garden GateThe Garden GateGreen's Plantation, North Caicos, Turks & Caicos Islands Karyn and I took our annual vacation to Grace Bay in the Turks, where we went exploring for the first time. North Caicos and Middle Caicos Islands are accessible by ferry. We went over with friends, and visited an old plantation, and walked the secret beach on Mudjin Bay. We also visited some caves and hung out with bats. A key takeaway from this trip? Bring lots of bug spray. The no-see-ums are fierce while waiting at the ferry dock.

Bottle Creek DaydreamsBottle Creek DaydreamsNorth Caicos, Turks & Caicos Islands And that's the year in pictures. View the whole slide show, or view more pictures in the gallery. Things left undone? I'd like to go back to the Winds and spend a little more time. I felt rushed in three days, and didn't get to the head of Titcomb Basin. I still need to find the church in the Badlands. And I'm starting to work on a new project that will take photographs of mine and match them to shots that Dad and my mentor, Hugh Lambert used for their ghost town research in the 60's and 70's. 

If you'd like more information about any of the images, please call or email. Have a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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info@parkerparker.net (parkerparker :: design | photography) Colorado South Dakota Wind River Wyoming elevator farm fine art horse horses photographs plains rural http://photo.parkerparker.info/blog/2016/12/the-year-in-review Wed, 14 Dec 2016 17:18:42 GMT
In Search of St. Barbara's Catholic Church http://photo.parkerparker.info/blog/2016/8/in-search-of-st-barbara A couple of years ago, I ran across an old photograph taken by my father of a church across a wide chasm in the Badlands. As part of an ongoing project to ​revisit some of the spaces in "Black Hills Ghost Towns", I went looking for this church.

From "Black Hills Ghost Towns", © Watson Parker & Hugh LambertAn unidentified church sits on the edge of the Badlands desolation. Repeated searches have failed to turn up the location of this church.

At first, I thought it was St. Joseph's Catholic Church, on Cuny Table. I visited that church twice, and couldn't match the angle in the original photograph. It is a beautiful church, sitting atop a wide table overlooking the Badlands, but it isn't a match for the picture Dad took in 1957. Spirit Of the PrairieSpirit Of the PrairieSt. Joseph's Mission, Pine Ridge Reservation, SD I kept searching for the church. Another Catholic mission on the Pine Ridge reservation looked promising. The only problem was that it was difficult to access. St. Barbara's sits atop a table just south of the White River, miles from any main highway. From the north, maps showed it accessible from Bouquet Table Road, and indeed, Google Maps showed the most direct route crossing Cain Creek and the White River. Only problem was, there are no bridges. The first time I attempted this route, I went with Mom, and it was springtime. A wet year. We got five miles south of the highway, and were turned back because the area around Cain Creek was flooded, and there wasn't anyway to get across it in our little Subaru.

The Long Way HomeThe Long Way HomeBouquet Table Road, Badlands NP, SD This view is looking back north towards the Badlands, after Mom and I turned around and headed home. The clouds were breaking, and the patterns on the fields were beautiful. Even though we didn't get down to the church, we had a wonderful drive through the Badlands.

White River FordWhite River FordWhite River Ford near St. Barbara's Church, SD

My brother Dave and I took the Toyota down that direction just this past week, and took another road that branches off of SD 44. After some wrong turns, and a few very vague tracks, we managed to get down to the White River, where we tested the water for fordability. In August, the river is low, and the bottom firm. Dave walked across, and I brought the truck over with no real issues.

St. Barbara's ChurchSt. Barbara's ChurchMemorial church and cemetery

Just across the river, we found St. Barbara's cemetery. A miniature memorial church sits atop a small knoll overlooking the plot, where several families have lovingly tended to the graves of the departed. The church is a model of the real church, but it's only about 4 feet high. From a distance, it looks like the real thing.  St. Barbara's Church CemeterySt. Barbara's Church CemeteryCemetery plots and miniature memorial church St. Barbara's ChurchSt. Barbara's ChurchMiniature church near cemetery GravestoneGravestoneSt. Barbara's Church Cemetery

Up on the hill, we found the remains of the original church. Nothing was left but the foundation and a few scraps of tin from the roof. The concrete steps led up to where the door would have been. We walked the entire site, looking for the broad chasm shown in Dad's picture, but again, could not match the site to the photograph. There are other churches in the Badlands, but this was my prime candidate, until now. There is no deep gully anywhere within walking distance of the original church as in Dad's photo. There is a road that looked interesting, heading over toward Conata and another river crossing, but we did not explore that route.

RemainsRemainsSt. Barbara's Church foundation Badlands BluffsBluffs near St. Barbara'sThe road up to Conata crosses a wash here, and runs up the hill towards the White Rive. FoundationFoundationSt. Barbara's Church, all that remains.

River RoadRiver RoadKyle SD

We took the southerly route home, down River Rd. towards Kyle. This valley is remarkably green for August, and a beautiful part of the Badlands I had never seen. It's definitely a 4WD road, with several rough spots, and a couple of creek crossings, like this one, with a VERY dubious bridge. (An alternate route crosses the creek without a bridge, but has an extremely high exit angle that the truck might not have been able to negotiate.) Looking back, I might not have crossed this bridge, as the supports are eroding away from the bank on the entrance side. Note the wrecked car under the bridge in the stream.

A Bridge Too FarA Bridge Too FarWash crossing, RIver Road, Kyle SD The search for St. Barbara's is over, but the search for the mysterious church on the edge of the Badlands desolation continues... If you have an idea of where the church in the original picture might have been, please contact me, or comment below.

 

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info@parkerparker.net (parkerparker :: design | photography) Badlands Catholic Catholic Church Church Kyle Pine Ridge South Dakota St. Barbara's abandoned cemetery mission http://photo.parkerparker.info/blog/2016/8/in-search-of-st-barbara Mon, 08 Aug 2016 17:25:29 GMT
The first edition of the "Disappearing Agrarian Landscapes" book has arrived! http://photo.parkerparker.info/blog/2016/6/agrarianlandscapebook After many requests from friends and patrons, I've designed and printed a coffee table book of my "Disappearing Agrarian Landscape" photographs. It is hard-bound, and printed on high quality matte stock, with a dust cover and accompanying copy explaining how I got started making images of the American West. I have a few copies that are signed and numbered, and would be happy to send you one upon request. The books are expensive to produce, and I am only charging a bit more than they cost me to produce. If you'd like one, please drop me a line or call my studio line at 248-229-7900. They are $60 each, and that includes shipping.

A Disappearing Agrarian Landscape -- text and photographs by James W. Parker $60 with free shipping

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Resources for Photographers http://photo.parkerparker.info/blog/2016/3/togresources In conjunction with the Photographers Business Boot Camp this Friday, March 4, at Washtenaw College, I am posting a few links to other resources. Many of these were mentioned in the all-day seminar; others are lucky-strike extras. Please feel free to leave comments about other software or articles that you've found useful.

Here is a link to the full presentation. (TimeManagement.pdf 5.1Mb)

(Please note that this post is moderated, so if you add a spam link, it will be deleted.)


Imaging Software

Adobe (Lightroom, Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator…) http://www.adobe.com     

Macphun http://macphun.com

OnOne Software http://www.on1.com

Photomatix http://www.hdrsoft.com

Nik / Google http://www.google.com/nikcollection/

HDR EFX Pro http://www.google.com/nikcollection/products/hdr-efex-pro/

 


Business Tools

FileMaker Pro http://www.filemaker.com

MindNode http://mindnode.com

Things https://culturedcode.com/things/

ToDo http://www.appigo.com

Evernote https://evernote.com

2Do http://www.2doapp.com

Microsoft Excel, Word, PowerPoint https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/

FotoBiz X http://cradocfotosoftware.com

Quicken http://www.quicken.com

DropBox http://www.dropbox.com/home

Google Calendar https://calendar.google.com/calendar

Google Drive https://drive.google.com/


Writing Tools

Scrivener http://www.literatureandlatte.com/scrivener.php

iA Writer http://ia.net/writer/mac/

Pages (Apple) http://www.apple.com/mac/pages/


Web site development

ZenFolio http://www.zenfolio.com/us Use referral code 9BP-ZYX-ECM for a 10% discount

WordPress http://wordpress.org

GraphPaperPress (WordPress Templates) http://graphpaperpress.com

ThemeZilla (WordPress Templates) http://www.themezilla.com

PhotoCrati (Photographer specific WordPress Templates) http://www.photocrati.com​


Articles for a Deeper Dive

David Allen “Getting Things Done” http://gettingthingsdone.com

The Pareto Principle http://www.forbes.com/sites/davelavinsky/2014/01/20/pareto-principle-how-to-use-it-to-dramatically-grow-your-business/#40dd39d81259

14 Time Management Tips (All Creativelike) http://allcreativelike.com/2013/12/18/14-time-management-tips-for-creatives/

Creating a Business Strategy http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/247574

How to Write a Business Plan http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/247575

The Big Lie of Strategic Planning http://hbr.org/2014/01/the-big-lie-of-strategic-planning


Fine Art Resources

Zapplication http://www.zapplication.org

Juried Art Services http://www.juriedartservices.com

Entry Thingy http://www.entrythingy.com

Art Show Photographers Facebook Group https://www.facebook.com/groups/artshowphoto/

Art Fair Calendar http://www.artfaircalendar.com

Art Fair Insiders http://www.artfairinsiders.com

Art Show Photo website http://artshowphoto.com/contents.htm

Larry Berman’s website http://bermangraphics.com/blog/

parkerparker blog http://www.parkerparker.net/studio/blog

 

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info@parkerparker.net (parkerparker :: design | photography) articles how-to information links resources software tips http://photo.parkerparker.info/blog/2016/3/togresources Fri, 04 Mar 2016 13:30:00 GMT
Winter in the Black Hills http://photo.parkerparker.info/blog/2016/1/winter-in-the-black-hills I love coming to South Dakota in the winter. Besides being quiet and peaceful, the light is amazing. Recently, I had the chance to shoot up at Sylvan Lake, at the old Meeker Ranch near Custer, and at Bear Butte. The light was soft and cool, and the snow on the ground sparkled.

Sylvan LakeThe lake is completely frozen over in January, allowing one to walk out in the middle. This photograph is one of my favorite vantage points, near the shore at one end of the lake.

Sylvan Lake, Custer State Park

In the Shadow of the BearIn the Shadow of the BearBear Butte, Sturgis SD

In the Shadow of Bear Butte

 

The Meeker Ranch, Custer SD

Meeker Ranch BarnMeeker Ranch BarnThanks to Jon Crane for the tip

Barn at the Meeker Ranch

Tiny House on a HillTiny House on a HillMeeker Ranch, Custer SD

Outhouse

Spaghetti WesternSpaghetti WesternMeeker Ranch, Custer SD

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CollectionCollectionMeeker Ranch, Custer SD

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info@parkerparker.net (parkerparker :: design | photography) Bear Black Butte Dakota Hills Lake Meeker Ranch South Sylvan photograph http://photo.parkerparker.info/blog/2016/1/winter-in-the-black-hills Mon, 11 Jan 2016 23:02:48 GMT
In Search of St. Barbara http://photo.parkerparker.info/blog/2015/8/in-search-of-st-barbara

In Dr. Watson Parker's book "Black Hills Ghost Towns", this image of an un-named church appeared. Sitting on the edge of a Badlands chasm, I thought I'd located it last year when I photographed St. Joseph's Mission, on the Pine Ridge Reservation. Mom and I went back this spring to see if the angles from the old shot matched. They don't. We then spent a couple of lovely hours driving around the Badlands, detoured by a road closure on the two-lane between Scenic and the White River Ranger station. We drove miles out of our way, over Red Shirt Table all the way to Kyle and back to Rapid City.

We went back a few days later, and tried to access another possible mission that I've only found on the 7.5 minute USGS quads. Five miles down a single track farm road on top of Bouquet Table, we were turned back again by high water over Cain Creek. This year has been especially wet in Western South Dakota. Lots of hail, thunderstorms, rain. The resulting muck in the Badlands clay is not a pretty sight when you're stuck in it, so we turned around. On the way back, the clouds broke, and I got this wonderful shot looking northward toward the Badlands.

The Long Road HomeThe Long Road HomeBouquet Table Road, Badlands NP, SD

We did have a lovely outing in the Badlands. I got my Senior Interagency Access Pass for all the National Parks -- an amazing value for $10, BTW! You can get 'em at any National Park entrance station, or by mail order for an extra $10. And we spoke to a ranger at the visitor center, who confirmed my guess that St. Barbara's is likely the church in the 1958 photograph. Google satellite imagery is unclear as to whether the church is still standing. It appears as if it may have burned down. 

I'm going to give it another shot this August, and see if I can find the church from the south, unless the river crossings have dried up. (Not likely). It will be a good adventure, nonetheless.

 

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info@parkerparker.net (parkerparker :: design | photography) Badlands Black Hills Pine Ridge South Dakota abandoned church expedition ghost mission town http://photo.parkerparker.info/blog/2015/8/in-search-of-st-barbara Wed, 05 Aug 2015 17:39:05 GMT
Free Shipping Ended http://photo.parkerparker.info/blog/2015/8/free-shipping-ended Free shipping on small and medium prints has ended as of August 5, 2015. Thanks to everyone who ordered prints and took advantage of the offer! 

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Mississippi http://photo.parkerparker.info/blog/2015/4/mississippi In between shows, I spent several days in the Vicksburg, Mississippi area. My main objective was to revisit the town of Rodney, once a booming town south of Vicksburg. The town has a long history before the Civil War, but now only a few residents remain. While I was there, wandering the dusty streets, the sound of someone mowing a lawn drifted through the town. Two churches remain: the Baptist church, which is deserted, and the Presbyterian church, which is in much better condition. I'll post a few more images next week, but this shot from the Baptist church speaks to my soul.

In the Presence of the LordIn the Presence of the LordRodney, Mississippi -- The Baptist church, established in 1870, abandoned now. The pews are stacked along the wall, and the rain weeps through the windows.

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The Woodlands Waterway Art Festival http://photo.parkerparker.info/blog/2015/3/the-woodlands-waterway-art-festival Look for some great artists at this year's tenth anniversary Woodlands Waterway Art Festival, in The Woodlands, Texas. I'm lucky to be one of the invited artists again this year, and I always look forward to festival, the people and the wonderful venue along the Waterway. You can find me in booth 225, round the middle of the pathway near Town Center Park. I'll be showing some brand new work as well as some of the old favorites. 

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info@parkerparker.net (parkerparker :: design | photography) Texas Waterway Woodlands festival photography show http://photo.parkerparker.info/blog/2015/3/the-woodlands-waterway-art-festival Wed, 01 Apr 2015 02:41:56 GMT
Under the Oaks at Vero Beach http://photo.parkerparker.info/blog/2015/3/under-the-oaks-at-vero-beach March 13-15, 2015 

The first show of our 2015 season, "Under the Oaks" in Vero Beach, Florida, was a resounding success, thanks to the new friends we made, and the images we sent home with several happy customers. While the visitors to Vero's Riverside Park event seemed sparse, there were buyers out looking. I had some very interesting conversations with several of you, about traveling the backroads, ghost towns and photography in general.

Behind the scenesYou get to park your trailer behind your booth at Under the Oaks The show is easy to do, logistically. You gotta love a show that lets you park your van or trailer behind your booth. It sure makes it easy to restock inventory, or find a piece that isn't on display. And since Karyn and I hadn't done an outdoor show for several months (Michigan is just not conducive to outdoor festivals in January or February), we were a bit rusty on the details. UTO gives us the perfect opportunity to get our routines down again, and remember where we stashed that critical piece of equipment.

The show set-up is Thursday, before the show opens on Friday. Driving into the park, I was greeted by the show folks at the entrance, and given my packet with directions to my spot. I backed the trailer into position and got the canopy and walls up with only minor discomfort. Karyn was not with me for the first part of the set-up, due to a delay in her travel plans from Detroit. She usually flies in for the weekend shows, while I'm the one who moves the show trailer from city to city. This time, her flight plans had been derailed, and she planned to fly into Orlando and rent a car to meet me later in Vero Beach.

After hanging all the art on Thursday, we went to our hotel, and a pleasant romantic dinner for the two of us at Carraba's. Friday morning dawned clear and bright, and we got the display open and ready for business by 9AM. We saw the quality control volunteer and then shortly after, the judges came by to evaluate the artists for awards.

Friday we sold a few matted prints, but after about 1PM, the crowds thinned out, and by 3PM it was pretty much a ghost town. The show hours run from 9-5 both Friday and Saturday, and a very civilized 10-4 on Sunday. Friday night, the Vero Beach Art Club hosts an artists dinner at the Elks Club, catered by Scampi Grill. We enjoyed the party and the food, in the company of several artist friends. I was pleasantly surprised to win an award this year -- Second Place in the Photography/Digital/Mixed Media category. This is primarily a painter's show, and there are three separate categories for painting, while other media are lumped together in one homogenous group. Glass, Wood and Crafts are all in the "Crafty Crafters" category -- our friends Beth and Stephen Radtke won for their marvelous carved gourd work.

Second Place Award at Vero BeachIt's a wide open category... Secret Garden Saturday was a repeat of Friday, with a few sales of smaller matted work. We had a steady flow of customers, and lots of interest about the subject of my work. We kept busy until about 1:30, when again, it got a little too warm for folks, and the foot traffic dwindled. In Vero Beach, people like to come early before the sun heats up the path too much. It's a pleasant experience in the morning, and many people opt to come for an hour or two before the heat of the day. Saturday night, we had light snacks and cocktails at the bar at Bonefish, a favorite hangout. Then it was off to a party at one of the artist's homes in Vero. Alan and Barbara host a party for the UTO artists every year, and they have a lovely home with a secret garden. Lots of fun with friends.

Sunday we rinsed and repeated. Two very good sales, and lots of laughs with new acquaintances. I tried out my new iPad email sign-up form. I'm using Chimpadedoo, which is tied to MailChimp. It's simple to setup, but seems to suffer from a lack of visibility, since an iPad mini doesn't look like a guest book. The form is hard to see in bright light, too. Some bugs to work out, but I like the idea of letting guests type in their own email address, and once entered, the data isn't visible to other people.

Under the Oaks at Under the OaksVero Beach Art Show Load out was easy. The predicted rain shower came quickly and was over fast around noon, and we had dry tents by load-out time. Most everyone was gone by the time we had our work packed and reconfigured for the next show in Naples this coming weekend. I'm going to try something different at this show. More about that, later.

It's a local show that's well-supported by a well-educated older population. The work is biased towards painters, since the Vero Beach Art Club, who runs the show, is primarily an organization of painters. No photographs on canvas can be hung here, which is somewhat of an arcane rule, but it's their show. They can run it however they see fit. It has its quirks, but all in all, it's a well-run show, and easy to do. This year, sales and attendance seemed lower than in years past. You couldn't blame the weather, and we did well. All in all, we had a fun time in Vero Beach.

If you are interested in applying to the show, applications are posted to Juried Art Services in the fall preceding the show year. The show's website is http://verobeachartclub.org

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New Season, New Blog http://photo.parkerparker.info/blog/2015/3/new-season-new-blog To celebrate the coming of spring, and the start of a new art show season, I'm moving my blog posts to the ZenFolio site in an effort to post more. The old blog, Life As An Itinerant Artist, will remain live at http://www.parkerparker.net/studio/blog for the time being, as the WordPress installation offers much more control over the back end. I'm also thinking about a site redesign, which may or may not include the store functions here on ZenFolio.

What do you think? Do you like the ZenFolio store? Have you found it easy to navigate and locate images that you love? Let me know your thoughts in the comments section below.

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Free Shipping on Small & Medium Prints! http://photo.parkerparker.info/blog/2015/3/free-shipping-on-small-medium-prints For a limited time only, I'm offering free shipping on 11x14 and 16x20 matted prints. Just add your selection to your shopping cart, and we'll do the rest.

I'm thinking about streamlining my 10x10' art show display by showing fewer prints at shows, and giving visitors more room to view the framed work. To do that, something has to go. And, as an experiment, I'm not going to be using the large double-sided bin at the Downtown Naples Art Festival this coming weekend. That doesn't mean you can't purchase the smaller work, but it will only be available online during the month of March. So to make the transition easier, you save when you order prints online! Win-win!

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