What about the exhibits? The Seven Views opening was wonderful. Raymond James and Associates is an investment firm in Ann Arbor that sponsors a rotating artists' series, and the show is on the walls inside their building. Mike Myers coordinated our show and herded the cats, and it all came together Friday, 11/22. At least 130 people attended the opening of the show, and our hosts put on a great feed with catering from Jefferson Market. Lots of great comments and interest in my work, and in the work by the 6 other photographers. I didn't sell anything the first night, but it is up until the end of February, so hope springs eternal. There were 5 sales that first night, though, which I think is pretty good.
The second exhibit is a little different - 50 Shades of Green at the Matthaei Botanical Gardens, which opened just before Thanksgiving. I have two photographs in the hanging art part of the exhibit, which of course features displays in the Conservatory, which has green growing things -- something to enjoy this time of year!
|Green 1 and Green 2.|
I have a pet peeve about shows featuring natural history subjects, and get ready for a short rant. If you, the photographer (painter, etc) put a name on a description of the animal or plant (or other object) in your work. Make sure it is correct. Calling Switch Grass a Bluestem may not seem like a big deal, but it's no different than calling a vulture an eagle, or a butterfly a moth, etc. Your audience is by large, going to be more discerning of such things than a more general population at a different venue. If you identify a subject wrong, it takes away from the photograph, as some people will think that you don't know your natural history, and in a venue that attracts a lot of folks knowledgeable about plants and animals, you are going to look bad. If you are not sure about an ID, there are lots of online resources as well as books. You can always ask someone more knowledgeable than yourself to check it. If you want to waffle a bit, then title your work without identifying the life form. End of Rant.
The Seven Views can be seen at Raymond James, 350 S. Main Street, Ann Arbor, MI. Hours are 8:30 am - 5 pm, M-F. It will be up until Feb. 27, 2014.
50 Shades of Green is located at Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro Road, and is up until Jan 5, 2014. The hours are 10 - 4:30 daily.