GrapeFest 2017!

5 hours of set up later, and my booth is ready! I have ready to hang art, prints ranging from 8×10″ to 16×20″, greeting cards, and art in mini-frames up for sale.

Look for the best local artists (including yours truly ^_~) of the Grapevine Art Project in the Foust Event Center (523 S Main St in Grapevine, Texas), exhibiting our wares: photography, paintings, sculptures, pottery, jewelry & more!

GrapeFest runs from September 14-17, with free admission all day Thursday, and until 5pm Friday. There’s free parking and a courtesy shuttle at the Grapevine Public Library. For more information please visit: https://www.grapevinetexasusa.com/grapefest/

 

Get a glass of wine, stop by, and enjoy some fantastic art!

 

 

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New Greeting Cards

Here’s a teaser image of my new blank greeting card stock.

These are 5×7″ cards on 14 pt cardstock, with High Gloss UV Coating on the outside, the inside is uncoated to make it easier to write on.

They’ll be debuting at my booth inside the Foust Event Center at this year’s Grapefest, held September 14th-17th in Grapevine, Texas.

 

Central Arts of Bedford – Me & My Critter – Gallery Show

For those of you in the Dallas / Fort Worth area, please come on out and support me as well as other local artists at the next themed show at the Central Arts of Bedford. I’ll have several pieces for sale in the exhibit featuring some of the ‘critters’ (Ravens, Ducks, Longhorns, and Bees oh my!) I’ve taken photos of in my nature photography. I will be on hand until at least 9pm to admire the works of others, and to talk about my own photographic works. I hope to see you there!

 

Me & My Critter

Saturday, July 8, 2017

7pm – 11pm

Central Arts of Bedford

2816 Central Dr. #140, Bedford, Texas 76021

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Grapevine’s Main Street Days, May 19 – 21

Looking for some color to enliven your walls? These will be available for sale in my booth at the Foust Event Center during Main Street Days (May 19-21) in Grapevine, Texas. While I have variations of these at different sizes, these large format 16×16 inch prints on Fuji Pearl Paper are luminescent and presented in a 20×20 inch mat. They can be framed as a stand alone piece, or can be hung in a grouping together.

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From Left to Right: Tulip, Poppy, and Keeping Bee-zy by K. C. Hulsman

I hope you’ll swing on by. Admission is free on Friday until 5pm, afterwards while admission is required to come out to the Festival, there’s live music, a wide arrange of food and drink (including all sorts of craft beers!) and there’s a ton of fun things to do. There’s free parking and a shuttle offered as well. For more details, check out the city’s official page here for the 33rd Annual Main Street Days.

Texas Longhorn Series

The complete Texas Longhorn series will be available as 16×16 inch prints on Fuji Deep Matte Paper, presented in a 20×20 inch mat. And you can find variations of these images at other sizes too this weekend at my booth in Grapevine’s Main Street Days. Please be sure to check me out inside the Foust Event Center.

 

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Texas Longhorn Series by K. C. Hulsman

 

 

New Greeting Cards debut at Grapevine’s Main Street Days

My 5″ x 5″ greeting cards arrived. They’re printed on specialty metallic pearl paper, giving each card a shimmer (which I tried to capture in the video I posted to my Facebook page). The cards will make their debut at my booth during this year’s Main Street Days in Grapevine, Texas held May 19 -21, I’ll be inside the Foust Event space.

One card for $5, or five cards for $20 (tax included).

Each comes with a matching envelope.

 

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Art Anywhere

I am a big believer that no space is too small for art. Whether it’s your office in a row of cubicles, a locker, or a wee little nook, you can always fill it with things that inspire and move you.

In that spirit, I’ve put together a bunch of mini-frames, with 3×3 inch prints inside them of my photos, which I’ll be selling at my booth in the Foust Event Center for $10 a piece this upcoming weekend (May 19-21, 2017) at Main Street Days in Grapevine, Texas. Here’s a sneak peak of what’s available:

 

GAP at the Grand Gallery Exhibit in Grapevine

I was recently notified that there will be some slight changes to the duration of the upcoming art show I’m participating in held at the Grand Gallery inside the Grapevine Convention & Visitor’s Bureau (636 S Main Street in Grapevine, Texas).

The new dates of the show are from April 3 – April 28, 2017.

Due to this date change, this means the show will not run concurrently with the GADA (Grapevine Art Dealers Association) Art Walk scheduled for May 6. However, the New Vintage Wine Trail will be taking place on Saturday, April 8th from 11am – 5pm and it looks like members of the Grapevine Art Project will be planning on some artist demos on this day.

I hope you’ll come check us out!

 

 

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By the beat of the drums…

The spice of life is variety, and to that end I love things that celebrate our different cultures. My complexion is so pale even pale makeup is too dark. I never grew up labeled as a Native American, but I am descended of so-many-time great grandmothers from both my maternal and paternal lines that survived the Cherokee (Tsalagi) Trail of Tears. While Western Expansion greatly undermined the traditional cultures and way of life, whenever we have remnants, it’s a special thing. Each drumbeat, each dancer, the colorful outfits full of painstaking labor and artisan craftsmanship is a celebration of the ancestors that came before, and acts as a reminder of that echoing origin.

I enjoy going to these gatherings and each one provides an opportunity for me to continue to work on my photography skills as I challenge myself to capture the motion of dance, work on finding compositions that work at crowded events, and attempt to ever refine my candid photography.

Here’s some of my best shots I’ve taken in the last 3 years…

This grouping of images below was taken September 20, 2014 at Trader’s Village Powwow hosted in Grand Prairie, Texas.

 

This grouping of images below was taken June 8, 2015 at the University of Texas at Arlington’s Annual Charity Powwow hosted by NASA (Native American Student Association) on the UTA campus in Arlington, Texas. I was playing around with my shutter speed, and kind of liked the blurred effect of the one picture in pastels.

 

This grouping of images below was taken September 24, 2016 at the Trader’s Village Powwow hosted in Grand Prairie, Texas.

Up, Up and Away

While I tend to focus on nature photography, I’m always looking for new ways to flex my photography muscles, so I opted to attend this year’s Balloon Festival in Plano, Texas. This was my first time having an opportunity to shoot hot air balloons, and I also used this as an exercise in how to frame vignettes at an event.

Unfortunately with the weather we had, it was just too windy for any of the balloons to ever take off, and only a few were inflated while tethered to the field. There was a very brief window of opportunity where there was a sky diving team. Capturing pictures of them at rapid acceleration while trying to focus was quite a challenge. I did manage some halfway decent shots as a first for me. Later, after dark a few grounded balloons were inflated for the ‘glow’ when just after dark they allow the flame that helps to keep the air hot to set the balloons aglow from within. The challenge as a photographer is it is both dark, you have a range of balloons around you flickering light at unpredictable intervals, so getting things in focus is quite the challenge (or at least it was for me) because you go from very dark to very light with great randomness rapidly. It is much easier to content with steady light, even if it’s just steady low-light then to keep bouncing back between extremes.