I’m incredibly thrilled to announce that I have been named an emerging artist for this year’s Main Street Fort Worth Arts Festival, which will be held April 19-22, 2018 in Fort Worth, Texas.
The Main Street Fort Worth Arts Festival is one of the top three juried Fine Arts Festivals in the United States, which uses a five-member panel of art professionals to make their selections. They had 1282 artists apply from around the world. While 223 artists were invited to participate, their emerging artist category is specifically used to help spotlight new and emerging Texas artists. To be included in this group of 20 artists across a range of media including photography, painting, sculpture, and jewelry is a tremendous honor. There’s only a very limited part of a career where an artist can be eligible for this category, and this was in all likelihood the only time I would ever by eligible for this wonderful opportunity that will have long-lasting repercussions for my career. To say that I’m ecstatic, is an understatement.
So please save the following dates: April 19-22, 2018 and come out and support all of the amazingly-talented artists specially selected to this year’s festival. I’ll look forward to you visiting me at Booth #351 (near the intersection of 3rd Street & Main Street).
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!
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.