My Photos Are (Briefly) on Display in Two Shows at Once

Please come see one of my photos in the 2014 Pyramid Atlantic Arts Center Members Exhibition from April 5 to 25. (Of course, you should look at all the other great pieces in the show, but this is my blog, so I’m channeling my inner five-year-old and bragging about me.) The exhibition will be at the Washington Printmakers Gallery upstairs in the Pyramid Atlantic Arts Center, at 8230 Georgia Ave in Silver Spring. Gallery hours are 10 AM to 5 PM, Monday through Sunday.

The opening reception is on April 6 from 2 to 4 PM, with the juror’s awards & comments at 2:30 PM. There are a number of good places to eat in Silver Spring, and the American Film Institute nearby, so you could include the reception in a nice day out.

This is the photo I have in the Pyramid show.

Bikes Immobile

If you are in the market for crafty & other items – “misprints, overgrown yarn stashes, fabric scraps, older but still beautiful work and more” – you can come by the Yard Sale in the Pyramid parking lot on Saturday April 12 from 9AM to Noon, and see the Members Exhibition at the same time. I’m working hard at clearing out excess supplies to sell that day, and will have some of my smaller prints for sale too.

While I’m bragging, I was a finalist in the 2014 Fine Art Photography Exhibit at ArtSpace Herndon, which opened on March 4 and continues until April 6. Which means I’ll have photos in two DC area shows at once – if only for a day. ArtSpace Herndon is at 750 Center St in Herndon and is open from 1 to 5 on Sunday afternoon. http://www.ArtSpaceHerndon.org.

The ArtSpace Herndon Exhibit is a really wonderful show (even if I do say so myself) and I was honored to have a piece in it. Going in, there are a couple of big, richly colored, delightful photos by D. B. Stovall, who was the exhibit juror; and the big photo of the Eiffel Tower that won first prize is a delightful example of how shooting from an unexpected point of view can make a subject that has been photographed a zillion times seem new and visually exciting.

My own contribution to the Herndon Exhibit didn’t win a prize; but it was one of the first photos to sell, which was a great ego boost. Iveta Steinhobel, who bought my print (and is, clearly, a woman of impeccable taste) kindly sent me this photo she took of me with the print at the Artists Reception.

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I’m Getting More Photos Online!

Tonight I managed several cool techie tasks; I got the Flickr publishing plug-in on Lightroom set up; then I used it to create & upload two new sets of photos; I made one phot into my header photo (thus placing an image of Camel’s Hump behind my head); and I put up a new head shot on the page. You can see the head shot in the Flickr Badge that I made and hopefully will add here.

I’ll feel like I’ve done a good night’s work if the badge gets properly pasted up, and you can click the link to get to my Flickr Photo Stream.

Update: I can’t seem to get the nifty looking badge pasted on after all. At least not without consulting WordPress.com help. So I’ll just have to send you to my Flickr page the old fashioned way: with a dull-all-in-letters link. Here it is: http://www.flickr.com/photos/sallycanzoneri/

FotoBazaar DC

I had a great time last weekend, looking at all the wonderful photos on display at FotoBazaar, a pop-up exhibition organized by FotoDC. I also got to show a bunch of my own photos and photos on tile, and to talk to lots of people about them. Many kind people took my business cards, which I’d rushed to get printed by the time FotoBazaar opened. But (horrors) I did not yet have a gallery of my photos up here; nor have I gotten a portfolio up elsewhere on the Web. So I’m quickly posting a small gallery of some of the work I showed at FotoBazaar here. It’s not perfect, but it’s a start.

Making Changes — Bit by Bit

So tonight, I’ve made the change to a new theme. Though things don’t look so very different yet, I think they will soon. For one thing, I’ll be able to put in galleries showing my artist books, and photographs. Also, I get quite a number of widgets, with which to do nifty things. At this point, I’m not certain exactly what nifty things, but I’m sure I can begin to figure that out tomorrow.

So now I’m off to eat a very late dinner and watch another episode of London Hospital on my iPad.

On Gradual Changes

If you happen to be one of the very small number of people who have looked at my blog before, you will see that I’m edging into a different look for the blog. Which explains the new header photo. When I signed on today (for the first time in months) the kindly folks at WordPress suggested that I might want to update my Theme. so I looked at a bunch of themes. WordPress even has this cool bit of tech where you can see how the content already on your blog would look in another theme. I tried out a number of themes and concluded that I’m just not ready for so much change at once. However, there was still the obvious fact that the photo on my heading was looking dated.

I solved that problem by uploading a newer photo — the first cautious step in the revamping of my blog. Not to mention, bringing the blog back to life with actual reasonably frequent entries. As I’m having to relearn what I knew about WordPress and more, I thought that a complete design overhaul would be just too much.

The subject of my photo, though, is not the least bit cautious. The picture is a panorama shot I took at the spectacular Bascilica de la Sagrada Familia in Barcelona. If you want to see more shots, take a visita virtual, or buy tickets to visit, check out the basica’s web site at http://www.sagradafamilia.cat. I just looked at it when I was checking to see that I’d spelled the name correctly. And I think it’s cool that the end of the domain name is “cat” as in Catalonia.

The basilica was designed by Antoni Gaudi whose unique, adventurous artistic and architectural vision can be seen all over Barcelona. When I was there last summer, I also visited a house he’d designed, and became extremely envious of the family who had lived there. I’ll try to post some of my pictures of the house soon, so you can become envious too.

Please Urge the Mayor to Increase Funding for the Arts in DC

There’s a petition up at Change.org that should be of concern to anyone who cares at all about the arts and/or the financial health of DC. The petition urges Mayor Gray to increase funding for the DC Commission on Arts and Humanities. Funding for the Commission has been cut 69.88% from FY 09 to FY 12.  That means that in three years the Commission has gone from getting $13,018,000 in local funds to on $3,920,000 in 2012.

In addition to depriving DC children and adults of opportunities to learn, participate in, and experience the arts, these cuts are bad for the DC government’s bottom line. Investing in the arts is good business for any city, and Washington is no exception.

Funding for the arts is 0.034% of the total DC budget for Fiscal Year 2012. Yet every year the arts pump more than $700 million into our city’s economy on top of almost $100 million in direct tax revenue. The amount of funding that goes to the budget of the DC Commission on Arts and Humanities generates the highest return on investment of any portion of the District’s Development budget.

Please take a look at this petition, sign it, and urge others to do so too. (Change.org makes it easy for you to share the petition on your Facebook page and with your contacts.) Thanks very much.

You’ll find the petition here:     http://tinyurl.com/7e7g7s3

Snow Falling On Bloggers

I just found out that WordPress has an option to let bloggers have snow falling on their blogs. Though only until January 4, which seems to me a bit early for winter to end. At any rate, I thought I’d try it, which is why you see those little white dots floating down the screen. Judging from their direction, I’d say the wind is Easterly.

Actually, I’m a bit disappointed with WordPress’ snow. When I was a child growing up in Vermont, I loved to go out in gentle snowstorms, look up, and imagine climbing from one snowflake to the next up to the clouds. Having stared at so many snowflakes, it was no surprise when I learned that every snowflake is different.

The discovery about snowflakes was made by Wilson”Snowflake” Bentley — another Vermonter, I’m proud to say. Check out the excellent web page on him put up by the Historical Society of Jericho, Vermont, Bentley’s home town. http://snowflakebentley.com/ Under Resources you’ll find a link to a site about the wonderful children’s book on Bentley, which won the 1999 Caldecott Award for yet another Vermonter, illustrator Mary Azarian.  http://www.jacquelinebriggsmartin.com/books/snowflak.html. (That page has much nicer snowflakes than the ones here.

The snow in the picture below is definitely the real thing. I know, because I’m the younger blond sister in the shot.