|Window on Monadnock, Marlborough, NH|
For some years a group of superb area artists have hosted a self-guided tour of their studios throughout the region. The group has included artists working in sculpture, painting, jewelry, fiber glass pottery and wood turning. This year I was honored to be the only photographer to be selected. The tour includes the studios of 24 artists spread from New Ipswich in the southeast, to Stoddard in the north. Keene and Swanzey are well represented and I hold the western frontier in Spofford. The tour will run from 10am to 5pm on October 11th and 12th and in each location you will be able to meet the artists, learn about their processes and enjoy their work. Given the distribution of locations it will be a great chance to bask in the autumn beauty of our region while seeing some great art. More information is available in the brochures scattered everywhere and on the Tour Web Site.
|I'm on the far FAR Left|
It was flattering to be considered among this excellent group of artists and craftsmen, but it presented me with a serious dilemma. I have always preached the importance of "Showing the Work" in every possible venue, but was this opportunity worth two days of what might be the best color of the season. Painters and sculptures can create the manifestations of their visions in a studio far away from their primary inspiration, but photographers must be there, on the spot, at the right time and with the right light. I struggled with lists of pros and cons.
|Sugar House Ferns, Marlborough, NH|
In addition to the loss of opportunity, I questioned whether the idea of a Studio Tour really works for a photographer. My creative "studio" starts out in nature where I work to capture the beauty of our region in good light, arranging the scene to provide a pleasing composition. I always try to get the images that will provide me the best opportunity to draw out the full beauty of the scene when I get home to my digital darkroom, but my "home studio" is a computer, two high definition monitors, a large format archival printer and piles of hard drives. Not exactly Monet's Giverny studio. Perhaps it would work if I wore a beret and an ink stained smock, but I'm skeptical. My plan is to show as much of my work as I can cram into the first floor of our house and be ready to demonstrate my editing and matting techniques if anyone is interested. Fortunately, after my big show at the Jaffrey Civic Center and after cleaning out
|Sunset Glimpse, Chesterfield, NH|
|Autumn's Edge, Chesterfield, NH|
My wife is excited by the event only because it has forced me to try to clean my office and pick up the downstairs rooms. Although I
|Dining Room Gallery and The Captain|
So I think I'm ready. I have to finish cleaning, rehang pictures, get refreshments and complete the signs that will mark my location. They wanted me to paint the signs, but, once again, I had to make it clear, I'm NOT a Painter! I printed posters instead. So if you are out enjoying the color this weekend, please drop by, you will at least get a chance to meet our dog Nellie and that is certainly worth a stop.
The "Studio" is at 373 Route 9a in Spofford. Follow Route 9 West from Keene, NH, or East from Brattleboro, Vt. Take the east entrance to Route 9a. Our house is the second on the right past the Post Office, a greenish cape with a thick stone wall. Look for the sign. I haven't decided about the balloons yet. Feel free to park in the orchard across the street, but if you bash one of my apple trees, expect to buy LOTs of art.
|Gunnison Brook, Goshen, NH|
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