|Bellows Walpole Inn|
|Sunset Lake : Bellows Walpole Inn|
I guess I shouldn’t complain about the exposure, but if you want to escape my pictures, here are the places to avoid .
Bellows Walpole Inn
This is, by far, my biggest show at present. The Inn’s restaurant and bar are lovely classics of New England ambiance and I am thrilled to have 27 of my images on their walls. I have many old favorites and five newly framed pictures.
My show was set for May but has been temporarily held over.
Restaurants are favorite places to display my work, especially when I
like the food. At the Bellows Walpole Inn, I like the food.
Syd’s Carpet and Snooze Room is a great store near Keene’s Main Street, and behind the Keene Sentinel building. For several years they have generously allowed the artist of
the Monadnock Area Artist Association to hang their work
on their walls. They get a beautiful and varied selection of artistic
decoration and we get place to show our work surrounded by comfy chairs and
couches. I have a few pieces in the showroom on more or less permanent
display, one of which won a Best in Show prize.
Keene Family YMCA
The YMCA is a great facility, offering a wide variety of programs for kids and adults. I try to flog myself around the weight machines and aerobic equipment several times per week, but the Y has many more options including racquetball courts, a large pool and an extensive menu of classes. Perhaps its most important asset is the friendly staff who create a relaxed family atmosphere. A few months ago, I was excited to be asked to hang some of my larger pictures on walls in the main stairwell and the exercise area. I get annoyed when I see perfectly good blank walls in public locations. I was please to fill a couple these spaces, that I am regularly forced to look at through sweat clouded eyes.
The Keene Art Walk
Finally. I return to the Art Walk. Despite my thinning reserves, I am happy with the selection that I was able to assemble for the Chamber. They include one of my favorite covered bridges in the idyllic New England village of Green River Vermont, a glowing Sunflower, an evening view of the classic hill-top town center of Washington and the
Whaleback Lighthouse at dawn. I also have a new picture of peak fall
colors along the road to Roads End Farm in Chesterfield, New Hampshire. This
is one of my favorite autumn foliage images and, for the first time, I tried rendering
it as a canvas gallery wrap. I still prefer to do my own printing, but I
liked the results from this lab and will be trying more on appropriate images.
|Green River, Guilford Vt|
|Roads End Farm, Chesterfield NH|
Bellow Walpole Inn
So that is my current exhibition menagerie. From a practical perspective, I am often asked if I sell much from these shows, and
my answer is always the same. I do sell occasional
pieces, but that is not the primary goal of showing the work. My most
important result is to stay in the minds of my regional neighbors. I
think I have become known as a good source for quality New England images, with
a special emphasis on the Monadnock Region and southern Vermont. The hope
is that, at some time in the future, when they need a gift for a friend or some
images to give local flavor to a web site or brochure, my pictures will come to
mind. Also, as I have been focusing more on teaching these shows serve as
graphic advertisements for my photography classes.
Of course, beyond all the coldly practical reasons, it is just nice to release my work to the world and enjoy the moments when people seem to share the joy that I experienced when I captured these brief glimpses of the unique beauty of New England.
I hope to see you at some of my current “venues”, but, if you can’t make it, don’t worry. If you live in the Monadnock region you can be assured that my pictures will remain annoyingly hard to avoid.