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Christmas Cards Are Coming To Town

We have a new development at the gallery!  I’ve created a new type of catalog to help your holiday art shopping.

With the holidays quickly arriving, it is an excellent time to offer a free look at our new Christmas card selections.   Each of these pictures will easily fit to make a gorgeous one of a kind Christmas card with Blue Dooryour personal message.  Or buy a pack of cards and save even more!  Naturally, all pictures will print without the watermark.

You could buy those same old boring cards at the big retail store, but that’s being predictable and boring.  Support the cause of small businesses and buy your fine art Christmas cards today!

Download your free PDF today!

Free Christmas Card Catalog


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Merry Christmas with Archie the Bulldog


The Christmas Holiday begins tomorrow.  It’s a usual hectic and down right exhausting time for most of us.  So relax, take another sip of spiked egg nog and enjoy the holiday!

His grace the most dignified Archie the Bulldog and the A&A Photographic Arts family wishes everyone a Happy Holiday!

By the way, the antlers are on backwards because Archie wanted it that way.  One doesn’t wisely argue with a 50 lb. bowling ball with teeth.

Merry Christmas!  Buon Natale!

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Cyber-Monday: The Holiday Promotions Continue

Garden Morning
A quiet stroll by the pond produced such a feeling a oneness with nature. The sun, being filtered through the remains of rain giving clouds, provided the lighting for this tranquil scene.

Today is known in the world of Internet marketing as Cyber-Monday.  We understand that shopping for fine art is both exciting and draining.  Fine art continues to be the perfect gift giving idea.  It broadcasts class, finesse and a standard that says the ordinary just isn’t good enough.  It’s a wonderful chance to use our artwork to decorate the office, living room, or living quarters of someone special.


A fine art photograph of a Low Tide by Barbara Stevko.
Low Tide

Poised to be one of the largest shopping days of the season, Cyber-Monday means shoppers are out on the prowl looking for massive discounts and specials.  We will not disappoint.


Our gallery allows you to satisfy this shopping urge.  We pick 3 of the galleries art works for special attention in a limited promotion.  Only 10 prints will be available at a reduced rate. Once those prints find a new home or time runs out, we pick a new group to replace them.


Don’t wait though.  There is no guarantee we will be future promotions on that piece of art anytime soon.


Reflective abstract photograph of colored lights.
Night Water Colors

Remember, our prints are not “mass produced”.  They are only created when you order them.  This means they are a unique and beautiful gift that you can’t find in the big box stores.


Happy Cyber-Monday!   Happy Shopping!

Today’s specials are:

Garden Morning

Night Water Colors

Low Tide

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Holiday Sale!


Welcome to our Black Friday, day after Thanksgiving, start your Christmas holiday shopping promotion!

Avoid the crowds and the hassle of parking.  Shop online at our gallery.  We have no snooty salespeople here.

This is your chance to get selected fine art prints on canvas at greatly reduced prices of up to 40%.  These promotions only have a few prints and a limited amount of time.   So, don’t wait.  If you wait you lose.   Who wants to be that person?

This weekend’s promotions are:

Click here for the Infant of Prague

Click here for Passing By

Click here for Independent Lady

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Historic Altar Breaks Rules of Photography


Old buildings are fascinating.  Buildings constructed before the use of modern-day computers and cranes capable of lifting tons of steel and concrete are just as complex as their modern-day counterparts.  What makes them this way?  Everything had to be done by hand.

In Jerome, Arizona rests the Holy Family Catholic Church.  This building is an example of late 19th century American western construction.  The building, constructed in 1894, served as the Catholic Church for the Jerome area.  Jerome was a copper mining town of the American Wild West.  Once the mining boom disappeared so did most of Jerome.

The building is still open everyday for people to offer prayers, but the dwindling population of Jerome means that the church is no longer used for weekly mass.  This allowed me the opportunity to get inside to take some incredible shots of this beautiful old church.

When looking at old buildings you often discover that the flooring is uneven. Sometimes, this is due to an unskilled worker making mistakes during its construction.  After all in the historic American West you didn’t always have a trained carpenter or stone mason available to do the job the right way.  More commonly though, the settling of the foundation due to the weight of the building over so many decades is a much more likely scenario.

The result is the picture Altar.  You can see that the front pews and the railings, where holy communion used to be given, are straight.  In photography, you want straight horizons.  Your eyes and brain rebel when a horizon or back line is at a tilt. It gives a photograph an unpleasant effect.  Professional photographers tell you to always use a tripod to avoid this problem.  However, a tripod won’t help you here.

As your eye drifts up towards the Altar and the tabernacle, you will begin to notice something wrong.  It’s very subtle at first, but as your continue to look into the reredos behind the altar and then eventually to the ceiling you notice the wall, ceiling and even the floor are uneven.  In fact, it gets worse as your gaze lifts towards the ceiling.

So, we break the straight horizon rule of photography to dramatic effect.  This slant adds the personal character of the old church to an otherwise ordinary picture of a historic altar.  The settling of the old building indeed commands our attention to the finer details and the value of manual craftsmanship found in these old churches.

I think Altar makes a perfect Christmas card.  All printed Christmas cards arrive in a 5×8 inch format with a UV layer added to prevent fading.   You can even have a personal message printed on the inside.

When printed in a larger format it makes an ideal gift to a relative or family priest.

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