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Where To Go For Fine Art Shopping This Holiday Before It’s Too Late


Are you ready for holiday shopping?  It’s a hard thing to image that the 2016 holiday season is already in full swing.  I’m stating the obvious because before you know it will be gone.  So, I’ve made a list of places north of Clearwater that enable you to view and purchase fine art at the same time! Don’t live in Florida?   Well, I’ve got that covered too.

  1. Gallery Gift Shop 

Last week we introduced our first batch of holiday cards for purchase in our very own online Gallery Gift Shop.  These 5”x7” cards have a blank inside for your own personalized message and come complete with an envelope for gift giving or mailing.  At our shop you will find all of our artwork that is available everywhere for both the starting collector and our avid fans.  If you haven’t checked this store out, don’t wait!

2.  Dunedin

We also have new works on display and available for purchase in our Dunedin location for the holiday shoppers stopping by the Downtown Dunedin Grill for breakfast or lunch. Tell Jacque we sent you.

3. Gateway Gallery & Emporium

Last week we took part in the opening of the Holiday show at the Gateway Gallery & Emporium, Inc. . Four different photographic works are now on display until January at this special juried show in downtown New Port Richey.   We also are displaying several smaller works in the gift shop area.   Stop by and see some great art!

4. Tarpon Springs Culture Center

This past week we also presented our work “Bird in Copper” to the Tarpon Springs Culture Center for inclusion in their annal Holiday Art Show. This show has 9 different categories of art displayed throughout Tarpon Springs historic original city hall. If you’re in the Clearwater and Tarpon Springs area drop by and visit!

Even though we’ve been busy at shows and displays all over the North Tampa area, I’ve found time to get into the studio and work on new pieces.   Coming soon I will add new pieces to our butterfly collection and even a young fawn to our animals collection. So stay tuned and buy art!

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The Ugly Side of Holly Berries

Sitting in the early morning sunshine, this young mockingbird sits and sings on a branch of holly on a cold winter morning. The holly bush has started showing the famous red berries that are the cause for the snipping of so many branches for holiday decorations.

Take care when handling holly though. Not only do the thick waxy green leaves have spines that will easily puncture your skin, but the berries themselves are toxic to humans. Of course, the berries are not really berries. They actually are a small stone fruit.

An adult ingesting those small red fruits could expect a severe stomach-ache and possibly some very fast, uncontrollable and really unpleasant trips to the bathroom. However, if a small child gets a hold of these fruits, then as little as 20 of them can cause an unintended trip to the emergency room or possibly death.

Some pets will become ill by eating the fruit or chewing on the leaves also. Further, if your pet can reach it, odds our your child will too. So it is a wise policy to keep both children and pets out of reach of these bright-colored fruits. Interestingly, the fruits do not have the same effect on birds.

In fact, seeing this bird on the holly reminds me of the Christmas Mockingbirdinteresting side effect that these little fruits have. In late winter after the fruits have ripened and begin to fall of the holly bushes, small birds, like our friend here, will gather around the bush and feast on the fallen fruit.

The birds will then happily spread the seeds wherever they go. This is assuming they can still fly. The overripe fruit that falls on the ground will ferment. This fermentation causes our little feather friends to get a little tipsy after eating the fruit.

I’ve watched a mockingbird try to fly while only using one wing. Try as it might, it couldn’t get both wings to flap at the same time. The result was a frenzied ballet of feathers as the poor bird could only go in circles until it got dizzy, I’m guessing from the alcohol, and fall sideways on to the ground. It would rest for a minute, get up and try the other wing with the same results.

Hopefully this young mockingbird won’t experience any hangovers in it’s promising future.

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Happy Thanksgiving


Well the holidays are once again upon us.  We’d like to send a warm Happy Thanksgiving to all of our patrons.  Thanks for your support.

The picture above is an example of a faux lomographic effect.  It uses a vignette type oval style to highlight the middle of the picture while the edges are slightly blurred.  In lomography the main idea is to bring out Fall Yellow Treethe contrast of colors or shapes found in the picture. We hope you enjoy it and have a  safe holiday.

Speaking of holidays!  Remember to download your Christmas card catalog today!  Time is running out on your chance to order these fine cards.

You can view the cards from here.


Download the PDF from here…

Free Christmas Card Catalog


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Oktoberfest Fall Sale and Blog Update

It’s great to start the Fall season with a triumphant event.   Our artwork is now available at 2 Cafe Brazil locations in the North Dallas Area.   You will see our works hanging at the Beltline and Richardson (U.S. 75) locations.

If you’ve never seen a photographic work printed on metal or acrylic before, you really need to go see it for yourself.  It’s an incredible product that really amazing to see.  Our special thanks to both Philip and Jessica the managers who so wisely chose us!  Go, eat, buy art!

Also, we continue to be a force of influence on the Internet. Our posts have appeared on several other design, gardening, and photography e-newsletters over 27 times!

All the while our Facebook and Google+ followers have continued to grow and expand our art across the cyberspace.  But, our Twitter followers have grown to over 1920 with more and more following every day.  Most of these are fellow artists, authors, and interesting entrepreneurs.   If you’re not following us on Facebook or Twitter yet, what’s stopping you?

You should become a Friend of A&A Photographic Arts .   Here’s how:

See! That was easy and we won’t sell your information or flood your box with emails.  We average about twice a week.  Stay tuned for more exciting news in the future.



Labor Day 2014

Labor Day is the last great celebration of Summer in the U.S.   Most schools and colleges have either started their fall programs or are starting next this week.  In Texas,  high school and college football  gets underway and people start looking forward to weather below 100 +degrees or  36 degrees Celsius.   Labor Day is the last great party weekend for people to have a family Bar-B-Que, go camping, or just relax.

So, in that spirit,  I wish everyone a Happy Labor Day.

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