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Local Community Art Show Winner

One of the key ventures that any thriving town government easily supports is the local community art show.   One small town north of Clearwater, Florida understands the importance that art plays in their community and it’s development.

I believe that it’s possible to know how successful a city is by the way it treats artists.  Artists support art galleries, and vice versa.  However, galleries tend to attract city visitors and tourists looking for a better souvenir than a t-shirt of refrigerator magnet.

New Port Richey

Recently, The City of New Port Richey hosted the Fourth Annual Community Art Show during the month of August at the Susan Dillinger Art Gallery in  New Port Richey City Hall.

Local artists submit their works for approval to hang in the show and then anxiously wait a month as the City encourages citizens to come to City Hall and cast a vote for their favorite art.

There is an award presentation hosted by Judy Meyers the City Clerk and the Mayor Rob Marlowe.  There are no submission fees nor any cash prizes. It’s not that kind of show.

It’s about the local government recognizing the talents of local artists and claiming them as an important part of the city’s landscape.

The Art Show Awards

American Oystercatcher art show
American Oystercatcher

Although our gallery has headquarters in Dallas, Texas,  I live in Florida and for the second year I’ve taken part as an artist in the New Port Richey Art Show.  Last year I entered “American Oystercatcher” and happily won a 1st place ribbon.

 

Award for “Cat Nap”

This year I followed up that win with a coveted People’s Choice!

People's Choice Art Show Award
People’s Choice Award for “Cat Nap”.

This female albino tiger had just had breakfast when she decided to do that most cat-like activity.   Cat nap.  Normally,  I’d want to keep a tiger picture in its original color form.  If for no other reason than to keep that classic tiger look.  However,  since she was an albino,  I felt

Cat Nap Art Show
Cat Nap

that the impact of a black and white format would be much more visually appealing.

 

Coming Soon: Opportunities with Animals

We are so excited to announce our new upcoming show.

The show, titled Opportunities with Animals, will be on display June 1, 2015 – June 14, 2015.

This solo artist show will display the photographic artwork of Andrew Chianese and his artistic view of the natural world of animals.

The works presented will share a curated theme of the grace and emotive expressions of various animals Andrew has had the fortune of capturing through his lens. .

Join us on Monday for the launching of this online show.

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Have a Great Memorial Day

It’s Memorial Day weekend.   As a kid, this weekend not only meant great food.  It also meant the ending of school and the unofficial start of summer.

Summer means art and we are putting the final touches on a new show starting in June.  look for future updates and more details soon.

Why not start your own artistic journey ?  Sign up to be a friend of A&A Photographic Arts today!

 

Waiting for Vacation
Waiting for Vacation

Richardson Cafe Brazil Restaurant Elevates Meals with Gallery Art

Some days you just have to sound your own horn.   So when an exciting opportunity to view and acquire genuine gallery artworks at one of Richardson’s favorite restaurants happens, we just have to let you know.

Trumpets of Glory
Trumpets of Glory

A&A Photographic Arts has recently expanded our relationship with the Cafe Brazil restaurant on U.S. 75 in Richardson, TX.

The restaurant has recently acquired 8 different photographic works from A&A Photographic Arts. The pictures are now on display and share an eclectic view of the natural world around us. Works include Texas and New Mexico landscapes, and scenes from a local garden. All of the pieces are available to the public for purchase.

We have produced many of the pictures on pieces of

works on display
Iphone pic of recent works on display

aluminum that give the color and tone of the scene a chance to really stand out. The metal surface allows for the light to reflect and enhance the picture in a way that cannot be duplicated with canvas or traditional framing. This allows for crisp and bright colors in the image while maintaining the pure blacks and darker colors that denote exceptional quality.

The vision behind the recent works on display is to take the ordinary natural world people see around them and provide a channel for them to experience photography on a whole new level. Each picture produces a renewed sense of wonderment and awe of the everyday beauty we take for granted everyday.

Our goal is to provide quality art to the public by promoting the role of the photographic arts in the fine arts.  The recent expansion of our works into Richardson’s Cafe Brazil restaurant will provide patrons with the unique opportunity of acquiring fine photographic art while  enjoying a great meal.

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What’s Really Happening With Animal Photography? Part 1

There is little doubt that animal photography is one of the most celebrated forms of photography found in the world today. The sheer number of photographs of pets and other animals is astounding. Most people don’t think too much of taking a picture of their pet, but for the photographic artist however, taking pictures of the animals leads to some unique challenges.

The biggest challenge the artist faces is giving their personal vision to their work. The basic problem is the science involved with taking a picture means that I as the photographer must use the light that is available to me. While a painter or sketch artist can change the color and lines of their subject to suit their whim, a photographer must change his equipment to suit the conditions.

Pink Feathers
I had to set my camera settings correctly to get just the right amount of light for these feathers.

While I can change the amount of the type and angle and intensity of light using a studio and various filters and equipment, the result is still a picture that can only accurately represents the lighting conditions that existed at that moment you release the shutter. That is the unavoidable science behind every picture.

So, let’s take a moment to deal with the inherent challenges of the aesthetic aspect.   Why is this so much more of a challenge in particular to the natural photographer? Well, often times our subjects are living animals. These animals tend to have a will and conscience of their own and we often cannot control their actions.

For instance, if I take a picture of a dog in my studio looking at me, it is because the dog show an interest in me. I’m human and the dog wants to play or petted or given a treat.  However, as cat owners would generally agree, if I were to take a picture of a cat, the cat might look at me, or not at all.  Because,  while the dog wants your attention, the cat could care less.  After all, there is a reason the famous behaviorist Pavlov chose to use dogs and not cats.  It’s up to the individual animal and their temperament.

Socksy the Chiuahua
By looking to the side, the dog is showing action. She sees something we can’t.

So, you might think that taking a picture of that same dog is easy. Or, at least easier than the cat.  In a controlled environment like a studio with a friendly dog and maybe a handler I would agree. But, let’s spice it up a little. To get an artistic vision of your dog, we have to create something unique. A different angle, a new slant on how we can look at your dog.  Do we want to show her teeth? Are we looking for action? Do we want to see how high she can jump? How regal she behaves? Just standing up, putting the camera to my face and clicking away is not going to cut it. The photograph will look bland and unexciting and that is not what we want. We want art.

Ok, so now we’ve made the dog portrait a little more challenging by wanting to add an artistic side to it. Not impossible, mind you but a little more challenging. In the second part of this entry, I’ll explore the hidden challenges that seem to make it only get harder.

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