Photographs by Rip Smith and Wood Sculpture by Joe Bourgeios

•September 28, 2016 • Leave a Comment

Washington Street Artists’ Cooperative in Charles Town presents a selection of photographs by Rip Smith from his September, 2015 trip over 6,600 miles through 12 states. Complimenting Rip’s photographs will be a selection of wood sculptures by wood working artist and furniture designer Joe Bourgeois. Meet the artists at a reception on Friday, October 7 from 6-8pm.

The exhibit includes a selection of photographs from the 2015 edition of the “Abandoned Farms of North Dakota” plus other images from North and South Dakota, Montana, and Wyoming. Rip says “It was impossible to capture everything I wanted to on a three week trip. But it was an exploration and the images amounted to some extent as visual note-taking to remind me of places I want to go back to.”

The exhibit will be on display September 28 through October 23 in the Fire Hall Gallery at the Charles Town Visitors’ Center, 108 North George Street in Charles Town. Open hours are M-S 10-5, Sun 1-4. Hours for the Washington Street Artists’ Cooperative are Thu-Sat 12-5 and sun 1-4.

New Juried Opportunities

•July 21, 2016 • Comments Off on New Juried Opportunities

Friends,

It’s an indication about how negligent I have been with this blog that I have had two images selected in juried exhibits in the last few months but have not announced anything here. So just to bring the record up to date I am pleased to report that my image “Rural Delivery” was selected in the Allegany Arts Council national juried photography exhibit, which was juried by Steven Perloff, publisher of the “Photo Review”.

"Rural Delivery" Wyoming September 2015

“Rural Delivery”, Wyoming, September 2015

And maybe the best news was that this print was sold out of the exhibit. Sometimes it works!

Also the image “Keystone, McDowell County, West Virginia” was selected for Tamarack’s annual “Best of West Virginia” exhibit. The exhibit is currently on display through August 7 in the David L. Dickirson Fine Art Gallery at Tamarack in Beckley, West Virginia.

Keystone, McDowell County, WV, 2015

“Keystone”, McDowell County, WV, September 2015

This image was from one of my visits to McDowell County, where I have sought to capture something of the environment deep in coal country. I have been in search of some understanding of the conditions in that area with the goal of finding a story that I might tell with my photographs.


Note on Upcoming Exhibit

The image, “Rural Delivery” is from my September 2015 road trip that took me 6,600 miles through 12 states in three weeks.

It will be included in my upcoming exhibit scheduled for October in the Fire Hall Gallery in Charles Town. Specific dates and times will be forthcoming in a future blog post (I promise!)

I have only put a few of the images out so the work in this exhibit will be mostly fresh but you can see a preview of some of the images if you click on the category “Road Trip September 2015”. All of these images were processed on my laptop from various hotels along the way so they are very preliminary. But they’ll give you an idea of some of the wonderful things I saw and photographed.

Berkeley Arts Council Members’ Exhibit

•July 21, 2016 • Comments Off on Berkeley Arts Council Members’ Exhibit

I prepared two prints for the Berkeley Arts Council Members’ Exhibit that will be shown at the Berkeley Art Works, 116 North Queen Street in Martinsburg, from January 13 – February 6. The images were captured in an abandoned farmhouse in North Dakota last September during the 2015 edition of Tillman Crane’s “Spirit of Structure” North Dakota workshop.

"Coat and Pitchfork"

“Coat and Pitchfork”

"Orange Shoes"

“Orange Shoes”

This post was drafted in January but with all of the activities going on I forgot to post it!

Doh!

But I’m putting it out for any comments that might be coming.

Catching up …

•July 13, 2016 • 1 Comment

It’s an indication about how negligent I have been with this blog that I have had two images selected in juried exhibits in the last few months. So just to bring the record up to date I am pleased to report that my image “Rural Delivery” was selected in the Allegany Arts Council national juried photography exhibit, which was juried by Steven Perloff, publisher of the “Photo Review”.

 

And maybe the best news was that this print was sold out of the exhibit. Sometimes it works!

Also the image “Keystone, McDowell County, West Virginia” was selected for Tamarack’s annual “Best of West Virginia” exhibit. The exhibit is currently on display through August 7 in the David L. Dickirson Fine Art Gallery at Tamarack in Beckley, West Virginia.

 

This image was from one of my visits to McDowell County, where I have sought to capture something of the environment of the deep coal country.

 

Cumberland Valley Photographic Salon

•January 8, 2016 • Comments Off on Cumberland Valley Photographic Salon

Today I was pleased to be delivering a print that was accepted by Juror Baldwin Lee for the 81st Cumberland Valley Photographic Salon opening January 24 at the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts in Hagerstown.

A print of this image was also accepted in the 2014 Biennial Competition of the West Virginia Art and Craft Guild.

"A Sure Sign of Summer"

“A Sure Sign of Summer”

Photo Club Exhibit in Charles Town

•December 31, 2015 • Comments Off on Photo Club Exhibit in Charles Town

The other day I delivered two prints for the Jefferson County Photography Club exhibit that is being hosted at the 4 State Real Estate office at 133 West Washington Street in Charles Town. They have installed hanging hardware and excellent lighting to turn the office into a gallery.

The images are from my morning photographing at the Lanaconing Silk Mill in Lanaconing, Maryland. I’ve posted these images on here some months ago but if you would like to see prints, drop in on the exhibit and also see some fine work by other members of the JCPC.

"September 1957"

“September 1957”

“Grant Gear Works”

 

Holiday Wishes to All

•December 23, 2015 • 1 Comment

 
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