Gallery Pouches

I’ve come across a relatively new product that I find quite useful for schlepping around framed photographs. Any of you who show in galleries on occasion probably have dealt with the issue of how best to transport a framed print. I know that rewrapping protective paper back around a frame is near impossible for me.

Enter the Gallery Pouch from Frame Destination. It is a simple idea – they make a bubble wrap envelope in pretty much any size you would like, and they put either a Velcro seal or adhesive on the flap. Buy one of these in the right size for your framed print, slide in the frame, and seal if desired. It won’t protect from major impacts, but it will help significantly in preventing the minor damage that is inevitable when you are transporting frames. I chose the cheaper option without Velcro as I normally don’t need to seal mine up so I can’t comment on how well the Velcro works — but I’m pleased with my initial purchase of a few of these and I plan on buying more.

Calls for Entries July 2011

Here are some of the upcoming exhibition opportunities or calls for entry that may be of interest to photographers, particularly those in Maine and New England. This list is certainly not exhaustive and reflects ones (usually) of particular interest to me. As always, please let me know in the comments if you have any other suggestions for this!

“Photography Book Now” competition by Blurb, entries due July 14th.

Critical Mass, registration between June 1st and July 15th. This one is a bit different than most – high entry fee of $75, and if you make the shortlist, you work is sent to 200(!) jurors and you are charged an additional $200.

“Seeing Myself, Seeing Others: The Art of the Portrait” at Vermont’s PhotoPlace Gallery, entries due July 25th.

“All Along the Lee Shore…” by The Nocturnes (the night photography site), entries need to physically arrive by July 30th.

“Dreams”, juried by Aline Smithson, at Ft. Collins, Colorado’s Center for Fine Art Photography, due August 9th.


Maine Media Workshops – lectures and more

It is always a good time of year when Maine Media Workshops, perhaps the most treasured photographic resource of Midcoast Maine, starts getting more active again. They are open all year but not until the summer do all the publicly available lectures and such begin.

First, there is a new lecture series starting entitled Masters of 20th Century Photography. Based on the first two scheduled events, this is going to be a must-see event (even if the timing isn’t optimal for local people with 9-5 jobs). Here’s their description of the first two events:

As an introduction to this lecture series, Jim Hughes and Tim Whelan engage in a lively and wide-ranging conversation about some of the great photographers of the 20th century. Jim is a longtime editor of photo magazines and author of books on photographers. Tim has run a renowned photography bookstore in Rockport for nearly 20 years. This event takes place Monday, June 13, at 4pm in the Union Hall Theatre, 2 Central Street in Rockport.

The second installment of the “Masters of 20th Century Photography” lecture series features Paul Caponigro. Paul Caponigro has had a love of Maine and an affiliation with Maine Media Workshops since it started 38 years ago. This year Paul is being feted by the Farnsworth Art Museum in Rockland with the exhibition Paul Caponigro: The Hidden Presence of Places. At our event, Michael Komanecky, Chief Curator at the Farnsworth, will show highlights of the exhibition and join Tim Whelan in a discussion about this master’s life and work. This event takes place Monday, June 20, at 4pm in the Union Hall Theatre, 2 Central Street in Rockport.

One of my favorite ongoing events is Maine Media’s faculty presentation series, which begins this coming Monday, June 6th, with Norman Mauskopf. The slideshow starts at 7:30 pm at the Union Hall Theatre in Rockport. I’ve seen his presentation before and it is well worthwhile. The Events page has info about this talk as well as future ones throughout the summer.

Maine Media also has a new show up at their gallery and an upcoming open house on June 12th – check out their website for more info on these. Glad to have all this back!

Calls for Entries June 2011

EDIT (June 3rd) – Yikes, I forgot another one, too – B&W + Color magazine single B&W image contest due June 30th. This is a very worthwhile one to enter as well! Their not-particularly-helpful website unfortunately doesn’t reflect this, but you can contact them or look in a recent issue to find out more.

Here are some of the upcoming exhibition opportunities or calls for entry that may be of interest to photographers, particularly those in Maine and New England. Please let me know in the comments if you have any other suggestions for this!

“Say It With Color” at Lewiston’s Gallery 5, entries due June 5th.

“Art in Nature”, juried by wildlife photographer extraordinaire Nick Brandt, at Ft. Collins, Colorado’s Center for Fine Art Photography, due June 8th.

Photo Center NW’s 16th Annual Photo Exhibition Competition, entries now due June 11th (extended deadline).

“Poetry of Shadows” at Vermont’s PhotoPlace Gallery, entries due June 27th.

Critical Mass, registration between June 1st and July 15th. This one is a bit different than most – high entry fee of $75, and if you make the shortlist, you work is sent to 200(!) jurors and you are charged an additional $200.

Edit: I neglected to mention the Hey, Hot Shot! competition, entries due June 22nd.

 

Calls for Entries May 2011

Here are some of the upcoming exhibition opportunities or calls for entry that may be of interest to photographers, particularly those in Maine and New England. It is another light month and this list is national rather than regional in scope. All three of these shows should be highly competitive but worth the effort and expense. Please let me know in the comments if you have any other suggestions for this!

Photo Center NW’s 16th Annual Photo Exhibition Competition, entries due May 14th.

The Art of Photography Show, a big show out in San Diego, with entries due May 17th.

Photo Review International Photography Competition will be juried by Robert Mann, Director of the Robert Mann Gallery, with a show at The University of the Arts, Philadelphia. Entries due May 31st.

 

Calls for Entries April 2011

Here are some of the upcoming exhibition opportunities or calls for entry that may be of interest to photographers, particularly those in Maine and New England. There aren’t as many that are on my radar as usual this month. Please let me know in the comments if you have any other suggestions for this!

Black & White, Center for Fine Art Photography in lovely Colorado – due date of Apr. 5th (note that this is different than I said last month – either they changed it or I made a mistake).

Dreams, Center for Fine Art Photography in Colorado – due April 27th.

Stormy Weather, Vermont PhotoPlace Gallery, May 2nd.

Gallery 5 in Lewiston and there first annual Through the Lens competition, due April 24th.

And, while not a call for entries per se, the New England Portfolio Reviews at BU are coming up. They are May 6th-7th in Boston – I’m pretty sure I’ll be heading down for this.

Calls for Entries March 2011

As of the beginning of March, here are many of the upcoming exhibition opportunities or calls for entry that may be of interest to photographers, particularly those in Maine and New England. A few are repeated from last month as we are now coming up on the due date. Let me know if you have any other suggestions for this!

Penobscot Marine Museum Art of the Boat contest – entries due Mar. 15th.

Black & White, Center for Fine Art Photography in lovely Colorado – early due date of Mar 21 and final deadline of Apr. 23rd.

PhotoPlace Open, Vermont PhotoPlace Gallery, Mar. 28th.

Art of the Northeast USA at Silvermine Guild in New Canaan, CT – entries due Mar. 31st. Make sure you check out the requirements here, in particular the need to bring your work in person if you make it to the semis.

Griffin Museum of Photography Juried Exhibition, entries due Mar. 31.

Color Magazine Portfolio contest, due March 31st.

Gallery 5 in Lewiston and there first annual Through the Lens competition, due April 24th.

Photography Shows Across Maine

I’ve been thinking about doing a post on all the photography shows that are currently up in Maine and Heather Frederick saved me some time – her post on current and upcoming Maine photography exhibtions will tell you pretty much all you need to know. There are a number of those shows that I have not yet seen, so I look forward to a Portland trip to fill in those gaps. It is a pleasant surprise to see how many fine art photography exhibitions you can see during February in Maine.

And, in one of the shows not listed there, Gallery 5’s show in Lewiston can now be seen online – check it out when you get a chance as there is some very nice work in the show.

Calls for Entries February 2011

In what is becoming a monthly posting, I’m listing here many of the upcoming exhibition opportunities or calls for entry that I am considering for this month. A few are repeated from last month as we are coming up on the due date – I’m also trying to list them in chronological order based on due date. My hope is that these will be useful for photographers and other artists, particularly those in Maine and New England. Let me know if you have any other suggestions for this!

Vermont PhotoPlace Gallery – The Language of Light, absolute deadline of Feb. 7th

Santa Fe Workshops – new call for entries for photographs about “Light” (these first two are pretty broad, I’d say) – win a free workshop and other goodies, early submission deadline of Feb. 19th.

Photo Techniques Magazine “The Photographic Experience” Call for Entries, due Feb. 28th.

Vermont PhotoPlace Gallery – Black & White, deadline of Feb. 28th.

Penobscot Marine Museum Art of the Boat contest – entries due Mar. 15th.

Art of the Northeast USA at Silvermine Guild in New Canaan, CT – entries due Mar. 31st.

Griffin Museum of Photography Juried Exhibition, entries due Mar. 31 – another very good one.

Color Magazine Portfolio contest, due March 31st. Their website of course doesn’t have info on this, so check out a recent B&W or Color Magazine for details.

And lastly, this one from Åarhus Gallery is not juried but always fun (and for a good cause) for anyone within 30 miles of Belfast, ME:

CALL FOR ART

3rd Annual “44N 69W: Radius Belfast”

to Benefit Local Food Pantries

Radius

Åarhus Gallery once again, toasts our vast creative community by opening its walls to Maine residents of any age or training, living within a thirty mile radius of Belfast, to show their stuff – artwork, that is – in our all-encompassing 3rd Annual show entitled “44N 69W: Radius Belfast”. From potters, painters, and welders to musicians, knitters and mobile makers, all work falling within the gallery’s fairly liberal view of ‘decency’ will be presented on the walls, floor, or ceiling, as the case may be.

  • Works in all media or size are eligible and preferably for sale.
  • Please have work ready to hang; picture wires or sawtooth hangers properly affixed to work, sculpture pedestals can be made available.
  • Work must have been made in the last year by any resident living within 30 miles of Belfast (as the crow flies).
  • Deliver work to Åarhus Gallery, February 24th-27th, 11am-4pm.
  • Sorry, no mail entries can be accepted.
  • Unsold work must be picked up March 31st through April 3rd. One entry per person, all works will be shown (within our discretion)
  • There is a $5 entry fee, which will be donated entirely to local food banks.
  • Sales: Artists will receive 50% and Aarhus Gallery will donate 20% of total sales from the show to Food Banks within a 30 mile radius of Belfast.

An Opening Reception will be held Friday March 4th, 5-8pm. The show runs from March 3rd through March 27th 2011.

Åarhus Gallery is located at 50 Main Street, Belfast and open Thursday-Sunday 11am-4pm. Call 207-338-0001 during business hours for more information.

Calls for Entry Jan 2011

If one of your New Year’s resolutions is to get your photography out in the world, a few upcoming calls for entry might be just the thing you need to jumpstart your marketing efforts. I sometimes have mixed feelings about these sort of contests as some seem to be focused more on making money from photographers than any other purpose, but they are what they are. You have to look at the entry fees, judges, and expected benefits if you are selected (and don’t forget to look for onerous rights grabs by the contest organizers) to determine whether it is worth it for you.

All that being said, here are a few upcoming exhibits/shows/etc. that I am personally considering:

UPDATE (1/3/11) – I neglected to mention the Griffin Museum of Photography Juried Exhibition, entries due Mar. 31 – another very good one.

Univ. of Maine Museum of Art Photo National 2011 – move fast as your physical prints need to be there by this Friday, December 10th. This should be a great show and I’m definitely going to submit to this one myself.

Color Magazine Portfolio contest, due March 31st. Their website of course doesn’t have info on this, so check out a recent B&W or Color Magazine for details.

Penobscot Marine Museum Art of the Boat contest – entries due Mar. 15th. This looks like it could end up being a pretty interesting show.

Photo Techniques Magazine “The Photographic Experience” Call for Entries, due Feb. 28th.

Any of the upcoming contests sponsored by Vermont’s PhotoPlace Gallery…next one is due January 10th but they have them about every month or two on the average. One wonderful thing about this gallery is that you can significantly reduce costs by utilizing their framing service – basically, if you send them a standard size print, they will frame it for free for the duration of the show.

Lewiston’s Gallery 5 has a series of contests open to photographers, including an upcoming still life show due Feb. 6th and a Photography Competition with entries due Apr. 24th.

Boothbay Harbor’s Maine Photography Show is now accepting entries for this increasingly popular show – entries are due by February 1st.

And last, but not least, Santa Fe’s CENTER has their contests, including its prestigious juried portfolio review, with entries due Jan. 27th.

Something for everyone…let me know if you know of something that should be added to the list!