Various & Sundry, July 4th Edition

"Pyrotechnic #128", Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
“Pyrotechnic #128”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.

July! It is hard to believe that June has passed already…Fireworks are on many people’s mind here in the United States because of the upcoming July 4th holiday, so I thought that I’d mention here that I’ve updated my Pyrotechnic portfolio quite a bit over the last few months, and you can see many new Pyrotechnic images on my website. Thank you also to blogger extraordinaire Elin Spring, who today featured my photographs on her July 4th post!

And if you are already tired of fireworks and are in the mood for moons instead, I just posted three new photographs from May’s full moon on my site, too.

For those of you who are fine art photographers in New England, the Griffin Museum is hosting this year’s New England Portfolio Reviews in a few weeks on July 18th-19th. There are many great reviewers and also a significant amount of educational presentations, too, that are available even to people who are not seeking reviews of their work. I’ve gone in the past and have had great results, but I can’t go this year because of scheduling conflicts.

I have a few current and upcoming exhibitions I’ve noted on my News page of my website, including the current VoxPhotographs exhibition that includes seven of my Pyrotechnic images and the upcoming exhibition at the MDI Biological Laboratories that includes four of my Pyrotechnic series. You can also find my work this summer at Shaw’s Contemporary Jewelry in Northeast Harbor as well as the Kingman Gallery in Deer Isle.

On The Paper Chase, my fine art printing blog, I just posted about upcoming solo exhibitions in July for three Nickelson Editions clients, Linden Frederick, Lynn Karlin, & Terry Hire. I do my best to post there about client shows, so if you have any please send information about them along.

For those of you in midcoast Maine, the summer session for the Maine Media Workshops is in full swing, and one thing I really love there is the nighttime slideshow presentations by visiting photographers. These presentations are open to the public — you can see upcoming ones here, which include photographers such as Sam Abell and Joyce Tenneson as well as many others.

Portfolio Walk this weekend at Boston’s 555 Gallery

"Kindly Moon II", Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
“Kindly Moon II”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.

For those of you in Massachusetts, I’ll be one of the photographer’s hosting a portfolio “walk” at Boston’s 555 Gallery this weekend. This portfolio walk is for The Personal Portfolio, the current exhibition at the gallery, and will be from 2-5 pm on Saturday May 30th. I’ll be going through my Pyrotechnic and Adventures in Celestial Mechanics portfolios.

The current exhibition includes work from all of the gallery artists, and I’ll be joined by 3 or 4 other photographers as well. It should be a great chance to review portfolios with the artists and to see the wide breadth of work that available at the gallery. Hope to see you there!

…and if you can’t make it this weekend, there are a number of other portfolio walks scheduled with other artists, and the exhibition itself extends until June 20th.

555 Reception Canceled, Your 2014 Favorites, & PhoPa opening

"Rice Moon I", Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
“Rice Moon I”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.

Due to severe snow-related parking shortages for any sort of big nighttime event and more predicted snow coming, the reception and artist talk scheduled for tomorrow night at 555 Gallery has been canceled. In happier news, the show has been extended until February 25th, so there is still time to see the exhibition.

I also wanted to mentioned that tonight, February 6th, there is an opening at Portland’s PhoPa Gallery at 5 pm for the “Inside/Out” Exhibition. This exhibition is curated by Susan Danly and includes three Nickelson Edition clients (Sarah Szwajkos, Thomas Birtwistle, and Jeffery Becton).

Thanks to everyone who has sent me their favorite photograph from 2014! If you’d like to be including in my upcoming post of reader favorite photographs, please send me a jpeg file and link by the end of this coming weekend.

Under Astral Skies at 555 Gallery in Boston now open

"Pyrotechnic #100", Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
“Pyrotechnic #100”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.

After a very enjoyable New Years Eve preview party, the Under Astral Skies exhibition is now officially underway! The exhibition extends to February 14th at Boston’s 555 Gallery and I’d love for you to check it out. (and if you do, let me know what you think!)

Elin Spring just posted the first review of show this morning on her blog (her blog is a must-read for anyone interested in photography shows throughout New England).

Photographs from both my Pyrotechnic and Adventures in Celestial Mechanics, as well as the work of three other photographers, are included in the exhibition.

The 555 Gallery is rapidly becoming an essential destination in New England’s photography scene and I’m proud to be with the gallery now. You can read a bit about the gallery in this blog post from this morning by Neal Rantoul.

I took a few photographs before the preview party…you’ll note the decorations all about for the New Years Eve party — I have to remember to go back and get installation shots without bottles of champagne and streamers prominently included. I love in particular how the full moon photographs work with that dark gray wall…



555 Gallery Under Astral Skies Exhibition

"Pyrotechnic #131", Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
“Pyrotechnic #131”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.

I’m incredibly excited about my upcoming exhibition at Boston’s 555 Gallery. 555 Gallery is a great new contemporary fine art photography gallery in the up-and-coming South Boston area. The exhibition opens with a fancy ticketed preview party on New Years Eve (9-12 pm), and then is open during the gallery’s regular hours through February 14th. There will be a reception and artist talk on February 7th — stay tuned for more details!

The exhibition is entitled “Under Astral Skies” and will feature quite a bit of new work from both my Pyrotechnic and Adventures in Celestial Mechanics projects. I’ll have a total of 3 36″x36″ and 9 24″x24″ Pyrotechnic pieces and 6 16″x16″ of my full moon pieces. This is my biggest exhibition to date in terms of the number and size of the pieces, and I’d say about 75% of the work on display is new work that has never been previously exhibited.

The exhibition also includes the work of Amy Friend, Corinne Schultz, and Christopher Wright. I can’t wait to see the work of the other artists.

So, if you are in the Boston area, I’d love for you to check out this great new gallery and the exhibition, and if you do please let me know what you think!


Adventures Exhibit at Maine Audubon in Falmouth

"Dancing Moon I", Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
“Dancing Moon I”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.

I’m very pleased to announce that I just hung a solo exhibit of my Adventures in Celestial Mechanics full moon series at the Maine Audubon headquarters in Falmouth.

The exhibit is up until about August 6th (I’m still finalizing this aspect — it could end a few days earlier). There are 7 24″x24″ images and 3 8″x8″ images in the show. It is a lovely preserve, too, so I highly recommend checking out the entire Gilsland Farm complex.

Kingman Gallery Opening in Deer Isle

A brand new photography gallery called the Kingman Gallery is opening this weekend up in Deer Isle . The gallery is photography-only and includes ten fine art photographers, including myself and friends/clients Jane Yudelman, Terry Hire, Lynn Karlin, Thomas Birtwistle, Dave Wade, John Kelly, and Susan Davens.

The opening reception is this Sunday, May 25th, from 2-5 pm…hope to see you there! The address is 117 Center District Crossroad (corner of 15a), Deer Isle, Maine.


Wallwork Gallery Opening and shows all over

"Montpelier #3", Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
“Montpelier #3”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.

As spring slowly — very slowly — approaches here in Maine, there are quite a few shows opening up this weekend. Heather Frederick of VoxPhotographs just posted her list of photography shows in Maine and beyond Maine.

My work is in a show opening up at the lovely Wallwork Gallery in Rockport, with an opening reception and wine tasting from 4-7 pm on Saturday, May 3rd. The exhibition includes work from eight photographers all taken on a single day at the unique Montpelier (a/k/a the Knox Mansion). It should be a great show and I look forward to seeing all the different work on display.

Artist Talk March 1st & a Moon Haiku

"Dark Moon", Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
“Dark Moon”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.

As a reminder, my solo exhibition at the Maine Media Gallery in Rockport ends tomorrow, March 1st. The exhibition is entitled Adventures in Celestial Mechanics and encompasses my photographs of the full moon from various locations in the Maine landscape. The reception and artist talk will start at 4 pm — hope to see many of you there!

My daughter learned about haikus recently in her second grade class and wrote a haiku to go along with my photograph that leads this post…here is her poem:

Copyright Eliza Nickelson.
Copyright Eliza Nickelson.

Adventures in Celestial Mechanics Exhibition

"Dancing Moon I", Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
“Dancing Moon I”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.

I’m very pleased to announce that my Adventures in Celestial Mechanics series is on exhibit at the Maine Media Gallery in Rockport, ME. This solo exhibition extends until March 1st, which is also when we’ll have an artist talk and closing reception starting at 4 pm.

The gallery hours are a bit limited this time of year but right now the gallery is open Wed. and Thursday 1-5 pm, and may be open soon on Fridays and/or Saturdays as well.

Let me know what you think if you make it by, and hope to see you at the closing reception!