Friday, December 4, 2009

The HVCA Holiday Art Market

The Holiday Art Market contains an amazing collection of many types of art such as paintings, fiber art, basket weaving, photography, and other works from the artists that were exhibiting at the HVCA Arts and Greens on November 20-22th, along with new items as well. Please join us on Sunday, December 6th for the official opening of the market and meet the artists, watch them demonstrate thier talents, and shop while listening to great music. You can also stroll through the Art Shop Gallery while you're there! So come and join us, finish your holiday shopping here with wonderful and unique gifts for everyone at every age on your list! The HVCA Holiday Art Market is open December 1st through the 24th.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Who could resist this face??

This was my first year with the Arts and Greens Holiday Market and it was a great weekend. There were many familiar faces visiting the show and I met some wonderful people. I will definately get involved with this group of talented people! The atmosphere was inviting, with the talented musicians and sparkling Christmas decorations. The owners of Bogie Lake Greenhouse are some of the nicest people as are thier staff! I did very well with my work. There was one particular photograph that many commented on, please meet Chloe in the above photo. She is adorable and many fell in love with her face! I have also been offered to place my work in 2 galleries, this is a good thing!

Well, now to prepare for my next show in 3 weeks......

Monday, November 16, 2009

Arts and Greens Market 2009

2009’s Arts & Greens Holiday Market
Brings The Ultimate Creative Arts Showcase

Award Winning Author Steven Hamilton, live music with Stray Dogs, 40 Artist Booths

Huron Valley Council for the Arts (HVCA) and Bogie Lake Greenhouses, Inc. present Arts and Greens Holiday Market, Friday, Nov 20-Sunday, Nov 22, 2009. 1525 Bogie Lake Road, White Lake, MI. Discover the magic in giving original art this holiday season. Free admission and parking. Handicap accessible, family event. Fri. 5pm-8pm, Sat. 9am-5pm, Sun 10am-5pm. Information at 248-889-8660.
In its fourth year, Arts and Greens takes position as the preeminent Lakes Area holiday shopping experience for buyers seeking exquisite one-of-a-kind art treasures. Jury approval ensures quality, originality, and functionality, making this show a stand-out. Arts and Greens artists, musicians, and authors come from across Michigan and Ohio. Producing work from childrens’ books to historical novels and wearable art to wall art, these top talents represent the region in must-see fashion. Juried artists offer their talents in photography, painting, fine jewelry, handbags, glasswork, accessories, basketry, music, writing, and much more.
HVCA and Bogie Lake Greenhouses offer regional partnering like no other. The festive greenhouse environment highlights our holiday season’s arrival. Who can resist hot mulled cider, live music, wreaths, roping, artistic topiaries, plants, and fabulous art all in one place? Arts and Greens Holiday Market is the premier annual shopping event of Western Oakland County.
Local band “Stray Dogs” accompanies Friday evening’s Early Bird shopping. Detroit’s award winning author of the Alex McKnight mystery series, Steve Hamilton, joins us from his New York home. Mr. Hamilton is the first of several authors to meet during Arts and Greens book signings.
Nick Palise of “Sovereign Blues” and “Dr. Pocket” conducts Saturday’s TUBACHRISTMAS holiday tuba concert and guest sing-along. Doug and Beverly Larson share alternative folk Christmas music. Guitarists Gary Weisenburg and Mary Ann Murphy perform while authors Mike Willihnganz, “Sand Wedge: A Family History of China”, and Glen Ruggles, “Elk Rapids, the First One Hundred Years,” greet and sign. Illustrator Donna Pellegata signs “The Harp Mouse Chooses Her Home.” The book’s author,Diane E Dunn signs Sunday. Holiday greens and craft workshops are lead by Bogie Lake Greenhouse personnel and participating artists.
Spring Mills Elementary students provide Sunday’s Empty Bowls pottery. For a donation, enjoy a light lunch and take home the bowl you choose. Empty Bowls proceeds support Highland based Community Sharing Outreach Center. The afternoon features Spring Mills’ choir MORE prior to Susanne Vergeldt’s live fiddle tunes. Signing authors are Linda Robinson, “Chantepleure” and Diane Dunn, “The Harp Mouse Finds Her Home.” Craft workshops are available.
Your Arts and Greens purchases support our region’s economy while making you the star of your own show. No one will bring what you bring. An event for the entire family, Arts and Greens Holiday Market has something for everyone to admire and desire. Let regional style inspire your holiday gifting. We’ll keep the cider hot and see you Nov. 20-22.

Event Schedule
Friday 5pm-8pm: Opening Reception, Early Bird Shopping, Stray Dogs.
5pm-7pm, Author Steve Hamilton

Sat 9am-5pm: Shopping
9am-11am Doug and Beverly Larson
11am- Noon Gary Weisenburg
1pm- Mary Ann Murphy
1pm and 3pm- Holiday greens and crafting workshops
Authors and Illustrator book signing: 9am Mike Willihnganz,
Noon Glen Ruggles, 2pm DonnaPellegata

Sun 10am-5pm: Shopping
11am- Michele Rogers
11:30am-Empty Bowls fund raiser lunch
1pm- Spring Mills Elementary Choir
1pm and 3pm- Holiday greens and crafting workshops
3pm- Susanne Vergeldt
Author book signing: 11am Linda Robinson, 1pm Diane Dunn

Huron Valley Council for the Arts (HVCA), 205 W. Livingston Road, Highland, MI 48357

CONTACT: Leah Ohmer, Executive Director, 248-889-8660, .

Sunday, October 18, 2009 was 28 degrees outside this morning and my furnace has been kicking on lately. It's cold outside but there's not one cloud in the sky! It may just be the perfect fall day to go to the park and take some senior photos.

I've been busy creating some new cards for the art shows that I will be at in November and December. This card that I've posted here isn't a Christmas card, however, a floral image can be used for any holiday or theme. I have going through some of my old photos and have found some nice ones to used for future prints and cards.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

It's October Already?

I'm glad Fall is here, but the time is certainly going by fast! I haven't been on any outings with my camera lately. I may go to the Leelanau Penninsula soon, where besides the beautiful colors up there, is an old fishing village. I'm sure the colors there are in peak and always gorgeous.

Recently, I have received some requests to do photo shoots for senior photos. This will be good as I have done a few in the past. What a great thing it is, to be part of a special time in a young adult's life!

I have been researching the different lens types. My future plans include updating my photo equipment and I have received suggestions from fellow photographers on what to purchase, what thier preference is, and what will work best for me and my style. Communicating with fellow photographers is a good thing for me. You can never learn to much. Critiques and comments from them are always appreciated and helpful!

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Welcome to my blog. This is my first post, as this is all new to me. Photography has been a passion of mine for many years and I'm ready to share my experience and my work with others.
Summer was wonderful, a cooler one, but I didn't mind one bit. Went to a few art shows and spoke with fellow photographers. They are all so talented with thier own style. Some were art show veterans and for some, this was thier first year and I must add, they were doing very well!
Autumn is my favorite season, so I will be in my glory soon! Well, as long as we have the fall colors, not too sure about that with the cooler summer we've had in Michigan. I love everything about Autumn, the cool crisp air, you can actually smell a difference in the air! I love apple picking and the pumpkin patches! My goal this fall is to tour lighthouses with the fall colors complimenting them. Hopefully we have some great weather. Regardless, I will have a great Autumn season and I hope everyone reading this does too!