Havana : Solo exhibition at La Valencia February 15

Hello wanderers! 

I so hope I will see you the opening of my solo exhibition at La Valencia.  The work will be on view for many weeks but it would be wonderful to see your face and share some wine and cheese.  Here are the details. 

Thursday, February 15 in the evening.  Time 5-7pm
La Valencia Hotel 1132 Prospect St, La Jolla, CA 92037
A wine and cheese reception will be held in the patio.
New limited edition work inspired by a recent trip to Havana Cuba. 
"There’s a joy in rediscovering an old friend.  I intuitively walked around the city hunting and collecting abstract patterns and motifs and small passages of time.  I love the mystery of what is behind the next corner.  I left the city transformed and my greatest is hope is that one day there will be much more of an exchange between our two countries and we will be great neighbors."

“Women in Photography; Our Visual Voice.” Group exhibition in San Diego

Hello wanderers!!

I wanted to let you know that I'm in a group show with 50 other San Diego women photographers.  I hope you can make it to our opening reception.  =)

Opening Reception for Visual Voice Photography Exhibit
Friday, February 9 at 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Luxe Gallery 1081 16TH ST, SAN DIEGO, CA 92101 (5th Floor)
Professional Photography has long been an industry dominated by men and we wish to show the evolution of the field and portray it’s current trends. We are celebrating women in photography by displaying beautiful samples of a variety of work in a photographic exhibit entitled, “Women in Photography; Our Visual Voice.” 

Join us for the show opening! This is a collaboration between San Diego Women in Photography, The Luxe Gallery of Photography at San Diego City College, Nelson's Photographic Supplies, and Miller's Professional Imaging. 

50 PHOTOGRAPHERS FEATURED
You can visit the gallery anytime from 2/9/18-3/8/18. The show is an excellent kickoff to 2018's National Women's History Month (March). The theme of which is NEVERTHELESS SHE PERSISTED. 

Photo credit Maryanne McGuire my partner in crime =)

Palm Springs Photo Festival : Julie Blackmon

“[...]the only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars and in the middle you see the blue centerlight pop and everybody goes “Awww!”"

Julie Blackmon is one of the mad ones.  She's kind and brilliant.  I love how her mind can create such layered stories.  I've admired her for so long and it was a dream come true to take a workshop from her.   I had wanted to take Julie's class last year and we couldn't quite fit it in the schedule.  So finally at long last I was sitting in the courtyard of the Korakia with a handful of other artists and Julie.  

Julie is a fine art portrait artist and I would say her work can best be described as a satirical look at domestic life in the midwest.  She draws inspiration from so many painters and places it was so nice to get to be in her brain and see how she creates her magic.  I hope some of her magic rubs off on me and adds a new ingredient to my creative vision.  Isn't that what we are all really looking for?  I know I'm always looking to add color, movement, a new sense of time and space to my work.  She's really inspired by 17th Century Dutch and Flemish paintings of domestic life.  My photographic journey has always been fueled by paintings as well, mostly Expressionism, Abstract Expressionism, and the Bay Area Figurative Movement. I think our shared love of paintings is one of the things that makes her work so compelling to me.  As a teacher she's laid back and cool and really open to sharing her process with us.  She has a beautiful color palette and a certain optimism that I'm drawn to. If you are thinking of taking a workshop I would highly suggest Julie's.  The class also came with the added bonus of meeting some really cool photographers.  The critiques were a lot of fun, I loved seeing everyone's work.  I left wanting to shoot every single day and not wanting to do any adulting - only fun.  If I'm honest it took me a few days to find my balance again ha ha.

 Here are a few of my impressions of Julie Blackmon's class Day 1 at the Palm Springs Photo Festival.

xoxo Suzanne