The premier juried art show for eastern Oregon is held in early June of each year in beautiful Joseph, Oregon. To enter this show, prospective entries must be submitted and approved by the Wallowa Art Council. If one makes it past this screening process, then the art is judged by a professional art judge after all of the pieces have been hung in the judging hall in Joseph, Oregon. I submitted 3 photographs for consideration and all three were chosen to be entered. I was elated because I had never entered this show before and did not really know what they would be looking for. Two of my entries received recognition. I was the only photographer that had more than one entry recognized. I felt really humbled because I was among some really good photographers who had some very beautiful work entered. The following pieces were chosen:
- Painted By An Angel — Second Place — Photography
- Painted By An Angel — People’s Choice
- Two’s A Crowd — Honorable Mention
The Dana Gallery, located in Missoula, Montana, holds a juried art show each May. Their primary focus is hand painted art, but a few photographers make it into the final cut. This was the first time that I had ever attempted to enter into this show. Out of 1200 entries, around 250 were chosen for the show. I submitted three pieces for consideration and my “Last Train To Durango” was selected for the show. I was excited because major art magazines and art suppliers were sponsors of the show and had representatives present for the show. This was definitely a step up in my art career, to be showing among very skilled and prestigious artists.!
The Dark Room Gallery, located in Essex Junction, Vermont, hosts a different photographic art show each month. Hopeful participants can apply online. Upwards of 1,000 entries from throughout the world is common for their shows. My piece entitled “Bent” was selected to be in the Black and White show held in May of 2015. I took this image in a slot canyon located in northern Arizona. This was my second visit to the slot canyons and I had learned how to control the high contrast environment….by not shooting directly into the sun.! I think that converting these highly colorful slot canyon images to b&w adds a whole new way of looking at the canyon and the additional subtleties of shadow and light detail that is emphasized. I feel honored to have this image selected for the “Black and White” gallery at the Dark Room.
Central Idaho Art Association annual show held in Kamiah, Idaho, showcases Association members art. The community of Kamiah votes on their favorite art piece of the show. This year, (September, 2014), my photograph entitled “Land Before Time” was chosen for People’s Choice Favorite. There were over 60 entries in the show. This photograph was taken in Zion National Park in the Fall of 2013.
Land Before Time