August 23, 2017

Solar Eclipse

Filed under: A few things... — Frank @ 8:32 pm

I spent much of the afternoon of August 21 at Observatory Park in Geauga County. For those who are not aware, Observatory Park is a unique county park that includes two observatories, a planetarium, a seismic station and numerous permanent astronomy exhibits. The park is situated on land in Huntsburg Township that was donated to the Geauga Park District and was built almost entirely with donated funds raised by the Foundation for Geauga Parks.

The main observatory houses a twenty-four inch Newtonian reflector telescope and the Park District also has several smaller telescopes available for use by the public. Just last week the Park District held a grand opening for the second observatory building—the former Nassau Station Observatory which was owned by Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland. This much larger building now houses a space museum as well as the newly refurbished thirty-six inch Schmidt Cassegrain reflecting telescope which was built in the 1950’s by Warner & Swasey of Cleveland.

As a photographer, given that the eclipse in northern Ohio was only about 80%, what was happening on the ground was at least as interesting as what was happening in the sky. The eclipse was exciting, but I’ve seen partial eclipses before (and the one in 1994 was way better!) so it was not so spectacular. However, I was surrounded by several thousand other eclipse viewers many of whom had never seen one. Their enthusiasm and curiosity was contagious. The park staff did a great job of creating viewing stations including telescopes with solar viewing adapters, mirror projection devices and, of course, the planetarium show.

The next eclipse in Ohio will be in 2024—and it will be TOTAL! Looking forward to that one. And I have only two spare bedrooms, so any out of town friends should get their reservations in soon.


March 24, 2017

Prints for Cynthia Gale

Filed under: A few things... — Frank @ 4:35 pm

I recently made a series of prints for internationally known local artist, Cynthia Gale. The prints are reproductions of several of her original drawings. They are available at her gallery, All Matters Gallery, in Chagrin Falls.

The images are printed on an elegant rice paper that complements the delicate pencil strokes she used to capture the  textures of the feathers and driftwood branches that are the subjects of the drawings. This was a serious challenge to create accurate scans of the drawings and print them in a way that reproduces the delicacy and surface texture of the pencil strokes. 


March 2, 2017

FAVA Juried Photography Biennial

Filed under: And another thing... — Frank @ 4:23 pm

Two of my prints have been accepted into the 2017 Juried Photography Biennial Exhibition Sponsored by the Firelands Association for the Visual Arts in Oberlin, Ohio. One print received the special Juror’s Award! I’m pretty excited about this. This is the same print that was rejected by the Lakeland College May Show last year. Just goes to show you that one juror’s opinion is just that. Also, it’s nice to see that persistence pays off, at least once  in a while.


January 18, 2017

Exhibition at Malvina J. Freedson Gallery

Filed under: A few things... — Frank @ 3:13 pm

I have an exhibition currently running at the Malvina J. Freedson Gallery at Winton Place in Lakewood, Ohio. This is all previously exhibited work, but it’s interesting to see it all together in one show. The gallery address is 12700 Lake Ave., Lakewood, OH. Winton Place is right next to Pier W, one of the best known restaurants in the Cleveland area. So stop by to see the show and then enjoy lunch or dinner at Peir W with its fine food and great view of the lake.

January 10, 2016

Valley Art Center: It’s Elemental

Filed under: And another thing... — Frank @ 3:45 pm

One of my landscape prints was accepted into It’s Elemental: Earth & Air, the upcoming exhibition at the Valley Art Center in Chagrin Falls, Ohio. There is an opening reception scheduled for January 22, 2016 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM. The event is free and open to the public. (Extra credit to the first person to find the hawk in the image!)

photograph of trees and sky over ridge above Swine Creek in Geauga Country, Ohio

Heroes of Conservation

Filed under: A few things... — Frank @ 3:24 pm


I edited and published a book for Protect Geauga Parks back in November. The book included profiles of four individuals who made extraordinary contributions to the preservation and conservation of parklands in Geauga County over the past several decades. The book includes three of my landscape photographs of scenes in the Geauga Parks as well as essays by three young writers from Geauga County who were recognized in the Nature Writing Competition sponsored by the Geauga Park District and the Foundation for Geauga Parks in 2013 and 2014.

The initial (small) press run is almost sold out, but a few copies remain and can be purchased from Protect Geauga Parks, P.O. Box 1064, Chardon, OH  44024.

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