March 6, 2018

Polly Chandler exhibits work at Lakeland

Filed under: A few things... — Frank @ 12:05 am

The current exhibition at the gallery at Lakeland Community College in Kirtland, Ohio, titled “from Woman XI,” is a large collection of works by women artists from northeast Ohio and across the country. In past years, this exhibit has been one of the most interesting and provocative shows on view at in the Lakeland Gallery and this year’s show is no exception. Gallery Director, Mary Urbas, always does a masterful job of curating the exhibition and at last year’s show I mentioned to her that she should look at the work of Polly Chandler, of Austin, Texas. Mary followed up on my suggestion and invited Polly to submit four pieces to this year’s show.

I have been an admirer of Polly’s photography for many years. I typically point my students to her website which contains dozens of beautiful images, most of which were photographed on Polaroid Type 55 film, a 4×5 instant sheet film that was a mainstay of professional photographers for decades, but which was discontinued by Polaroid in 2008, shortly before the company went bankrupt. Polly’s work is deeply personal and invites the viewer to explore the inner sanctum of her soul. Viewing her work is always a moving experience.

I had the privilege of printing and framing the images that Polly submitted to from Woman XI. As any artist can tell you, the cost of exhibiting artwork is often prohibitive to an artist who might be trying to survive on meager print sales, a part-time teaching gig and, hopefully, a day-job of some sort. The cost of printing, framing and shipping four large pieces to a show almost 2000 miles from home is a serious impediment to any artist unless there is grant money to support it. In this case, I was able to act as a local source for Polly to have her prints made, framed and delivered to the gallery.

I made the prints on my SC9900 large format printer. I loaned Polly the use of four of my frames for the duration of the show and the gallery will cover the cost of shipping any unsold prints (unframed) back to Polly. This made it possible for Polly to participate in the exhibition and gives the art community of northeast Ohio its first opportunity to see her work as it is truly meant to be seen. It’s a fortunate circumstance where a number of factors came together to create a mutually beneficial opportunity. I’m happy to have played a role.

from Woman XI is in the Lakeland Community College Art Gallery, now through March 30. An artists’ reception will be held on Sunday, March 25 from 3:30—5:00PM which will include the annual Woman of Achievement Award ceremony.

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. 


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

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.

March 19, 2015

Drum Scanner

Filed under: A few things... — Frank @ 2:06 pm

I’ve been looking for a used drum scanner for several years, hoping to add super-high quality scanning capability at an affordable cost. Quite by accident, I recently became aware of a Howtek HR-8000 scanner that was for sale from a display graphics company in Washington, D.C. It’s in excellent condition and I’m fortunate to have a Mac that’s old enough to run the software.

Drum scanners are old technology, but for anyone making images on film, they are still far and away the best tool for making very large, high-quality digital images. The HR-8000 will enlarge a frame of 35mm film to a size that can be printed over 4×6 FEET—and at that size you WILL see every grain in the emulsion. The optical quality is amazing and it will handle film formats to 8×10 inches and larger. In the past, I’ve had to outsource scans from film formats larger than 6x7cm.

With this new capability, I can now begin working through the forty-year backlog of film images in my library and, when the New55 film becomes available later this year, I plan on shooting a lot more on 4×5 film. Of course, I’m also hoping that other fine art photographers who are still shooting film will send me their film to scan. I now have the complete large-format workflow from film, to scan, to image processing and final output to the Epson 9900 printer.



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