Wednesday, October 21, 2009

"At Home With An American Girl"

LOCATION:     Wayne Art Center, Davenport Gallery
                    413 Maplewood Ave., Wayne, PA
EXHIBITION:    Member's Juried Exhibition
                    October 25th to November 21st
JUROR:          Michael Gallagher, PAFA Professor
AWARD:        The Ritz Camera Award

The juror, Michael Gallagher, Associate Professor of Painting at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, selected 78 works from a pool of 149 entries.  The above entry by fine art photographer, Stacey P. Morgan, is a B&W, hand-painted, limited edition (1/8), archival inkjet photograph entitled, At Home With An American Girl and received The Ritz Camera Award.

LIFE SNIPPET:   This happens to be a picture of my daughter so it doesn't get anymore personal than that when photographing.  I showed it to her after it was hand-painted and framed, right before I took it to the art center.  I said, "What do you think?" and she said, "I don't really like it that much.  I don't think it looks like me."  After I won the award from the juror and told my two kids the good news during dinner, my daughter changed her tune.  She said, "So you mean I won!"  And I said, "I guess, in a way you did."  She then skipped out happily to tell all her neighborhood friends--so I think she likes it now?!

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

"Ardrossan Tree-O"

LOCATION:     BlinkArt Gallery
                    108 Chestnut St., Philadelphia, PA
EXHIBITION:   Juried Photography Show
                   October 10th to October 31st
JURORS:        Tor Chaiken, BlinkArt Gallery Proprietor
                   Justin A. Bradley, Photographer
AWARD:        First Place

The juried photography exhibition had an open theme showcasing 60 photographs from approximately 40 established and emerging artists with all mediums of photography represented. 
During the opening reception in early October, 1st, 2nd and 3rd places were announced.  First Place was awarded to Stacey P. Morgan for her three Spring landscapes—Other Side of the Pond, Majestic Trunk in Spring, and Fronds First.  All images are from her ongoing body of work entitled “The Four Seasons of Ardrossan” .  The First Place Award grants Ms. Morgan a retrospective, solo, show slated for Spring 2010 in the Olde City gallery.

LIFE SNIPPET:  I love, love, love trees!!  You could say I'm a "down to earth" kind of gal.  That being said, it only makes sence for me to be involved in open space and land conservancy.  I didn't have any images to donate to the Radnor Conservancy's fund raiser a couple of years ago so I offered up a picture of a small Corgi amid a large wooded landscape.  While attending the event, I walked out on the great lawn of the old estate and took one look at the lone sentry, "Majestic Beauty", and it has been calling me back in all of God's different season's.