Should I or Shouldn’t I

Whoo-Hoo!  Just a little shout out for myself.  I hope you don’t mind.  I am celebrating a little bit tonight as I just found out today that two of my images were selected for the 20th annual Phillips Mill Photography Exhibit.  Yay me!   And to think I almost did not enter this year.  Over the past few weeks, I have had a constant should I/shouldn’t debate going on in my head.  And it was not until Sunday at about 12:45 that I finally made up my mind and got in the car to deliver my images (by the way, it’s about a 25 minute drive and they stopped taking art work at 2:00).  Cutting it a little close . . . just a bit.  So why the debate?  Well 1) these things aren’t free and did I really want to risk losing some money; 2) the competition is pretty stiff  with “about 1000 entries and only 15% accepted;” and 3) I wasn’t sure after not getting accepted last year if I really had what they were looking for.  So, Oh My Gosh, I almost fell off my chair when I opened today’s mail.  So why did I finally decide to do it?  Because last year (my first attempt) I entered images based on a lot of outside influences and not what I felt in my heart were my best.  I guess, deep down I felt I owed it to myself to see what would happen if I did just the reverse and listened to my heart.  Oh, how I am so glad I listened . . . to me.

I was working on the above image tonight for the Beyond Layers & Texture Tuesday posts and I wasn’t quite sure how I could make it fit into this post until I went looking for a quote on perseverance, not giving up, or in this case following your heart.  Now it all ties in perfectly . . . don’t you think?

Lansdale Festival of the Arts

Check it out, my friend Linda were both juried into the Lansdale Festival of the Arts on August 27!  After doing some research on other Arts festivals in the area, I have learned you don’t just show up.  For some, you need to submit a sample of your work to be juried on, some request a photo of yourself in action and a photo of your booth, and of course there is usually a hefty fee involved, upwards of $100+.  With today’s economy and no guarantee on any return on that kind of investment, needless to say, there are a couple of arts festivals that I am not even trying for.  I have the rest of the summer to prepare for the three arts festivals I am participating in starting with the Lansdale Arts Fest (the only juried one) in August, and then Doylestown Art Fest (with the DPC Photography Club), September 10&11,  and Dublin Arts Fest, September 17&18.  And it is not all about the Art Festivals either, let’s not forget about the local craft festivals.  There are quite a few popular ones in the Bucks County area that run during September/October/November.  I’ll try to remember to post dates as they become available.  I guess I know what I will be doing this summer . . . matting, framing  and of course shooting =)

So mark your calendars for  August 27 and come by and see Linda and I in action!

More info about Lansdale Festival of the Arts here:  http://www.lansdale.org/index.asp?Type=B_BASIC&SEC={7221654F-A9CD-402F-9299-1770B8EA3AFD}

PMPE

. . .  stands for Phillips Mill Photographic Exhibition (http://www.phillipsmill.org/index.html) which runs from June 4-26.  I just finished the four pieces I am submitting for judging without a moment to spare.  They have to be submitted tomorrow.  This is my very first juried exhibit which basically means 2 of the 3 jurors/judges have to like my work in order for me to get into the exhibit.  Talk about nerve-racking.

I would not call myself a procrastinator.  In this case, I have cut it so close due to a lack of experience in preparing for such  an endeavor.  Not only did I have to come up with a “body” of work (apparently they like to see your artistic vision in a number of pieces – not just one), but I also had to print, mat, frame, tag, and pack . . . whew.  None of which I have done a lot of  and none that was going to be judged.  Luckily, my dad was there to help with the printing and a quick lesson in matting and, in the end I am pretty proud of my  four submissions.   But I am also a bit nervous . . . I really want to be a part of this exhibit.

Well time to get back to work — no rest here — I have four more prints to get matted and tagged.  But at least they aren’t due until Sunday.   These four completely different prints are for the Churchville Photographic Club Contest from March 26 through April 3.   On the bright side, there’s no judging to get in, but it is a competition.  And I don’t have to do any framing, just matting.

I’ll be sure to post an update as to the outcomes, so stay tuned.