Monday, November 19, 2012
A photographer friend of mine, Amanda Smith, owns a gallery in Johnson City, Texas. It's really not too far from my house and it's a beautiful gallery out in the Hill Country of Texas. Anyway, she has an upcoming call for entries that I thought I would pass along.
The upcoming show will be called "Smile" and this is taken from her website:
smile : express friendliness, chuckle, roar, toothsome, happy, ridiculous, ducks, giggle, shocked, proud, snort, grin, candy, anxious, love, circus, wedding, crow, laugh, guffaw, charades, express tenderness, beer, tickle, smirk, babies, Elvis, feet, snicker, jubilate, cackle, fishing, ice cream.
The word “smile” originates from the Middle English word “smilen”, which was probably from an early Scandinavian dialect, which later migrated to Jamaica where it evolved into the phrase, “we be smilen.” Bob Marley and Bunny Wailer had two of the great smiles of all times. I attended a Bob Marley concert years ago and everyone was smiling. It gave me the same feeling I had watching my brother watch my nephew walk for the first time or watching my Dad watching Rodney Dangerfield or seeing the expressions of the loved ones of returning soldiers. I remember once when my friend’s brother, during the Disco era, got a plaid leisure suit -- we were all smiling.
Smiling is universal and can be triggered by anything, especially photographs.
Forty five to fifty images will be selected for exhibition and a Blurb full color catalogue of the exhibit with all the accepted entries will be available for purchase. Awards are $325 for Juror’s Award, $250 and an exhibition catalogue for Director’s Award, five Honorable Mentions each receiving an exhibition catalogue and $100 for Visitors’ Choice Award.
Creativity is encouraged.
Susan Barnett will be the juror for “Smile”. When George Harrison arrived in New York for the Beatles' historic visit he was carrying a Pentax Spotmatic as he descended the airplane's steps. Susan , then 15 years old, soon bought the same Pentax and began to photograph her everyday life such as it appeared to her.
With a formal education in Art History and Studio Art, she landed a job at Perls Galleries on Madison Avenue, where she worked for twelve years as Associate Director. She handled Picasso, Braque, Leger and Matisse as well as preparing exhibitions and catalogues for Alexander Calder.
Next door to Perls Galleries was Light Gallery, one of the earliest galleries to show Contemporary Photography. There Susan experienced first hand the work of Steven Shore and Lee Friedlandler.
In 1990 she went back to school to study graphic design and computer based photography at the School of Visual Arts, where she studied with Milton Glaser and Paul Davis.
Susan currently lives in Manhattan, where she maintains a working studio in Tribeca and sails in Hampton Bays. To view her work: Not In Your Face
The deadline for this call for entries is December 3rd.
Until next time...