Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Award-winning Wildlife Photographer Featured at Gallery 54

Diana Whiting photography is in the spotlight

Award winning nature photographer Diana Whiting will be the December Guest Artist at Gallery 54 in Skaneateles, NY. Beginning with an opening reception from 5 to 8 pm on Friday, December 1, many fine art photographs resulting from her dedication and creativity will be available for viewing and purchase.

A Skaneateles resident and business owner (Headquarters Salon), Diana will be on hand to speak with gallery guests about her photographic experiences that date to 1993. “I come from a family of artists and as a child was encouraged to pursue my artistic leanings. So,” she adds, “when I bought my first professional camera I promised myself I would grow into it.”

Through photography she was able to develop her own voice. In her landscape and intimate nature photographs she's attracted to things that evoke rhythm and simplicity. “When I photograph wildlife,” she says, “I want to tell their stories.” Diana is known for spending hours studying wildlife in order to be able to understand the story her photos will convey.

She feels rewarded by the actual connections that she develops with her wildlife subjects. “I enjoy being accepted by wildlife and not influencing or changing their behavior,” she says. That acceptance has become “so many windows into other worlds.”

Her awards are numerous dating to the Michael Fawcett Award for a photo titled Stone Canoe in the “Journal of the Arts” in 2007. In 2010 she garnered second place in the National Audubon contest as well as a second place prize from the National Wildlife Federation. Other recognition has come her way from Nature Photography Magazine, the Adirondack Museum, and the Rocky Mountain School of Photography.

Light refreshments will be served with Toro Run Winery offering wine tastings. This show opening will also feature the music of Chris Molloy and his famous Blue Harp.

Gallery 54 is an upscale venue for Central New York artists that showcases and sells unique, inspired, and timeless art in a diversity of mediums.

Sunday, November 5, 2017

CNY photographers shine

Gallery 54 guests and CNY Photo Expo entrants gather for
this year's awards presentation.
The opening for this year's edition of Gallery 54's CNY Photo Expo turned out to be a rousing event. Right from the 5 pm start the gallery was jam packed with photographers, friends, family and no one knows how many others excited to see the annual exposition.

This year's expo was designed to mirror Gallery 54's focus on showcasing Central New York art and artists.  In addition, the gallery reached-out to three noted CNY photographers – Phil Spitz, Norm Schillawaski, and Chris Murray – as judges. They had more than a hundred entries to review before selecting the images for this year's month-long exposition.
First Prize Winner Rachael Thompson receives her award.

Another new wrinkle was the addition of cash prizes. Teresa Letkiewicz walked away with the $150 grand prize for her photo of Syracuse University's Dick Clark Studios. Rachael Thompson was on hand with her parents and twin sister to claim her First Prize check of $100 for an image titled "Keeping it Clean." Sue Armstrong's photo captured at a recent "Syracuse Air Show" earned her a Second Place check for $75 and the Third Place prize was accepted by Sherry Dans for an image she titled "Homer Rainbow" along with its $50 check.

Teresa Letkiewicz receives her Grand Prize check for
an image taken at the Dick Clark Studios on Syracuse
The Expo will continue until November 28 so everyone still has time to enjoy this year's exposition.

Then the gallery will begin to make room for the very special wildlife photography of Skaneateles Photographer/Artist Diana Whiting, this year's guest artist for December.

Looking ahead to the opening for her show put December 1 on your schedule.

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Gallery 54's CNY Photo Expo

Okay, we've enjoyed a great autumn, so now maybe it's payback time. The weather forecast for the coming weekend (November 3-5) is cool and rainy. Still, that's doesn't mean we can't enjoy Central New York.

Here's an idea that are sure to add a little "sunshine" to your weekend.

This is an iPhone photo that doesn't do justice to the
work of so many fine photographers. Stop by
tomorrow evening and see for yourself.
Begin your weekend Friday evening with the opening reception for the 2017 CNY Photo Expo. Why not join us from 5-8 pm at Gallery 54, 54 E. Genesee St., Skaneateles.

Most, if not all, the photographers whose award winning images make this show will be on hand. I'm even expecting the judges who made the selections to join us.

The highlight of the evening will take place at about 6:30 pm when cash prizes will be awarded to Grand Prize, First, Second and Third Prize winners. You'll love their work and more importantly you'll love the opportunity to meet so many wonderful photographers all in one place.

Of course there will be wine, snacks and music all evening, too.