Three Prints Accepted into Photofest 2016

November 01, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

Image Courtesy: Council of Cultural & Arts, Tallahassee

Image Courtesy Council of Cultural & Art, Tallahassee

Photofest 2016 Exhibition on view from November 2, 2016 - February 20, 2017

Tallahassee International Airport
3300 Capital Circle SW
Hours: Daily 8 am-11:30 pm
Free and open to the public

Three of my abstract prints were accepted into Photofest 2016! I am delighted to say the least. The print that I was hoping would make the exhibit, "Fanatic In Our Fabric" did. The other prints are "Walking in the Rain" and "Myth of the Goddess." Below are the images and information about the event and reception courtesy of the COCA website:


2016 Airport Gallery2016 Airport GalleryPartial view of 2016 Photofest Gallery. "Walking In The Rain" (left) and "Fanatic In Our Fabric" (right). Photo Courtesy ©2016 COCA

Opening Reception for Photofest 2016

Presented by Council on Culture & Arts (COCA) at Artport Gallery, Nov 18, 2016 at 06:00 pm - 07:30 pm (Fri)

"From breathtaking landscapes to mind-bending altered images, the Photofest 2016 exhibition features photographs by twenty-seven local artists. The artworks were selected by a volunteer jury comprised of accomplished fine artists who reviewed the submitted images and selected work for exhibition.

"The Photofest 2016 artists are:
Arnold Abellera, Darlene Almeda, Warren Brackmann , Tammy Brown, Kira Derryberry, Mary Fowler, Elizabeth George,  David Gilbertson, Gregg Gleason, Philip Gornicki, Bill Humphries, Todd Jones, Don LaBrecque, Rick Laurienzo, Art McConnell, Timothy Moore, Cesar Nieto Flores, David Pascoe, Kent Putnam, Roger Raepple, Eliza Schneider-Green, Ned Stacey, Jane Streit, Walter Thorner, Randy Traynor, Mark Wallheiser, and Ben Wyatt.

"As part of a large scale renovation project throughout the Tallahassee International Airport, the Artport Gallery has been relocated to new area, near the ticketing counters. Photofest 2016 will be the first exhibition in the new gallery space which is larger and will accommodate even more artwork by local artists. Additionally, improved lighting and digital signage has been incorporated into the newly constructed area.

"A free, public reception is scheduled for Friday, November 18th from 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm. This event will serve not only as the awards announcement for the Photofest 2016 exhibition but also as the official unveiling of the newly renovated Artport Gallery. Guests are asked to park in short-term parking and present parking tickets at the gallery for complimentary validation.

"This exhibition is one of many curated by the Council on Culture & Arts for the Art in Public Places program on behalf of the City of Tallahassee. For more information about this program, click here. For more information about this exhibition, upcoming exhibitions, or the Art in Public Places program, contact Amanda Karioth Thompson at COCA, (850) 224-2500 or"

Fanatic in Our FabricFanatic in Our FabricThis was created in response to the shock and horror of the Pulse nightclub tragedy that occurred on June 12, 2016 in Orlando, Florida. I could not help but feel pain and anguish over the senseless loss of life, and sadness over what has happened to the society I live in. I find working during trying emotional times to be an outlet for expression. This shot is of a scarf and small glass elements on a table. The camera lens was setup for a deep reach into the fabric's fibers to see what I could find. I shot this the afternoon following the tragedy and found what I was looking for the next day after reviewing the frames. The fabric is representative of the society I live in, and the fanatic is there if you look closely, hiding within the fibers.

Walking in the RainWalking in the RainThis is a memory about a rainy day in Time Square. I am sitting in a small luncheonette by a window, gazing out at the drizzly environment. I watch people walk along the streets and feel the dampness from the window creep in. There are colored lights shining off wet pavement. I’m reluctant to leave because of the emotion in the air. Myth of the GoddessMyth of the GoddessThe title, "Myth of the Goddess"happened rather quickly. When it was time to name the work, I turned to poetry. I was looking for a muse on ice so to speak. I came across the 1944 Robert Graves' work, "The Three-Fold Muse," and thought maybe a little coldness resides here. I then found the title when I read Hilda Ellis Davidson criticize Graves as having "misled many innocent readers with his eloquent but deceptive statements about a nebulous goddess in early Celtic literature." And Jefferson Hunter's 1983 comment from "The Servant of Three Mistresses" added the muse "...has been seen as a poetic work where Graves gives his notion of man's subjection to women in love an "anthropological grandeur" and further mythologizes all women in general into a three-faced moon goddess model." It was then, "Myth of the Goddess" came to be.


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