Three New Images including a Gas Pump!

First Up, the Alameda Ballena Isle Marina Gas Pump

The aforementioned Gas Pump, is not your typical gas pump. I created this image during the Alameda On Camera annual event and gallery. I was assigned a section of the island of Alameda where I live, and had 48 hours to take pictures within that area. In my area is a lovely marina. I was extremely fortunate on my first morning that there was a fog that rolled in which made for some lovely photos. This particular image is of a gasoline pump that is on the docks in that marina where the boats fuel up. It made a very rustic old-world look to the pump which I think is practically an antique. Here is the stipple image I did from the photo I took.

Alameda Ballena Isle Marina Gas Pump

Alameda Ballena Isle Marina Gas Pump

The other two: Nathan Fillion and Alan Tudyk

You may recognize these two. I recently posted a blog announcing when I had finished these (You can see that blog here). Well, now I’d like to announce that they have finally been added to my website. Click either of the images below to be taken to my website, straight to those pages.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thanks for checking out these images and my website. I have recently updated all the pages in my stipple gallery to include the purchasing buttons. Some of you may have noticed that some of the buttons were in the “Coming Soon” stage. Well, They’re here!

That’s it for now. Thank you all for your continued attention. More art soon.

Craig P. Smith

 

 

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Double the Exposure

I’ve got two great bits of news for you today . . .

First, I can finally say that the 10th Annual Alameda on Camera event is hung and ready for viewing!  YAY!

As I mentioned in March, this year’s exhibit was delayed by some renovations that the Frank Bette Center for the Arts (FBCA) had to do.  And they’re still in the midst of said renovations, but they were able to secure alternate space for the artists’ items to be displayed and sold.

The art installation is now up at the South Shore Center here in Alameda.  Opening night was last Friday, and it was great to see all the pieces on display by a bunch of new artists this year.  The turnout was also great, and it got crowded with everyone’s friends/family joining us for the event.

The show runs from May 20th through to the end of June (on the weekends, mostly), so there’s plenty of time to come by and see how we artists saw this lovely island of Alameda in 2016.

AOC 2016 Event Workup

The other great piece of news is that the FBCA has another installation going up at the main branch of the Alameda Public Library (1550 Oak St).  This one is titled “10 Years of Alameda on Camera” and will have pieces from winners over the past 10 years of the AOC event . . . including one by yours truly.

Open Reflection

Open Reflection

 

 

 

Yes indeed.  I won an award for my piece titled “Open Reflection” at the 2013 AOC show, so that will be hanging up in this exhibit.  The 10 Years of AOC exhibit will be on display from May 28th through August 28th in the Community Meeting Room space that’s situated behind the Dewey’s Friends Cafe.

 

 

 

So, if you’re going to be in Alameda (or close by) over the next couple of months, be sure to stop by either (or better yet, both) exhibit(s) and see some very cool art!

Sixth Year in a Row!

I’m thrilled to announce that I was once again chosen to be an artist in the Frank Bette Center for the Arts (FBCA) annual show, Alameda on Camera!  This is the sixth year in a row that I’ve been invited to participate in this fun event, and it still makes me giddy to know that they like my stuff enough to include me.

For those of you who are new readers, the Alameda on Camera (AOC) event is a really cool one where the FBCA cuts a map of the island of Alameda into 48 sections, and invites 48 artists to draw a section of the map out of a hat (which is a fun ceremonial evening in and of itself).  We then have 48 hours to take any photos we want in our section (during a specific weekend in February), and then have the month of March to edit those photos and shape them into any sort of art.  Each artist is guaranteed one piece to be shown in the exhibit (which stays up for two months), and people have created glassware, shower curtains, paper products, books, quilts and all sorts of other cool things.  Anything goes, so long as what you create incorporates the photos you took in your section.  One year, someone even devised an Alameda-themed Monopoly game.

Even though Craig and I live in Alameda, this event is a cool way to learn new parts of the island since I rarely draw the same section.  It only happened once–and I could have drawn a different section–but I kept it anyway, and took completely different shots the second year.

The only downfall to doing this event is choosing which images to submit for consideration.  But it’s a “hardship” I’m happy to endure, because it’s just so much fun.  Sometimes when I’m out taking the photos, I can see exactly what I want to do with a particular shot, but other times I have no idea until I start looking at them in Photoshop.  Out of the hundreds of pictures I take during the 48 hours, my initial selection is anywhere from 10 to 20 images, and then I pare it down further to about 5 or 6.

This year, there was a bit of a theme to some of my photos.  I had a section of town that included one of the island’s high schools.  It was early morning as I walked around and took pictures, and there was a nostalgic feeling in the air.  I tried to capture that nostalgia in the finished products:

Go JetsWillie Stargell Field

 

 

 

 

 

Worn Out

I also found a cool, rundown garage in my section, which looks even cooler in black and white . . .

Run Down Garage

. . . and a serene waterfall . . .

Relaxing Waterfall

. . . but these last two pieces are probably my favorites; although for different reasons.

ReflectionFirst, there’s the piece titled “Reflection.”  As I’ve mentioned before, I love to capture light play, and the sun reflecting off of the shiny globe on the statue’s head was amazing to see.  It brought to my mind the power of our thoughts (or inner reflection), hence the double meaning behind the title.

 

 

 

Psychedelic Flower WheelThe last one is one of those pieces that I don’t “see” until later in Photoshop.  I was editing a photo of a beautiful flower, when I went a little too far in the saturation and color balance.  The psychedelic look captured my imagination, and I initially thought of doing something akin to Andy Warhol’s famous Marilyn Monroe piece, but as I thought about it further, I decided to instead turn it into a wheel.  As it began to take shape, I saw that the leaves behind the flowers could help accent the shape and the center leaves formed their own flower petals.  And so, “Psychedelic Flower Wheel” came to be.

 

 

 

The AOC exhibit is normally on display for the months of April and May, but it’s being delayed this year due to some renovations.  But fear not, the exhibit WILL happen, and I’ll let you know when.  Stay tuned to our Facebook page for the announcement.

First Art Faire Wrap-Up

Well, we just had our first Art Fair experience at the Alameda Art and Wine Faire.

So, I’m sure you’re asking… “How’d you do?”
We were very pleased with our experience overall. The fair was down a main street in Alameda, CA, which is 5-6 blocks from where we live (the proximity was not a coincidence). There was still more work than we thought. And we were being very realistic in our expectations. We rented a van to take all our setup: tent, tables, bins; inventory of framed work; inventory of the prints; office and transaction supplies etc. The hard work came when we had to carry all that equipment and artwork from our office on the 2nd floor (no elevators) down to the van, go to the location, and then unpack the van and carry all that stuff into the tent location. After the show we did it all again in reverse after standing and working the show all weekend. We were POOPED!

Here is how our tent setup looked.
Alyx and Craig in Booth-small

Booth Shot-small

We had a lot of visitors, and almost everyone commented on how much they liked the images (and they weren’t even our relatives). So, our egos got a good healthy boost.
Thank you, to all who signed the guestbook and otherwise joined our newsletters. We really appreciate it. We can’t wait to send out more information and images for you to enjoy.

There was also a really strange and mysterious happening in regards to our location. Apparently, there was something really interesting about the restaurant across the street. There were so many people that walked by staring at that building instead of all the booths and art, that we couldn’t help but to laugh. It became a “thing”. The only thing that would make sense is that it was a fairly new restaurant at that location, but the novelty didn’t seem to match the amount of attention it received. Weird. Here’s what it looked like directly across from our booth. Maybe it’ll make sense to you.
New Restaurant-small

Craig Working on Stipple-small

During the days, I tried to get some extra work done, as well as letting the passers-by see how I do the work I do and get a taste for it. I think it went really well, and I garnered a lot of interest, and many of our business cards left with them, both mine and Alyx’s. Here’s a picture of me doing my stippling on the street.

All in all, we were pleased with how we handled the whole process. Our financial results were less that we had hoped for, but we got a lot of exposure, positive reinforcement, and experience. We signed up some good people to our newsletter, gave out lots of business cards and promotional postcards, and made some sales.
Our goal is to expand to sign up for at least 3 street fairs next year.

In the mean time, don’t forget that you can see our images and purchase prints EVEN NOW on our website (www.masartwork.com). We can’t wait to see you all at the next event. Stay tuned to see what it will be.

 

Craig Smith

Do Yourself a Favor; Come to a Gallery

As Alyx wrote last time in this blog, it’s time for the Alameda On Camera Event again at Frank Bette Center for the Arts. I would like to personally invite you to the gallery to check it out. It doesn’t cost anything and there’s plenty of free parking. The Gala Opening event takes place 4/10/15 at 7 to 9pm. That’s this Friday.

If you can’t make it for the opening, don’t panic. This event will be up in the gallery until May 30th.
For those of you who would like to know how the Alameda On Camera, or 48-48-48 event works, check out Alyx’s blog from last year that explains the in’s and out’s.

Seriously, when was the last time you ventured out and checked out a gallery? I think it’s time. For those living in the SF Bay Area, I want to emphasize that it’s not that difficult to get to Alameda. It’s a wonderful community just off the Bay Bridge and squeezed in beside Oakland. If you visit, you’ll see a lot of the charm and personality that we keep going on about, and that makes up the subject of the current photography/art exhibit at Frank Bette. And it’s all FREE (did I mention that?)!

Here is the address and a map to the gallery so you don’t have to go hunt it down.
Frank Bette Center for the Arts
1601 Paru Street (at Lincoln)
Alameda, CA 94501
510-523-6957

https://www.google.com/maps/@37.774166,-122.2575802,18z?hl=en

Here are a few images that I took for this year’s event that I didn’t submit for the final images.

Model T at Sunset - BWFoggy Marina Line-Up

 

 

 

 

 

School Buses in the FogVictorian Porch with Green Man OrbVictorian and Palm Tree

 

 

 

 

 

As Alyx mentioned in the last Blog, if you know when you’re going to be visiting, drop us a note. We’d love to hear from you, and may be able to meet you there and show you around the place. Don’t be shy, and enjoy the art.

Alameda on Camera

Here on the island of Alameda, where I live, the Frank Bette Center for the Arts hosts an art show called Alameda on Camera.  For this show, the Frank Bette Center chooses 48 artists who get assigned a section of the map of Alameda (which has been cut up into 48 pieces).  Each artist then has the next 48 hours to take as many pictures of their section as they want.  Then those artists have a whole month to create whatever kind of art they want to out of those photos.  It doesn’t matter if it’s made of glass, fabric, or actual prints; as long as your section of the map is represented in that art, it gets hung up in the gallery.

Waiting on a FriendSo when I came across this show four years ago, I thought I wonder if my photos could be good enough to get me in.  I’d never submitted my pictures to a gallery before.  Heck, I’d never let anyone other than close family and friends see my photos before.  So it took quite a bit of bravery on my part–and encouragement from Craig–to get me to submit that first application.

Two weeks after I applied, I got the wonderful news that I had been chosen as one of the 48 artists that year!  I was so excited, not only that my stuff was considered good enough, but because I’d get to see another area of this island I call home.  Plus, I was guaranteed one piece of art to be hung up on their walls.  I would have my first art showing!  Something I’d never before even dreamed of.

Open ReflectionEach year since, I’ve applied and waited nervously to find out if I would again be among the chosen.  And each year I’ve been elated when I got the email saying that I was going to be able to participate.  I’ve found wonderful surprises in each section that I’ve been assigned, and this year was no exception.

Some of the photos I’m sharing with you are from the past years’ exhibits.  I’m not yet ready to publish the ones I’m submitting for this year’s show, but I invite you to come to the gallery during the months of April and May, when the show is open to the public.  You’ll be able to see some of my images, but there are 47 other extremely talented individuals whose art will also adorn the walls of the Frank Bette Center for the Arts.

Every year I see Alameda in new and fascinating ways, and it’s always cool to see the unique ways that my fellow artists view this lovely island.  So on behalf of them all, we look forward to seeing you there!

Illuminated Sunset