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Sunday, April 23, 2017

Summer Art Fair Schedule Announced


Here in Minnesota, the early flowers are blooming and tree buds are swelling. Spring is in the air, and that means outdoor art festival season is just weeks away! This year's art fair schedule is gearing up to be very similar to last year's, with a couple of differences. Most notably, I will be returning this year to the Old Capitol Art Fair in Springfield, Illinois, which is less than a month away. Here's the full schedule through the end of August (sans July 1, which is pending):

I hope you have a chance to visit and see my latest work! Events in September and beyond will be announced later this spring and summer. My schedule is always available at www.northshoreimages.com/Schedule/.

Panther Creek Falls – Gifford Pinchot National Forest, Washington, USA

This is possibly one of most beautiful waterfalls I have had the chance to experience and photograph! Its "fan" shape and setting deep within a lush, mossy gorge make this falls truly spectacular and refreshing! There is a viewing platform that overlooks the falls from above, but reaching this vantage point at the base of the falls required scrambling down a steep slope.

This image is not "quite" finished yet (I'm still tweaking a few details), but I anticipate it will be available when art fair season begins!

Monday, March 27, 2017

Spring Art Fair Schedule and A Few New Images

Spring greetings everyone!

Before I get into the main content of this brief newsletter, I want to take a moment to thank everyone who has and continues to invest in my work as a fine art photographer. Preparing my tax returns for 2016 has reminded me how remarkably successful the last year has been for us. I am truly grateful that so many people, like you, take an interest in and value the work I create. Surely, Uncle Sam will be happy too! :)

The art fair schedule gets off to an early start this year, with our first event, 60 Artists on 50th, held at Burroughs Community School in southwest Minneapolis on Saturday, April 1st—no fooling! The schedule below represents what's happening through mid-June. The May events are currently tentative, and any changes will be announced as they occur. A more complete schedule for the summer will be announced within the next month at www.northshoreimages.com/Schedule and in a separate newsletter.

Spring 2017 Art Fairs

Yes, they did misspell my name. ;-)

New Images

"Superior Awakening" – near Hovland, Minnesota, USA

This is an image that I kept under wraps for several months, and I am happy to finally let it see the light of day.

I've photographed this secluded bay and island on Lake Superior's North Shore a few times before making this image last October. On one of my attempts several years ago, I witnessed a glorious sunrise...only to discover that my lone camera battery had died. I now carry five batteries with me so that you don't miss an opportunity to experience the beauty nature shares with me!

"Lunar Light II" – Split Rock Lighthouse State Park, Minnesota, USA

Those of you who have followed my work for some time know that I regularly make the trip to Split Rock Lighthouse each January to photograph the full moon rising behind the cliff and lighthouse. This year, mostly clear skies prevailed, resulting in this scene with Earth's shadow (known as the Belt of Venus) casting a slight pinkish glow in the upper sky of this image.

This also happens to be the first landscape image made with my new Canon 5D Mark IV camera body. It replaces my 8-year old Canon 5D Mark II and represents many of the latest advancements in imaging technology. One interesting feature is the ability to send an image captured with the camera directly to a smartphone for editing and sharing with the world, all within minutes of pressing the shutter button! I look forward to getting out in the field with it more and sharing new images with you as we head into spring!

"Lunar Light II" (horizontal edition) – Split Rock Lighthouse State Park, Minnesota, USA

Saturday, December 24, 2016

A Holiday Message

Here we are once again on Christmas Eve, a time when the anticipation of the holiday season transforms into celebration and reflection with family and loved ones. I hope you have the opportunity to spend quality time with those special people or engage in an activity that you enjoy.

With each passing year of life (my birthday was yesterday), the more I understand that the greatest gift at this time of year is not within a package underneath the tree, but rather the opportunity to reflect upon and share the experiences we've enjoyed throughout the past year and anticipate what's to come in the next. As a nature and landscape photographer, I feel incredibly fortunate to be able to witness some of the most beautiful locations and phenomena in the natural world and to share, as best as I can, a small piece of that with you. To continue to do that is truly the best gift I receive every year.

My best wishes to you for a safe, enjoyable holiday season and prosperity in the new year. There is much to look forward to on the trail ahead!

Merry Christmas!


Thursday, November 24, 2016

Art at Ramsey and Year-End Display Piece Sale

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! I hope you have an opportunity to spend some time with the people in your life for which you are thankful and indulge in whatever makes the holiday special for you.

For those of you who'll be in the Twin Cities on Saturday, December 3, there's one more opportunity this year to see my work or pick up a one of my display pieces at a great price (more on that below).

Art at Ramsey

Art at Ramsey is a high-quality juried art and fine craft event that takes place Saturday, December 3 (from 10am – 5pm) inside the Ramsey Middle School gymnasiums and cafeteria at 1700 Summit Avenue in Saint Paul. I will be among about 70 regional artists exhibiting work, so there is plenty to see if you visit.

More info: http://www.artistscircle.org/artfairs.php

Year-End Display Piece Sale

Near the end of the year, I typically offer a selection of my art fair display pieces at discounted prices. These are pieces that have traveled with me and have been displayed at shows for the past 1-3 years. As a result, they may have minor flaws or may not be quite as squeaky clean as a brand new piece. However, most are in excellent condition.

If you are interested in the availability or condition of a particular piece, please feel free to contact me (dbarthel@northshoreimages.com or 320-293-1788). Shipping is free to most locations in the Upper Midwest. Any piece not sold prior to December 3 will be available at Art at Ramsey as noted above.

"Teton Dawn" – 15x60 Ultra Premium-Framed Canvas Print — only $895 ($100 off regular price of $995)

 "Alpine Eruption" – 24x36 Ultra Premium-Framed Canvas Print — only $545 ($120 off regular price of $665)

"Cedar's Rest" – 24x36 Premium-Framed Canvas Gallery Wrap — only $525 ($70 off regular price of $595)

"Gooseberry and the Galaxy" – 24x32 Float-Framed Canvas Gallery Wrap — only $375 ($120 off regular price of $495)

"Magic of the North" – 15x20 Hand-Torn Edge Print, matted and framed to approx. 24x29 — only $325 ($35 off regular price of $360)
"Virgin Oasis" – 24x36 Ultra Premium-Framed Canvas Print — only $595 ($70 off regular price of $665)

 "Kawishiwi Falls" – 24x36 Canvas Gallery Wraponly $345 ($50 off regular price of $395)

"Navajo Dawn" – 20x30 Canvas Gallery Wrap — only $150 ($125 off regular price of $275)

I look forward to sharing new work with you soon!