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Sunday, April 29, 2018

2018 Art Fair Schedule Announced (First Half of Season)


Now that the once-mythical season called "Spring" has finally arrived (in Minnesota, at least), I've been spending time preparing new work for what will surely be another busy art fair season. You will once again be able to find me exhibiting my fine art photography at a number of great events throughout Minnesota and the Upper Midwest. The list below represents the shows I anticipate participating in through August 31. More dates will be added to my show schedule page (www.northshoreimages.com/Schedule) as they are confirmed.

Please stop in and visit if you find yourself at or near one of these events. I just might have something nice for that blank spot on the wall...

New Photographs

I am planning to exhibit several brand new photographs at the art fairs this season. Here are a few of the new images that I've had the opportunity to complete so far this year:

Evolution – Onyx Beach, Lake Superior, USA

From crashing waves to painterly wildflowers and glorious sunrises, Lake Superior's North Shore is full of iconic treasures, and I love photographing them. However, little-known scenes like this really stir my creative soul, and I strive to see them in a unique way.

This particular location had waves crashing in from both sides (I was on a narrow tombolo). It took just the right combination of waves to make this image work. The tree growing from the rocks is an American mountain-ash. If you look carefully, you can see those bright red berries that this species of tree is known for.

Stone WashSugarloaf Cove, Lake Superior, USA

Much like each stone on a Lake Superior beach, our own character is shaped over time by the waves and currents of life, making each one of us individually unique and interesting.

Making this image involved a number of trials and many errors (or should I say, "attempts") to get just the right timing and amount of incoming wave action for the artistic effect I was seeking.

Lunar Light III – Split Rock Lighthouse, Minnesota, USA

Those of you who have followed my work for some time have probably noticed that I have produced several iterations of the moon-directly-behind-Split Rock Lighthouse image over the years. This one is the latest one in the series from earlier this year.

Each January, if the eastern sky is mostly clear during the night of the full moon, those willing to brave the cold breeze on the shore of Lake Superior can catch a glimpse of the full moon rising directly behind the lighthouse.

I never tire of photographing this once-a-year alignment as each year presents a different atmospheric character. This time, a thick haze from the sea smoke drifting over the lake made the moon appear with an unusually soft glow.


I'm still working on several more images from the past year that will be released before the summer art fair season begins. Stay tuned . . .

Sunday, December 24, 2017

A Holiday Message

As the season transforms from the hustle and bustle of racing to the store for that last-minute gift, sealing dozens of envelopes full of greeting cards, and pulling that last batch of cookies out of the oven to spending quality time with loved ones and engaging in activities we enjoy, I want to take a moment to wish you a joyous holiday season and thank you for another amazing year!

I look forward to seeing you on the trails ahead!

David Barthel

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Art at Ramsey and Year-End Artwork Sale

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! I hope you have an opportunity to enjoy the day with loved ones, maybe indulge in some turkey and pumpkin pie, and reflect upon the meaning of the holiday.

For those of you who'll be in the Twin Cities on Saturday, December 2, there's one last opportunity this year to see my work or pick up a one of my display pieces at a great price (more on that below...it's kind of like my version of Black Friday).

Art at Ramsey

Art at Ramsey is a high-quality juried art and fine craft event that takes place Saturday, December 2 (from 10am – 5pm) inside the Ramsey Middle School gymnasiums and cafeteria at 1700 Summit Avenue in Saint Paul, MN. I will be among about 80 regional artists exhibiting work, so there is a good variety of talent to see if you visit.

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 generally pieces that have traveled with me and have been displayed at shows for the past 1-4 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. Others are overstock pieces or prints in overstock frames.

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 either free or low cost to most locations in the Upper Midwest. Any piece not sold prior to December 2 will be available at Art at Ramsey as noted above.

"Teton Dawn" – 15x60 Ultra Premium-Framed Canvas Print — only $845 ($150 off regular price of $995)

– Framed dimensions 23x68
– Display piece since 2014
– Print has small raised "bump" on surface that is barely noticeable

 "Alpine Eruption" – 24x36 Ultra Premium-Framed Canvas Print — only $495 ($170 off regular price of $665)

– Framed dimensions 32x44
– Display piece since 2015
– No significant flaws

"Triple Falls" – 24x32 Ultra Premium-Framed Lumachrome Print — only $625 ($170 off already low price of $795)

– Framed dimensions 34x42
– Display piece since 2016
– Minor flaw in the acrylic surface that is not easily seen, otherwise in excellent condition

"Promise of Dawn" – 12x18 Canvas Gallery Wrap — only $99 ($21 off regular price of $120)

– Overstock piece in excellent condition

"Autumn Meander" – 6x9 Print in 11x14 Oak Frame — only $69

– Print in overstock frame
– Finished size 12x15
– No significant flaws

 "Lighthouse Breaker"6x9 Print in 11x14 Frame — only $69

– Print in overstock frame
– Finished size 13x16
– Excellent condition

Stay tuned! I look forward to sharing exciting new work with you over the winter months.

All my best,