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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,


Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Fall Art Fair Schedule Announced


Many thanks to everyone who has visited us at an art festival this year! It has been an interesting season with regard to weather, but overall, the year has been a good one. We have fully recovered from that powerful storm back in mid-June in Excelsior that walloped our booth.

Our art fair schedule for the remainder of the year is now solidified. If you haven't yet visited us this year, we welcome you to stop in at one of the following events and see my latest work.
Our complete 2017 schedule can be seen at www.northshoreimages.com/Schedule.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Midsummer "Up North" Art Fairs


It's now summer in the northern hemisphere and, outside of a little stormy weather (see below), our art festival season has been off to a great start! It's been a pleasure seeing so many familiar faces already this year. The next several weeks take us to communities in greater Minnesota, Wisconsin, and North Dakota. Please come and visit if you are in any of these areas. We will return to the Twin Cities in August for the Uptown Art Fair.

What keeps an outdoor art fair exhibitor up at night…

My booth Saturday evening June 10.

Same booth after the storm on the morning of June 11.
On the morning of Sunday, June 11 a powerful severe thunderstorm, packing nearly 70mph wind gusts and hail, raced across the Twin Cities metro area.

Along with about 150 other artists, I had my photography booth set up at Art on the Lake in Excelsior, MN when the storm hit. While I own the strongest heavy-duty tent available for outdoor art fairs, one that has withstood its share of bad weather, it was no match for this storm.

The good news is that I arrived on site about an hour before the storm hit and was able to remove and secure a number of my most valuable pieces into the safety my vehicle. Miraculously, the vast majority of artwork that remained in the booth through the storm survived unharmed. It could have been much worse! Several artists at this event lost much of their equipment and inventory and my heart goes out to them.

The best news for us—it's business as usual going forward! I will have a new tent and will be exhibiting at the Lemonade Concert and Art Fair in St. Cloud, MN this Thursday, June 22 and at Park Point Art Fair in Duluth, MN this weekend, June 24-25. If you're in the area, please come and visit. I look forward to seeing you!


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