Tuesday, December 22, 2009

December - Black & White Theme - Favorite Photo

Congratulations to Dave Herrick for having this beautiful photo chosen by the club as their favorite photo in the December theme "Black and White"...it is truly stunning, Dave!!! Thanks for sharing your incredible work!!! You continue to inspire us all!!!

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

2nd Annual Photo Show; Public Invited

Members of the Northern Lights Camera Club (NLCC), which meets monthly in Spooner, Wisconsin, will showcase their latest works at the Second Annual Photo Exhibit on Saturday, August 8, 2009, 5 - 8 PM, at an Artist Reception.

The public is invited to meet the exhibitors, enjoy and buy quality photography, and share appetizers and beverages at the event, which is hosted by Black Iris Gallery & Custom Framing on Hwy 63 in downtown Spooner.

The show will hang until Saturday, September 12. All framed photographs, matted prints, and greeting cards are available for sale by the photographers themselves. The photo shown left, called Walk with Me, was taken by Anna Merritt, owner of Misty Pine Photography in Gordon, Wisconsin at Copper Falls State Park near Mellen, Wisconsin.

“After the success of last year’s show, the leadership team felt it was important to keep the Club’s creative momentum going,” says JoAnn Martin, owner of the Black Iris Gallery & Custom Framing and a business sponsor of the Club. “They decided an annual Photo Show would be a great way to do that, and I’m honored that Black Iris Gallery can be a part of it.”

“This year’s show includes several new members to the club,” adds Barb Ray, a photographer from Birchwood, Wisconsin. “Our members range from portrait and wedding photographers to those who shoot street scenes, architecture, wildlife, nudes, and still lifes. Everyone is welcome,” explains Ray. “From beginners to professionals.”

On Saturday, August 8, you can meet the photographers in person at the show’s Opening Reception, 5 - 8 PM. You’ll also learn about the Northern Lights Camera Club and its mission while enjoying the freshest works by the most talented photographers in the area.

The Gallery’s summer hours are Monday – Saturday, 10:00 AM to 5:30 PM. Enjoy free parking on Oak Street. For more information about the show, please call 715-635-4548 or visit http://www.blackirisframing.com/ and click “Art Shows.” See you Saturday, August 8, at Black Iris Gallery in Spooner.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Solo show for NLCC member Bill Voight

Fine art photographer Bill Voight of Hayward, WI, a member of the Northern Lights Camera Club based in Spooner, WI, debuted 10 years of work studying and photographing the female form in his show titled Just Between Us: Stories of Form & Figure.

At the same time, Bill also showed Tiger Cruise: USS Nimitz, a show which hung most recently in an aviation museum in California. The Nimitz show focuses on the life of sailors onboard an aircraft carrier in the US Navy.

Framed images, fine art greeting cards, and matted prints are available for both shows as well as a coffee-table book of the Nimtiz show.

Both shows will hang at Black Iris Gallery on Hwy 63 in Spooner, WI, though August 3, 2009. The public is invited to see them anytime, Mon - Sat, 10:00 am to 5:30 pm. Appointments are welcome on Sundays.

Please call the gallery at 715-635-4548 with questions and ask for JoAnn, or use JoAnn@BlackIrisFraming.com

See you there!

Saturday, May 30, 2009

Matting & Framing for Photographers

Hello, NLCC members!

JoAnn Martin writing here...I own Black Iris Gallery & Custom Framing in Spooner, WI.

At the May 2009 NLCC meeting, I was asked to present on matting, framing, and glazing (glass) options. Since not everyone could attend the presentation, it occured to me I could share my handout via the club's Blog--please see below (Blogger doesn't allow uploads of Word documents...sorry).

Please be aware that like your photographs, my written work is copyright protected. As a NLCC member, you are welcome to use this handout for yourself, but you may not copy, distribute, or share it without my permission. Thanks! :)

To learn more about conservation framing and its benefits to your photography, please visit my Blog at http://www.blackirisframing.blogspot.com/. (Scroll down to find my older posts on framing.)

To learn more about putting your photography on consignment in an art gallery, please visit the FAQ page on my Web site at www.blackirisframing.com/faq.php, which includes "Artist Dos and Don'ts."

Thanks for reading, and have a wonderful June! I love summer....

Sincerely, JoAnn

Here's the handout--

Matting & Framing for Photographers
by JoAnn Martin, owner
Black Iris Gallery & Custom Framing
Spooner, WI 715-635-4548

There are several types of framing such as custom, corporate, competition, and museum framing. I’ll focus today on competition and custom framing.

Competition framing
Competition framing (or “show framing”) is what you’ll often see at art shows, photography competitions, fundraisers, and other group art events. This kind of framing usually calls for neutral mat colors (white/off-white/cream/beige) and narrow, black or brown frames (sometimes called “military frames”). The objective of show framing is consistency from piece to piece, which is achieved when the viewer’s eye begins immediately to “ignore” the repetition of the same matting and framing. When pieces are being compared to one another, as they usually are in art contests or shows, competition-style framing can be a very good option.

The main drawback of competition framing, however, is that the show’s organizer(s), not its participants, determine the matting and framing parameters. From mat color and frame size to the type of hanging hardwire on the back, participants must follow the requirements of the show in order to participate.

Custom framing
Custom framing is all about choices—and they are endless. Mat board comes in hundreds of colors, frames come in thousands of styles, colors, textures, and shapes, and then there are several glass options, too! (More on glass later.) Where competition framing removes the burden of choice from the participant, custom framing allows the customer to present his/her artwork in truly unique ways.

Why have mats?
There are several reasons to mat your work before framing it:

Priority #1 – You must keep the glass off the photograph; irreparable damage can be done if a photo touches glass for too long, especially in the Upper Midwest where humidity fluctuates drastically year-round

# 2 – Help the viewer’s eye focus on the best features of the piece; the colors you choose will draw the eye to what you want it to see

# 3 –Provide a visual transition from the wall and frame to the artwork itself—which is where the attention should be

How wide should the mat border be?

  • Personal preference should guide you on choosing the width of your mat borders (unless you’re framing for a show or competition—then follow the published guidelines)
  • Generally the mat border should be noticeably wider (or narrower) than the frame to avoid a stripy, “target” look
  • Borders are usually not less than 2” wide unless the piece is very small
  • A double mat adds depth, which helps draw the viewer’s eye to the piece
  • Matting should enhance your artwork and makes it look even better than it already does
  • Your mat choices should not be distracting; white mats are too bright for most artwork and are therefore distracting

Framing advice

  • Choose a frame that echoes the bottom mat in color or that repeats an important color from the artwork itself
  • Choose a frame that is noticeably wider (or narrower) than your mat borders, again to avoid a "target" look
  • Choose a moulding width that is visually balanced for the size of the artwork—a large piece needs a wider moulding, small artwork requires narrower moulding
  • Be sure the frame is strong enough to hold the weight of the glass (large artwork) or choose Acrylite™, which is lighter and nearly unbreakable (it’s best for shipping, too)

Glazing – Why is glazing important?
There are two glazing options—glass and acrylic (not Plexiglas since it yellows and offers no UV protection). Read my Blog post on UV protection in glass.

Glazing serves several functions:

  • Protects the artwork during transport and handling
  • Protects the piece from oily hands, bugs, dust, and dirt (you don’t want to know what I’ve found in the back of dirty frames!)
  • Prevents works on canvas (oil paintings) from needing to be cleaned or restored later—a very expensive process; even the Mona Lisa is framed behind glass (which happens to bullet proof, but still!) :)

General Advice on Glass

Glass costs less than acrylic and both come with several coating options:

  • Museum Glass™ and Optium Acrylite™ - My favorite glazing and the best option for viewing your artwork; there is no haze or glare so your artwork looks its best; offers 99% UV protection; quite pricy due to the new technology of the no-glare coating
  • Conservation Reflection Control™ and CRC Acrylite™ – Very close seconds to Museum™ and Optium™; slight haze; 99% UV protection; significantly lower priced (my favorite option when price is a concern)
  • Conservation Clear – A far third best; very glary; not much lower in price; I don’t recommend it unless the customer doesn’t like the little bit of haze on CRC
  • Regular non-glare – no UV protection; hazy; little glare; cheaper; not recommended but viewing is okay
  • Regular – glary; no UV protection; it’s cheap but of no value; poor viewing

That's all--please let me know if you have questions about matting and framing photography. I'm happy to help you.

JoAnn @ Black Iris Gallery

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Como Conservatory, St. Paul, MN - 3/29/09

Several of us had early mornings a couple weeks ago, but boy was it worth it! We made the long trek to St. Paul, Minnesota to attend the special 2 hour photographer's event at Como Conservatory. For those two early morning hours, we were allowed to break the rules and set up tripods in the conservatory...which is awesome and darn near necessary for shooting macros of the beautiful spring flowers. Tom and Audrey Cusick, Marge and Jim Springett, and I all attended. It was a great experience...we had time to shoot as well as investigate the other photographer's equipment and style of shooting. It was a great learning experience for all. Here are a couple my favs from the day...would love to see some from the others that were there! Thanks for looking! ~Barb Ray