Sunday, October 30, 2011

Frederick Halloween Decorations 2011

One of things that makes a house a home is putting your own personal brand on it. There is nothing like a holiday to bring out the branding. Halloween is great fun for many families because it does not usually involve weeks of work and planning like Christmas. However, if you walk around town, you can see that some folks have put a lot of thought and work into their decorations.  This is a walking around sample of Halloween decorations in Frederick.

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Monday, October 24, 2011

Frederick Photo of the Week: Rosemont Avenue

This is a side view of a home on Rosemont Avenue in Frederick. The strong play of light on the wide lawns  and impatiens caught my eye.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Signs of Fall and Halloween

This is a casual tour around downtown and some of the Fall and Halloween decorations. It's a small sample. Frederick homeowners are usually pretty creative at this time of the year. I'll add more as I find them.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Frederick Camera Clique

While at Artomatic last week, I met photographer Dan Scenna who told me about the Frederick Camera Clique. The Clique is a group of photographers who meet once a month at the Delaplaine Visual Arts Center. The Camera Clique has been in existence for over 22 years. Erin Merritt, this year's president, explained the format of the evenings, and their activities. Their skill levels vary from "point and shoot" to commercial photographers.  Later, I sat and talked with both Dan Scenna and Don Johnson who described past club field trips and membership. Don later wrote: "It is always great to see what the other club members are producing because they inspire me to try new things.  You can always grow in photography."  

This past Wednesday, the guest presenter was Bill Adkins, local photographer and author of the wonderful A Year On Market photography blog. He spoke to a full house. Bill talked about his experience as a photographer and his dedication to the rules he set for producing a photo a day throughout the year - rain, shine, and dark of night. He showed a selection of the A Year On Market photos and described an unexpectedly rich part of the project - talking with people he met on Market Street.    
Bill Adkins speaks to a full house at the Frederick Camera Club,
Wednesday, October 12, 2011 (photo by Beamie Young)

Bill Adkins talks about meeting the people he photographed. (photo by Beamie Young)
In a typical Camera Clique meeting, the last part of the evening provides an opportunity for several club members to display their photos in a "Show and Tell." They describe what they shot and how they got the shots and/or modified them. Here are a few photos from some of the presenters. Don't miss the details. Click on the thumbnails below for a larger version.
Photographer Susan O'Connor: "Three Plums with Leaves" 

Dan Scenna: "Gears at Walkersville Train Yard"

Don Johnson: "A snow leopard taken at the Memphis Zoo.
On the right, the same leopard modified with Fractalius."
David Raimist: "Tools of the Trade - FCC Softball Pitcher."

Beamie Young: "Early morning Lobster men in Rockport Maine"

Joelle Herman: "Carroll Creek Suspension"  This photo won the
Frederick Scott Kelby Worldwide Photowalk.
Brookside Gardens in Montgomery County, MD. This particular image is a composite of five separate, vertically oriented shots pieced together using
Kolor's Autopano Pro software. Copyrighted by Howard Clark 2011.
As evidenced by this small sample of photos, this is a very talented group of people who could easily inspire a strictly point and shoot amateur to upgrade their skills and camera. For more information, contact Erin Merritt at or visit the Frederick Camera Clique website:

Monday, October 10, 2011

Frederick Photo of the Week: Carroll Creek & Clustered Spires

I've walked by this view almost every day for 19 years and never get tired of it.  Frederick is known for it's clustered spires - the church spires you can see from some vantage points. Here is a nice view of several of them as you look down the creek toward the flood control catch basin. Click on the photo for a larger view and you will be able to see the spires in the distance. This is the same view as the banner photo on this blog, further from the catch basin.
Baker Park at College Avenue and Carroll Parkway

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Friday, October 7, 2011

Artomatic - Frederick’s Metropolitan Museum of Art

Tina Lund and her paintings on exhibit at Artomatic
If you live around Frederick you’ve undoubtedly heard of Artomatic, but have you been there yet? Artomatic is a 27,000 square foot temporary exhibit of some of Frederick’s fine art. It is housed in the old Board of Education building at 115 E. Church Street, Frederick, Maryland.  It’s not just a gallery or two but four floors of locally produced fine art.

I was greeted at the door by Tina Lund, one of the artists in the exhibit, who graciously posed in front of her own art for this post.  Jennifer Finley, the director of Artomatic at Frederick, explained the concept and encouraged me to take photos.   Some artists were on hand to chat, Hillary Banachowski and Bhaval Shah Bell. In one hour, I walked through all four floors of art taking photos, but I promise you, you need more time than that!  Plan to spend much more time there. 
Artomatic has hours on Wednesday – Sunday. See their website for specific hours. The art is for sale, so it’s not too early to be thinking about Christmas presents. Artomatic is done in partnership with the Frederick Arts Council.  Do not miss this show! As a teaser, here are some photos from the exhibit. They represent a tiny fraction of the art.
Robert Kienle, photographer: selections from the Empire State Building series.

Frederick Ceramic Artist, Eugene Benjamin’s display of Red and White Earthenware vessels, masks, and Smoke-Fired Lanterns can be seen in Room 66.

Room 28 has sisters Annie and Linda Lunsford's art,
this case holds hand-decorated tile coasters and trivets.

Two Awesome Chicks Collaborating: Hillary Banachowski
(recycled art) & Chelsea Weiss (circles painting).
Mixed media by Rhonda J. Smith

Jane Dunsmore makes custom ceramic murals with color and raised clay details.

Dragon in the Hood by Michelle Reilly.

A variety of Jigsaw puzzles from Thom Spencer’s Jigsaw-Art.

"Visit Space 46B and enter a free drawing for a limited
edition giclee print by Maryann Pranulis."

"Art and what's considered 'craziness' often exist in the same space,
and neuro-diversity is not an entirely bad thing, if it informs empathy and creativity."

Artist: Joanna Barnum

Karen Peacock's mixed-media painting, Colorama, features two vintage dresses.

Artist: Andrew Hendricks