ArtPrize 2014

ArtPrize 2014

I am honored and excited to annonce that my photograph, ‘North’, will be showing this fall at The Women’s City Club for ArtPrize 2014. ArtPrize runs from September 24 – October 12, 2014 in Grand Rapids, Michigan.


It is trillium time

My daughter and I had quite the adventure yesterday. We began with my post from yesterday and spent a nice part of the morning on the lakeshore.
On the way home we decided it would be a great day for a hike, so we stopped at Aman Park in Allendale. We hadn’t been there in quite a while, but we have fond memories of this place from visits in the past. I had forgotten about the amazing amount of trillium that bloom in the park every spring. I was so thankful I had my camera with me, and was able to capture some of the beauty of this time of the year in Michigan. There were many photographers out yesterday, and we even crossed paths with a painter. It really felt like a magical place to be.

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Opening Night at ArtPrize

Thank you to all who stopped by to say hello while I was hanging out at my Venue, The Ledyard Building. I couldn’t help myself while it was quiet earlier in the evening to sneak off and explore this place. It was built in the 1860s and is one of the oldest buildings in the city. It is easy to see that a lot of renovations took place in the 70s and 80s. It is pretty apparent though that the owners of the building really value the history of this place, and I can see that renovations are taking place in certain parts of the building to restore some of its original charm.

I had to take a few minutes to walk around and enjoy some of the other action too.

Typical Michigan Weather

I have been thinking about buying one of those little cameras that does stop motion video, but decided on the much cheaper alternative of a 99 cent iPhone app. I set my phone up while I was at lunch today and let it record what a pretty typical Michigan day is like as far as the weather goes. This time lapse is over about two hours. I was hoping to record until the sky cleared completely, but my battery died. Overall, I give this app a good grade. It is worth playing around with some more.

In Memoriam

When I was a child, Memorial Day was about the official beginning of boating season. As I have grown older, I have began to appreciate the true intent of this day. I decided to take a drive over to the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans and Veterans Cemetery. I haven’t visited my facility since my dad’s memorial service back in 2007. He served in the Air Force during the Vietnam war.

I had forgotten about this absolutely huge flag that hangs at the entrance to the buildings.

The cemetery was pretty busy today with visitors. It is overwhelming to see the number of gravestones at the site.

It was a good Memorial Day for me. I left feeling good about taking the time to visit where my dad had lived for the last year and a half of his life. He had a kind soul, and I will dedicate this day to my memories of him from now on. It all comes full circle–me choosing this day in memory of my dad. When I was little, it was my dad who was most excited about the official beginning of boating season.

Our boat, circa 1988. I’m pretty sure I took this photo.