George Grubb: Blog https://georgegrubb.com/blog en-us George Grubb (C) 2007-2020 (George Grubb) Mon, 16 Mar 2020 07:27:00 GMT Mon, 16 Mar 2020 07:27:00 GMT https://georgegrubb.com/img/s/v-12/u56856205-o709958012-50.jpg George Grubb: Blog https://georgegrubb.com/blog 72 120 Crocker Art Museum's 41st Annual Art Auction & Exhibition, May 23 - June 1, 2019 https://georgegrubb.com/blog/2019/4/crocker-art-museums-41st-annual-art-auction-exhibition-may-23---june-1-2019 The Crocker Art Museum selected "The South Georgia Subway Station" for inclusion in its annual Art Auction, scheduled for June 1, 2019.  The work will be on display in their gallery's exhibit from May 23 to June 1st, as well as in the online auction preview and in the Art Auction 2019 catalogue.  The Crocker Art Museum is renowned for its holdings of European master drawings and international ceramics, and features a display of California art.  It is the only museum in the Sacramento region accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, a recognition given to fewer than 1,100 of the nation's 33,000 museums.  The piece selected for inclusion in its annual art auction is a digital-composite of multiple photographs that I captured in the South Georgia Island, which is located in the Southern Ocean, and New York City in 2012 and 2013.  The King Penguins featured in this image are the second largest species of penguin, smaller, but similar in appearance to the larger Emperor Penguin.  This is the 2nd printing of an Edition of 3 for this work made available for this auction.  More information about the Crocker Art Museum is available at www.crockerart.org.

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(George Grubb) Exhibitions New York City Wildlife Penguins https://georgegrubb.com/blog/2019/4/crocker-art-museums-41st-annual-art-auction-exhibition-may-23---june-1-2019 Sat, 20 Apr 2019 15:40:54 GMT
"Pigeon Forge", Martin House Workspace, Pound Ridge, NY - March 2 - May 30, 2019 https://georgegrubb.com/blog/2019/3/-pigeon-forge-martin-house-workspace-pound-ridge-ny This collection of images photographed in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, during the fall of 2011, expresses the aspirations of this amusement resort town, which lie in stark contrast to its neighbor, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.  The competitive nature of this relationship is explored using various interpretive techniques, such as exaggerated and modified colors and distorted buildings with skewed neon signage to capture the competitive notion of how these boulevard businesses beg for attention.

While using these techniques to capture the whimsical and vibrancy displayed through their structures, I also used other techniques to instill a sense of a decaying reality such as implementing a subtle distortion of the images to lend the sensation that something feels amiss.   Shooting under the harsh mid-day sun to capture high contrast helped facilitate the notion that nothing is subtle about Pigeon Forge.  Telephone wires and poles wrap around this land of concrete and neon signage to remind the viewers that even the best of plans here have been well challenged by the forces of consequences.                                                                           

Exhibition dates: March 2 - May 30, 2019, at Martin House Workspace, 69 Westchester Avenue, Pound Ridge, New York, 10576 - www.martinhouseworkspace.com . On May 19, 2019, a special event will take place for the Pound Ridge Land Conservancy whereby the works in this Exhibition will be offered with 100% of the proceeds benefiting the Pound Ridge Land Conservancy.  Please visit their Web site to learn how to attend this event at https://prlc.net/.  This portfolio of metal prints was previously exhibited at Soho Photo Gallery in New York City, NY in 2013.  The full portfolio is online to view by clicking here.

Pigeon Forge 1Pigeon Forge 1Medium: Inks infused into coated aluminum, floating over a second metal print also designed by the artist, and embedded into a wedge-shaped black wooden frame. Inner Metal Print Size: 24" x 16." Frame Size: 32" x 24." Limited Edition of Three Prints, 2013.

Pigeon Forge #1

 

Pigeon Forge 4Pigeon Forge 4Medium: Inks infused into coated aluminum, floating over a second metal print also designed by the artist, and embedded into a wedge-shaped black wooden frame. Inner Metal Print Size: 24" x 16." Frame Size: 32" x 24." Limited Edition of Three Prints, 2013.

Pigeon Forge #4

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(George Grubb) Exhibitions https://georgegrubb.com/blog/2019/3/-pigeon-forge-martin-house-workspace-pound-ridge-ny Sat, 02 Mar 2019 23:10:05 GMT
Wolves In Winter, at Kitchen Table, Pound Ridge, NY - March 1 - April 30 https://georgegrubb.com/blog/2018/3/wolves-in-winter Wolves form strong social bonds, traveling and hunting in packs. They naturally feed on large animals (moose, caribou, deer, elk, wild boar, etc.) but will also feed on smaller prey, livestock, and garbage. They play a key role in the ecosystem, helping to keep deer and elk populations in check, which benefits many plant and other animal species. The carcasses of their prey also provide food for scavenging wildlife.


The Arctic Wolf's PursuitThe Arctic Wolf's Pursuit

Arctic Wolf


The images displayed in this collection highlight the Gray Wolf, its subspecies’, Arctic Wolf, and the Critically Endangered Red Wolf. The wolves in this collection were not photographed in the wild, but in preserves. Multiple facilities exist throughout the U.S. and Canada for safeguarding the genetic integrity of the species, to provide additional animals for reintroduction back into the wild, or for educational purposes. I had the opportunity to visit and photograph in a few preserves, including the nearby Wolf Conservation Center of New York and Lakota Wolf Preserve, Inc., of New Jersey.

Threats to the Wolves include hybridization with Coyotes, human induced mortality (vehicles, gunshot, poisoning), disease, malnutrition, and parasites. While fear of these canids are pervasive, the majority of such attacks are attributed to animals suffering from rabies. Non-rabid wolf attacks are considered rare.

The Growl of the Black WolfThe Growl of the Black Wolf

Gray Wolf


The Red Wolf (Canis rufus) is still listed as Critically Endangered by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature’s (IUCN) Red List. By 1980, it was considered extinct in the wild, but has been successfully reintroduced by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and about 150 of them now roam in the wild in eastern North Carolina.

The Gray Wolf (Canis lupus), also known as the Timber Wolf or Western Wolf, is considered stable, with a Least Concern rating from the IUCN’s Red List. However, for its survival, the Gray wolf has also relied on legal protection, fostered natural recolonization and reintroduction. The Gray Wolf is native to Eurasia and North America and its subspecies’, the Arctic Wolf (Canis lupus arctos), is native to the Canadian Arctic. The Gray Wolf specie was once the World’s most widely distributed mammal, but has now become extinct in many of its native places. The estimated numbers in North America are approx. 7,000 to 11,000 in Alaska, 3,700 in the Great Lakes Region, and 1,675 in the Northern Rockies.

The Wolf by the RiverThe Wolf by the River

Red Wolf By River


The idea to present this collection of images at The Kitchen Table occurred over a conversation about how we might provide for a photographic exhibit that benefits a local wildlife organization. To inspire local awareness and education of these majestic animals, we plan to host a closing reception whereby these prints will be offered to benefit the Wolf Conservation Center in South Salem, NY. To learn more about this organization in South Salem, NY, and how to visit their wolves, please visit their Web site at www.nywolf.org. The Kitchen Table is located at 71 Westchester Avenue, Pound Ridge, New York.

The source for the information above was obtained from the Web sites of IUCN’s Red List (www.redlist.org) and from Defenders of Wildlife (www.defenders.org).

 

Arctic Wolf On The ProwlArctic Wolf On The Prowl

Arctic Wolf on the Prowl

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(George Grubb) wolves https://georgegrubb.com/blog/2018/3/wolves-in-winter Thu, 15 Mar 2018 21:23:55 GMT
Winterlark 2017 - Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center Benefit for Cancer Patients - Feb 4 https://georgegrubb.com/blog/2017/1/winterlark-2017 Up for benefit auction at the Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center's annual benefit gala is this black & white quadriptych titled, "Photographing Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes."  The four-piece framed set, fully donated by the artist, is being offered in one lot to support the 34th annual Winterlark gala being held at Graylyn Manor in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, to support Cancer Patient Support Program (CPSP).  Having lost both of my parents to cancer, I am passionately moved to be supporting this event. Key sponsors include Wells Fargo Bank, Celgene Corporation, Reynolds American, Inc., First Tennessee, The Berti Foundation, and Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice, LLP.  More information about this gala event may be found on their Web site at www.wakehealth.edu/Winterlark.  The event is being held on February 4th, 2017, at Graylyn Manor in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.  The work has been signed on the verso of each print, and editioned as 1 of 5.

Photographing Mesquite Flat Sand DunesPhotographing Mesquite Flat Sand DunesA quadriptych in edition of five.

Photographing Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes

A Quadriptych, Photographed in 2011

 

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(George Grubb) Exhibitions https://georgegrubb.com/blog/2017/1/winterlark-2017 Fri, 27 Jan 2017 22:52:36 GMT
Salmagundi New Member's Exhibition - Jan 5 - Jan 13, 2017 https://georgegrubb.com/blog/2017/1/salmagundi-new-members-exhibition Having been just elected as a Resident Artist Member of the Salmagundi Club, I had the opportunity to participate in my first member exhibition at the renowned art organization which has been a center for American Art since 1871.  Their landmark house is the last surviving brownstone on lower Fifth Avenue, originally built in 1853 as the residence of Irad Hawley, president of the Pennsylvania Coal Company.  In November 1917, the building was acquired by the Salmagundi Club, one of the country's oldest organizations serving artists.  With a 143 year history of fostering the development of American Art, the club's collection comprises nearly 1,600 works of art and hosts three galleries that are open to the public throughout the year.  Its membership has included the likes of Ernest L. Blumenschein, William Merritt Chase, E. Irving Couse, J. Francis Murphy, Howard Pyle, Edward Potthast, Theodore Robinson, F. Childe Hassam, Louis Comfort Tiffany, Carl Rungius, Maynard Dixon, N.C. Wyeth, J. Alden Weir and Ogden Pleissner, to name some.  

The 2017 New Members Exhibition exposed the public to the newest Artist Members of the Salmagundi Club.  On display was a piece of my work from the second series, "Forgotten" which depicted an abandoned military base on the East Coast of Greenland.  The Salmagundi Club is located at 47 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY, 10003, USA.  Their Web site is www.salmagundi.org.

Forgotten #5Forgotten #5"Forgotten" is a portfolio of images that depict an old abandoned World War II U.S. Military Base in East Greenland, that is yet, to this day, to be cleaned up. The fuel drums continue to leak over a half-century later, reminding the viewer of the lingering destructive cost of war. The digital technique used in this series metaphorically combines the historic black & white photographic style with the contemporary color edge-bleeding technique to represent the lingering passage of time.

Forgotten No. 5

 

 

 

 

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(George Grubb) Exhibitions Greenland https://georgegrubb.com/blog/2017/1/salmagundi-new-members-exhibition Fri, 27 Jan 2017 22:07:50 GMT
Salmagundi Club, Annual Photography And Graphics Exhibition For Non-Members, Aug 1 - 12 https://georgegrubb.com/blog/2016/8/salmagundi-club The Art Committee of the Salmagundi Club has selected, "Forgotten No. 8," for exhibition in the Salmagundi Club's 2016 Annual Photography and Graphics Exhibition For Non-Members, to be held at the Salmagundi Club in New York City, from August 1st - 12th, 2016.  The Art Committee is comprised of Annie Patt, Chairman; Patricia Gericke, Vice Chairman; Janet Cook, Joseph McGlynn, Elizabeth Spencer, Lou Lalli, Anthony Almeida, Georgette Sinclair, Shawn Sullivan, and Roger Rossi.  The Salmagundi Club is located at 47 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY, between 11th and 12th Streets. The Exhibition is being held in the Main Gallery, Monday, August 1st, through Friday, August 12, 2016 and will be open daily to the public, 1pm-6pm Monday-Friday, and 1pm-6pm Saturday and Sunday.  The Awards Reception for artists and their guests will be held on closing night, Friday, August 12th, 6-9pm.  

 

The Salmagundi Club was founded in 1871 and is one of the oldest art organizations in the United States.  The Club owns a collection of over 1,500 works of art spanning its 140 year history and has a membership of 850 artists and patrons. Its members have included important American artists such as Thomas Moran, William Merritt Chase, Louis Comfort Tiffany, N.C. Wyeth and Childe Hassam.  Honorary members include Sir Winston Churchill, Buckminister Fuller, Paul Cadmus, Al Hirschfeld, Thomas Hoving and Schuyler Chapin.

 

Forgotten No. 8

Forgotten No. 8

The selected image, "Forgotten No. 8," is from the Forgotten - Series II.  "Forgotten" depicts a World War II U.S. military base in East Greenland whose scattered fuel drums continue to leak more than a half-century later. This second series integrates a stylistic technique that merges low-key, historic-appearing black & white photographic style with contemporary bleeding-edge-color to metaphorically remind us of the cleanup that remains.  The complete portfolio is available online to view at http://georgegrubb.com/p1057186646.

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(George Grubb) Exhibitions Greenland https://georgegrubb.com/blog/2016/8/salmagundi-club Thu, 11 Aug 2016 21:50:44 GMT
Los Angeles Center of Photography, 3rd Annual Member's Exhibition, Jul 30 - Aug 26 https://georgegrubb.com/blog/2016/7/LACP Juror, January Parkos Arnall, selected 50 prints for the "3rd Annual Member's Exhibition" at the Los Angeles Center of Photography (LACP).  Ms. Arnall currently works as Curatorial Assistant at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles, California, and serves on the board at the Inglewood Cultural Arts in Inglewood, CA.  The Hammer Museum was founded by Dr. Armand Hammer in 1990, and the Museum is now managed by the University of California in Los Angeles (UCLA).  

For this exhibition, the print selected, "Forgotten No. 5" is from the "Forgotten" Series II, which depicts a World War II U.S. military base in East Greenland whose scattered drums continue to leak fuel more than a half-century later. The second series integrates a stylistic technique that merges historic-appearing black & white photographic style with contemporary bleeding-edge color to metaphorically expand our awareness of the cleanup that remains as well as remind us how the cost of war haunts us so many decades later. 

The prints will go on exhibition at the DNJ Gallery, opening July 30th, and remain on display through August 26, 2016.  A digital version of the images will also be displayed on the LACP's DNJ Gallery's Web site is at www.dnjgallery.net.  More information about the LACP may be found on their Web site at www.lacphoto.org as well as on their facebook page at www.facebook.com/losangelescenterofphotography.  LACP is located at 1515 Wilcox Ave., Los Angeles, California, 90028.  

Forgotten #5Forgotten #5"Forgotten" is a portfolio of images that depict an old abandoned World War II U.S. Military Base in East Greenland, that is yet, to this day, to be cleaned up. The fuel drums continue to leak over a half-century later, reminding the viewer of the lingering destructive cost of war. The digital technique used in this series metaphorically combines the historic black & white photographic style with the contemporary color edge-bleeding technique to represent the lingering passage of time.

Forgotten No. 5

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(George Grubb) Exhibitions Greenland https://georgegrubb.com/blog/2016/7/LACP Thu, 07 Jul 2016 22:56:23 GMT
Center for Photographic Art, "2016 Members Juried Exhibition", Exhibiting Jun 11 - Jul 24 https://georgegrubb.com/blog/2016/6/center-for-photographic-art Juror, Heather Snider, the Executive Director of San Francisco Camerawork, a 40 year-old non-profit arts organization dedicated to the photographic arts, selected "Forgotten No. 3" for the 2016 Members Juried Exhibition at the Center for Photographic Art in Carmel, California.  With over 700 submissions, Ms. Snider selected "Forgotten No. 3" as one of 45 prints for exhibition in the Center's gallery.  Ms. Snider also selected an additional 45 images for an online gallery presentation, bringing to total 90 images selected for this exhibition.  "Forgotten No.3" is one of the prints from the series, Forgotten - Series II that depicts a World War II U.S. military base in East Greenland whose scattered fuel drums continue to leak more than a half-century later.  This second series of images were created to integrate a stylistic technique that merges low-key, historic-appearing, black & white photographic style with contemporary bleeding-edge-color to metaphorically expand our awareness of the cleanup that remains.

The Center for Photographic Art is located at Sunset Center at the intersection of San Carolos Street at 9th Avenue, in Carmel, California, and their Web site is www.photography.org.  An opening reception is held, Saturday, June 11, from 5pm-7pm; with the exhibition running through July 24th.   A soft-cover catalog featuring all gallery and online selections is available at their Web site.  

Forgotten 3Forgotten 3"Forgotten" is a portfolio of images that depict an old abandoned World War II U.S. Military Base in East Greenland, that is yet, to this day, to be cleaned up. The fuel drums continue to leak over a half-century later, reminding the viewer of the lingering destructive cost of war. The digital technique used in this series metaphorically combines the historic black & white photographic style with the contemporary color edge-bleeding technique to represent the lingering passage of time.

Forgotten No.3

 

 

 

 

 

 

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(George Grubb) Exhibitions Greenland https://georgegrubb.com/blog/2016/6/center-for-photographic-art Mon, 13 Jun 2016 19:32:54 GMT
Exhibiting in "Landscape: A Sense of Place" at Site:Brooklyn Gallery, May 25 - June 26 https://georgegrubb.com/blog/2016/5/sitebrooklyn-landscapes The Artist Reception opens tonight, Wednesday, May 25th, for the exhibition titled, "Landscape: A Sense of Place," being showcased at the Site:Brooklyn Gallery in Brooklyn, New York.  The exhibition is curated by Annette Rose-Shapiro, Managing Editor at ARTnews, Ltd, and will run May 26 through June 26, 2016.  Juror Annette Rose-Shapiro selected the print, "Forgotten No. 3," from the Forgotten - Series II to participate in this exhibition, which incorporates photography as well as fine art.  "Forgotten" depicts a World War II U.S. military base in East Greenland whose scattered fuel drums continue to leak more than a half-century later. This second series integrates a stylistic technique that merges low-key, historic-appearing black & white photographic style with contemporary bleeding-edge-color to metaphorically expand our awareness of the cleanup that remains. The gallery is located at 165 7th Street in Brooklyn, New York, and its hours are posted on their Web site at www.sitebrooklyn.com.  This exhibition marks the fifth juried group exhibition in the U.S. this year with work from this series.

Forgotten 3Forgotten 3"Forgotten" is a portfolio of images that depict an old abandoned World War II U.S. Military Base in East Greenland, that is yet, to this day, to be cleaned up. The fuel drums continue to leak over a half-century later, reminding the viewer of the lingering destructive cost of war. The digital technique used in this series metaphorically combines the historic black & white photographic style with the contemporary color edge-bleeding technique to represent the lingering passage of time.

Forgotten No. 3

 

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(George Grubb) https://georgegrubb.com/blog/2016/5/sitebrooklyn-landscapes Wed, 25 May 2016 19:52:49 GMT
North Valley Art League, California, "Int'l Juried Photography Show" May 3 - June 4 https://georgegrubb.com/blog/2016/5/north-valley-art-league Juror, Jack Fulton, has selected, "Forgotten No. 1," as a Gold Selection in the North Valley Art League (NVAL) 2016 International Juried Photography Show, to be held at the Carter House Gallery from May 3 through June 4, 2016. Mr. Fulton, Professor Emeritus, works at the San Francisco Art Institute and has been involved with Fine Art Photography since 1965. He has taught in the Photography Department of the San Francisco Art Institute from 1969 to 2013, and was Chair of the Department for approximately half that period. He designed the complete darkroom facilities and curriculum, also introducing color, historic processes and the digital environment. He also taught at UC Santa Cruz, Colorado College, Emily Carr in Vancouver, Ansel Adams Yosemite workshops, the Museum of Photographic Arts San Diego, Anderson Ranch and in Lisbon Portugal. His body of work has earned him numerous awards, including two NEA Fellowships (1970 and 1990) and an NEA Publishing Award, which brought forth a book on walking in the Sierra Nevada: 2 Saunters: Summer & Winter.  Mr. Fulton's work has also been exhibited at many notable venues, including SFMOMA; Oakland Museum; Los Angeles County Museum; University of AZ; Chicago Art Institute; Biblioteque Nationale, Museum of Modern Art of the City of Paris; Seagram's; UNOCAL, and the San Jose Museum of Art.

For this exhibition, Mr. Fulton designated a select group of images as a "Gold Selection," meaning these images are presented in a print exhibition. An additional group of images, designated as a "Silver Selection," are being exhibited in a digital slide show and on the NVAL Web site.

The Gallery is located at Caldwell Park, 48 Quartz Hill Road in Redding, California 96003.  An opening reception is being held at the Gallery on Saturday, May 7, from 6 to 8pm.  The North Valley Art League is an all-volunteer, non-profit organization dedicated to furthering the visual arts in the northern California region.

Forgotten 1Forgotten 1"Forgotten" is a portfolio of images that depict an old abandoned World War II U.S. Military Base in East Greenland, that is yet, to this day, to be cleaned up. The fuel drums continue to leak over a half-century later, reminding the viewer of the lingering destructive cost of war. The digital technique used in this series metaphorically combines the historic black & white photographic style with the contemporary color edge-bleeding technique to represent the lingering passage of time.

Forgotten No. 1 (Honorable Mention)

The selected image, "Forgotten No. 1," is from the Forgotten - Series II.  "Forgotten" depicts a World War II U.S. military base in East Greenland whose scattered fuel drums continue to leak more than a half-century later. This second series integrates a stylistic technique that merges low-key, historic-appearing black & white photographic style with contemporary bleeding-edge-color to metaphorically remind us of the cleanup that remains.  The complete portfolio is available online to view at http://georgegrubb.com/p1057186646.

 

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(George Grubb) https://georgegrubb.com/blog/2016/5/north-valley-art-league Fri, 06 May 2016 15:34:41 GMT
Sohn Fine Art Gallery's "5th Annual Juried Exhibition" - Lenox, Massachusetts, April 24 - Jun 5 https://georgegrubb.com/blog/2016/3/sohn-fine-art-gallerys More than 1200 entries competed for the twenty available selections at Sohn Fine Art Gallery's 5th Annual Juried Exhibition. The esteemed panel of jurors for this year's exhibition were John R. Stomberg (Virginia Rice Kelsey 1961s Director of the Hood Museum of Art at Dartmouth College), Jan Nagle (Program Associate at Center for Photography at Woodstock) and Hannah Blunt (Assistant Curator at Mt. Holyoke College Art Museum). Mr. Stomberg also served as the Florence Finch Abbott Director of the Mount Holyoke College Art Museum, and served also as both Deputy Director and Chief Curator of the Williams College Museum of Art. Before Williams, Mr. Stomberg served as Director of the Boston University Art Gallery.  Ms. Nagle joined the Center for Photography at Woodstock in 2015, and has held full-time teaching positions at The School of Art and Design at Alfred University and Kendall College of Art and Design.  Prior to, she served as the workshop instructor and coordinator at CEPA Gallery in Buffalo, NY. She was also CEPA's resident regional artist in 2004, and received "Best In Show" at CEPA's 2009 Member's Exhibition, which led to multiple solo exhibitions at the gallery. Hannah Blunt manages and develops exhibitions for the Mt. Holyoke College Art Museum, and assists with general research and care of the Museum's collection. 
 

 

Selected for the exhibition is "Forgotten No. 3" from the Forgotten - Series II.  "Forgotten" depicts a World War II U.S. military base in East Greenland whose scattered fuel drums continue to leak more than a half-century later. This second series integrates a stylistic technique that merges low-key, historic-appearing black & white photographic style with contemporary bleeding-edge-color to metaphorically remind us of the cleanup that remains. The exhibition runs April 24 through June 5, at the Sohn Fine Art Gallery in Lenox, Massachusetts, with an artist reception scheduled for Saturday, May 7, from 4:00 - 6:30 pm. Further details of the gallery and the show may be located at their Web site at www.sohnfineart.com and also in their press release.
 

 

Forgotten #3Forgotten #3"Forgotten" is a portfolio of images that depict an old abandoned World War II U.S. Military Base in East Greenland, that is yet, to this day, to be cleaned up. The fuel drums continue to leak over a half-century later, reminding the viewer of the lingering destructive cost of war. The digital technique used in this series metaphorically combines the historic black & white photographic style with the contemporary color edge-bleeding technique to represent the lingering passage of time.

Forgotten No. 3

 

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(George Grubb) https://georgegrubb.com/blog/2016/3/sohn-fine-art-gallerys Tue, 29 Mar 2016 23:19:21 GMT
Travel Africa Magazine, Issue #72, Publishes George Grubb's Photographic Work https://georgegrubb.com/blog/2016/3/travel-africa-magazine-issue-72 Travel Africa Magazine is an international travel magazine covering African destinations, wildlife and culture.  Its mission is to convey the excitement of all things African through vivid writing and inspiring photography, backed up by solid facts, expert advice and the latest news for this region. Launched in 1997 and published in the United Kingdom, the magazine is produced by Gecko Publishing.  Working in partnership with Gecko Publishing, the African Wildlife Foundation is collaborating to produce articles about conservation and increase awareness of its mission. The Foundation also submits copies each publication to its 3,000+ major donors and partners.  The partnership enables the magazine to  increase its coverage of special projects and other conservation related issues throughout Africa.  The African Wildlife Foundation is one of the World's largest and most active African conservation groups, with headquarters in Nairobi.  The organization provides a strong lobbying voice for conservation-related policies at the government level while also engaging local communities and park authorities and other stakeholders in a wide variety of projects across the continent.  More information about this partnership may be found online here at www.awf.org/news/new-partnership-between-travel-africa-awf.

 

The article, titled "Trails and Beehives to Protect Chimpanzees," is a conservation story about the efforts underway to protect the chimpanzees of Uganda's Budongo Forest. The article describes a partnership with the African Wildlife Foundation, the U.S. Agency for International Development, Uganda's Biodiversity Program and  the Jane Goodall Institute, all working together in launching a beekeeping program throughout local communities as a way to inhibit humans encroaching into the chimpanzees' habitat.  The article, found on page 3 of issue #72, features this image of a wild chimpanzee I photographed in Uganda's forest in 2014.

 

Chimpanzee Sitting In Kibale National Park, UgandaChimpanzee Sitting In Kibale National Park, Uganda

Chimpanzee, Photographed in Uganda, 2014

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(George Grubb) Chimpanzee Exhibitions https://georgegrubb.com/blog/2016/3/travel-africa-magazine-issue-72 Sat, 05 Mar 2016 00:04:58 GMT
Collector's Choice Exhibition & Art Auction, Blackboard Gallery, Camarilla, California - March 12 https://georgegrubb.com/blog/2016/2/collectors-choice-exhibition Juror Jason Horejs, owner of Xanadu Gallery in Scottsdale, Arizona, selected three prints from the series, "Forgotten," for the Studio Channel Islands' annual Collectors Choice Exhibition & Benefit Art Auction on March 12, 2016. The Exhibition is being held at the Blackboard Gallery in Camarillo, California. The Studio Channel Islands is 501(c)3 nonprofit organization devoted to promoting the arts within Ventura County, California.        

Jason Horejs is recognized as the author of "Starving to Successful-The Fine Artist's Guide to Getting into Galleries and Selling More Art."  He began his gallery career at Legacy Galleries in Scottsdale, and in 2001, opened his own gallery, Xanadu Gallery also in Scottsdale.  Mr. Horejs will award a First, Second and Third Place honor among the exhibited works for the exhibition.  The benefit commences at 6pm (VIP at 5pm), and tickets range from $200-$300.  For additional information, please visit www.studiochannelislands.org/events/collectors-choice/ .  The event is held at Blackboard Gallery, located at 2222 Ventura Blvd., Old Town Camarillo, California.  

Forgotten #1Forgotten #1"Forgotten" is a portfolio of images that depict an old abandoned World War II U.S. Military Base in East Greenland, that is yet, to this day, to be cleaned up. The fuel drums continue to leak over a half-century later, reminding the viewer of the lingering destructive cost of war. The digital technique used in this series metaphorically combines the historic black & white photographic style with the contemporary color edge-bleeding technique to represent the lingering passage of time.

Forgotten #1

Forgotten #6Forgotten #6"Forgotten" is a portfolio of images that depict an old abandoned World War II U.S. Military Base in East Greenland, that is yet, to this day, to be cleaned up. The fuel drums continue to leak over a half-century later, reminding the viewer of the lingering destructive cost of war. The digital technique used in this series metaphorically combines the historic black & white photographic style with the contemporary color edge-bleeding technique to represent the lingering passage of time.

Forgotten No. 6

 

Forgotten #5Forgotten #5"Forgotten" is a portfolio of images that depict an old abandoned World War II U.S. Military Base in East Greenland, that is yet, to this day, to be cleaned up. The fuel drums continue to leak over a half-century later, reminding the viewer of the lingering destructive cost of war. The digital technique used in this series metaphorically combines the historic black & white photographic style with the contemporary color edge-bleeding technique to represent the lingering passage of time.

Forgotten No. 5

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(George Grubb) Exhibitions Greenland https://georgegrubb.com/blog/2016/2/collectors-choice-exhibition Thu, 25 Feb 2016 18:24:24 GMT
Center for Fine Art Photography, LANDSCAPES, Juror Natasha Egan, May 6 - Jun 11 https://georgegrubb.com/blog/2016/2/c4fap-landscapes Juror, Natasha Egan, has selected Forgotten No. 2 for the upcoming group exhibition, "LANDSCAPES" at the Center for Fine Art Photography in Fort Collins, Colorado.  The exhibition will run May 6 through June 11, 2016, with an opening reception to be held Friday, May 6, from 6:00pm - 9:00pm at the gallery.  Since 2011, Natasha Egan has served as the executive director of the Museum of Contemporary Photography at Columbia College Chicago (MoCP).  She has organized over fifty exhibitions with a focus on contemporary Asian art and artists concerned with societal issues, such as the environment, war, and economics.  Egan was a guest curator for the 2010 FotoFest Biennial in Houston, Texas and juried international exhibitions. Egan has contributed essays to numerous publications and peridicals and lectures internationally. For over a decade, she taught in the photography and humanities departments at Columbia College Chicago, and holds a BA in Asian studies, MA in museum studdies, and an MFA in fine art photography.

The selected image is part of a larger portfolio of images captured of an abandoned World War II U.S. military base in East Greenland, called "Bluie East Two."  This abandoned base leaves behind as its legacy, thousands of fuel drums, that continue leaking to this day. More images submitted for exhibition consideration may be viewed on this Web site at www.georgegrubb.com/p1057186646

The Center for Fine Art Photography was founded in 2004 and is a nonprofit organization that provides three public galleries, classrooms and support to photographic artists through exhibition, promotion, education and connection to a large community of artists, curators, gallery owners and industry leading photographic professionals.  The Center is located at 400 North College Avenue, Fort Collins, Colorado, 80524. More information may be obtained by visiting their Web site at www.c4fap.org.

Forgotten 2Forgotten 2"Forgotten" is a portfolio of images that depict an old abandoned World War II U.S. Military Base in East Greenland, that is yet, to this day, to be cleaned up. The fuel drums continue to leak over a half-century later, reminding the viewer of the lingering destructive cost of war. The digital technique used in this series metaphorically combines the historic black & white photographic style with the contemporary color edge-bleeding technique to represent the lingering passage of time.

Forgotten No. 2

 

 

 

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(George Grubb) Exhibitions Greenland https://georgegrubb.com/blog/2016/2/c4fap-landscapes Sat, 13 Feb 2016 20:55:48 GMT
Plight of the Orangutans - Now on Social Documentary.Net https://georgegrubb.com/blog/2016/1/plight-of-the-orangutans On a visit to the Orangutan Care Centre in 2013, I had the opportunity to meet with Dr. Galdikas, the famed primatologist, and receive a tour of this facility.  The Orangutan Care Centre, located in Borneo, Indonesia, was originally conceived to rescue and rear about 30 orphaned orangutans at a time with the goal of reintroducing them back into the wild.  But due to the immense scale of deforestation by the palm oil plantations, along with the wide-spread poaching, their numbers have ballooned to ten times this amount at the care center.  The Bornean orangutan (Pongo pygmaeus) is now rated as Endangered by the IUCN's Red List of Threatened Species, and it is estimated that less than 70,000 now live in the wild. The exhibit can be visited by following this link.  Selected images from this online exhibit are posted below as well.

http://www.socialdocumentary.net/exhibit/George_Grubb/3339

BorneoOrangutan Care Centre And Quarantine

The Orangutan Care Centre, located in the village of Pasir Panjang, near Tanjung Puting National Park, Borneo, Indonesia.

BorneoOrangutan Care Center

The center was developed to rescue orphaned baby orangutans whose mothers had either been poached, or had been held captive as pets. The center provides medical, emotional and parental care in a long process that will attempt to prepare them for reintroduction back into the wild. Picture here, juvenile orphans are released daily to play on the grounds supervised by the staff. This daily contact with the forest helps prepare them for the day they can be fully released into the wild.  

BorneoOrangutan Care Center

Pictured here, the renowned primatologist, Dr. Birute Mary Galdikas, carries one of the orphaned baby orangutans along with her staff. Dr. Galdikas has worked extensively with the orangutans in Borneo, studying their behavior and habitat, and is considered the World's foremost authority on the orangutans. Like Jane Goodall and Dian Fossey, Dr. Galdikas also was a protege under Kenyan anthropologist, Dr. Louis Leakey. 

BorneoOrangutan Care Center

The staff carries the younger orangutans from their holding bins for their daily feeding and playtime excursion. When a new baby arrives at the care center, it will undergo a thirty day quarantine whereby an extensive health examination is given to assess the special needs of the newly rescued orphan. 

BorneoOrangutan Care Center

At the care center, medical attention is provided for treatment of parasites, malaria, tuberculosis and hepatitis, along with other potential ailments and diseases. Pictured here, juvenile orangutans need little guidance to find their way around the grounds, yet the small rope acts more as a lead to help the move about with their guide.  

BorneoBorneo

Caregivers at the center, take the orangutans out daily for exercise and feeding. This experience enables them to explore and discover life in the forest while staying under the watchful eye of their caregiver.   

BorneoBorneo

The number one threat to orangutans is currently clear-cutting and poaching derived from coming into conflict with palm oil plantations. It is estimated that up to 5,000 orangutans are killed annually due to the Palm Oil industry's practices, and widespread deforestation. The clear-cutting by these plantations wrecks even more havoc on their habitat than illegal logging. For this reason, many conservation groups implement boycotts on palm oil and products utilizing this ingredient. 

BorneoBorneo

One of the key challenges in preparing an orphan for the wild, is a condition known as "failure to thrive." This is the equivalent of losing the will to live, and rejuvenation from this condition can require many years of attentive care at the center. 

BorneoBorneo

The center was originally designed to support about thirty orphans, but the crisis has grown so vast that the center is overpopulated with nearly 300 orphaned orangutans. 

BorneoBorneo

In the covered shelters, orangutans are able to feed and exercise on a daily basis. They do not leave their caregivers, and thus, there is no need for a fence to contain them. Orangutans are native only in Indonesia and Malaysia, and fortunately, it is against the law to keep them as pets in those countries, but not so in other countries. Thus, the illegal pet trade thrives, which usually involves poaching the mother in attempts to steal her baby. 

BorneoBorneo

When orangutans are ready to be released into the wild, they have access to a feeding station to help stabilize their new transition. Here, a caregiver is pouring milk into a container on an outdoor feeding station in Tanjung Puting National Park, which is nearby the care center. 

BorneoBorneo

Sometimes, orangutans from the wild will also take advantage of the feeding stations. 

BorneoBorneo

The care center is staffed full-time by veterinarians, along with support staff, and medical doctors are available on an as-needed basis. Approximately 130 people work at the center, in helping to care for the approximately 300 orphaned orangutans. The care center is outfitted with emergency operating room technologies, including x-ray, lab and special quarantine living quarters. 

BorneoBorneo

The baby orphans enjoy playing in the jungle, always keeping their caregivers in sight. There is no netting or fence to prevent them from escaping, as the orphans will quickly return to their caregivers when they see them start to depart. 

BorneoBorneo

Infant orangutans usually require up to eight or nine years of care from their mother before they are able to venture out on their own. Thus, without their mothers, the bonds with their caregivers becomes critically vital for their mental and emotional well being. 

BorneoBorneo

The orphans are given a plastic bottle of milk, and they know exactly how to drink from it with little help. 

BorneoBorneo

Following an active day of play, this orangutan returns with his caregiver back to his pen to sleep. 

BorneoBorneo

Some of the younger orphans fall asleep before they even make it back to their pens, after a day of play. 

BorneoBorneo

BorneoBorneo

Dr. Galdikas and her staff return to the center, after a day of active play and feeding the orphaned orangutans. For information on how to support the orangutans and their cause, Dr. Galdikas's foundation can be visited online at www.orangutan.org

 

While in Tanjung Puting National Park, I set my digital camera to video mode and recorded the following video for this presentation.

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(George Grubb) https://georgegrubb.com/blog/2016/1/plight-of-the-orangutans Tue, 12 Jan 2016 16:40:17 GMT
"The Unwanted Pooch Puzzle," Solo Exhibition At Soho Photo Gallery, New York City, Dec 2 - Jan 2 https://georgegrubb.com/blog/2015/12/UnwantedPoochPuzzle All of the dogs depicted in this project were abandoned and ended up in animal shelters; both kill and non-kill shelters.  At the time of their being photographed, many were still in the shelters in hopes of a new life. "The (Unwanted) Pooch Puzzle" is a project developed in coordination with the SPCA in Wake County (a no-kill animal shelter), and the Davidson County Animal Shelter (a kill-shelter), both of which are located in North Carolina.  The project’s goal was to help rescue these domestic pets from euthanasia and find loving homes for them.  The project also seeks to cultivate a fresh perspective using the photographic arts to raise additional awareness and support for the problem of unwanted domestic pets.  Every 9 seconds, an unwanted domestic pet is put down in the U.S., based on studies from the National Council On Pet Population which estimates that 3.7 million are put down each year.  

Saving AndiSaving Andi

Saving Andi

In 2014, North Carolina animal shelters euthanized 119,751 dogs and cats due to an "unwanted" status.  Sadly, many of these domesticated animals were just starting their lives and shared an eagerness to learn about and be a part of this world as much as humans.  The problem of high kill rates is not necessarily lower for smaller shelters versus larger ones.  A closer look at the statistics from the North Carolina Dept. of Agriculture reveal wide variances between animal shelters.  For example, a smaller shelter in Polkton, NC, took in 678 dogs in 2014, killing 587 of them (86.6%). By contrast, a larger shelter in Henderson, NC, took in 1,566 dogs in 2014, and only killed 39 of them (2.5%). So why is Henderson's animal shelter so much more successful with their pet adoption rates than Polkton's animal shelter? 

Saving MojoSaving Mojo

Saving Mojo

Proximity does not play much of a role either.  Two small towns next to each other and of approximately the same size, have startling different euthanasia rates.  Salisbury, NC, took in 2,250 cats and 2,189 dogs in their shelter in 2014. Of those, they terminated 20.36% of the cats, and 10.28% of the dogs. They ran a very effective adoption program, whereby 1,511 cats were adopted and 1,584 dogs were adopted.  Lexington, which is about 15 miles away, took in 2,849 cats and 2,757 dogs. Of those, they terminated 91.82% of the cats and 67.39% of the dogs.

Saving MinnieSaving Minnie

Saving Minnie

Fortunately, concerned citizens of Lexington, NC, fed up with the high kill rates in their town, convinced their county commissioners to vote five to two to turn over the County's animal shelter from the sheriff's department to a nonprofit organization on Dec 9, 2014.  This organization was currently running Guilford County's animal shelter, which increased adoptions there from a paltry 3% to 52% as of 2014 and increased return of animals to rightful owners nearly 20%. 

Saving MilaSaving MilaSaving Mila was selected for exhibition in the 4th Annual Jackson Hole Photography Competition. More details at http://georgegrubb.com/blog/2015/4/Mila

Saving Mila

Sadly, as long as people are regarding domestic pets as disposable property, this problem will remain difficult to resolve. However, concerned advocacy at the local level, as occurred in Lexington, NC, can start to show surprisingly better results. This project seeks to provide creative support for organizations seeking to address this problem. Through donations of this work for benefit auctions, to raising community awareness and combining animal welfare with artistry, the Artist hopes to inspire renewed energies for tackling this global problem. The metaphor of the puzzle used in this series is done in part to describe a difficult problem that can be solved, as well as to appeal to the viewer to reach out and to be the missing pieces in these unwanted dogs lives through adoption.  Thus, the Artist is donating all proceeds he receives from the sale of this work to a local charitable animal rescue organization.

Saving OliveSaving Olive

Saving Olive

The SPCAs are a group of local humane societies around the world that operate independently from each other and are not affiliated with a national organization, as most people may presume.  Each SPCA is a separate entity governed by its own policies and board of directors.  To learn more about the Wake County SPCA in North Carolina, please visit their Web site at www.spcawake.org.  On October 11, 2015, twelve metal prints from this collection were donated to their Annual Fur Ball Benefit Auction to help raise funds to support their operations.

Saving MonteSaving Monte

Saving Monte

The opening reception is tonight, Dec 1, from 6-8pm at Soho Photo Gallery.  The public is invited.  The gallery is located at 15 White Street, between W. Broadway and Church Street in the TriBeCa neighborhood of New York City.  Gallery hours are available by visiting their Web site at http://www.sohophoto.com .   Also, a special event is being held at the Gallery on Dec 13th, from 1-6pm, with Mighty Mutts Rescue and WaggyTail Rescue bringing their dogs available for adoption to the gallery for a special awareness event, that will feature a silent auction to make for an exciting afternoon.  All proceeds from the sales of these works have been donated to these two animal rescue organizations.

Dogs At The Davidson County Animal ShelterDogs At The Davidson County Animal ShelterThis image is presented as an actual, 1,000 piece magnetic jigsaw puzzle on magnetic board which enables the viewers to interact with and have fun with this giant-size work of art. The image features the dogs in need of rescue at the Davidson County Animal Shelter in North Carolina. Fortunately, thanks to diligent work of volunteers at the shelter since they were photographed, these animals have all been successfully adopted.

The (Unwanted) Pooch Puzzle

The above image is an actual jigsaw puzzle of the animals photographed at the Davidson County Animal Shelter, presented in the exhibition.

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(George Grubb) Dogs Exhibitions https://georgegrubb.com/blog/2015/12/UnwantedPoochPuzzle Tue, 01 Dec 2015 14:29:00 GMT
"In Pursuit Of Nature," New York City Sierra Club Photography Committee Exhibition, Nov 5 - Mar 9 https://georgegrubb.com/blog/2015/11/new-york-city-sierra-club-photography-committee New York City Sierra Club Photography Committee is producing an exhibition titled, "In Pursuit of Nature," which is being exhibited at the Ryan/Chelsea-Clinton Community Health Center in the Hells Kitchen/Clinton neighborhood in Manhattan, New York City. The exhibition commences with an opening reception on Wednesday evening, November 11th, and the exhibition will run from November 5th through March 9, 2016. The Photography Committee has selected approximately 50 images for print exhibition, and the exhibition is presented as a public service to the Center. Exhibit hours are Mon, Tue, Thur from 8:30am-7:00pm; Wed & Fri, from 8:30am-4:30pm; and Sat (every other Sat) from 9:30am-1:00pm. The Ryan/Chelsea-Clinton Community Health Center is located at 645 Tenth Avenue (Between 45th & 46th Streets) in New York, NY 10036. Directions are available online at www.ryancenter.org. More information about the New York City Sierra Club Photography Committee is available on their Web site at www.sierraphotonyc.com.  A portion of the sales proceeds from this exhibition goes to benefit the Sierra Club.

 

On Salisbury PlainOn Salisbury PlainPhotographed in October, 2012, this image was captures King Penguins and Fur Seals in the Island of South Georgia on Salisbury Plain.

On Salisbury Plain, Island of South Georgia

24" x 16" Pigment Ink Print

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(George Grubb) Exhibitions Penguins https://georgegrubb.com/blog/2015/11/new-york-city-sierra-club-photography-committee Wed, 04 Nov 2015 21:10:57 GMT
Fur Ball Auction Benefit, North Carolina State University State Club, Oct 11 https://georgegrubb.com/blog/2015/10/furball Oct 11, all of the works in the solo exhibition of “The (Unwanted) Pooch Puzzle" (as exhibited at the gallery wall at the SPCA of Wake County) will be offered at auction in a benefit for the SPCA.  This project was developed in coordination with the SPCA in Wake County, North Carolina, to help rescue domestic pets from euthanasia.  The project seeks to cultivate a fresh perspective using the creative arts to bring additional awareness and support for the problem of unwanted domestic pets. Every 9 seconds, an unwanted domestic pet is put down in the U.S., based on studies from the National Council On Pet Population which estimates that 3.7 million are put down each year.  

 

Saving Jonah

Three Acceptances in Austria's Trierenberg Super Circuit, Experimental Category, 2015

 

All of the dogs depicted in this exhibition were photographed at the Wake County SPCA, a no-kill animal shelter. The work in this exhibition has been fully donated by the Artist to the Wake County SPCA to help raise awareness and funds at the upcoming Fur Ball Benefit, which will be held at the NCSU State Club on Sunday, October 11, 2015.  The Artist will be in attendance. The metaphor of the puzzle used in this series is done in part to describe a difficult problem that can be solved, as well as to appeal to the viewer to reach out and to be the missing pieces in these unwanted dogs lives through adoption. Tickets are available online by visiting their Web site at http://spcawake.org/events/fur-ball-gala-event/

 

Saving MilaSaving Mila

Saving Mila

"4th Annual Jackson Hole Photography Competition," Jurors Tom Mangelsen, Karolina Karlic, Ramak Fazel, Art Association Gallery of Jackson Hole, Jackson Hole, Wyoming, USA, Apr 17 - May 22, 2015

 

The SPCA of Wake County is a local, independent, non-profit organization that receives no government funding or tax dollars.  They  are a no-kill shelter that relies almost entirely on private donations to fund their annual operating budget of $2.4 million. The SPCAs are a group of local humane societies around the world that operate independently from each other and are not affiliated with a national organization, as most people may presume.  Each SPCA is a separate entity governed by its own policies and board of directors.  To learn more about the Wake County SPCA in North Carolina, please visit their Web site at http://spcawake.org/events/fur-ball-gala-event/  The work in this exhibition may also be viewed online by clicking here.

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(George Grubb) Dogs Exhibitions https://georgegrubb.com/blog/2015/10/furball Thu, 08 Oct 2015 17:16:51 GMT
Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center - Spine Gallery - Solo Exhibition Oct 3 - Dec 31 https://georgegrubb.com/blog/2015/9/baptist-medical-center In the "Spine Gallery" of Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, a collection of my spiritual landscapes and wildlife photography will be on display opening October 3rd.  The exhibition will be on display through the end of the year.  Barbara Cullen, the Arts & Health Program's Art Curator, selected the images for this exhibition.  The "Spine Gallery" is located on the ground floor in the connector hallway that bridges the Janeway Clinical Sciences Tower with the Reynolds Tower.  The hospital is located at 1 Medical Center Boulevard in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.  Twelve signed, limited edition prints have been donated to the hospital for their permanent collection, following the exhibition.  The full set of prints may be viewed online in the "Exhibitions" folder. More information about this program is available at www.wakehealth.edu/Arts.

Tulips of Skagit ValleyTulips of Skagit Valley

Tulips of Skagit Valley

Abandoned House in WheatfieldAbandoned House in Wheatfield

Abandoned House in Wheatfield

 

Photographer At Mesquite DunesPhotographer At Mesquite Dunes

Photographer At Mesquite Dunes

 

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(George Grubb) Exhibitions Landscapes https://georgegrubb.com/blog/2015/9/baptist-medical-center Mon, 21 Sep 2015 14:07:07 GMT
Salmagundi Annual Juried Photography & Graphics Exhibition, New York, NY Jul 27 - Aug 7 https://georgegrubb.com/blog/2015/7/salmagundi-annual-juried-photography-graphics-exhibition-new-york-ny-jul-27---aug-7 A Weave of Light No. 2, selected for the "Salmagundi Annual Juried Photography & Graphics Non-Members Exhibition," will be on display in the Main Gallery of the Salmagundi Club from July 27 through August 7, 2015.  This competitive fine art exhibition is comprised of works from all over the country, features both well-known and up-and-coming artists' works.  The Awards Reception will be held Friday, August 7, 6:00-8:00 p.m.  The jury is comprised of the Club's Art Committee, led by Chairman Charles Yoder, and Vice Chairman Annie Patt. The selected image features an extreme closeup of fireworks over New York City during a 4th of July celebration.  The Salmagundi Club is dedicated primarily to the exhibition of fine art created by living American artists and to nurturing a friendly atmosphere conducive to learning about art with classes in drawing and painting, discussions about art materials and techniques, lectures, concerts, and a host of social activities.  All exhibitions and most events are free and open to the public.  The Salmagundi Club is located at 47th Fifth Avenue, New York, NY USA, at the intersection of 12th Street.

 

A Weave of Light, No. 2A Weave of Light, No. 220" x 20" Coated Aluminum Metal Print, Edition 1 of 3

A Weave of Light, No. 2

Medium:  Coated-Aluminum Metal Print, 20" x 20", Edition 1 of 3

Founded in 1871, the Salmagundi Club is one of the oldest art organizations in the United States.  Housed in an historic brownstone mansion in Greenwich Village, New York City, the club includes three galleries, a library, a parlor and a restaurant and bar with vintage pool tables.  The club owns a collection of over 1,500 works of art spanning its 140 year history, and has a membership of nearly 850 artists and patrons.  Its members have included important American artists such as Thomas Moran, William Merritt Chase, Louis Comfort Tiffany, N.C. Wyeth and Childe Hassam.  Its honorary members have included luminaries as Sir Winston Churchill, Buckminister Fuller, Paul Cadmus, Al Hirschfeld, Thomas Hoving and Schuyler Chapin. Today, the Club builds on its legacy by providing a center for the resurgence of representational art in America.  The Salmagundi Club is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.

 

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(George Grubb) https://georgegrubb.com/blog/2015/7/salmagundi-annual-juried-photography-graphics-exhibition-new-york-ny-jul-27---aug-7 Sun, 26 Jul 2015 16:41:49 GMT
"Saving Olive" Exhibits in "Gone To The Dogs," Niza Knoll Gallery, Jul 17 to Aug 22 https://georgegrubb.com/blog/2015/7/NizaKnollGallery Saving Olive was selected by juror, Aliki McCain, for the national exhibition, "Gone To The Dogs," opening at the Niza Knoll Gallery, 915 Santa Fe Drive, Denver, Colorado, USA, on July 17 to August 22, 2015. An artists' reception is being held at the gallery from 5-8pm, July 17, during the Art District on Santa Fe's Third Friday Artwalk.  The gallery's hours are Wed-Fri 1-5pm, First and Third Friday 4-8pm, and Saturday from 1-4pm. Visit www.nizaknollgallery.com for further details.

 

Aliki McCain is an Artist, Exhibition Manager and Curator for ArtHaus Gallery. Based in Denver, Colorado, she oversaw the ArtHaus Gallery for four years with Michael Gladin, where she recently also facilitated Project Education South Sudan. She works as an artist and also obtained her Masters in Fine Art and her Bachelors in Art History at University of California Irvine. She explores the human condition and examines these relationships in her work.

 

Saving OliveSaving OliveSaving Olive is part of "The (Unwanted) Pooch Puzzle" project, an art exhibition that was coordinated with the SPCA of Wake County, North Carolina, to photograph their dogs to help raise awareness of the need for pet adoption. More details of this exhibition are available on this Web site by clicking here.

Saving Olive

This print is part of a larger solo exhibition titled, "The (Unwanted) Pooch Puzzle," that is currently on exhibition at the SPCA in Wake County, North Carolina.  The project was designed to help support efforts underway to raise funds and awareness of the need to support adoption efforts to rescue domestic pets from euthanasia.  It is estimated that every 9 seconds, an unwanted domestic pet is put down in the U.S., based on studies from the National Council on Pet Population which estimates that 3.7 million are put down each year in animal shelters across the country.

 

"Gone To The Dogs" Exhibition"Gone To The Dogs" Exhibition

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(George Grubb) Dogs Exhibitions https://georgegrubb.com/blog/2015/7/NizaKnollGallery Tue, 07 Jul 2015 21:30:16 GMT
BIOPHILIA-THE WAY OF LIFE; a Publication Celebrating the IUCN's 50th Anniversary https://georgegrubb.com/blog/2015/7/biophiliabook Every now and then, it occurs to me that a significant event in my past escaped my blog.  This entry is to note this special publication released in December, 2014. BIOPHILIA-THE WAY OF LIFE, produced by Synchronicity Earth, for the International Union of Conservation of Nature's (IUCN) 50th Anniversary of the Red List of Threatened Species. The book was produced in coordination with the BioPhilia Ball, held on 22 November 2014, in London's Natural History Museum, where three of my works were also offered up at auction for this benefit. The five images depicted below were used in this book, a copy of which may also be viewed online. This 370+ page book contains excerpts written specifically for this publication by notable conservationists such as Adam Sweidan, Founding Trustee and Chair, Synchronicity Earth; Julia Marton-Lefevre, Director General, IUCN; Douglas Tompkins, President, Conservation Land Trust and Founder, Foundation for Deep Ecology; Dr. Jerome Lewis, Lecturer in Social Anthropology, University College London; Paul Kingsworth, Writer, former Deputy Editor of The Ecologist; Prof. William Sutherland, Conservation Biology, Zoology Department, University of Cambridge; Dr. Simon Stuart, Species Survival Commission Chair, IUCN; Dr. William Darwall, Manager, IUCN Freshwater Biodiversity Unit; Prof. Jonathan Baillie, Director of Conservation Programmes, Zoological Society of London; Prof. Alex Rogers, Professor of Conservation Ecology, Department of Zoology, University of Oxford; Dr. Heather Koldewey, Head of Global Conservation Programmes, Zoological Society of London; and Dr. Sylvia A. Earle, National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Founder, Mission Blue.

 

African Elephants (Loxodonta africana)African Elephants (Loxodonta africana)African Bush Elephants (Loxodonta africana) in Okavango Delta, Botswana, Africa, Page 83.

African Elephants (Loxodonta africana), Page 83

Female Orangutan (Pongo pygmaeus) With BabyFemale Orangutan (Pongo pygmaeus) With BabyFemale Orangutan (Pongo pygmaeus) with Baby in Tanjung Puting National Park, Borneo, Indonesia, Page 17.

Female Orangutan (Pongo pygmaeus) With Baby, Page 17

Lake Edward, UgandaLake Edward, UgandaView of Lake Edward, Uganda, Africa, Page 177.

Lake Edwards, Uganda, Page 177

Mountain Gorilla (Gorilla beringei beringei)Mountain Gorilla (Gorilla beringei beringei)Mountain Gorilla (Gorilla beringei beringei) Silverback male in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda, Africa, Page 181.

Mountain Gorilla (Gorilla beringei beringei) in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda, Page 181

Polar Bear (Ursus maritimus) in ArcticPolar Bear (Ursus maritimus) in ArcticMale Polar Bear (Ursus maritimus) on Arctic Ice, Arctic Ocean, Page 353.

Polar Bear (Ursus maritimus) in Arctic Ocean, Page 353

Polar Bear (Ursus maritimus)Polar Bear (Ursus maritimus)Polar Bear (Ursus maritimus) On Arctic Ice Pack, Arctic Ocean, Page 324.

Polar Bear (Ursus maritimus) in Arctic Ocean, Page 324

Letter from Trustee of Synchronicity EarthLetter from Trustee of Synchronicity Earth

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(George Grubb) Exhibitions IUCN https://georgegrubb.com/blog/2015/7/biophiliabook Wed, 01 Jul 2015 15:17:44 GMT
Cover Photo, Spring 2015, Technical Partners Newsletter, African Wildlife Foundation https://georgegrubb.com/blog/2015/6/awf2015TPN Chimpanzee At Rest II has been selected for the front cover of the African Wildlife Foundation's Technical Partners Newsletter in the Spring issue of 2015. This male chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes) was photographed in Kibale National Park of Uganda in a recent photographic expedition in 2014. The African Wildlife Foundation, based in Nairobi, Kenya, works to provide critical conservation support throughout Africa, from endangered specie protection to supporting UNESCO designation of sensitive environmental areas to building schools in poverty stricken areas to promoting conservation education.  To learn more about the African Wildlife Foundation, visit their Web site at www.awf.org.

 

The chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes) is listed as Endangered by the IUCN’s Red List. Their population is projected to decline by more than 50% between 1970 to 2030, primarily due to human activity; habitat destruction, exploitation, reduction in habitat quality, political instability and the transport of diseases, such as Ebola.  Deforestation and slash-and-burn agricultural practices have depleted about 80% of the forests in Western and Central Africa. And to the surprise of many, poaching continues with chimpanzees sold as bushmeat in urban markets in Cote d’Lvoire, and the illegal pet trade continues, which usually involves slaughtering the mothers and other members of the group to capture the babies. Chimps are also slaughtered for crop protection, and still captured for medicinal studies in certain countries.  Illegal logging not only destroys habitats, but creates roads for poachers to access them more easily.  And the increasing human encounter is increasing the chimps’ exposure to more diseases.  While protected by law in many countries, stricter enforcement of existing laws and effective management of protective areas is urgently needed.

 

Chimpanzee At Rest IIChimpanzee At Rest IIKibale National Park, Uganda

Chimpanzee At Rest II

 

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(George Grubb) https://georgegrubb.com/blog/2015/6/awf2015TPN Fri, 26 Jun 2015 13:29:44 GMT
Runner Up (2nd Place), 7th Edition of the Pollux Awards, Digital Manipulation, York, UK https://georgegrubb.com/blog/2015/6/7thPolluxAwards The image, Subway to South Georgia, was named the "Runner Up" in the Digital Manipulation Category (Professional Division) of the 7th Edition of the Pollux Awards, produced by the Gala Awards at Regency House, Westminster Place, York, United Kingdom.  The winning slot was a tie awarded to Alex Braverman and Gary Dates.  Sharing the "Runner Up" category was myself and Dale O'Dell.  Six Finalists were also named for this category.  The image depicts digitally composite multiple photographs, featuring penguins and New Yorkers with the New York Subway Station set in an Antarctic scene.  The jigsaw puzzle effect was digitally added to enhance the playfulness and bewilderment of the scene.  The Gallery of winning images from the Gala Awards are online and may be viewed by clicking here.  

 

This image was recently on exhibition (without the jigsaw puzzle effect) in a photographic salon in 2014 at the Los Angeles Center for Digital Art, as well as awarded an Honorable Mention in 2014 (again, without the jigsaw puzzle effect) from the International Photography Awards.  The jigsaw puzzle effect was digitally added specifically for this competition. 

 

Subway To South Georgia, The Puzzle

 

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(George Grubb) Exhibitions New York City Wildlife Penguins https://georgegrubb.com/blog/2015/6/7thPolluxAwards Wed, 24 Jun 2015 21:39:31 GMT
The (Unwanted) Pooch Puzzle - Solo Exhibition at SPCA of Wake County, NC, June 6 - July 31 https://georgegrubb.com/blog/2015/6/SPCAwakecounty The artworks presented in this collection are part of a project titled, “The (Unwanted) Pooch Puzzle." This project was developed in coordination with the SPCA in Wake County, North Carolina, to help rescue domestic pets from euthanasia.  The project seeks to cultivate a fresh perspective using the creative arts to bring additional awareness and support for the problem of unwanted domestic pets.  Every 9 seconds, an unwanted domestic pet is put down in the U.S., based on studies from the National Council On Pet Population which estimates that 3.7 million are put down each year.  

 

Saving Jonah

Three Acceptances in Austria's Trierenberg Super Circuit, Experimental Category, 2015

 

All of the dogs depicted in this exhibition were photographed at here at the Wake County SPCA, a no-kill animal shelter.  In 2014, North Carolina animal shelters euthanized 119,751 dogs and cats due to an "unwanted" status.  Sadly, many of these domesticated animals were just starting their lives and shared an eagerness to learn about and be a part of this world as much as humans.  The problem of high kill rates is not necessarily lower for smaller shelters versus larger ones.  A closer look at the statistics from the North Carolina Dept. of Agriculture reveal wide variances between animal shelters.  For example, a smaller shelter in Polkton, NC, took in 678 dogs in 2014, and put down 587 of them (86.6%). By contrast, a larger shelter in Henderson, NC, took in 1,566 dogs in 2014, and euthanized 39 of them (2.5%). So why is Henderson's animal shelter so much more successful with pet adoption rates than Polkton's animal shelter? 

 

Proximity does not play much of a role either.  Two small towns next to each other and of approximately the same size, have startling different euthanasia rates.  Salisbury, NC, took in 2,250 cats and 2,189 dogs in their shelter in 2014. Of those, they terminated 20.36% of the cats, and 10.28% of the dogs. They ran a very effective adoption program, whereby 1,511 cats were adopted and 1,584 dogs were adopted.  Lexington, which is about 15 miles away, took in 2,849 cats and 2,757 dogs. Of those, they terminated 91.82% of the cats and 67.39% of the dogs.

 

Fortunately, concerned citizens of Lexington, NC, fed up with the high kill rates in their town, convinced their county commissioners to vote five to two to turn over the County's animal shelter from the sheriff's department to a nonprofit, United Animal Coalition (UAC), on Dec 9, 2014.  UAC was currently running Guilford County's animal shelter, which increased adoptions there from a paltry 3% to 52% as of 2014 and increased return of animals to rightful owners nearly 20%. 

 

Sadly, as long as people are regarding domestic pets as disposable property, this problem will remain difficult to resolve.  However, concerned advocacy at the local level, as occurred in Lexington, NC, coupled with compassionate and caring citizens, can start to show surprisingly better results. This project seeks to provide creative support for organizations seeking to address this problem. The work depicted in this exhibition has been fully donated by the Artist to the Wake County SPCA to help raise awareness and funds at the upcoming Fur Ball Benefit, which will be held at the NCSU State Club on Sunday, October 11, 2015. The metaphor of the puzzle used in this series is done in part to describe a difficult problem that can be solved, as well as to appeal to the viewer to reach out and to be the missing pieces in these unwanted dogs lives through adoption.

 

Saving MilaSaving Mila

Saving Mila

"4th Annual Jackson Hole Photography Competition," Jurors Tom Mangelsen, Karolina Karlic, Ramak Fazel, Art Association Gallery of Jackson Hole, Jackson Hole, Wyoming, USA, Apr 17 - May 22, 2015

 

The SPCA of Wake County is a local, independent, non-profit organization that receives no government funding or tax dollars.  They  are a no-kill shelter that relies almost entirely on private donations to fund their annual operating budget of $2.4 million. The SPCAs are a group of local humane societies around the world that operate independently from each other and are not affiliated with a national organization, as most people may presume.  Each SPCA is a separate entity governed by its own policies and board of directors.  To learn more about the Wake County SPCA in North Carolina, please visit their Web site at http://spcawake.org/events/fur-ball-gala-event/  The work in this exhibition may also be viewed online by clicking here.

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(George Grubb) Dogs Exhibitions https://georgegrubb.com/blog/2015/6/SPCAwakecounty Fri, 05 Jun 2015 16:03:24 GMT
Big Names, Small Art - Crocker Art Museum Silent Auction Benefit - May 21 https://georgegrubb.com/blog/2015/5/BNSA "Big Names, Small Art" is a silent auction benefit for the Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento, California, that is held in the outdoor gardens on the museum grounds.  All work featured in this benefit are from invited artists, and each work measures no larger than 12" x 12" inches in size.  Submitted for this event was Saving Jonah, a rescue dog photographed at the SPCA of Wake County, North Carolina.  Jonah was available for adoption at the time this image was captured. The project is another effort to rally the arts to help solve the problem of 3.7+ million domestic pets being euthanized in U.S. animal shelters each year due to an unwanted status. The puzzle concept is used as a metaphor that reaches out to the viewer to help solve the puzzle of unwanted pets, and to become the missing piece in their lives through adoption. Saving Jonah was accepted, by jurors, into three salons at the 2015 Austrian Trierenberg Super Circuit, an annual photography competition held in Linz, Austria, that attracts hundreds of thousands of submissions from all across the globe. That competition is considered one of the largest photography salons in the World.  This benefit provided an opportunity for the public to acquire one of the five limited edition pieces of Saving Jonah from "The (Unwanted) Pooch Puzzle" project.

 

Saving JonahSaving JonahJonah was photographed at the SPCA of Wake County, North Carolina, and was available for adoption at the time this image was captured. The project is another effort to rally the arts to help solve the problem of over 3.7 million domestic pets that are euthanized in U.S. animal shelters each year due to an unwanted status. The puzzle concept is used as a metaphor that reaches out to the viewer to help solve the puzzle of unwanted pets, and to become the missing piece in their lives through adoption. Saving Jonah was accepted, by jurors, into three salons at the 2015 Austrian Trierenberg Super Circuit, an annual photography competition held in Linz, Austria, that attracts hundreds of thousands of submissions from all across the globe. It is considered one of the largest photography salons in the World.

Saving Jonah

 

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(George Grubb) Dogs Exhibitions https://georgegrubb.com/blog/2015/5/BNSA Thu, 21 May 2015 12:00:00 GMT
"Affordable Art Fair" at SohoPhoto Gallery, May 15 - 18 https://georgegrubb.com/blog/2015/5/-affordable-art-fair-at-sohophoto-gallery-may-15---18 It is not often that I get to toss into the mix, images that I simply find amusing and appealing, without having to take into consideration larger curatorial concerns or themes or portfolio related considerations. This event, sponsored by the artist members of Soho Photo Gallery, New York City's largest cooperative owned photography gallery, is an opportunity to display works by its members and introduce the public to our organization. The event is free, with a reception on May 15, from 6-8pm. May 16 - 18, hours are 1-6pm.  For further details, visit http://www.sohophoto.com

 

Lost In ThoughtLost In ThoughtDigital Composite, Image Size 8x10, Print Size 11x14, Signed on Verso, Edition Size 5

 

Lost In Thought

 

To view the other prints submitted to this event, please visit http://georgegrubb.com/p147656158

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(George Grubb) https://georgegrubb.com/blog/2015/5/-affordable-art-fair-at-sohophoto-gallery-may-15---18 Tue, 12 May 2015 14:39:14 GMT
Live Out Loud Benefit Auction: Reigning Over Central Park https://georgegrubb.com/blog/2015/4/reigning-over-central-park Now LIVE: online benefit auction: "Reigning Over Central Park" (Edition size of only 3)

 

https://www.charitybuzz.com/catalog_items/788420

 

Reigning Over Central Park took 2nd Prize in the “Fine Art” Category in the 6th Edition of the Pollux Awards in York, United Kingdom. From there, it would be juried into the Connecticut Academy of Fine Arts’ 103rd Exhibition in 2014. Following this exhibition, the image would participate in a solo exhibition at Soho Photo Gallery in New York City, and then go to Malaga, Spain, for exhibition in the “3rd International Biennial of Fine Art and Documentary Photography” exhibited at the Municipal Heritage Museum. The image was also awarded an Honorable Mention and given recognition in the “2014 Cottingley Lens Competition” produced by the Buffalo Almanack and published in their June issue, 2014.

 

In a small limited edition of 3 prints, “Reigning Over Central Park” is a cornerstone piece in the “New York City Wildlife” series, which uses amusing absurdity to re-imagine that if we do not protect our endangered wildlife in their own natural habitats, they will have to seek refuge in a protected environment that is heavily regulated…New York City.

Reigning Over Central Park

 

This print is sized 23” x 16”, signed, dated 2013, edition size of 3, and stamped on the verso. It is printed with pigment ink on acid-free & lignin-free 100% cotton rag paper to maximize its lifespan. It has been printed and framed by Duggal in New York City, using natural reclaimed wood with a linen liner. A certificate signed by the Artist accompanies the piece. 

 

Three works from this series recently sold at the BioPhilia Ball, a benefit for the International Union for the Conservation of Nature’s 50th Anniversary at the Natural History Museum in London, UK for a combined total of over $25,000. Many other works in this series have gone on to win awards and exhibitions around the World, including a first prize at the Center of Photographer Arts’ 2014 Juried Exhibition in California, as well as exhibitions at Aperture, Houston Center of Photography, Garrison Art Center, Los Angeles Center for Digital Art, Carter House Gallery, Providence Art Club, Jacksonville Center for the Arts (Virginia), and a first prize at the 2014 Wallowa Valley Festival of Arts in Washington State.

 

In June, the Crocker Museum in Sacramento, California, (the oldest public museum in the Western US and one of 800 accredited museums by the American Alliance of Museums) will put up for auction, following an exhibition of it, another piece from this series, "Escaping Central Park."

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(George Grubb) Exhibitions New York City Wildlife Penguins https://georgegrubb.com/blog/2015/4/reigning-over-central-park Thu, 30 Apr 2015 14:57:16 GMT
[SOLO] Show at ArtExpo 2015, New York City, Apr 23 - 26 https://georgegrubb.com/blog/2015/4/artexponewyork2015 "The (Unwanted) Pooch Puzzle" will be exhibiting in a solo exhibition in the [SOLO] section of Art Expo New York 2015 in Booth S409, at Pier 94 in Manhattan, New York City.  The four day event will join hundreds of other artists and galleries from around the World in one of the country's largest art exhibitions.  

"The (Unwanted) Pooch Puzzle" is a project developed in coordination with the SPCA in Wake County, North Carolina, to help rescue domestic pets from euthanasia.  The project seeks to cultivate a fresh perspective using the creative arts to bring additional awareness and support for the problem of unwanted domestic pets.  Every 9 seconds, an unwanted domestic pet is put down in the U.S., based on studies from the National Council On Pet Population which estimates that 3.7 million are put down each year.  

All of the dogs depicted in this project are rescued dogs, with the majority of them being photographed at the Wake County SPCA in North Carolina, a no-kill animal shelter.  In 2014, North Carolina animal shelters euthanized 119,751 dogs and cats due to an "unwanted" status.  Sadly, many of these domesticated animals were just starting their lives and shared an eagerness to learn about and be a part of this world as much as humans.  The problem of high kill rates is not necessarily lower for smaller shelters versus larger ones.  A closer look at the statistics from the North Carolina Dept. of Agriculture reveal wide variances between animal shelters.  For example, a smaller shelter in Polkton, NC, took in 678 dogs in 2014, killing 587 of them (86.6%). By contrast, a larger shelter in Henderson, NC, took in 1,566 dogs in 2014, and only killed 39 of them (2.5%). So why is Henderson's animal shelter so much more successful with their pet adoption rates than Polkton's animal shelter? 

Proximity does not play much of a role either.  Two small towns next to each other and of approximately the same size, have startling different euthanasia rates.  Salisbury, NC, took in 2,250 cats and 2,189 dogs in their shelter in 2014. Of those, they terminated 20.36% of the cats, and 10.28% of the dogs. They ran a very effective adoption program, whereby 1,511 cats were adopted and 1,584 dogs were adopted.  Lexington, which is about 15 miles away, took in 2,849 cats and 2,757 dogs. Of those, they terminated 91.82% of the cats and 67.39% of the dogs.

Fortunately, concerned citizens of Lexington, NC, fed up with the high kill rates in their town, convinced their county commissioners to vote five to two to turn over the County's animal shelter from the sheriff's department to a nonprofit, United Animal Coalition (UAC), on Dec 9, 2014.  UAC was currently running Guilford County's animal shelter, which increased adoptions there from a paltry 3% to 52% as of 2014 and increased return of animals to rightful owners nearly 20%. 

Saving JonahSaving JonahSaving Jonah (under the alternative title, Rescued Dog Number 2) was accepted into three salons at the Trierenberg Super Circuit, one of the World's largest photography competitions, located in Austria. This competition features hundreds of thousands of images from around the world competing for exhibitions and awards.

Saving Jonah (From the Wake County SPCA Animal Shelter)

Sadly, as long as people are regarding domestic pets as disposable property, this problem will remain difficult to resolve. However, concerned advocacy at the local level, as occurred in Lexington, NC, can start to show surprisingly better results. This project seeks to provide creative support for organizations seeking to address this problem. Through donations of this work for benefit auctions, to raising community awareness and combining animal welfare with artistry, the Artist hopes to inspire renewed energies for tackling this global problem. The metaphor of the puzzle used in this series is done in part to describe a difficult problem that can be solved, as well as to appeal to the viewer to reach out and to be the missing pieces in these unwanted dogs lives through adoption.

[SOLO] Exhibitor - Booth S409[SOLO] Exhibitor - Booth S409At ArtExpo New York, April 23-26, 2015

"The (Unwanted) Pooch Puzzle,"  Booth S409

The SPCA of Wake County is a local, independent, non-profit organization that receives no government funding or tax dollars.  They  are a no-kill shelter that relies almost entirely on private donations to fund their annual operating budget of $2.4 million.  The SPCAs are a group of local humane societies around the world that operate independently from each other and are not affiliated with a national organization, as most people may presume.  Each SPCA is a separate entity governed by its own policies and board of directors.  To learn more about the Wake County SPCA in North Carolina, please visit their Web site at www.spcawake.org.  To learn more about [SOLO] at ArtExpo, visit their Web site at www.artexpo.com. To view the prints online, please click here.

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(George Grubb) Dogs Exhibitions The (Unwanted) Pooch Puzzle https://georgegrubb.com/blog/2015/4/artexponewyork2015 Tue, 28 Apr 2015 17:55:38 GMT
Escaping Central Park - To Exhibit At Crocker Art Museum Prior to 37th Art Auction, May 16 - June 6 https://georgegrubb.com/blog/2015/4/escaping-central-park---to-exhibit-at-crocker-art-museum-prior-to-37th-art-auction Lial A. Jones, Director of the Crocker Art Museum, and Scott A. Shields, Associate Director & Chief Curator of the Crocker Art Museum, have written to inform me that Escaping Central Park, from the "New York City Wildlife" series, was selected to be included into the 2015 Art Auction that benefits the Crocker Art Museum in the capital city of Sacramento, California.  Prior to the auction on Saturday, June 6, the print will be displayed in the Museum's galleries commencing May 16, as well as published in the Art Auction 2015 catalog. The Crocker Museum is the longest continuously-operating art museum, as well as the first public art museum in the West, and plays host to one of the State's premiere collections of California art.  

The Museum was established in 1885 and is the only museum in the Sacramento region accredited by the American Alliance of Museums (AAM), a recognition given to less than 800 of the nation's 17,500 museums. Currently, the Museum houses two of my works in their permanent collection; Visiting The New York Public Library, and Leaving Subway At 23rd Street. For more information about the Crocker Art Museum, please visit their Web site at www.CrockerArtMuseum.org.  To purchase tickets for this event, please visit their Tickets & Info page.

 

Escaping Central Park

from "The New York City Wildlife" Series

Pigment Ink on Acid-Free 100% Cotton Rag

30" x 20" Inches,  Edition Size  of 3, Signed & Stamped on the Verso

Reclaimed Wood Frame with Nonglare Plexi

 

 

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(George Grubb) Exhibitions New York City Wildlife https://georgegrubb.com/blog/2015/4/escaping-central-park---to-exhibit-at-crocker-art-museum-prior-to-37th-art-auction Tue, 14 Apr 2015 21:02:36 GMT
4th Annual Jackson Hole Photography Competition Acceptance, Exhibition Apr 17 - May 22 https://georgegrubb.com/blog/2015/4/Mila Jurors selected "Mila" (also titled as "Saving Mila") for exhibition in the "Wildlife/Animal" Category of the 4th Annual Jackson Hole Photography Competition, produced by the Art Association of Jackson Hole, Wyoming.  The print exhibition of accepted works, of which more than 500 submissions competed for, runs April 17 through May 22, 2015, in the Art Association Gallery of the Center for the Arts in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Jurors for this competition were Tom Mangelsen, a World renowned nature photographer; Karolina Karlic, a recipient of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship; and Ramak Fazel, whose work was on exhibition at the 14th International Architecture Exhibition in the Venice Biennale, Italy.  The bios of the three jurors are noted further below the image, and further information about the upcoming exhibition may be found at the Art Association of Jackson Hole's Web site, http://www.artassociation.org .

This image is part of "The (Unwanted) Pooch Puzzle," a collection of images created to help rescue domestic pets from euthanasia by seeking to cultivate a fresh perspective using the creative arts to bring additional awareness and support for the problem of unwanted domestic pets.  Every 9 seconds, an unwanted domestic pet is put down in the U.S., based on the latest estimates from the National Council On Pet Population.  

Mila (aka Saving Mila)Mila (aka Saving Mila)Accepted in the "Wildlife/Animal" Category of the 4th Annual Jackson Hole Photography Competition, produced by the Art Association of Jackson Hole, with print exhibition of accepted work opening April 17 through May 22, 2015 in the Art Association Gallery of the Center for the Arts in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Jurors for this competition were Ramak Fazel, Karolina Karlic and Tom Mangelsen. See blog entry for further details.

"Mila" (also titled as "Saving Mila")

 

All of the dogs depicted in this project are rescued dogs, with the majority of them being photographed at the Wake County SPCA animal shelter in North Carolina, a no-kill animal shelter.  In 2014, North Carolina animal shelters killed 119,751 dogs and cats due to an "unwanted" status.  Sadly, many of these domesticated animals were just starting their lives and shared an eagerness to learn about and be a part of this world as much as humans.  The problem of high kill rates is not necessarily lower for smaller shelters versus larger ones.  A closer look at the statistics of North Carolina reveal wide variances between animal shelters.  For example, a smaller shelter in Polkton, NC, took in 678 dogs in 2014, killing 587 of them (86.6%). By contrast, a larger shelter in Henderson, NC, took in 1,566 dogs in 2014, and only killed 39 of them (2.5%). So why is Henderson's animal shelter so much more successful with their pet adoption rates than Polkton's animal shelter?

Proximity does not play much of a role either.  Two small towns next to each other  and of approximately the same size, have startling different euthanasia rates.  Salisbury, NC, took in 2,250 cats and 2,189 dogs in their shelter in 2014. Of those, they terminated 20.36% of the cats, and 10.28% of the dogs. They ran a very effective adoption program, whereby 1,511 cats were adopted and 1,584 dogs were adopted.  Lexington, which is about 15 miles away, took in 2,849 cats and 2,757 dogs. Of those, they terminated 91.82% of the cats and 67.39% of the dogs.

Fortunately, concerned citizens of Lexington, NC, fed up with the high kill rates in their town, convinced their county commissioners to vote five to two to turn over the County's animal shelter from the sheriff's department to a nonprofit, United Animal Coalition (UAC), on Dec 9, 2014. UAC was currently running Guilford County's animal shelter, which increased adoptions there from a paltry 3% to 52% as of 2014 and increased return of animals to rightful owners nearly 20%. 

Sadly, as long as people are regarding domestic pets as disposable property, this problem will remain difficult to cure. However, concerned advocacy at the local level, as occurred in Lexington, NC, can start to show surprisingly better results. This project seeks to provide creative support for organizations seeking to address this problem. Through donations of this work for benefit auctions, to raising community awareness and combining animal welfare with artistry, the Artist hopes to inspire renewed energies to tackling this global problem.  The metaphor of the puzzle used in this series is done in part to describe a problem that is difficult to solve, but not unsolvable, as well as to appeal to the viewer to reach out and to be the missing pieces in these unwanted dogs lives through adoption.  

 

Update:

Mila has been adopted.  The shelter staff at the SPCA of Wake County has this to say about her.  "Mila. What can you say about a gal like Mila? Well, she's the most gorgeous dog you've ever met, that's for sure. She's an energetic girl that loves playing with people of all shapes and sizes. She's even been known to jump a fence or two. Is it a bit pretentious of me to be speaking in the third person? I'm Mila, and I'm so happy you're spending some time with me today. I may be a little bit timid when you first meet me, but who can blame me? So many changes have been happening lately that I just need some stability. I love playing in the yard and catching the Frisbee, but I'm a bit of an escape artist. My outside time will always have to be supervised. I've been doing great on my house-training, but don't get too upset if I still have some accidents. I'm still a young girl that will need help adjusting to my new home. I would appreciate some tough toys for me to chew on - a Kong or a Nylabone would be great for that! I would really appreciate if you could spend some time with me to really get me out of my shell. I'm sure you'll be in love the second I start warming up to you! I currently weight 46 lbs., and I may reach 60 to 75 lbs., when I'm full grown."

 

Juror Bios:

Tom Mangelsen: Thomas D. Mangelsen has long been recognized as one of the world’s premier nature photographers. Mangelsen’s limited edition prints have been collected by more people worldwide than any living nature photographer. Not only an artist but also a conservationist, he was recently named Conservation Photographer of the Year by Nature’s Best Photography. Mangelsen’s images are known for their exquisite composition, light, and animal behavior as well as illustrating a strong sense of place. Sensitivity to his subjects and a deep reverence for their surroundings is a defining mark of Mangelsen’s work. In 2006, Tom was chosen as one of Jane Goodall’s Heroes of the Animal Planet and profiled in the television series of the same name. During his 40 years of image making, he has been profiled on CNN, National Geographic, NBC’s “The Today Show,” as well as many other television programs. Mangelsen has been recognized as Wildlife Photographer of the Year by BBC Wildlife, as well as Outstanding Nature Photographer of the Year by the North American Nature Photographer Association and named one of the “100 Most Important People in Photography” by American Photo Magazine. In 2002 he received an Honorary Fellowship from the Royal Photographic Society. Tom’s outdoor ethics are deeply rooted in a childhood filled with adventure along the Platte River in Nebraska where he gained a passion for the wild that launched a lifetime commitment to the natural world. 

Karolina Karlic: Karlic is a recipient of the 2011 - 2012 John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship in Photography, which supports her investigations in diasporic existence and the human condition, more specifically surrounding Brazil’s rubber industry and Henry Ford’s influence on the industrial and agricultural landscape. She holds a MFA in Photography and Integrated Media from the California Institute of Arts and a BFA in Photography from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. Karolina Karlic is a Los Angeles-based photographer, born in Wroclaw, Poland. Karlic’s work is invested in the representation of American culture and diasporic existence surrounding industry. In search of the American dream, her family immigrated to Detroit in 1987 when her father fled communist Poland to find work in the U.S. auto industry. As the stock of Ford, General Motors and Daimler Chrysler’s North American operations eventually crumbled, Karlic’s work continues to focus on labor, immigration, outsourcing and diaspora. From this uprooted childhood, her practice concentrates on the human effects of social upheaval: Close to Home (2005) focuses on Ukraine’s post-Soviet conditions; The Dee (2007) depicts Detroit’s de-industrialization; Dear Diary (2008) explores one online community searching for companionship; RE:What Color is the Sacred (2009), sponsored by Tim Wride and the French Consulate, examines Western views of French Polynesia and the “re-birth” of Tahitian culture. Aberdeen Sierra Leone (2011) portrays a group of progressive post-war adolescent males in West Africa. Rockin’ the Backen (2012) documents a modern day boomtown of North Dakota, USA. Most recently, her new work Rubberlands (2014) weaves together research materials from the Henry Ford archives, fieldwork in Brazil’s rubber plantations and the history of Henry Ford’s forgotten jungle city – Fordlandia, in the Amazon. She has self produced multiple artist books, The Dee (2006), which is a collection of images depicting the City of Detroit, and ELEMENTARZ (2010), which uses the auto industry in Detroit (stretched across the US) and over to Eastern Europe as a framework to discuss current issues in America. It is a story told through a father daughter relationship, doubling on what evolves and shifts between them both. A self-published limited edition of PRIMER (printed 2014) is conceived as a single cohering essay, albeit quite deliberately departing in its ending from the standard, sometime monotonous, road trip. In this 2014 edition, the afterword essay, "Bread and Roses" by Sally Stein (who also excerpts a passage from her late husband, Allan Sekula, Karlic’s late mentor), writes about the the car-culture oriented road trip that in this case extends over two continents back home to an émigré, automotive engineer father's backyard in Detroit. She was a participant in Center 2007, awarded the Minnesota State Arts Board Initiative Grant 2008, a participant in ATOUT France, collaboration with curator Tim Wride and the French Consulate of Los Angeles 2010. She was awarded the International Photography Award IPA 2011 by the Lucie Foundation in the field of Industrial Photography. She was awarded artist in residence at Light Work in 2013 and the Cultural Exchange International Fellowship through the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs & the Sacatar Foundation in 2013. Her series: The Dee, Close to Home, Primer/Elementarz, Rubberlands have been exhibited nationally at galleries including Franklin Art Works, Minneapolis College of Art and Deisgn, Intermedia Arts, Independent Feature Project in Minneapolis; Wall Space of Seattle, Atmosphere Group in Chicago; Louis Stern Fine Arts, and Stephen Cohen Gallery in Los Angeles; The Art of Photography Show 2011 at the Museum of Photographic Arts of San Diego; The Consulate of France in Los Angeles, NYC, and New Orleans. In 2010 her film “This Part of the Legend of a Dream” screened at REDCAT, the Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater in Los Angeles.

Ramak Fazel: After earning a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University, Ramak Fazel began an immersive study of photography and graphic design in New York City. His developing professional practice took him to Milan, Italy, where from 1994 through 2009 he lived and worked as a photographer. Through a series of personal displacements and migrations, Ramak developed an acute sense of cultural fluidity while his interest in observation continued to impact his artistic practice. Born in Iran and raised in Fort Wayne, Indiana, his youth simultaneously embodies and subverts the ideal of the American Midwest. Fazel’s personal projects and artistic practice address his interest in the affects of geographic displacement and the inherent contradictions of cultural identity. In a series of photographic portraits, Fazel has examined the idea of the individual as a reflection of place and an expression of influences, seeking to undermine rigid constructs and locate what is common in the conditions of diverse individuals. Ramak completed his M.F.A at Cal Arts. He currently lives and works in Los Angeles, California. In 2008, Ramak exhibited his project "49 Capitols," a photographic essay on his trip through 49 U.S. State Capitols, at Storefront for Art and Architecture in New York City. Along with photographs of the journey, the project provides a narrative of the search of an increasingly complicated idea of American identity. An installation of his ongoing project “The Business of People” was on exhibition at the Monditalia Section at the 14th International Architecture Exhibition la Biennale di Venezia in 2014. Ramak Fazel explores the affect of geographic displacement and inherent contradictions of cultural identity. Working within, around and sometimes against the traditions of photography and installation, he has examined the idea of the individual as a reflection of place and an expression of influences. 

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(George Grubb) Exhibitions Rescue Dogs https://georgegrubb.com/blog/2015/4/Mila Thu, 09 Apr 2015 20:29:46 GMT
"Saving Waffles" Named Gold Selection for "Photography: The Full Spectrum" Exhibition, Apr 28-May 30 https://georgegrubb.com/blog/2015/4/Waffles Juror, Thom Sempere, selected "Saving Waffles" as a Gold Selection for the upcoming 2015 International Photography Show, titled "Photography: The Full Spectrum."  The exhibition is being presented by the North Valley Art League to be held at the Carter House Gallery in Redding, California.  The framed metal print titled "Saving Waffles" features a recently adopted rescue dog that has been digitally photographed and altered using a variety of contemporary techniques to give a painterly effect.  The jigsaw puzzle is a concept used to entice the viewer to complete the picture by stepping up to adopt unwanted dogs. The juror selected approximately 90 images, from the 1194 images submitted, for the print exhibition (Gold Selections), and approximately 50 images for digital presentation (Silver Selections).

Mr. Sempere is currently the Executive Director of PhotoAlliance, a non-profit dedicated to supporting contemporary photography.  He is also currently a visiting faculty member at the San Francisco Art Institute as well as a lecturer in Continuing Studies program at Stanford University, teaching photography.  His work in curatorial and arts administration began in 1983 in Seattle, as curator of the Joseph and Elaine Monse Collection of Photography, and later as Director of Education and Exhibitions at Photographic Center Northwest.  Subsequently, he worked ten years at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art with that institution's distinguished collection of photography.  He received a BGS degree with a concentration in Art History from the University of Michigan, a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography from San Francisco Art Institute and a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Washington.  His photographs are in the permanent collection at San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) and have been exhibited in venues across the United States as well as in China.

As the digital artist of the piece, and a owner of a rescue dog as well, I have recently been working with and photographing rescue dogs, primarily with the Wake County SPCA in North Carolina.  In that state, 119,751 dogs and cats were put down just in 2014. The National Council On Pet Population estimates that 3.7 million unwanted pets are put down annually nationwide. Through photography, I hope to bring further support and resources to the organizations helping to address this issue and encourage viewers to consider adoption of these pets.

The Exhibition opens April 28 and will run through May 30, 2015. A reception will be held May 2, from 6:00-800 PM.  For information about the North Valley Art League and Carter House Gallery, please visit their Web site at http://www.nval.org

 

Saving Waffles

 

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(George Grubb) Dogs Exhibitions https://georgegrubb.com/blog/2015/4/Waffles Sun, 05 Apr 2015 14:31:26 GMT
National Art Encounter Competition and Exhibition 2015 - Mar 14 - Apr 18 https://georgegrubb.com/blog/2015/3/national-art-encounter-competition-and-exhibition-2015 Juror, Dr. Carol Damian, selected the metal print, The Fish That Almost Got Away, for exhibition in the "National Art Encounter Competition and Exhibition 2015." This digital image, encapsulated into coated-aluminum metal, will be on display in the Frederick O. Watson Gallery at The von Liebig Art Center in Naples, Florida, between March 14 and April 18, 2015. Dr. Damian is a Professor of Art History in the School of Art and Art History and the Past Director and Chief Curator of the Patricia and Phillip Frost Art Museum at Florida International University. She is a graduate of Wheaton College in Norton, Massachusetts and received her Masters of Arts degree in Pre-Columbian Art and her Ph.D. in Latin American History from the University of Miami. A specialist in Latin American and Carribean Art, she teaches classes in Pre-Columbian, Colonial, Spanish and Contemporary Latin American Art, Modern Art surveys and Women in Art. Her most recent work has been with Latin American Women and the Cuban exile artists, for whom she has written numerous catalogs and articles. She is the author of THE VIRGIN OF THE ANDES: ART AND RITUAL IN COLONIAL CUZCO (Grassfield Press, 1995) and is the Miami correspondent for Art Nexus and Arte al Dia. Dr. Damian lectures frequently on Latin American and Carribean art, has curated numerous exhibitions and is a consultant for US Customs/Homeland Security.

 

This digital composite of four images tells a linear story using just a single frame.  Photographed in Katmai National Park, this Kodiak bear had his eyes set on this fisherman's catch, of which he would soon win his prize. Forced to avoid an encounter with the approaching bear, the fisherman tossed his catch back into the sea. The techniques used in this photo montage enable the viewer to follow an abstract timeline of events, which today are more easily produced using current photography and digital editing technologies. This image seeks to challenge our normal way of viewing an image as a snapshot of a single moment in time. A preview reception will be held on March 13, with a lecture by Dr. Carol Damian, starting at 4:00pm before the reception. This competition consists of juried works by artists from across the nation. 

 

The Fish That Almost Got AwayThe Fish That Almost Got AwayEncapsulated dye-infused coated-aluminum metal with black wood frame. Image size is 24" x 16" and limited edition of 3.

The Fish That Almost Got Away

Encapsulated Dye-Infused Coated-Aluminum Metal, Limited Edition of 3

 

Juror’s Statement

To jury a broad selection of artwork of different media, different subjects, and different artistic experience is always a challenge, and this project included all the variables that one might expect.  A quick run-through of all the entries set the parameters as certain skill sets began to emerge that distinguished the work of what appeared to be excellent craftsmanship and attention to detail that served as the first qualification for me.  Whether the artist is a traditional painter or sculptor, photographer or digital media specialist, or creates work that mixes media in unusual ways, the work itself must be of the highest quality and presented with the care that all good art deserves and reflect the best the artist has to offer.  My second criterion was uniqueness that set forth a personal vision.  It is easy to imitate, appropriate, even emulate the work of others, but once an artist determines that his or her work can elevate itself above the familiar fields (abstraction, realism, impressionism, conceptualism, etc.) to become one of a kind, it will stand out from the rest.  The works that made me look twice in subsequent reviews of the field and question whether the artist had a firm understanding of what he or she was doing and why, are the ones that scored the highest.  Generally, such jury processes quickly see the best rise to the top immediately, and the least effective fall to the bottom.  It is the middle ground that often presents the most problems – artists just on the edge of realizing their own direction that must promise a consistency going forward.  These artists still have work to do but show ability.

I enjoyed seeing work from such an interesting group of artists and look forward to the final exhibition and hope it lives up to my and the organizer’s expectations.

Dr. Carol Damian

Professor Art History, Florida International University, Miami, Florida

 

 

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(George Grubb) Exhibitions https://georgegrubb.com/blog/2015/3/national-art-encounter-competition-and-exhibition-2015 Sun, 15 Mar 2015 23:57:11 GMT
"Mountains of Hokkaido" Receives Silver Medal in 2nd Rtanj Exhibition, Serbia https://georgegrubb.com/blog/2015/3/-mountains-of-hokkaido-receives-silver-medal-in-2nd-rtanj-exhibition-serbia The image, Mountains of Hokkaido, won the Silver Salon Medal in the 2nd RTANJ Exhibition, conducted by the Photo Association of Serbia in the town of Donji Milanovac, Serbia.  I must confess, this box arrived and sat on my desk for some time until I opened it and had to Google it to see what it was and discovered my name as a Silver Medal winner of this international photography contest conducted in affiliation with the Photographic Society of America and the Federation Internationale de L'art Photographique.  Jurors of this award comprised of Zoran Purger - MF FSS, ULUPUDS (Serbia), Milorad Kascelan - EFIAP/b, (Bosnia and herzegovina), and Zoran Djordjevic - MF FSS, EFIAP (Serbia).  This image was captured during my visit to photograph the Red-Crowned Cranes of Northern Japan in the Northern island of Hokkaido.  The full catalog, along with information of this competition, is available online at http://photoclub-danube.com/3rd-danube-exhibition-catalog-2014/

 

Mountains of Hokkaido

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(George Grubb) Exhibitions https://georgegrubb.com/blog/2015/3/-mountains-of-hokkaido-receives-silver-medal-in-2nd-rtanj-exhibition-serbia Wed, 04 Mar 2015 16:26:36 GMT
"CMYK" at the Los Angeles Center for Digital Art, Mar 12 - Apr 4, 2015 https://georgegrubb.com/blog/2015/3/-cmyk-at-the-los-angeles-center-for-digital-art-mar-12---apr-4-2015 The Los Angeles Center for Digital Art has selected CMYK for exhibition in their "Electron Salon" Exhibition running March 12 through April 4th, 2015 at 104 East Fourth Street in Los Angeles, California. The "Electron Salon" series is an international group exhibition designed to feature work that highlights the emerging digital artistic methods applied in digital art, today. More information is available at their Web site at http://www.lacda.com

CMYK is a project designed to illustrate some of the latest techniques in digital manipulation, processing and presentation of digital photography. In this image, the Artist has captured a single photograph, and from it, digitally altered its colors into four separate images. Slicing each image into a triangle, the four triangles are then digitally reassembled into a composite to form a single square. From this square, the new image has then been extruded into a 3 dimensional cube, altering its original axis. A directional lighting effect has then been applied to create spacial depth. This altered 3-d image is then set against one of the CMYK (Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Black) color backgrounds, and digitally cut into a jigsaw puzzle. This final image is then set into a digitally created metallic border for presentation.

CMYK is reference to Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Black, the four color model that was used in traditional offset full-color printing. In traditional four-color printing, all colors could be described as a mixture using these four process colors. This historic method of printing has created the ground work for today's digital photographic software and printing technologies. Using the reference of CMYK, this project seeks to bridge the gap of modern day digital photographic processes in comparison with their earlier days of chemical processes, by demonstrating how the general theory of color processing remains intact while the technological mythologies have greatly evolved.

 

CMYKCMYKThe Los Angeles Center for Digital Art has selected CMYK for exhibition in their "Electron Salon" Exhibition running March 12 through April 4th. The "Electron Salon" series is an international group exhibition designed to feature work that highlights the emerging digital artistic methods applied in digital art, today. More information is available on their Web site at http://www.lacda.com

CMYK is a project designed to illustrate some of the latest techniques in digital manipulation, processing and presentation of digital photography. In this image, the Artist has captured a single photograph, and from it, digitally altered its colors into four separate images. Slicing each image into a triangle, the four triangles are then digitally reassembled into a composite to form a single square. From this square, the new image has then been extruded into a 3 dimensional cube, altering its original axis. A directional lighting effect has then been applied to create spacial depth. This altered 3-d image is then set against one of the CMYK (Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Black) color backgrounds, and digitally cut into a jigsaw puzzle. This final image is then set into a digitally created metallic border for presentation.

CMYK is reference to Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Black, the four color model that was used in traditional offset full-color printing. In traditional four-color printing, all colors could be described as a mixture using these four process colors. This historic method of printing has created the ground work for today's digital photographic software and printing technologies. Using the reference of CMYK, this project seeks to bridge the gap of modern day digital photographic processes in comparison with their earlier days of chemical processes, by demonstrating how the general theory of color processing remains intact while the technological mythologies have greatly evolved.

CMYK

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(George Grubb) Exhibitions https://georgegrubb.com/blog/2015/3/-cmyk-at-the-los-angeles-center-for-digital-art-mar-12---apr-4-2015 Wed, 04 Mar 2015 15:27:33 GMT
Intrepid Museum - Adds Print to Permanent Archive https://georgegrubb.com/blog/2015/1/intrepid-museum---adds-print-digital-image-to-permanent-archive Today, I met with the Intrepid Museum's Executive Vice President, David Winters, to present to him this print of the entrance to the Intrepid Museum, which I captured on October 29, 2012 at 11:27pm.  This image was captured during the height of Hurricane Sandy, as its devastating surge brought the Hudson River completely over the West Side Highway, making its way towards 11th Avenue.  While much of the destruction televised was that of lower Manhattan, few scenes of midtown were depicted, yet the destruction was just as severe along the waterfront. A digital version of the image was also presented to Mr. Winters, who had earlier previewed this image and requested it for the Intrepid Museum's permanent archive.  The Intrepid Museum is New York City's Sea, Air & Space Museum Complex, housing the space shuttle, Enterprise, along with the aircraft carrier, Intrepid, as well as the World's fastest jets and the guided missile submarine, Growler.  The non-profit organization welcomes over one million visitors per year, whose mission is "to promote the awareness and understanding of history, science and service through its collections, exhibitions and programming in order to honor our heroes, educate the public and inspire youth." The Museum is located at 12th Avenue & 46th Street in Manhattan, and their Web site is www.intrepidmuseum.org

 

Intrepid Museum as Captured on October 29, 2012, 11:27pm

Intrepid Museum, October 29, 2012,  11:27 PM

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(George Grubb) Exhibitions Hurricane Sandy https://georgegrubb.com/blog/2015/1/intrepid-museum---adds-print-digital-image-to-permanent-archive Thu, 15 Jan 2015 15:56:21 GMT
"Endangered" Exhibition in Miami, Dec 4-6, 2014 https://georgegrubb.com/blog/2014/11/endangered-exhibition "Endangered" is conservation exhibition designed by Art4Apes to benefit the welfare of orangutans and chimpanzees. Works sold at this exhibition will benefit the Center For Great Apes, a 501(c)3 charitable organization which provides a sanctuary and rescue facility for great apes that have been retired from research labs and the entertainment industry or abandoned as pets. The Center provides care with dignity in a safe, healthy and enriching environment for great apes in a need of lifetime care. Their facility is situated on over 100 tropical wooded acres in Wauchula, Florida, which resembles their natural environment. The exhibition runs at the Miami Club Rum Distillery on December 4 - 6, from 2pm - 9pm, located at 2320 N. Miami Avenue in Miami, Florida. An artists reception is held on Thursday, December 4th, from 7pm - 9pm that I will be attending.  The exhibition features conservation related work by contemporary artists and photographers, as well as a new piece by Bubbles, the chimpanzee once owned by singer and songwriter, Michael Jackson.  

 

The jurors for this exhibition were Carolyn Benesh, Thom Collins and Joel Sartore.  Carolyn Benesh has been a Coeditor and Copublisher of Ornament magazine since 1974.  She currently serves on the board of the PBS series, Craft in America. She has served as juror for many of the nation's top craft shows such as the Smithsonian Craft Show and the Excellence in Art to Wear at the Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show. Thomas Collins is an arts administrator, art historian, educator and author with more than 15 years of experience serving as director and curator at several of America's top museums, including director of the Neuberger Museum of Art in Westchester County, New York; director of the Contemporary Museum in Baltimore, Maryland; and chief curator at the Contemporary Arts Center in Cincinnati, Ohio. He was recently named director of Perez Art Museum Miami, formerly Miami Art Museum in August, 2010.  Joel Sartore is a photographer, speaker, author, teacher conservationist, National Geographic Fellow and a regular contributor to the National Geographic Magazine. He is founder of The Photo Art, a multi-year documentary project to save species and habitat, and he has written several books including RARE: PORTRAITS OF AMERICA'S ENDANGERED SPECIES; PHOTOGRAPHING YOUR FAMILY, and NEBRASKA. He has been a contributor to Audubon Magazine, Time, Life, Newsweek, Sports Illustrated and his work has been the subject of several national broadcasts, including National Geographic's Explorer, the NBC Nightly News, NPR's Weekend Edition and an hour-long PBS Documentary, At Close Range. 

 

Visiting The New York Public Library

Visiting The New York Public Library

 

Work accepted into this juried exhibition were required to reflect on the theme of "Endangered" as it applies to animal or plant species, the environment, ecosystem or natural world.  Species, while not required to be listed as Endangered, were to have some element of threat to their survival. The selected print, "Visiting The New York Public Library," was the 1st Prize winner of the 2014 Juried Exhibition at the Center for Photographic Art in Carmel, California in 2014. This print was also most recently exhibited at the 3rd Biennial for Fine Art & Documentary Photography at the Municipal Heritage Museum in Malaga, Spain.  It has also been acquired for their permanent collection by the Crocker Museum in Sacramento, California. In the summer of 2014, the print was exhibited with its series, "New York City Wildlife," at SohoPhoto Gallery in a solo exhibition. The print went on to be exhibited at the Houston Center of Photography's "32nd Annual Juried Membership Exhibition" as well as being juried into Aperture's "2014 Summer Open" Exhibition in New York City. More about this unique exhibition may be found at the Art4Apes Web site.

 

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(George Grubb) Exhibitions New York City Wildlife Polar Bears https://georgegrubb.com/blog/2014/11/endangered-exhibition Sun, 30 Nov 2014 23:23:34 GMT
"Critters" Exhibition at A. Smith Gallery, Nov 29 - Dec 27 https://georgegrubb.com/blog/2014/11/critters-exhibition-at-a-smith-gallery Juror and artist, Anne Berry, selected 55 images from a submission of 632 images for the exhibition, "Critters," which has commenced at A. Smith Gallery in Johnson City, Texas.  Two of the images selected in this exhibition were photos that I captured while traveling in Minnesota this past winter.  The exhibition opening reception is November 29th, and the show will run through December 27. More information about the exhibition is available on the gallery's Web site at http://www.asmithgallery.com

 

The ProwlerThe Prowler

The Prowler

 

The InnovatorThe Innovator

The Innovator

 

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(George Grubb) Bears Exhibitions Fox https://georgegrubb.com/blog/2014/11/critters-exhibition-at-a-smith-gallery Fri, 28 Nov 2014 20:49:00 GMT
Earth's Vanishing Species - The Exhibition Now In A Book https://georgegrubb.com/blog/2014/11/earths-vanishing-species-the-book

 

The 36 Print Exhibition At the Davidson County Community College Is Now Available In A Book Benefiting the DCCC Foundation.  

 

 

"Earth's Vanishing Species" is an exhibition that ran August 18 through November 6 on the campus of Davidson County Community College (DCCC) in Thomasville, North Carolina.  The exhibition featured 36 framed prints of my wildlife photography from around the World. All of the animals depicted in this exhibition were photographed in their wild, natural habitat or on a preservation designed to rescue, breed, protect and introduce them back into the wild.  They were photographed during journeys to their natural environments in threatened regions around the World.  From the Arctic to Africa, Asia, Australia, the Americas and Antarctica, these animals are facing great challenges for their survival.  The message is the same around the globe…these animals and their habitats are threatened by human activity.  This is either through climate change, poaching, urban development or other intrusions into their environments.  
 
Provided next to each print was a brief summary of the obstacles to survival for the species shown.  This included the current threat rating from the International Union for the Conservation of Nature’s (IUCN) Red List.  The IUCN is the World’s largest global environmental network, consisting of a democratic membership union with more than 1,000 government and NGO member organizations, and over 11,000 volunteer scientists in more than 160 countries, that are supported by a staff of more than 1,000 professionals in 160 countries. The organization publishes the IUCN Red List of threatened species, which assesses the conservation status of over 70,000 species, including plant, marine, arid, semi-arid and the most threatened of all, freshwater species.  For more descriptive information on the IUCN, please visit http://georgegrubb.com/iucn
 
The idea of offering all of the prints in this exhibition in a silent auction at the closing reception is an idea that grew from my parents' support for the DCCC.  My parents were strong believers in helping challenged youth to meet the obstacles of today through education. It is in recognizing their past contributions that inspired me to offer my work to the foundation.  Now, the complete set of those images at the exhibition are available in a book, accompanied with the summaries of their obstacles to survival depicted at the show. For each book sold, Blurb will remit a check for $10 to the DCCC Foundation.  This is a great way to support education in Davidson County, North Carolina, and take away a lasting memory of the exhibition.  It also makes for a great holiday gift. It is my hope the viewer will take away from this exhibit, the breathtaking beauty of these majestic creatures, be invigorated with renewed enthusiasm to learn more about conservation, and feel more inspired to help protect our planet’s natural resources. On November 6, all of the limited edition prints were offered to the public in a sold out silent auction in which all of the proceeds went to benefit the DCCC Foundation.  
   

 

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(George Grubb) Earth's Endangered Species Exhibitions https://georgegrubb.com/blog/2014/11/earths-vanishing-species-the-book Tue, 25 Nov 2014 18:15:49 GMT
17th Annual Friends of Friends Photography Auction Benefit https://georgegrubb.com/blog/2014/11/17th-annual-friends-of-friends-photography-auction-benefit Benefiting children's healthcare of Asia, the 17th Annual Friends of Friends Photography Auction is an initiative produced by the nonprofit, Friends Without A Border, which specializes in construction of children's hospitals in economically challenged regions in Asia.  One of my three pieces, Wandering Around Manhattan, from the "New York City Wildlife" series, was donated for this cause.  The online auction has now commenced, with details at http://www.fwabphotoauction.org and the final event will culminate in an evening live and silent auction benefit on Tuesday, December 9, 2014 at the Metropolitan Pavilion in New York City.  Tickets are available for the evening event which will run from 6:00 - 8:30pm, featuring a preview and cocktail reception before the auction commences.  The Metropolitan Pavilion is located at 123 West 18th Street, #2FL, The Suite, in New York City's Chelsea neighborhood.  Tickets are $75 each.  

 

Online bidding has commenced at http://www.ibidmobile.net/fwab for the pieces (see lot "61" for Wandering Over Manhattan).  This pigment ink acid-free cotton rag print is sized at 20x30 inches, signed and dated in ink with photographer's stamp on the verso, and is edition 1 of 3.  The exhibitions that this work has been presented are numerous; most recently being chosen by juror, Marvin Heiferman, for the exhibition, "PHOTOcentric 2014" held at the Garrison Art Center in New York.  The piece was also exhibited in the 3rd Biennial Art Fair at the Municipal Heritage Museum in Malaga, Spain in 2014.  The print is framed with reclaimed wood, which reflects the environmental theme of the series, and comes with a certificate of authenticity.

 

Other notable artists whose work has been donated for the live part of the auction include signed prints by Herb Ritts, Berenice Abott, Daido Moriyama, Adam Fuss, Lee Friedlander, Louis Faurer, Elliott Erwitt, Michael Kenna, Hiroshi Watanabe, Annie Leibovitz, Hiroshi Sugimoto, Lynn Saville, George Tice, Irving Penn and Horst P. Horst.  

 

Wandering Over ManhattanFrom the "New York City Wildlife" series

Wandering Over Manhattan

20" x 30"  Pigment Ink on Archival Paper, Framed in Reclaimed Wood, Edition 1 of 3

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(George Grubb) Exhibitions New York City Wildlife https://georgegrubb.com/blog/2014/11/17th-annual-friends-of-friends-photography-auction-benefit Tue, 25 Nov 2014 15:18:35 GMT
"The Built Environment" at PhotoPlace Gallery, Vermont, Nov 18 - Dec 13 https://georgegrubb.com/blog/2014/11/-the-built-environment-at-photoplace-gallery Juror Brian Vanden Brink, an award-winning architectural photographer with over three decades of experience, selected this print, "Foro Romano I" for inclusion in the group print exhibition titled, "The Built Environment."  The image is derived from my book published in 2011, titled ROME AT NIGHT. Images from that book, which showcase several days traveling through Rome only at night with my camera, are available here online.  The exhibition is running at PhotoPlace Gallery in Middlebury, Vermont, and it opened November 18 and will continue through December 13, 2014.

Juror, Brian Vanden Brink, in addition to his award-winning architecture photography, has been featured widely in dozens of design and consumer publications including Architectural Digest, Architectural Record, Metropolitan Home, View Camera and many more.  His published books include: ICONIC: PERSPECTIVES ON THE MAN-MADE WORLD, the book titled, RUIN: PHOTOGRAPHS OF A VANISHING AMERICA, which was awarded a Photo District News Photo Annual Award; the book titled PORCH; AT HOME BY THE SEA: HOUSES DESIGNED FOR LIVING AT THE WATER'S EDGE; and the book titled, AT HOME IN MAINE: HOUSES DESIGNED TO FIT THE LAND.  To view more about his work, please visit his Web site at www.brianvandenbrink.com. More information about the exhibition is available at http://www.​vtphotoworkplace.​com/​id269.​html

 

Foro Romano I, from the book, ROME AT NIGHT

 

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(George Grubb) Exhibitions Rome https://georgegrubb.com/blog/2014/11/-the-built-environment-at-photoplace-gallery Thu, 13 Nov 2014 20:38:00 GMT
IUCN Red List 50th Anniversary Biophilia Ball Benefit - 3 Prints Auctioned on Paddle8 https://georgegrubb.com/blog/2014/11/iucn-red-list-50th-anniversary-biophilia-ball-benefit---3-prints-auctioned-on-paddle8 On Saturday, November 22, in London's Natural History Museum, an event that is being billed as the biggest wildlife party ever to be held in London, the Biophilia Ball, will be held to celebrate 50 years of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature's (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species. This project is the world's most comprehensive information source on the global conservation status of plant, animal and fungi species. 


The event will bring together global dignitaries, wildlife ambassadors, artists, musicians and actors -- all united in their passion for nature. The benefit will raise funds which will be distributed by Synchronicity Earth to partners that restore degraded habitat project species on the brink of extinction and support local communities.


The Biophilia Ball will be held at the Natural History Museum and the venue will be transformed to recreate the biosphere in all its glory through the creative use of sound, light, performance and food. Guests will wear unique hand-painted masks by artist, Alice Shirley, each representing a unique species, and a sustainably sourced menu designed by Michelin rated chef, Bruno Loubet. A live and silent auction featuring beautiful and inspirational art will lead to the Ball's grand musical finale. 


Three framed prints from George Grubb's "New York City Wildlife" series will be offered up for auction at this event. They are "Wandering Over Manhattan," "Strolling Through Bryant Park," and "Riding The New York Subway." The prints are framed in reclaimed wood, and have an edition size of only 3. Click Here For Detailed Report on Prints Up For Auction.  For more information on this event being held in London, please visit Synchronicity Earth's Web site.  These prints will be on view in London at the Natural History Museum for the event.


 

Wandering Over ManhattanWandering Over ManhattanClick for Detailed Report on Print

Click for Paddle8.com BIDDING information for "Wandering Over Manhattan"

 

Strolling Through Bryant ParkStrolling Through Bryant ParkClick for Detailed Report on Print Click for Paddle8.com BIDDING information for "Strolling Through Bryant Park"

 

Riding The New York Subway Click for Paddle8.com BIDDING information for "Riding The New York Subway"

Click Here For Detailed Report on Prints Up For Auction

 

On October 16, I was invited to the IUCN Open House and a Reception for the World Conservation Congress National Host Committee in Washington, DC.  The evening was an opportunity to meet the staff of the IUCN working in that office, as well as to get a personal introduction to the events being planned for the World Conservation Congress, a global event that occurs only once every four years. The USA will be hosting this global event for its first time in Hawaii in 2016. For more information, please visit the World Conservation Congress Web site.

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(George Grubb) Exhibitions New York City Wildlife https://georgegrubb.com/blog/2014/11/iucn-red-list-50th-anniversary-biophilia-ball-benefit---3-prints-auctioned-on-paddle8 Wed, 12 Nov 2014 22:46:16 GMT
Three Star Exhibitor - Nature Category Award From Photographic Society of America https://georgegrubb.com/blog/2014/11/three-star-exhibitor---nature-category-award-from-photographic-society-of-america Today, the Photographic Society of America (PSA) awarded a Three-Star Exhibitor certificate in the Nature Division to me. The award was granted for having a minimum of 24 unique nature images juried into at least 72 exhibitions around the World, all recognized by the Photographic Society of America.  Images in the Nature Division must meet a defined criteria of authenticity to be submitted into recognized PSA competitions. From there, a jury will make their selection for accepted images into the showcase or salon. More information about the definition of nature images may be found at this PSA Web site page

 

3 Star Exhibitor - Nature Exhibitions Category; Photographic Society of America

                                                           

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(George Grubb) Exhibitions https://georgegrubb.com/blog/2014/11/three-star-exhibitor---nature-category-award-from-photographic-society-of-america Wed, 12 Nov 2014 01:13:00 GMT
Crocker Art Museum Places 2 Prints In Their Permanent Collection https://georgegrubb.com/blog/2014/11/crocker-museum-acquires-2-prints-for-permanent-collection The Crocker Art Museum of Sacramento, California, acquired two prints from the artist, George Grubb, titled, Visiting The New York Public Library and Leaving Subway At 23rd Street for their permanent collection.  The acquisition was led by Diana Daniels, the Curator of Contemporary Work for the museum.  Both works are limited edition prints and numbered in the edition as "3 of 3."  They are signed, stamped and dated on the verso.  The works are part of George Grubb's "New York City Wildlife" series, a larger portfolio of threatened wildlife re-imagined in New York City with a conservation theme.

 

Visiting The New York Public Library received broad recognition from around the world.  In early 2014, it received the First Prize in the “2014 Juried Exhibition” at the Center for Photographic Art in Carmel, California.  From there, it would go on to be selected by curator, Chris Boot, for Aperture’s premiere “Summer Open” in 2014.   Juror, Malcolm Daniel, the Curator in Charge of the Department of Photography and Curator of Special Projects at The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, would select it for exhibition in the Houston Center of Photography’s “32nd Annual Juried Membership Exhibition.”  The print would also be exhibited as part of the Artist’s solo exhibition at SohoPhoto Gallery in the gallery’s entrance hall in the summer of 2014 in New York City.  Following this exhibition, this print, along with thirteen of the Artist’s other works, would be selected for exhibition in the “3rd International Biennial of Fine Art and Documentary Photography” held in the Municipal Heritage Museum in Malaga, Spain, which ran September 18 through November 9, 2014.  Most recently, the print has also been selected for an upcoming exhibition, "Endangered," which will be held in the Wynwood district of Miami during Art Basel Week this year.

 

Leaving Subway At 23rd Street also received recognition.  In addition to being exhibited in the solo exhibitions at SohoPhoto Gallery in New York City and also in the "3rd International Biennial of Fine Art and Documentary Photography” at the Municipal Heritage Museum in Malaga, Spain, the print had an exhibition at "The 50th Founders Juried Awards Exhibition," juried by Erin Wright, the Director of Artist Initiatives and Special Projects for the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), which was organized by the Naples Art Association and held at The von Liebig Art Center in Naples, Florida.  In addition, the image was also selected for inclusion in the catalog for the "2014 Juried Exhibition" at the Center for Photographic Art, too.

 

Visiting The New York Public LibraryVisiting The New York Public LibraryFrom the series, "New York City Wildlife." Medium: Pigment ink on acid-free cotton rag paper (Moab Entrada Rag Bright). Edition 3 of 3. Printed 2013. Size 23" x 16" Inches. Signed, Dated & Editioned on the Verso.

Visiting The New York Public Library

 

Leaving Subway At 23rd StreetLeaving Subway At 23rd StreetFrom the series, "New York City Wildlife." Medium: Pigment ink on acid-free cotton rag paper (Moab Entrada Rag Bright). Edition 3 of 3. Printed 2013. Size: 24" x 20" Inches. Signed, Dated & Editioned on the Verso.

Leaving Subway At 23rd Street

 

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(George Grubb) Exhibitions New York City Wildlife https://georgegrubb.com/blog/2014/11/crocker-museum-acquires-2-prints-for-permanent-collection Wed, 05 Nov 2014 17:33:23 GMT
"Looking Out" Exhibition, New Hampshire Institute of Art, Nov 7 - Dec 24 https://georgegrubb.com/blog/2014/11/-looking-out-exhibition-new-hampshire-institute-of-art-nov-7---dec-24 Opening November 7, at the New Hampshire Institute of Art, Sharon Arts Campus, is the national juried photography exhibition, "Looking Out." The exhibition will run through December 24 at the Sharon Arts Campus Exhibition Gallery at 30 Grove Street in Peterborough. The opening reception is Friday, November 7, from 5pm to 7pm, and is open to the public. The juror, Andrew Lucas, selected three prints of mine for this exhibition, depicted below. Andrew Lucas is the Gallery Director at the new Hampshire Institute of Art, and also teaches photography and curatorial studies.  He holds a BFA in photography from the Institute, and an MFA in photography from the School of Visual Arts in New York City. The exhibition is about each individual's experience with the outside world.  Photographers participating in the call were invited to express what it is that they see in the every day. Lucas states, "personally drawn to both the urban and natural landscapes, my intent with this exhibition was for each to juxtapose with the other in a thematic, cohesive way."  More information about the exhibition is available online at http://www.sharonarts.org/exhibitions/call-for-artists-looking-out

 

Looking Out Over OberlechLooking Out Over Oberlech

Looking Out Over Oberlech

 

Looking Out Over ArlbergLooking Out Over Arlberg

Looking Out Over Arlberg

 

Looking Out Over CortinaLooking Out Over Cortina

Looking Out Over Cortina

 

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(George Grubb) Exhibitions https://georgegrubb.com/blog/2014/11/-looking-out-exhibition-new-hampshire-institute-of-art-nov-7---dec-24 Tue, 04 Nov 2014 14:41:27 GMT
Online Auction Benefitting DCCC Foundation Ends Nov 7 https://georgegrubb.com/blog/2014/11/online-auction-benefitting-dccc-foundation-ends-nov-7 On Nov 6, I will be traveling to the Davidson County Community College in North Carolina to attend the closing reception and silent auction benefit of thirty-six framed limited edition prints of my wildlife work.  These prints have been on exhibition since mid August in Mendenhall.  The benefit will run 6-8pm in which all works will be offered to the public, with all proceeds going to the DCCC Foundation.  Five of the works are available in an online auction that will end Nov 7.  Information about the event and to bid on the online pieces can be found at http://www.davidsonccc.edu/georgegrubb . Tickets to the event are $35 each.  All of the work has been signed and dated and editioned 1/10 on the verso, and has been printed using pigment ink on acid-free and lignin-free 100% cotton rag. A certificate of authenticity will accompany the work.

 

Click to view the "Print List," which itemizes the Awards and Acceptances into Competitions/Exhibitions for each print.  This data may be helpful for bidders in their print purchases.

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(George Grubb) Exhibitions https://georgegrubb.com/blog/2014/11/online-auction-benefitting-dccc-foundation-ends-nov-7 Sat, 01 Nov 2014 13:06:50 GMT
International Photography Awards 2014 Competition - Honorable Mention https://georgegrubb.com/blog/2014/10/international-photography-awards-2014-competition---honorable-mention International Photography Awards Announces Category Winners of the 2014 Competition.

On September 30, 2014 the International Photography Awards competition (IPA) announced Category Winners of 2014 Competition!

This year, IPA received over 27,000 submissions from 104 countries across the globe and is pleased to declare that George Grubb was awarded Honorable Mention in the "Fine Art - Collage" Professional  Category in the 2014 International Photography Awards (IPA) Competition for the winning series entry "New York City Wildlife".

Honorable Mention

ABOUT George Grubb

Focusing on creative reinterpretation of landscapes and wildlife photography.

About the International Photography Awards
The International Photography Awards conducts an annual competition for professional, non-professional, and student photographers on a global scale, creating one of the most ambitious and comprehensive competitions in the photography world today. Each year, the International Photography Awards (IPA) invites passionate photographers, to compete for the title of Photographer of the Year, Discovery of the Year and Deeper Perspective Photographer of the Year. A board of esteemed professionals in the field juries the competition: curators, photo editors, gallery owners, art directors, and other luminaries from the international photography community. The awards includes a Lucie Statue and cash prizes totaling over $20,000, exhibition and publication opportunities.www.photoawards.com

About the Lucie Awards
The Lucie Awards is the annual event honoring the greatest achievements in photography. The photography community from countries around the globe will pay tribute to the most outstanding photography achievements presented at the Gala Awards ceremony. Each year, the Advisory Board nominates deserving individuals across a variety of categories who will be honored during the Lucie Awards ceremony. Once the nominations have been received, the votes are tallied and an honoree in each category is identified. The honorees are pre-announced months before the Lucie Awards. The Lucie Awards are a signature program of Lucie Foundation.www.lucieawards.com

About the Lucie Foundation
The Lucie Foundation's mission is to honor master photographers, discover and cultivate emerging talent, and promote the appreciation of photography worldwide. In additional to Month of Photography Los Angeles (MOPLA), the foundation presents year-round programming to support high school students through SNAPSHOP!, emerging and professional photographers through the Lucie Scholarship Program and master photographers through The Lucie Awards. The Lucie Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit charitable foundation. www.luciefoundation.org

 

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(George Grubb) New York City Wildlife https://georgegrubb.com/blog/2014/10/international-photography-awards-2014-competition---honorable-mention Thu, 23 Oct 2014 20:24:36 GMT
Two Prints Donated for "Children of Peru Foundation" Benefit Tonight https://georgegrubb.com/blog/2014/10/two-prints-donated-for-children-of-peru-foundation-benefit-tonight If anyone is in New York City this evening, there is a special event which my good friend, Hector Rojas, is hosting that I'll be attending, along with two donated photographic limited edition prints. It is a benefit for the Children of Peru Foundation, and the event will run 6pm-10pm tonight at Raymi Restaurant, located at 43 West 24th Street. An auction of these prints, along with a list of other great prizes will be held, and it is a good opportunity to sample bocaditos at this Peruvian restaurant, as well as enjoy the Pisco Sours, Cusquena Beer and other Signature drinks. Hector hosts an event like this every year, and it is a lot of fun. Tickets are available at the door for $75.00 per person.  My friend, Hector Rojas, is on the advisory council of the Children of Peru Foundation, and more information about this charity may be found by visiting their Web site at http://www.childrenofperu.org .

 

The photographs below were selected for this event, given their metaphorical theme of rescue and nurturing and caring for these endangered orphaned young orangutans in Borneo, who are struggling with the slaughter of their parents and destruction of their habitat by palm oil plantations, illegal loggers and poachers.


Rescued Baby Orangutans in Borneo

Rescued Baby Orangutans of Borneo,  Limited Edition of 5

 

Rescued Orangutans On Daily Walk

Rescued Orangutans on Daily Walk,  Limited Edition of 5

 

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(George Grubb) Orangutans https://georgegrubb.com/blog/2014/10/two-prints-donated-for-children-of-peru-foundation-benefit-tonight Wed, 22 Oct 2014 15:45:52 GMT
"Images from the Underground NYC Subways," SohoPhoto Gallery Oct 7 - Nov 1 https://georgegrubb.com/blog/2014/10/-images-from-the-underground-nyc-subways-sohophoto-gallery-oct-7---nov-1 Opening tonight, the entire gallery of SohoPhoto Gallery is devoted to seven solo exhibitions plus a group exhibitions of the members' work devoted to the New York City Subway.  The opening reception is tonight, Tuesday, October 7th, from 6 to 8pm.  In the group exhibitions, two prints of my work return back to SohoPhoto Gallery for exhibition in the group show on the 2nd level.  They both feature the giraffes involved with the New York City Subway, which were earlier exhibited as part of a solo show titled, "New York City Wildlife."  The public is welcome. The gallery hours are Wednesday to Sunday, 1:00pm - 6:00pm and by appointment.  The gallery is located at 15 White Street between West Broadway and Church Street, and easily accessible by the A,C,E and 1 Subways.  More information is available on their Web site at http://www.sohophoto.com

 

Leaving Subway At 23rd Street

Leaving Subway At 23rd Street

 

Riding The New York Subway

Riding The New York Subway

 

 

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(George Grubb) Exhibitions New York City Wildlife https://georgegrubb.com/blog/2014/10/-images-from-the-underground-nyc-subways-sohophoto-gallery-oct-7---nov-1 Tue, 07 Oct 2014 20:27:09 GMT
3rd Biennial of Fine Art & Documentary Photography, Sep 18 - Nov 9 https://georgegrubb.com/blog/2014/9/3rd-biennial-of-fine-art-documentary-photography-sep-18---nov-9 I have just returned from Malaga, Spain, where the 3rd Biennial of Fine Art & Documentary Photography is being held, produced by the Worldwide Photography Gala Awards, in partnership with the City Hall of Malaga and the Cultural Association La Lupa.  The event is being hosted at the Museo del Patrimonio Municipal (Heritage Municipal Museum) of Malaga, one of the most ancient cities of Europe, with a deep mediterranean culture and the hometown of Pablo Picasso.  It will run from September 18 through November 9th, 2014.  

 

The first edition of the Biennial was held in June 2010, at the Circle of Fine Arts in Madrid, under the name of "2009 WPGA Awards." It was converted into a Biennial after deciding to organize a second edition in Buenos Aires in January 2012 at the Borges Cultural Center.  For the 3rd Biennial, the event was moved to Malaga, Spain.  The fair combines award winning artists from the 2012, 2013 and 2014 editions of the Pollux Prizes and the Julia Margaret Cameron for Women Photographers Prizes.  This Biennial resulted in a selection of over 500 art pieces that ranged from consecrated artists to emerging talents from 27 countries.  The curators of the event were Analy Werbin, Victoria Werbin and Julio Hardy.  More information about the event is available at http://www.malagabienal.com/

 

Selected prints from the "New York City Wildlife" series, as well as from my recent trip to Borneo to photograph the wild orangutans, were featured in this exhibition.  All-in-all, fourteen prints, measuring 40x60cm, were presented in a dedicated wall at the exhibition. From the "New York City Wildlife" series, the images exhibited images were, WANDERING OVER MANHATTAN, ADMIRING LUGGAGE IN WASHINGTON SQUARE PARK, REIGNING OVER CENTRAL PARK, LEAVING SUBWAY AT 23RD STREET, RIDING THE NEW YORK SUBWAY, ADMIRING WOMAN ADMIRING GAZELLE, ESCAPING CENTRAL PARK (which was also selected to be featured on the cover of the exhibition catalog), STROLLING THROUGH BRYANT PARK, and TAKING OUT THE GARBAGE (pictured below).  From my wildlife series, the images exhibited were FEMALE BORNEAN ORANGUTAN WITH BABY, BORNEAN ORANGUTANS IN TANJUNG PUTING NATIONAL PARK, JUVENILE BORNEAN ORANGUTAN, and ALPHA MALE BORNEAN ORANGUTANS. These images may be viewed on this Web site at http://georgegrubb.com/p522401439

 

Collecting The GarbageCollecting The Garbage

COLLECTING THE GARBAGE

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(George Grubb) Exhibitions New York City Wildlife https://georgegrubb.com/blog/2014/9/3rd-biennial-of-fine-art-documentary-photography-sep-18---nov-9 Tue, 23 Sep 2014 18:07:48 GMT
"PHOTOcentric" at Garrison Art Center, New York, Sep 13 - 28 https://georgegrubb.com/blog/2014/9/photocentric Juror, Marvin Heiferman, an independent curator and writer, has selected works for the 7th annual "PHOTOcentric" exhibition to be held at the Garrison Art Center in Garrison, New York.  The exhibition will run September 13 - 28, 2014, with an opening reception with the artists on Saturday, September 13 from 5pm-7pm.    "To jury a photographic exhibition is both a risky proposition and an interesting opportunity. Instead of conceiving a presentation that sheds light on a perticular artist, theme or idea, you have to embrace serendipity," says Marvin.  He further notes that well over 1,000 images were submitted for this competition, of which he selected 50 for the exhibition.  Past jurors have included Malcolm Daniel, Alice Rose George, Harvey Stein, Stephen Shore, Larry Fink, Stephen Perloff, Elizabeth Opalenik and Robert Mann, Cig Harvey and Robin Rice.  This year's juror, Mr. Heiferman, has organized projects about photography for institutions that include the Museum of Modern Art, Smithsonian Institution, International Center of Photography, Whitney Museum of American Art, and the New Museum.  A contributing editor to Art in America, Heiferman has written for numerous publications, catalogs, monographs and magazines including The New York Times, Artforum, Aperture, and BOMB.  Hist most recent book is Photography Changes Everything (Aperture, 2012).  More information is available at http://www.garrisonartcenter.org . 

 

Wandering over ManhattanWandering Over ManhattanAn image from the "New York City Wildlife" series.

Title: Wandering Over Manhattan

 

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(George Grubb) Exhibitions New York City Wildlife https://georgegrubb.com/blog/2014/9/photocentric Wed, 10 Sep 2014 18:15:09 GMT
"Picturing The Built Environment," 2014 Photoville, New York, NY Sep 18 - 21 https://georgegrubb.com/blog/2014/9/-picturing-the-built-environment-2014-photoville-new-york-ny-sep-18---28 "Picturing The Built Environment" is one of more than 50 photo exhibitions being held in one of the largest photographic events in New York City.  Photoville 2014 is curated by Photoville committee members, a select group of programming partners from around the globe. Addressing a wide range of issues, Photoville is a unique venue for photographers and audiences to connect through the power of visual storytelling.  The mix of curated exhibitions runs the gamut from seasoned photojournalists and high-profile print publications, to graduate student showcases and fine art practitioners.

 

"Picturing The Built Environment" designates the structures and spaces humankind has created in which to live, work, and play.  It presents a diversity of creative viewpoints that reveal many of the ways we live and co-exist today.  This exhibition, supported by SohoPhoto Gallery, is comprised of 34 SohoPhoto Members who were juried into this exhibition by committee at SohoPhoto Gallery, and then the exhibition was juried into Photoville by its curators.  My selected image, titled "The Urban Jungle," captures viewers gazing across the landscape of Tokyo City from atop one of its many towers.  SohoPhoto is exhibiting half of the selected images (17 images) during the first week, Sept 18 - 21, of which this image below will participate.  SohoPhoto Gallery will then rotate out those prints and replace them with the second half remaining 17 images for the following weekend exhibit Sept 25-28.

 

Photoville is located at Pier 5, in Brooklyn Bridge Park, Brooklyn, New York City, NY.  It will be on display from September 18 - 21; & Sept 25 - 28, 2014.  More information about the exhibition may be found at http://www.photoville.com/2014-exhibitions/picturing-the-built-environment/

 

The Urban JungleView atop tower in Tokyo City, Japan

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(George Grubb) Exhibitions https://georgegrubb.com/blog/2014/9/-picturing-the-built-environment-2014-photoville-new-york-ny-sep-18---28 Sun, 07 Sep 2014 16:01:30 GMT
SPCA "Fur Ball" Benefit Auction of Wake County, North Carolina - Oct 5, 2014 https://georgegrubb.com/blog/2014/9/spca-fur-ball-benefit-auction-of-wake-county-north-carolina---oct-5-2014 The State Club at the North Carolina State University Park Alumni Center (at NCSU) will be hosting the "2014 Fur Ball" Benefit on October 5, from 6:00pm - 10:30pm.  The benefit will provide needed funds for the SPCA of Wake County, located in Raleigh, North Carolina. This year will mark the 19th year for the event, which has been named by the Triangle Business Journal and Metro Magazine as one of the best charity events in the Triangle region of North Carolina.  Two limited edition (1 of 10) pieces of my work have been donated for auction at the event.  They are depicted below, and feature baby dachshund puppies embroiled with their toys.  The images are printed in pigment ink on acid-free and lignin-free 100% cotton rag paper, with white matte and black wood frame.  To learn more about the SPCA event, please visit the SPCA of Wake County Web site at http://www.spcawake.org/ . 

 

Title: LITTLE FURRY WONDERS     Edition: 1/10

 

Title: TOIL AND TUG   Edition: 1/10

 

 

 

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(George Grubb) Dachshunds Exhibitions https://georgegrubb.com/blog/2014/9/spca-fur-ball-benefit-auction-of-wake-county-north-carolina---oct-5-2014 Sat, 06 Sep 2014 23:55:05 GMT
"Color, Line & Form" Exhibition, Fine Arts Center of Hot Springs, Sept 5 - Oct 25 https://georgegrubb.com/blog/2014/9/-color-line-form-exhibition-fine-arts-center-of-hot-springs-sept-5---oct-25 This art exhibition explores the visual landscape of color, line, form and texture.  Curators Julie Susan Gonzales, Jeri Hillis, and Donna Dunnahoe selected 41 abstract art works from 153 submissions from artists across the United States for this exhibition titled "Color, Line & Form."  The exhibit includes paintings, hand pulled prints, fiber art, photography and sculptures.  My piece that was selected is a digital negative of 4th of July fireworks celebration in New York City in 2012.  The reversal of color gives this image an abstract appearance that appears to resemble a floral arrangement.

 

The 36 artists represented in the show include:Karen Ahuja, Joel Armstrong, Allyson Block, Roxanne Butterfield, Barbara Cade, Emily Denlinger, John Faginkrantz, Margaret Foote, James Daniel Gaar, George Grubb, Bob Harvey, Jonny Haydn, Pat Langewis, Lane Last, Russell Lemond, Diane Lorio, Bryan Massey, Sayeed Mehmood, Elizabeth Morisette, Earl Mulley, Loretta Lynn Owens , Alan D. Pocaro, Desiree Quinn, Allison Rosh, Cynthia Schanink, Jane Skafte, Mike Spain, Gertrude Tara-Casciano, Roxy Rose Wallace, Jane Bonady Watson, Mark Webster, Cathy Wester, Susan Whiteland, and Ray Wittenberg.

 

The exhibition opens September 5 and runs through October 25. The Artist Reception for the exhibit is Friday, September 5 during Gallery Walk, (5 pm to 9 pm.) Many of the artists will be present. Kenneth Tillery, an acoustic guitar performer, will entertain the gallery visitors from 6 pm to 8 pm.
 
 
Two artist talks are scheduled to enhance appreciation of the abstract form. At 6 pm, Friday. September 19 - Emily Gerhold, art historian and instructor at Henderson State University will present The Beauty of Color, Line, & Form. At 6 pm, Friday, October 17 - Little Rock minimalist artist Ray Wittenberg will present Simply Abstract.
 
 
The Fine Arts Center of Hot Springs is located at 626 Central Avenue in the historic downtown Hot Springs. For more information about the exhibit, visit their Web site at http://www.hsfac.org
 
Fireworks Over Manhattan,  #3Fireworks Over Manhattan, #3This image is part of a series of fireworks celebration photographed in New York City on July 4, 2012. The negative inversion of the positive image is captured using digital techniques to illustrate a unique perspective on this event.
Fireworks Over Manhattan, #3
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(George Grubb) Exhibitions https://georgegrubb.com/blog/2014/9/-color-line-form-exhibition-fine-arts-center-of-hot-springs-sept-5---oct-25 Fri, 05 Sep 2014 02:09:22 GMT
PSA - Two Star Exhibitor Award - Nature Category https://georgegrubb.com/blog/2014/8/psa---two-star-exhibitor-award---nature-category Today, the Photographic Society of America (PSA) awarded a Two-Star Exhibitor certificate in the Nature Division to me.  The award was granted for having a minimum of 12 unique nature images accepted into at least 36 exhibitions around the World, all recognized by the Photographic Society of America.  Images in the Nature Division must meet a defined criteria of authenticity to be accepted into recognized PSA competitions. More information about the definition of nature images may be found at http://www.psa-photo.org/index.php?nature-nature-definition .  

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(George Grubb) Exhibitions https://georgegrubb.com/blog/2014/8/psa---two-star-exhibitor-award---nature-category Tue, 26 Aug 2014 15:30:45 GMT
Davidson County Community College Solo Exhibition - Aug 18 to Nov 6 https://georgegrubb.com/blog/2014/8/davidson-county-community-college-exhibition---aug-18---nov-6 "Earth's Vanishing Species," which is my largest solo exhibition to date, just opened on the campus of Davidson County Community College (DCCC) in Thomasville, North Carolina.  The exhibition features 36 framed and matted prints of wildlife photography from around the World. All of the animals depicted in this exhibition were photographed in their wild, natural habitat or on a preservation designed to rescue, breed, protect and introduce them back into the wild.  They were photographed during journeys to their natural environments in threatened regions around the World.  From the Arctic to Africa, Asia, Australia, the Americas and Antarctica, these animals are facing great challenges for their survival.  The message is the same around the globe…these animals and their habitats are threatened by human activity.  This is either through climate change, poaching, urban development or other intrusions into their environments.  

 

Provided next to each print is a brief summary of the obstacles to survival for the species shown.  This includes the current threat rating from the International Union for the Conservation of Nature’s (IUCN) Red List.  The IUCN is the World’s largest global environmental network, consisting of a democratic membership union with more than 1,000 government and NGO member organizations, and over 11,000 volunteer scientists in more than 160 countries, that are supported by a staff of more than 1,000 professionals in 160 countries.  The IUCN’s primary purpose is dedicated to finding pragmatic solutions to pressing environmental and developmental challenges.  The organization publishes the IUCN Red List of threatened species, which assesses the conservation status of over 70,000 species, including plant, marine, arid, semi-arid and the most threatened of all, freshwater species.  For more descriptive information on the IUCN, please visit http://georgegrubb.com/iucn

 

The idea of offering all of the prints in this exhibition in a silent auction at the closing reception is an idea that grew from my parents' support for the DCCC.  My parents were strong believers in helping challenged youth to meet the obstacles of today through education. It is in recognizing their past contributions that inspired me to offer my work to the foundation.  Each image is printed using pigment ink on acid-free 100% cotton rag paper, signed and stamped on the verso, and offered in a limited edition size of ten prints.  I would like to recognize the Picture Frame Outlet in Lexington, North Carolina, for their custom-frame and matting for each image.  

 

Video Introduction by Jenny Varner, Executive Director, DCCC Foundation

Click Here (Opens in YouTube)

 

Most viewers today recognize the topic of wildlife conservation, but very few recognize the urgency of it.  I hope to help increase awareness of the urgency of this crisis through my work.  It is my hope the viewer will take away from this exhibit, the breathtaking beauty of these majestic creatures, be invigorated with renewed enthusiasm to learn more about conservation, and feel more inspired to help protect our planet’s natural resources. On November 6 at 6:00pm EST, all of the signed and limited edition prints will be offered to the public in a silent auction in which all of the proceeds will go to benefit the DCCC Foundation.  More information about this exhibition may be viewed at the college's Web site at http://www.davidsonccc.edu/georgegrubb .  An online auction will commence Sept 1 for select pieces in the exhibition.  The exhibition is now open in the Mendenhall building for the public.

 

Polar Bear On West Shore Of Hudson Bay, Manitoba, CanadaPolar Bear On West Shore Of Hudson Bay, Manitoba, Canada

Polar Bear on West Shore of Hudson Bay

 

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(George Grubb) Chimpanzees Exhibitions https://georgegrubb.com/blog/2014/8/davidson-county-community-college-exhibition---aug-18---nov-6 Tue, 19 Aug 2014 20:03:43 GMT
Honorable Mention in California Academy of Science's "2014 Big Picture Competition" https://georgegrubb.com/blog/2014/7/honorable-mention-in-california-academy-of-sciences-2014-big-picture-competition Winning an Honorable Mention in the Land Mammal category was the image, "Female Orangutan With Baby," which I photographed in Borneo this past December while traveling with Dr. Birute Galdikas, the renowned primatologist.  Orangutans are rated as "Endangered" by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature's Red List with their greatest threat coming from palm oil plantations who are destroying their habitat for agricultural purposes.  Illegal logging and poaching females to sell their young in the pet-trade also adds to their challenges. This female carrying her baby was photographed in the Tanjung Puting National Park region of Borneo.  Orangutans will care for their young for up to six years, The print will be on exhibit in the "Big Picture Natural World Photo Competition" on exhibit at the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco, California.  Forty-five works were selected for this inaugural exhibition from a submission of more than 6,300 images. Suzi Eszterhas was the jury chair for the competition, a Fellow of the International League of Conservation Photographers and winner of many wildlife photography competitions around the globe.  Other judges included Daniel Beltra, ILCP Fellow, Clay Bolt, Tui De Roy, David Liittschwager, Kathy Moran, Klaus Nigge, Thomas Peschak and Ian Shive.  The exhibit will run from August 1 through November 2, 2014.  The exhibition is located at 55 Music Concourse Drive, San Francisco, CA  94118.  .  More information is available at http://bigpicturecompetition.org/ and at the Academy's Web site at http://www.calacademy.org/academy/exhibits/BigPicture2014/

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(George Grubb) Exhibitions Orangutans https://georgegrubb.com/blog/2014/7/honorable-mention-in-california-academy-of-sciences-2014-big-picture-competition Tue, 29 Jul 2014 14:33:13 GMT
Aperture "Summer Open" Exhibition - Jul 17 - Aug 14 https://georgegrubb.com/blog/2014/7/aperture-summer-open-exhibition---jul-17---aug-14 Juror Chris Boot has selected my image, "Visiting The New York Library" for Aperture's "Summer Open" exhibition, which will run from July 17 - August 14, 2014.  The opening reception will be held July 17, from 6:00-8:00 p.m.   For the exhibition, Mr. Boot selected 103 prints from the 860 submissions for this exhibition, which Mr. Boot states "reflects the state of photography now."   To read the juror's further comments about this exhibition, please visit http://www.aperture.org/blog/aperture-summer-open-chris-boot/ .  The image for this exhibition is not included with this post as it is the same image depicted on the blog posting before this post which is also on view now at the Houston Center of Photography.  This image is also currently on view at SohoPhoto Gallery in a solo exhibition of my series, "New York City Wildlife."

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(George Grubb) https://georgegrubb.com/blog/2014/7/aperture-summer-open-exhibition---jul-17---aug-14 Thu, 17 Jul 2014 20:53:38 GMT
Houston Center of Photography Exhibition, Jul 11 - Sep 7 https://georgegrubb.com/blog/2014/7/houston-center-of-photography-exhibition-jul-7---sep-11 Juror Malcolm Daniel, MFAH, Curator in Charge of the Department of Photography and Curator of Special Projects at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, selected two prints of mine for the "32nd Annual Juried Membership Exhibition."  The exhibition will be held at the Houston Center for Photography from July 11 through September 7, 2014.  The opening reception will be held July 11th, from 6-8pm, with the juror's remarks presented before that at 5:30pm.  On the following day, the "Artist Talks" will be presented on July 12 at 11am.  38 Artists were selected by the juror from approximately 300 images submitted from around the globe.  The Houston Center of Photography is located at 1441 West Alabama, Houston, Texas, 77066, USA.  Their Web site is http://www.hcponline.org

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(George Grubb) Bears Exhibitions New York City Wildlife https://georgegrubb.com/blog/2014/7/houston-center-of-photography-exhibition-jul-7---sep-11 Fri, 11 Jul 2014 22:56:58 GMT
"New York City Wildlife" Solo Show Exhibition at SohoPhoto Gallery, New York, NY Jul 3-26 https://georgegrubb.com/blog/2014/6/-new-york-city-wildlife-solo-show-exhibition-at-sohophoto-gallery-new-york-ny-jul-3-26 The "New York City Wildlife" project will have its first solo show exhibition at SohoPhoto Gallery in New York City.  The exhibition will run July 2 - 26, 2014, with an opening reception on July 2, from 6:00pm - 8:00pm, and a closing reception on July 22, from 6:00pm - 8:00pm. SohoPhoto Gallery is located in the TribeCa neighborhood at 15 White Street, New York, NY 10013.  The gallery's hours are Wednesday-Sunday, 1:00pm - 6:00pm, or by appointment.  Further information is available on their Web site at http://www.sohophoto.com

 

Many of the prints in this exhibition have received many awards and juried exhibitions; both in the United States and abroad.  These include: "Visiting The New York Public Library" won first place at the "2014 Juried Exhibition" at the Center of Photography in California; "Skinny Dipping on Park Avenue" won first place at the "Wallowa Valley Festival of Arts" in Oregon; "Riding The New York Subway" won first place in the "2014 Cottingley Lens Competition" in New York and an Honorable Mention in the Providence Art Club's "2014 All Media Juried Competition" in Rhode Island.  This print also was selected for exhibition at the Houston Center of Photography's "32nd Annual Juried Membership Exhibition," received a Gold Selection and exhibition at the North Valley Art League's Carter House Gallery in the "Photography: The Full Spectrum" exhibition, and also was selected for exhibition in "The 50th Founders Juried Awards Exhibition" at the Naples Art Association in Florida as well as the upcoming Houston Center for Photography's "32nd Annual Juried Membership Exhibition." "Reigning Over Central Park" won 2nd place in the 6th Pollux Awards in York, United Kingdom.  "Leaving Subway at 23rd Street" was selected for exhibition at the Naples Art Association's "50th Founders Juried Awards Exhibition."  The print, "Visiting the New York Public Library" was also selected for exhibition at Aperture's "Summer Open" exhibition this July in New York City, and the print was also selected for exhibition at the Houston Center of Photography's "32nd Annual Juried Membership Exhibition."  The Los Angeles Center for Digital Art selected four images for exhibition in their "Electron Salon" this June, and the Jacksonville Center for the Arts selected "Escaping Central Park" for exhibition in the Hayloft Gallery for the "2014 JAX Juried Exhibition."  The "New York City Wildlife" project will have its 2nd solo exhibition at the 3rd International Biennial for Fine Art and Documentary Photography, to be held at the Municipal Heritage Museum in Malaga, Spain, that will run September 18 - November 9, 2014.

 

The animals depicted in the “New York City Wildlife” series are all wild and were photographed during my journeys to their natural environments in threatened regions around the World.  From the Arctic to Africa, Asia, Australia and Antarctica, my travels to every continent have enabled me to witness the effects of globalization on our World.  The message is the same around the globe…these animals and their habitats are threatened by humans, either through climate change, poaching, urban development or other intrusions into their environments. 

 

With each print at the exhibition, I provide a written summary of the obstacles to survival for the species shown.  This includes the current threat rating from the International Union for the Conservation of Nature’s (IUCN) Red List.  The IUCN is the World’s largest global environmental network, consisting of a democratic membership union with more than 1,000 government and NGO member organizations, and approximately 11,000 volunteer scientists in more than 160 countries, supported by a staff of more than 1,000 professionals in 160 countries.  The IUCN’s primary purpose is dedicated to finding pragmatic solutions to pressing environmental and developmental challenges.  The organization publishes the IUCN Red List of threatened species, which assesses the conservation status of over 70,000 species, including plant, marine, arid, semi-arid and the most threatened of all, freshwater species.  

 

Most viewers today recognize the topic of wildlife conservation, but few recognize the urgency of it.  I hope to help increase awareness of the urgency of this crisis through my work.  With each print sale, a portion of the proceeds will be donated to a conservation organization seeking to protect that species shown.  The images provided in this exhibit are a portion of the collection in the “New York City Wildlife” series; a collection which is continuously growing. 

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(George Grubb) Exhibitions New York City Wildlife https://georgegrubb.com/blog/2014/6/-new-york-city-wildlife-solo-show-exhibition-at-sohophoto-gallery-new-york-ny-jul-3-26 Sun, 22 Jun 2014 21:38:27 GMT
First Place Prize Win in Wallowa Valley Festival of Arts https://georgegrubb.com/blog/2014/6/first-place-prize-win-in-wallowa-valley-festival-of-arts The Wallowa Valley Festival of Arts in Joesph, Oregon, awarded the image, "Skinny Dipping On Park Avenue" a 1st Place Prize in the 32nd annual Wallowa Valley of Festival of Arts.  Eighty-six artists were accepted into the festival, and each piece was judged against all other art, giving the awards more critical weight than a single category ribbon.  See earlier post dated May 21, 2014 for further details about this festival.  For more information on the festival, please see their Web site at http://www.wallowavalleyarts.org .  A copy of the award letter may be viewed in the 2014 Exhibitions folder.

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(George Grubb) Elephant Seals Exhibitions New York City Wildlife https://georgegrubb.com/blog/2014/6/first-place-prize-win-in-wallowa-valley-festival-of-arts Fri, 20 Jun 2014 19:47:45 GMT
2014 Cottingley Lens Competition, Buffalo Almanack, June 2014 Issue https://georgegrubb.com/blog/2014/6/first-prize-2014-cottingley-lens-competition-buffalo-almanack-june-2014-issue The Buffalo Almanack announced my image, "Riding The New York Subway," was the winning image in the "2014 Cottingley Lens Competition."  In addition, two other images received honorable mentions; "Reigning Over Central Park" and "Wandering Over Manhattan."  The contest is based on the original 1917 Cottingley photos, which featured fairies flying about English teenager Elsie Wright, who borrowed her father's photo equipment and as noted in issue 4, page 63, of the Buffalo Almanack, created images of her with frolicking fairies, which were comprised of "watercolor paintings pinned to flowers and sticks with hatpins."  While many people appeared to have recognized the trickery, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle apparently did not who wrote a book on this matter, and thus, the setting for this competition is based.  The Colorado-based publication is an e-zine that bills itself as an "American Fictions & Photographic Digest."  The publication is available online at http://www.buffaloalmanack.com and Max Vande Vaarst and Katie Morrison are the editors of the publication.  The article of the "2014 Cottingley Lens Competition" begins on page 62 of the June 2014 issue.

 

The image depicted with this blog is "Wandering over Manhattan," which received an honorable mention.   It features the wandering albatrosses and golden eagles soaring above the Manhattan skyline, while giraffes stand on the outdoor decks of the penthouses in the towers.   The wandering albatrosses, rated "Vulnerable" by the IUCN, were photographed out over the sea while cruising from the Falkland Islands to the Island of South Georgia.  The biggest threat to their survival is long-line fishing and pollution in the form of plastics and discarded fishing hooks.  The golden eagles were photographed in Neah Bay, Washington state.  Pesticides wrecked havoc on the population of these birds at one time, and while they now enjoy a "Least Concern" status, they still struggle with being poisoned, trapped or shot.  The giraffes are South African giraffes photographed in Botswana.  This image, an edition of 1 of 3, will be up for the charitable photography auction, "Friends Without A Border," in New York City later this year.  The other two images have received notable recognition in previous competitions, and you may find further information about them in earlier blog postings.

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(George Grubb) Exhibitions New York City Wildlife https://georgegrubb.com/blog/2014/6/first-prize-2014-cottingley-lens-competition-buffalo-almanack-june-2014-issue Mon, 16 Jun 2014 15:22:57 GMT
Mystic Art Center "103rd Annual Exhibition" Jun 13 - Jul 26 https://georgegrubb.com/blog/2014/6/mystic-art-center-103rd-annual-exhibition-jun-13---jul-26 The print, "Reigning Over Central Park" has been selected for the "103rd Annual Exhibition" by the Connecticut Academy of Fine Arts for exhibition at the Mystic Art Center.  The show runs June 13 - July 26, 2014, at the Mystic Art Center located at 9 Water Street, Mystic Connecticut.  An opening reception will be held Thursday, June 26 from 6PM - 8PM with an award presentation.  The jurors of the exhibition are William Butcher and Claudia Seymour.  Ms. Seymour is a masterful still life painter in oil and pastel.  She is a member of the Allied Artist of America, CT Pastel Society and Audubon Artists.  She has served as president of the Salmagundi Club in New York City for the past six years, and has exhibited in over 150 juried national and international exhibitions.  Mr. Butcher has taught painting and sculpture for thirty years and is currently head of the Art Department at Suffield Academy in CT.  His work has received numerous top awards and he has had several solo exhibitions throughout the Eastern and Midwest United States. 

 

The king penguins’ (Aptendoytes patagonicus) featured in this image have a population size that is growing (for now) and have a Least Concern status from the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s (IUCN) Red List; unlike 15 of the 18 species of penguins tracked by the IUCN.  Of those, 4 species are rated Near Threatened, 6 rated Vulnerable and 5 rated Endangered.  And this doesn’t include two penguin species now extinct...the Chatham Penguin and the Waitaha Penguin, believed to result from over-hunting by humans.  The king penguins’ Least Concern rating may be in jeopardy.  The warming of the Southern Ocean is anticipated to cause a reduction in their food supply, causing them to have to swim further to find food leaving less time for mating and chick-rearing.   Scientists at the CNRS Institut Pluridisciplinaire Hubert Curien in Strasbourg, France, studied king penguins in the southern Indian Ocean over nine years.  Their study discovered a nine-percent decline in the adult penguin population for every 0.26 degree (Celsius) of sea surface warming.  These king penguins were photographed in their wild habitat on the Island of South Georgia in the South Atlantic Ocean near Antarctica by the Artist.  The setting for these birds used in this image was photographed in the wintertime in Central Park, New York City. 

 

Information on the exhibition may be viewed at the Connecticut Academy of Fine Arts' Web site at http://ctacademy.org/annualEx1910.html

 

 

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(George Grubb) Exhibitions New York City Wildlife Penguins https://georgegrubb.com/blog/2014/6/mystic-art-center-103rd-annual-exhibition-jun-13---jul-26 Fri, 13 Jun 2014 18:40:34 GMT
50th Founders Juried Awards Exhibition at Naples Art Center, Jun 9 - Jul 25 https://georgegrubb.com/blog/2014/6/50th-founders-juried-awards-exhibition-at-naples-art-center-from-jun-9---jul-25 Juror Erin Wright, Director of Artist Initiatives and Special Projects at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), has selected two of my images for exhibition in the "50th Founders Juried Awards Exhibition," which is now on view in The von Liebig Art Center from June 9 through July 25, 2014.  A Preview Reception is held on Friday, June 6th from 5:30pm until 7:30pm.  Erin Wright will also give a lecture entitled "Reinventing a Museum: How I learned to Move a 340-Ton Boulder" at the Art Center on 5:30pm on June 4th, 2014.  

 

The prints selected for the exhibition by Erin Wright are from the "New York City Wildlife" series, and are titled "Riding The New York Subway" and "Leaving Subway At 23rd Street."  Both images feature two different subspecies of giraffes, and are framed in reclaimed wood for the exhibition.   The former image features the Angolan giraffe, of which about 20,000 remain today in the wild and sadly, is no longer found in Angola; and the latter image features the Rothschild giraffe, of which less than 500 are believed to remain in the wild today, and which now relies primarily on a preserve centers for protection and breeding and reintroduction for their survival of the subspecies.

 

Juror Erin Wright has over 20 years of experience in the art world, having worked for Sotheby's auction house, to grant making for the Lannan Foundation to organizing exhibitions and project management for Gagosian Gallery.  Her current work at LACMA is focused on artist projects and producing films about artists and their work, including notable artists such as John Baldessari, Michael Heizer, Ed Ruscha, James Turrell and Peter Zumthor.  More information about the exhibition may be found on their Web site at http://www.naplesart.org/event/50th-founders-juried-awards-exhibition/

 

 

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(George Grubb) Exhibitions Giraffe New York City Wildlife https://georgegrubb.com/blog/2014/6/50th-founders-juried-awards-exhibition-at-naples-art-center-from-jun-9---jul-25 Tue, 10 Jun 2014 12:53:52 GMT
"Escaping Central Park" in JAX Juried Exhibition, June 6 - Aug 1 https://georgegrubb.com/blog/2014/6/-escaping-central-park-in-jax-juried-exhibition-june-6---aug-1 "Escaping Central Park" was selected for exhibition in the "2014 JAX Juried Exhibition" at The Jacksonville Center for the Arts in their Hayloft Gallery, located in Floyd, Virginia, USA.  The juror was David Mickenberg, who is President and CEO of the Allentown Art Museum in Allentown, Pennsylvania and the past CEO of the Taubman Museum of Fine Art in Roanoke, Virginia.  Mr. Mickenberg has been a museum director for over 30 years, launching his career at the Indianapolis Museum of Art, prior to becoming the director of the Oklahoma Museum of Art in Oklahoma City.  From their, he took the reins of the Leigh Block Museum of Art at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. The exhibition runs June 6 - August 1, 2014, with an opening reception to be held on Saturday, June 14.

 

The selected print features harp seals which I photographed on the ice floes in the Gulf of St. Lawrence in Northern Canada just prior to the seal hunt.  The Canadian government had authorized a kill quota of 400,000 harp seals for the year.  The means of killing the young pups for their coats is to strike them on their head with a club called a hakapik.  The International Union for the Conservation of Nature has noted that the quotas set by the sealing countries are unsustainable.  More information on the harp seals may be found at http://www.harpseals.org and information on the exhibition is available at http://www.jacksonvillecenter.org .

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(George Grubb) Exhibitions Harp Seals New York City Wildlife https://georgegrubb.com/blog/2014/6/-escaping-central-park-in-jax-juried-exhibition-june-6---aug-1 Mon, 09 Jun 2014 15:54:53 GMT
North Valley Art League Juried Photography Show - Apr 29 - May 31 https://georgegrubb.com/blog/2014/5/north-valley-art-league-juried-photography-show---apr-29---may-31 The North Valley Art league presented a Gold Selection to the image, "Riding the New York Subway." The print is now being exhibited at the gallery in their 2014 International Juried Photography Show, titled "Photography: The Full Spectrum."  The juror is Crista Dix, the Founder and Director of Wall Space Gallery originally opened in Seattle, Washington, and now operating in Santa Barbara, California.  The exhibition will run in the Carter House Gallery, at 48 Quartz Hill Road in Redding, California, from April 29 to May 31, 2014.  More information may be viewed at their Web site at http://www.nval.org

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(George Grubb) https://georgegrubb.com/blog/2014/5/north-valley-art-league-juried-photography-show---apr-29---may-31 Thu, 22 May 2014 19:10:41 GMT
"Skinny Dipping On Park Avenue" to Exhibit at 2014 Wallowa Valley Festival of Arts https://georgegrubb.com/blog/2014/5/-skinny-dipping-on-park-avenue-to-exhibit-at-wallowa-valley-festival-of-arts The 2014 Wallowa Valley Festival of Arts, sponsored by the Wallowa Valley Arts Council in Joseph, Oregon, has invited three images from the New York Wildlife series for exhibition at this year's festival. Regretfully, having just returned yesterday from three weeks of photography of gorillas, chimpanzees and other wildlife in Uganda and Kenya, my time is only allowing me to prepare and submit one of the images invited.  The one shipped out this morning was "Skinny Dipping On Park Avenue," the image of the Southern Elephant Seals which I captured on the Island of South Georgia in the South Atlantic Ocean off Antarctica in 2013.  The other two images invited were "Passing By on Governors Island" and "Wandering in Washington Square Park."  The former image features wart hogs photographed in Botswana, and the latter features gorillas I had photographed in Rwanda, both in 2007.   The festival commences May 30 and will run through June 1st.  This is the 32nd annual Festival of Arts by the Wallowa Valley Arts Council, and the event features a variety of entertainment and arts in the small town of Joseph, Oregon, USA.  More information about the festival may be found on their Web site at http://www.wallowavalleyarts.org

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(George Grubb) Elephant Seals Exhibitions New York City Wildlife https://georgegrubb.com/blog/2014/5/-skinny-dipping-on-park-avenue-to-exhibit-at-wallowa-valley-festival-of-arts Wed, 21 May 2014 18:10:32 GMT
Subway To South Georgia - Honorable Mention in One Shot: One World Competition https://georgegrubb.com/blog/2014/4/subway-to-south-georgia---honorable-mention-in-one-shot-one-world-competition The image, "Subway To South Georgia," received an Honorable Mention in the 2014 One Shot: One World Competition produced by IPA, otherwise recognized as the International Photography Awards based out of Los Angeles, California, United States.  The competition received over 18,000 submissions from 104 countries.  The image features a New York City subway station set in juxtaposition within Salisbury Plain, located on the Island of South Georgia, which is located in the South Atlantic Ocean near Antarctica.  Featured in the image is a colony of King Penguins native to this region.  Though the IUCN lists the King Penguin as "Least Concern" at this time, scientists are reporting that the warming of the Southern Ocean is causing this species to swim further for its food, leaving less energy for mating and rearing their chicks.  Fifteen of eighteen species of penguins have a "Near Threatened" or worse classification now at the IUCN.  For more information on this competition, please visit their Web site at http://www.photoawards.com .

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(George Grubb) New York City Wildlife Penguins https://georgegrubb.com/blog/2014/4/subway-to-south-georgia---honorable-mention-in-one-shot-one-world-competition Wed, 30 Apr 2014 17:51:25 GMT
Providence Art Club, Rhode Island, Group Exhibition, Apr 21-May 9 https://georgegrubb.com/blog/2014/4/providence-art-club-rhode-island-group-exhibition-apr-21-may-9 The Providence Art Club has selected "Riding The New York Subway" for print exhibition in their "Nationwide All Media Open Juried Exhibition," juried by Claudia Seymour, who is President Emerita of the Salmagundi Club in New York City, an artists-run cooperative gallery and club on 5th avenue.   This image was also awarded an Honorable Mention in the competition.  The Exhibition will run in the Maxwell Mays Gallery.  Artists from across the country were invited to submit work for this Exhibition.  Juror, Claudia Seymour, selected 53 artists from a pool of almost 200 submissions.  An opening reception will be held, Sunday, April 27, from 2:00pm - 4:00pm.   The Exhibition will run April 21 - May 9 at Maxwell Mays Gallery, Providence, Rhode Island, USA.  More information about the Providence Art Club may be found on their Web site at http://providenceartclub.org/ .

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(George Grubb) Exhibitions Giraffe New York City Wildlife https://georgegrubb.com/blog/2014/4/providence-art-club-rhode-island-group-exhibition-apr-21-may-9 Fri, 25 Apr 2014 14:20:41 GMT
2nd Place, Fine Art Category, 6th Edition of the Pollux Awards https://georgegrubb.com/blog/2014/3/2nd-place-fine-art-category-6th-edition-of-the-pollux-awards The Worldwide Photography Gala Awards (WPGA) held their 6th Edition of the Pollux Awards, which was comprised of 380 photographers from 47 countries submitting 2040 images for the competition.  Winning 2nd place prize in the "Fine Art" category of the awards was my image from the "New York City Wildlife" series featuring the King Penguins in Central Park, New York City, in an image titled "Reigning Over Central Park."  The jurors for this year's Award are the Photographer and Coordinator of WPGA, Julio Hardy; and Call 4 Artists' Publisher and Curator, David G. Hirsch.

 

The King Penguins (Aptendoytes patagonicus) are the second largest penguin species and are known to dive to depths of over 300ft for their food, and have been recorded as deep as 980ft.  These birds were photographed in their natural habitat on the Island of South Georgia in the South Atlantic Ocean near Antarctica. Their population is considered stable, unlike their cousins, the Emperor Penguin, which is listed as "Near Threatened" by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN). The King Penguins' numbers are, fortunately, growing and have a Least Concern status.  However, a recent study by French scientists of this particular species indicates that they are having to swim further for food in the Southern Ocean, increasing stress and leaving less time for mating and rearing chicks. These scientist attribute this cause to the gradual warming of the Southern Ocean.

 

The WPGA is located in Regency House, Westminster Place, York Business Park, in York, United Kingdom.  More information about the gala awards may be located by visiting their Web site at http://thegalaawards.net/

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(George Grubb) Exhibitions New York City Wildlife https://georgegrubb.com/blog/2014/3/2nd-place-fine-art-category-6th-edition-of-the-pollux-awards Sun, 16 Mar 2014 21:50:00 GMT
2nd Place, "Animals and Wildlife" Category, 6th Edition of the Pollux Awards https://georgegrubb.com/blog/2014/3/2nd-place-wildlife-nature-category-6th-edition-of-the-pollux-awards The Worldwide Photography Gala Awards (WPGA) held their 6th Edition of the Pollux Awards, which was comprised of 380 photographers from 47 countries submitting 2040 images for the competition.  Winning 2nd place prize in the "Animals and Wildlife" category of the awards was my image of a female Bornean Orangutan with her baby.  The jurors for this year's Award are the Photographer and Coordinator of WPGA, Julio Hardy; and Call 4 Artists' Publisher and Curator, David G. Hirsch.

 

The International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) designates the Bornean Orangutan (Pongo pygmaeus) as "Endangered" with their population having declined approximately 50% in the last sixty years.  Palm oil plantations and illegal harvesting of timber have been the primary threat to this species, which has been resulting in rapid destruction of their habitat.  The Orangutan Care Center in Borneo that I visited, operated by Dr. Galdikas, has over 300 rescued orphans.  Sadly, almost all of their mothers were slaughtered to prevent encroachment onto palm oil plantations and the babies were fortunate to have gotten away.

 

The WPGA is located in Regency House, Westminster Place, York Business Park, in York, United Kingdom.  More information about the gala awards may be located by visiting their Web site at http://thegalaawards.net/

 

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(George Grubb) Exhibitions Orangutans https://georgegrubb.com/blog/2014/3/2nd-place-wildlife-nature-category-6th-edition-of-the-pollux-awards Sun, 16 Mar 2014 21:42:07 GMT
81st Wilmington International Photography Exhibition - Awarded Ribbon https://georgegrubb.com/blog/2014/3/81st-wilmington-international-photography-exhibition---awarded-ribbon This exhibition and award escaped getting posted to my blog.  The Delaware Photographic Society hosted the "81st Wilmington International Exhibition of Photography," (PSA Recognized), and my image of the "Bluie East Two" abandoned military base was awarded a ribbon (Honorable Mention).  This image was part of a larger portfolio that was displayed on SocialDocumentary.net, and has also been recognized with an Honorable Mention at the "120th Toronto Salon" Exhibition earlier in the year.  The "81st Wilmington International Photography Exhibition" was held in Arsht Hall, University of Delaware, Academy of Lifelong Learning, 2700 Pennsylvania Ave., Wilmington, Delaware, USA, Feb 23-Mar 2, 2014.  More information on this exhibition may be found at their Web site at http://www.wilmingtoninternational.org/ .

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(George Grubb) Exhibitions https://georgegrubb.com/blog/2014/3/81st-wilmington-international-photography-exhibition---awarded-ribbon Wed, 12 Mar 2014 22:34:53 GMT
Group Exhibition Featuring Metal Prints by George Grubb Mar 4 - 29 https://georgegrubb.com/blog/2014/3/group-exhibition-featuring-metal-prints-by-george-grubb-mar-4---29 In the upstairs gallery of Soho Photo Gallery, a group exhibition is running of the gallery members' work from March 4 - 29, 2014.  Two of my experimental metal prints are on display in this gallery, featuring new techniques that expand upon the techniques used for my "Pigeon Forge" solo show last summer.  One print is titled "Daniel" which is depicted here, and the other one is titled "Ray".  The images were initially photographed during my 50th birthday celebration party last year, and thus, the theme "celebration" is intuitively implied.  The metal prints are dyes infused into coated aluminum to enhance their luminosity, and are framed in a white wedge-shaped wood frame.  Soho Photo Gallery is located at 15 White Street in Tribeca neighborhood of Manhattan.  Further information may be obtained by visiting their Web site at http://www.sohophoto.com .

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(George Grubb) Exhibitions https://georgegrubb.com/blog/2014/3/group-exhibition-featuring-metal-prints-by-george-grubb-mar-4---29 Tue, 11 Mar 2014 14:51:20 GMT
"From Roots To Leaves" at The Fine Arts Center of Hot Springs, Arkansas https://georgegrubb.com/blog/2014/3/-from-roots-to-leaves-at-the-fine-arts-center-of-hot-springs-arkansas My digital-composite photographic print, "Something Moved," has been selected for the upcoming exhibition titled "From Roots To Leaves" at The Fine Arts Center of Hot Springs, a 501c3 non-profit arts organization in Arkansas.  In this tree inspired exhibit, Curator Jeri Hollis selected 56 artworks from the 277 artworks submitted by 102 artists from across the United States.  The exhibition dates are from March 21 to April 29, 2014. You are invited to the opening reception on Friday, March 21 at 6:30 pm and at 7:30 pm there will be a concert in the gallery room featuring Conway, AR songwriter Treva Blomquist. 

 

The image selected is a digital composite of two photographs; the winter scene was photographed in Yellowstone National Park, using a vertical shaking in-camera technique to achieve the painterly effect, and the gentleman sitting on the park bench was photographed on a trip I took to Guatemala, in the Tikal National Park.

 

The Fine Arts Center of Hot Springs is one of the oldest non-profit arts organization in Arkansas. The gallery and headquarters is located in the Historic Downtown Arts District. The strength and vision of this organization continues through it's members, it's board of directors, supporters of the arts, and leaders in the community, including former President Bill Clinton.  The Fine Arts Center of Hot Springs is located at 626 Central Avenue, Hot Springs, AR, 71902, USA.  More information about them may be located on their Web site at http://www.hsfac.org/

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(George Grubb) Exhibitions https://georgegrubb.com/blog/2014/3/-from-roots-to-leaves-at-the-fine-arts-center-of-hot-springs-arkansas Mon, 03 Mar 2014 18:52:55 GMT
Top 10 Finalists in the 2014 Eco Arts Awards, Fine Art Category https://georgegrubb.com/blog/2014/2/top-10-finalists-in-the-2014-eco-arts-awards-fine-art-category The image, "View from Ikateq in East Greenland" was named a Top 10 Finalists in the 2014 Eco Arts Awards for the Fine Art Category.  The Awards are organized by Kathryn Edwards and  Jurors were Nona Donoho, Maria Epes and Lloyd Herman.  Eco Arts Awards are based out of Asheville, North Carolina, USA. Jan, 2014  http://www.ecoartsawards.com/2014-winners.html

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(George Grubb) Greenland https://georgegrubb.com/blog/2014/2/top-10-finalists-in-the-2014-eco-arts-awards-fine-art-category Mon, 17 Feb 2014 21:45:30 GMT
150 Images Presented of George Grubb's Work - N.Y. City Sierra Club Photography Committee https://georgegrubb.com/blog/2014/1/150-images-presented-of-george-grubbs-work---n-y-city-sierra-club-photography-committee The New York City Sierra Club Photography Committee held a Double Feature presentation, showcasing the works by Madeleine Barbara and George Grubb.  Madeleine presented images of a recent photo safaris to Namibia in a show titled, "The Infinite Diversity of Namibia" and George presented a collection of his wildlife photography in a presentation titled, "Earth's Vanishing Species."  The projected exhibition of these two works were held on Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at 6:30pm at the Metropolitan Opera Guild Learning Center at 70 Lincoln Center Plaza, 6th floor, Samuel B. and David Rose Building at Lincoln Center on West 65th Street, New York, NY 10023.

 

George's work integrated the work of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)'s Red List, which is the World standard for evaluating risks of extinction of the World's species.  This organization is the World's oldest and largest global environmental organization with over 160 countries participating, more than 11,000 voluntary scientists, 900+ NGO's, and over 200 governments.  The organization is headquartered just outside of Genève, Switzerland.  George's images concentrated on wildlife from around the World with a threatened status, and were projected in juxtaposition with the IUCN's Red List ratings for each species.  A brief discussion of the current population numbers, their rates of decline and their current threats were discussed for each species.  Also, a general overview with charts about the IUCN was presented at the start of the presentation.  A Q&A session followed afterwards.  

 

George selected over 150 images for this presentation, which included artistically selected photographs taken during the last five years of his travels, as well as diagrams and charts from the IUCN's Red List.  Examples presented included the endangered orangutans of Borneo and mountain gorillas of Rwanda, to the African wildlife with "Vulnerable" ratings such as the elephants, lions, leopards, cheetahs and hippopotamuses.  Other species depicted and discussed included the rhinoceros, polar bears, penguins, walruses, moose, bison, whales, wolves, sea otters and birds such as the wandering albatrosses, steller-sea eagles, and the red-crowned cranes of Japan.  Subspecies of many species were presented and discussed, such as the very, very rare, Rothschild giraffe, the black rhinoceros, the kodiak bears, and subspecies of penguins, like the emperors, kings, macaronis, rockhoppers and gentoos.

The press release for the presentation may be viewed here.  http://georgegrubb.com/2014_01-02_sierraphotonyc_newsletter.pdf

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(George Grubb) Exhibitions New York City Wildlife https://georgegrubb.com/blog/2014/1/150-images-presented-of-george-grubbs-work---n-y-city-sierra-club-photography-committee Thu, 30 Jan 2014 16:53:30 GMT
1st Place, 2014 Juried Exhibition at Center for Photographic Art, Jan 11 - Mar 1 https://georgegrubb.com/blog/2014/1/2014-juried-exhibition-at-center-for-photographic-art-jan-11---mar-1 Juror Diana Daniels, Curator of Contemporary Art of the Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento, selected the image, "Visiting The New York Public Library" for the 1st Place Prize in the 2014 Juried Exhibition at the Center for Photographic Art.  This image is part of the New York Wildlife series and is a digital composition of the polar bears that I photographed in the wild outside of Churchill, Canada.  The landscape setting chosen for this work was captured at sunrise at the New York Public Library.  Ms. Daniels selected approximately 50 images for this exhibition from more than 1,000 submissions for the exhibition.  An opening reception will be held at the exhibition on January 11, 2014.  The exhibition will run January 11 - March 1st, at the Center for Photographic Art, Carmel, California, USA.  More information on this exhibition may be found at their Web site at http://www.photography.org

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(George Grubb) New York City Wildlife Polar Bears https://georgegrubb.com/blog/2014/1/2014-juried-exhibition-at-center-for-photographic-art-jan-11---mar-1 Thu, 09 Jan 2014 21:36:10 GMT
Int'l Photography Awards 2013 Results - 4 Honorable Mentions https://georgegrubb.com/blog/2014/1/intl-photography-awards-2013-results---4-honorable-mentions The hazards of emails....for months, I had no idea that I had won four Honorable Mentions at the 2013 International Photography Awards.   Three images in aggregate took four Honorable Mentions in this annual competition that had over 18,000 submissions from 104 countries around the World.  The honored images and their respected categories are:

 

Image: Two Faces of One Cow - Honorable Mention in the Fine Art - Other Category

Image: Pigeon Forge - Honorable Mention in the Digitally Enhanced Category

Image: New York City Wildlife - Admiring Luggage in Washington Square Park - Honorable Mention in the Deeper Perspective Category

Image: New York City Wildlife - Admiring Luggage in Washington Square Park - Honorable Mention in the Fine Art-Collage Category

 

The competition is based out of Los Angeles, California, USA.  Winners are honored at the Lucie Awards held at Carnegie Hall in New York City.  More information about this competition may be located at their Web site at http://www.photoawards.com

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(George Grubb) New York City Wildlife https://georgegrubb.com/blog/2014/1/intl-photography-awards-2013-results---4-honorable-mentions Wed, 08 Jan 2014 18:25:56 GMT
Wrekin Salon Exhibition - Jan 18, 2014 https://georgegrubb.com/blog/2014/1/wrekin-salon-exhibition---jan-18-2014 The "Wrekin Salon 2013," sponsored by the Wrekin Art Photographic Club, recently reported that three of my images were accepted into the international salon.  The accepted images were titled "King Penguins in South Georgia," "Walruses of Svalbard," and "The Forest in Yellowstone."  The Wrekin Arts Photographic Club is a member of the Belfrey Arts Centre and affiliated to The Photographic Alliance of Great Britain through The Midland Counties Photographic Federation.  It is based in Wellington, United Kingdom.  The event is recognized by the Photographic Society of America, as well as FIAP.  An exhibition of the salon is schedule for January 18, 2014.  More information about the salon or the club may be found at their Web site at http://www.wrekinarts.com

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(George Grubb) Walruses https://georgegrubb.com/blog/2014/1/wrekin-salon-exhibition---jan-18-2014 Mon, 06 Jan 2014 01:27:09 GMT
120th Toronto International Photographic Salon - Jan 26-27th, 2014 https://georgegrubb.com/blog/2014/1/120th-toronto-international-photographic-salon---jan-2014 120th Toronto International Salon of Photography, sponsored by the Toronto Camera Club, accepted four images into their annual salon. One  of the images in the Photojournalism category received an Honorable Mention, and three images were accepted in the Nature category.  The images are titled as:

"Bluie East Two" - Honorable Mention, Photojournalism Category

"Kodiak Bear With Salmon in Alaska" - Nature Category

"Kodiak Bear With Spring Cubs" - Nature Category

"Svalbard Reindeer" - Nature Category

Public presentations are scheduled for January 26, 2014 at 2:00pm and January 27, 2014 at 8:00pm, at the Toronto Camera Club, 587 Mount Pleasant Road, Toronto, Ontario, CANADA.  Additional information about the Salon, which is PSA, CAPA and FIAP recognized, may be located on their Web site at http://www.torontocameraclub.com

 

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(George Grubb) Greenland https://georgegrubb.com/blog/2014/1/120th-toronto-international-photographic-salon---jan-2014 Fri, 03 Jan 2014 23:51:11 GMT
"Trees" Group Show, A. Smith Gallery, Jan 3 - Feb 9, 2014 https://georgegrubb.com/blog/2014/1/-trees-group-show-a-smith-gallery-jan-3---feb-9-2014 Two images of mine were selected by juror, Ellen Jantzen, for the group exhibition, "Trees" which is being hosted by A. Smith Gallery in Johnson City, Texas. They are titled "Something Stirs" and "Something Moved," the former of which also received an Honorable Mention. The images involve digital compositions of my winter photographic work in Yellowstone National park, integrated with more photographic work of mine captured in Seville, Spain, during the summer. The exhibition received 1,241 images for the competition, of which only 55 images were selected for the show.  The exhibition will run from January 3, 2014 through Feb 9, 2014.   A reception will be held at the gallery on January 25, from 4:00 to 7:00pm.  The images are offered for sale to the public.  As has become customary with my work, they are offered only in limited editions of three per image.  Additional information about the gallery may be located at their Web site at http://www.asmithgallery.com

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(George Grubb) A Smith Gallery George Grubb asmithgallery https://georgegrubb.com/blog/2014/1/-trees-group-show-a-smith-gallery-jan-3---feb-9-2014 Thu, 02 Jan 2014 21:29:43 GMT
Chairman's Choice Award for "Best Mammals" Coochbehar, India https://georgegrubb.com/blog/2013/12/chairmans-choice-award-for-best-mammals-coochbehar-india The Photographic Association of Coochbehar is hosting their annual salon, titled "Exposure 2013."  Four of my images were accepted in the Nature category for this juried group show, in which one of them, titled "Howling In Yellowstone National Park," received the Chairman's Choice Award for "Best Mammals."  The jurors are:

Honorary Salon Chairman: Mr. Subrata Das, EFIAP,FFIP
Mr. Swapan Mukherjee, EFIAP,FFIP
Dr. Debdas Bhuinya, EFIAP,FFIP,AIIPC
Mr. Santosh Kumar Jana, EFIAP, AIIPC

Photographic Association of Coochbehar, PSA, FIAP and Indian Federation Recognized, "Mukta Mancha", Coochbehar, West Bengal, India, Dec 25-27, 2013.

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(George Grubb) Yellowstone https://georgegrubb.com/blog/2013/12/chairmans-choice-award-for-best-mammals-coochbehar-india Mon, 16 Dec 2013 22:50:33 GMT
Photographing the Bornean Orangutan with Dr. Birute Galdikas https://georgegrubb.com/blog/2013/12/photographing-the-bornean-orangutan-with-dr-birute-galdikas I have just returned from Borneo, where I had the wonderful opportunity to photograph the Bornean orangutans in their natural habitat.  The Bornean orangutan, Pongo pygmaeus, is a species of orangutan native to the island of Borneo in Indonesia. Together with the Sumatran orangutan, it belongs to the only genus of great apes native to Asia.  Orangutans share approximately 97% of their DNA with humans.  I photographed this alpha male orangutan in Tanjung Puting National Park while drinking tea with Dr. Birute Galdikas on her porch at Camp Leakey.  Dr. Galdikas is a primatologist, conservationist, ethologist, and author of several books relating to the endangered orangutan, particularly the Bornean orangutan. She is also known for the documentary film, BORN TO BE WILD and is founder of The Orangutan Foundation, a non-profit organization established to preserve this species.  The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) lists the Bornean orangutan as Endangered.  Palm oil plantations are their primary threat, due to habitat destruction and hunting of these animals to prevent their encroachment onto the plantations.  The care center for Orangutans in Borneo currently has 330 that were orphaned.  Almost all of their mothers were slaughtered by palm oil plantation workers.  The lucky ones were brought to the care center as young babies, traumatized and sometimes injured.  Currently, due to the wide destruction of their jungle to make clearance for palm oil, there is no longer enough of their natural habitat available to release them back into the wild.  More information about the organization founded by Dr. Galdikas to save these animals may be found at The Orangutan Foundation's Web site at http://www.orangutan.org .

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(George Grubb) Orangutan https://georgegrubb.com/blog/2013/12/photographing-the-bornean-orangutan-with-dr-birute-galdikas Mon, 16 Dec 2013 17:23:22 GMT
New York City Sierra Club Photography Committee's Exhibition - Dec 5 to 27 https://georgegrubb.com/blog/2013/12/new-york-city-sierra-club-photography-committees-exhibition---dec-5-to-27 Juror, Anastasia Tompkins, has selected three of my images, among the 105 chosen images from 53 members of the New York City Sierra Club Photography Committee, for an exhibition titled, "Encounters With Nature," that will showcase the organization's best nature photographs in an expansive group photography show.  The Photography Committee presents this show, its third Calumet Gallery show, to run from December 3 through the 27th, 2013.  An opening night reception will be held Thursday evening, December 5th, from 5:30pm to 8:00pm.  Calumet Photo will be hosting this exhibit, which will feature landscapes, wildlife, macros and abstracts photographed throughout the United States and the World, in their 2nd floor gallery located at 22 West 22nd Street (between 5th and 6th ave), New York, NY, USA.

 

The public is invited and also welcomed to join the opening night reception.  The gallery may be accessed either through Calumet Photo on the first floor, or via the building's lobby entrance.  The gallery's hours are Mon-Fri., 8:30am-6:00pm; and Sat., 9:00am-6:00pm.  A portion of all print sales will benefit the Sierra Club. The Photography Committee hopes that this exhibit will capture nature's beauty and majesty in such a way so that people come away with a renewed desire to preserve and protect our planet's magnificent treasures.

 

The three images of mine chosen for this exhibit by Anastasia Tompkins, an award-winning photographer and former Exhibit Director of the Westchester Photographic society, are titled; "King Penguins in the Island of South Georgia," "Walruses in Svalbard," and "Polar Bear on Arctic Ice Pack." As has become customary with my work, I am offering the prints in a limited edition of just 3 for each image.  The medium is pigment ink on archival 100% cotton rag, and framed.  Print sizes are 20" x 16". More information about the New York City Sierra Club Photography Committee may be found on their Web site at http://www.sierraphotonyc.com .

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(George Grubb) Exhibitions Polar Bear https://georgegrubb.com/blog/2013/12/new-york-city-sierra-club-photography-committees-exhibition---dec-5-to-27 Tue, 03 Dec 2013 03:17:08 GMT
Third Arctic Exhibition of Photographic Art - Bodo, Norway https://georgegrubb.com/blog/2013/11/third-arctic-exhibition-of-photographic-art---bodo-norway Two images of Harp Seals that I photographed on the ice floes in the Gulf of St. Lawrence in Northeastern Canada in the winter of 2012, were selected for the Third Arctic Exhibition of Photographic Art to be held at the Thon Hotel Nordlys, Bodo, Norway, December 6-16, 2013. The judges were Jacky Martin, MFIAP; Ole Suszkiewicz, EFIAP/P, PPSA, MSDF/S, and Aud Sjoseter, AFIAP. The exhibition is being conducted in accordance with the Photographic Society of America (PSA) and the Federation Internationale de l'Art Photographique (FIAP) regulations. A catalog will be generated of the exhibition and available January 5, 2014.

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(George Grubb) Exhibitions Harp Seals https://georgegrubb.com/blog/2013/11/third-arctic-exhibition-of-photographic-art---bodo-norway Sat, 30 Nov 2013 23:37:39 GMT
Monmouth Museum Exhibition - "Artists Celebrate The Holidays" Nov 22 - Jan 5 https://georgegrubb.com/blog/2013/11/monmouth-museum-exhibition---artists-celebrate-the-holidays-nov-22---jan-5  

Three works of mine will be exhibited in the juried group show, "Artists Celebrate The Holidays," at the Monmouth Museum in Lincroft, New Jersey, from Nov 22, 2013 through January 5, 2014.  The Juror for the show was the Monmouth Museum Executive Committee. The images captured were of New York City's Santa Pub Crawl, otherwise known as SantaCon in December of 2012.

 

Each year, thousands of young adults descend upon New York City dressed in Santa outfits and holiday attire for the annual Santa Pub Crawl, dubbed SantaCon.  Depending upon perspective, these sometime revelers dressed in Santa costumes tour city bars, and sometimes cause mayhem in parts of Manhattan where locals have accused some of flouting public drinking and urination laws, and leaving in their wake, trash and traumatized locals.  Another side to SantaCon involves the food-drive donations, and last year, the event was projected to bring $45,000 in cash from the 60+ participating venues, for the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation. Also, 6,850 lbs of canned food was reported as being raised for the local food banks. 

 

The event is billed as non-political, non-denominational, non-commercial and non-sensical, according to organizers.  The crawl takes place from lower Manhattan up to Mid-town Manhattan neighborhoods.  While New York locals may feel that their city is overrun with Santas each year on this day, they may take some satisfaction in knowing that while their pub crawl may not be the largest in the World, it may very well be the most colorful.

 

For the display of these images, which represent a small portion of the portfolio, these images will be framed as pigment ink on archival paper.  The images are created in black and white medium, while allowing the color red to accentuate through to illustrate the visual impact this event creates upon the local neighborhoods.  

 

 

 

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(George Grubb) Exhibitions https://georgegrubb.com/blog/2013/11/monmouth-museum-exhibition---artists-celebrate-the-holidays-nov-22---jan-5 Sat, 16 Nov 2013 01:14:34 GMT
Kiernan Gallery, Online Exhibition Juried by Christy Karpinski https://georgegrubb.com/blog/2013/11/kiernan-gallery-online-exhibition-juried-by-christy-karpinski Juror Christy Karpinski, selected two images of mine from the Ammassalik region of East Greenland for an online group exhibition, titled "Voyages."  The exhibition will run from December 4 - 28, 2013.  The image depicted in this blog entry is titled "Harbor in Kuummuit", and the other image selected features a cemetery titled "On Top of Tiniteqilaaq."  The exhibition may be seen by visiting the link, http://www.kiernangallery.com and selecting "Voyages."  Christy Karpinski is founder and editor of F-Stop Magazine, holds an MFA in photography and teaches photography at Columbia College in Chicago.

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(George Grubb) Greenland https://georgegrubb.com/blog/2013/11/kiernan-gallery-online-exhibition-juried-by-christy-karpinski Mon, 11 Nov 2013 04:15:31 GMT
Honored Finalists in 2013 Windland Smith Rice "Natures Best Photography" https://georgegrubb.com/blog/2013/11/honored-finalists-in-2013-windland-smith-rice-natures-best-photography Today, I received notice that my image of the flautist and the whooper swans was a honored finalist in the Windland Smith Rice "Natures Best Photography Awards" in the Outdoors Adventure category.  Over 24,000 entries were submitted from 50 countries for this competition, and only about one-half of one percent achieved "finalists" status.  In this category, there were seven honored finalists with one prize winner.  The prize winners, and a selection of the finalists, will go on to be exhibited in the Smithsonian Museum in 2014.  I was delighted to see that my mentor, educator and sometimes-photography guide, Art Wolfe, was named Photographer of the Year in this competition.  My congratulations to him, as well as to two of my comrades who also made it into the finalists round.  Nature's Best Photographer is based at 1877 Metro Center Drive, Suite C, Reston, VA  20190.  More information about this showcase competition may be found at their Web site at http://www.naturesbestphotography.com .

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(George Grubb) Nature's Best Photography https://georgegrubb.com/blog/2013/11/honored-finalists-in-2013-windland-smith-rice-natures-best-photography Sat, 02 Nov 2013 01:47:10 GMT
"Killer Whale" to Exhibit at PhotoPlace Gallery, Vermont Dec 3 - 27, 2013 https://georgegrubb.com/blog/2013/10/-killer-whale-to-exhibit-at-photoplace-gallery-vermont-dec-3---27-2013 Juror Ellen Jantzen has chosen forty photographs for the juried exhibition, "Transformations: The Ordinary Made Extraordinary," which will take place at PhotoPlace Gallery in Middlebury, Vermont, from December 3 - 27, 2013.  Among those forty photographs chosen for a print exhibition was my image taken in Greenland, 2012, of the mouth of a killer whale.  The image was captured in the Ammassalik region of East Greenland in September of that year.  The whale's head had been sawed off from its body by the Greenlandic Inuit people and fed to their sled dogs. It was a gruesome scene, as piled with the killer whale's head were also dolphins and narwhals, too, likely victims of their hunt.  The sea mammals were left to decay, while their dogs tore at the flesh for food. The stench was quite profound, making the taking of this close-up photograph a bit of a challenge.  Due to the lack of agricultural farmland in this part of Greenland, the natives have relied on the sea for much of their food sources since ancient times. While I find myself looking upon the native people's customs with fondness and respect, I confess this scene was a much darker side of that experience than what I had expected to see.  The Exhibit will also be produced in a catalog made available to the public.  More information on this exhibit may be viewed at http://www.vtphotoworkplace.com/id230.html .

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(George Grubb) Killer Whale https://georgegrubb.com/blog/2013/10/-killer-whale-to-exhibit-at-photoplace-gallery-vermont-dec-3---27-2013 Fri, 18 Oct 2013 20:12:58 GMT
The Disappearing Moose of North America https://georgegrubb.com/blog/2013/10/the-disappearing-moose-of-north-america Yesterday, the New York Times ran an article on the disappearing Moose in North America.  From Minnesota to Montana to British Columbia, it noted that the moose population was in steep decline.  Twenty years ago, Minnesota had two geographically separate moose populations; one of which has declined from 4,000 to fewer than 100 today.   The other population has declined from 8,000 to fewer than 3,000 today.  The exact cause has biologists confused, but a common thread in most hypotheses is climate change.  Winters have grown substantially shorter across much of the moose's range, which is enabling parasites to thrive.  Today, a moose can get over 100,000 ticks, and brain worm and liver flukes are thriving now, too, given the increased moist environments. Heat stress and the pine bark beetle's destruction of forest has left moose more exposed to hunters, too.  Wildlife officials are now suspending permits for moose hunting.
 
The moose depicted here was photographed in Alaska.  This is Nelson, and he is one of the lucky ones.  Orphaned as a baby, he was rescued by the Alaska Department Fish and Game, and has been raised in a preserve designed to protect him.  He initially required round-the-clock care in nursing and feeding him, but he is now strong and fully grown and is thriving at the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center not too far from Kenai National Park.  He seemed to enjoy my company and the presence of my camera.
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(George Grubb) Moose https://georgegrubb.com/blog/2013/10/the-disappearing-moose-of-north-america Wed, 16 Oct 2013 22:02:00 GMT
"Rising Waters: Photographs of Sandy" Exhibition at Museum of City of New York https://georgegrubb.com/blog/2013/10/rising-waters-photographs-of-sandy-at-museum-of-city-of-new-york Following up from the Governors Island exhibition sponsored by the International Center of Photography where my work was displayed for "Rising Waters: Photographs of Hurricane Sandy," my work has also been selected by the Museum of the City of New York for their upcoming exhibition, "Rising Waters: Photographs of Sandy," a group show which will run from Tuesday, October 29, 2013 through March 2, 2014.  An opening reception will be held on Monday, October 28, 2013, from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm at the Museum of the City of New York, located at 1220 Fifth Avenue at 103rd Street in New York City. "Rising Waters" is an exhibition of photographs taken in Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, and Manhattan as well as New Jersey that capture the super-storm, the damage, and the aftermath. The Exhibition culled from over 10,000 images sent by over 1,000 people; both professional photographers and New Yorkers who caught moments of the storm on their cameras.  In making their selection, I was notified by the Museum that three of my images were requested, of which the one depicted has been matted and framed for exhibition. This milestone marks the first institutional museum to show my work. The Museum notes that super-storm Sandy was the most destructive storm ever to hit the region.   The public is invited to this event, which is presented to mark the one year anniversary of the storm.  Additional information about this four month exhibition may be found on the Museum's Web site at: http://www.mcny.org/exhibition/rising-waters .

 

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(George Grubb) Exhibitions Hurricane Sandy https://georgegrubb.com/blog/2013/10/rising-waters-photographs-of-sandy-at-museum-of-city-of-new-york Mon, 14 Oct 2013 17:49:35 GMT
Print Donation Benefits Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals https://georgegrubb.com/blog/2013/10/print-donation-benefits-society-for-prevention-of-cruelty-to-animals The first release, and a preview of my New York City Wildlife series, is coming up for a benefit auction in Raleigh, North Carolina.  All prints in the New York City Wildlife series will only be offered in Limited Edition of 3 prints.  The New York City Wildlife series features endangered and threatened wildlife from around the World, juxtaposed in Manhattan city scenes to provoke the absurd notion that we obviously can not expect these endangered animals to find refuge in NY City, so we should do a better job at protecting them in their natural environments.  
 
This print, titled "Rothschild Giraffe Leaving Subway at 23rd Street" features the very rare Rothschild Giraffe, listed as Endangered by the IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature).  This subspecies of giraffe, of which there are nine subspecies, is so rare that only a few hundred are believed to live in the wild today.  This one was photographed in Kenya in a preserve built to protect and breed them, as well as reintroduce them back into the wild.
 
One of the three prints has been donated to the Wake County North Carolina Chapter of the SPCA (Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) for their upcoming Fur Ball Benefit Auction on Sunday, October 13, from 6pm-10:30pm.  This black-tie event will be held in the State Club, Park Alumni Center on the Centennial Campus of North Carolina State University in Raleigh, North Carolina.  Tickets always sell out at this event, and the tables in the Sponsor section have already sold out.  Other tickets are available.  
 
http://www.spcawake.org/site/Calendar?view=Detail&id=112342
 
The print has been signed and stamped on the verso, and the story of the Rothschild giraffe has been hand written on the back of the print.  The print, measuring 20" x 24", is a Pigment Ink on Archival Rag paper, printed by Duggal of New York.  It is designed for maximum longevity, if given proper care.  To learn more about the New York City Wildlife series and to see a preview of this growing collection that is not yet offered to the Public, you may visit my Web site at www.georgegrubb.com .
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(George Grubb) Giraffe https://georgegrubb.com/blog/2013/10/print-donation-benefits-society-for-prevention-of-cruelty-to-animals Fri, 04 Oct 2013 22:19:48 GMT
Nature Photography Assoc. Top 100 Winner in 2014 Showcase Competition https://georgegrubb.com/blog/2013/10/n-a-nature-photography-assoc-top-100-winner-annual-showcase-competition Over 2400 images were submitted by members of the North American Nature Photography Association for the 2014 Showcase Competition.  Receiving placement in the top 100 among this highly accomplished group of nature photographers is a welcomed honor.  I was notified over the weekend that my image of the Japanese Snow Monkey (Japanese Macaque) in Jigokudani Monkey Park, received a Top 100 ranking, and will be featured in the organization's journal, "Expressions," as well as featured on the Association's Web site throughout 2014.  A print of this very same image was exhibited earlier in the year at Soho Photo Gallery's Group Show, "Hot and Cold."  That show exhibited in New York City, June 5-29, 2013.  

The print was released in a limited edition of five black & white archival digital laser gelatin silver prints.  One of the prints has been donated for a charitable auction for Friends Without a Border to help raise funds for that organization.  An auction preview will be held October, 24, at Rick Wester Fine Arts Gallery, located at 526 W. 26th St., Ste. 417, in New York, NY.  Visit Web site for times.

The auction will be held on December 10, 2013, at the Metropolitan Pavilion, located at 123 W. 18th St., 2nd Floor, New York, NY.   Details of the Friends Without A Border's Photography fundraiser may be found on their Web site at http://www.fwab.org .  In addition to my print, other works by notable photographers such as Annie Leibovitz, Steve McCurry, Herb Ritts, and Hiroshi Sugimoto will also be offered at this benefit auction.  A catalog of the images up for auction is now available for download in PDF format:

http://file.fwab.org/fwabthanks2012/images/catalog2013.pdf

 

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(George Grubb) https://georgegrubb.com/blog/2013/10/n-a-nature-photography-assoc-top-100-winner-annual-showcase-competition Tue, 01 Oct 2013 20:21:50 GMT
"High & Low" Exhibition, Calumet Gallery, Sep 19 - 30, 2013 https://georgegrubb.com/blog/2013/9/life-savers-in-high-low-exhibition-calumet-gallery Red Life Saver - This and three other colored Life Savers of mine are being exhibited in the "High and Low" Exhibition, at Calumet Gallery, an event that is being sponsored by the Park West Camera Club of New York city.  The opening night reception is this Thursday evening, Sept 19, from 5:30pm-7:30pm at 20 West 22nd Street in Chelsea neighborhood of New York City. The public is invited.  (Note:  after 6pm, please use the elevator for access at 20 West 22nd Street.  If Calumet Photo is open on the ground floor, you may enter the gallery through their store).

You may be wondering...what does a life saver have to do with the theme, "High & Low?"  Each life saver was photographed nested in sugar, and the words "Hyperglycemia" and "Hypoglycemia" are depicted in various font sizes over the photos.  Life Savers are often used by diabetics to regulate their blood glucose levels, and when blood sugar levels are low, a Life Saver can provide a quick fix.  The Exhibit will run Sept 19 - Sep 30, 2013. 

The Life Saver prints are being offered to the public in a limited edition of only 3 prints per color. In lieu of cash, a purchaser may offer to write a check to the American Diabetes Association to support their cause in exchange for a print.

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(George Grubb) Exhibitions https://georgegrubb.com/blog/2013/9/life-savers-in-high-low-exhibition-calumet-gallery Tue, 17 Sep 2013 21:09:30 GMT
Duggal Landscape Photography Contest, Runner Up https://georgegrubb.com/blog/2013/9/duggal-landscape-photography-contest-runner-up I received notice that my image, "The Forest in Yellowstone," was selected as a "Runner Up" in the Duggal Landscape Photography Contest.  The contest selected one winning entry and five runner ups.   Duggal laboratories is one of the nation's top photo/imaging facilities, and serves many of the Fortune 500 corporations, as well as major museums and top retailers.  Based in New York City, the company has been providing its services for over 45 years.  As a "Runner Up" in the contest, the image will receive exposure in Digital Photo Pro Magazine's Web site, and also on Duggal's Connect blog, as well as be the recipient of a complimentary 20" x 16" Digital C Print.  Duggal Visual Solutions is based at 29 West 23rd Street, New York, NY  10010,  USA.   www.duggal.com   

 

This image was captured by shaking the camera vertically while the shutter was opened for 1/20th of a second, at an f/22 aperture, ISO 200, at an 82mm focal length.  The exposure program was set to manual, on a Canon EOS 5D-Mark II, with an EF24-105mm lens.  The image was captured on January 17, 2013 in Yellowstone National Park.  The image is available to be viewed on Duggal's Connect Blog at the following URL:

 

 

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(George Grubb) Exhibitions https://georgegrubb.com/blog/2013/9/duggal-landscape-photography-contest-runner-up Sat, 14 Sep 2013 21:37:28 GMT
ICP/Governors Island Exhibition, Aug 24 - Sept 29, 2013 https://georgegrubb.com/blog/2013/8/west-44th-st-between-11th-and-12th-ave My image, "West 44th St. Between 11th and 12th Ave." was selected for a group show exhibition on Governors Island running August 24 through Sept 29, 2013.  The group show is titled "Rising Waters: Photographs of Hurricane Sandy," co-organized by the International Center of Photography and the Museum of the City of New York.  The exhibition will feature over 100 works in both print and digital form by more than 90 photographers. With respect to the image depicted, it will be exhibited as a pigment ink print on archival paper, sized 14" x 11".  

The exhibition will be installed in Building 19, a historic former officer's house in the Nolan Park area of Governors Island (one of the boroughs of New York City), from August 24 - September 29, the last day the island is open to the public. Exhibition hours are 12 noon to 6pm each Saturday and Sunday during that period, as well as 12 noon to 6pm on Labor Day Monday, September 2nd. As many people are away at the end of August and the beginning of September, they are having a closing celebration in lieu of an opening reception. We hope you will all be able to join us for that on Saturday, September 28. 

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(George Grubb) Hurricane Sandy https://georgegrubb.com/blog/2013/8/west-44th-st-between-11th-and-12th-ave Mon, 19 Aug 2013 22:50:28 GMT
Exhibition of "Salisbury Plain" - PhotoPlace Gallery, Vermont https://georgegrubb.com/blog/2013/8/salisbury-plain-island-of-south-georgia PhotoPlace Gallery has selected 40 images for a print exhibition to present in their gallery, for the Group Show titled "Mountains and Sea."  This selected image depicted herein, was captured on Salisbury Plain in the Island of South Georgia off Antarctica in October, 2012.  The exhibition will run from September 10 - October 4, 2013.  A reception for the artists will be held September 13, from 5-7pm.   Gallery hours are Tuesdays through Fridays, 11-4; Saturdays 10-1.  The gallery is located at 3 Park Street, Middlebury, Vermont  05753.  More information on this exhibit may be located at http://www.vtphotoworkplace.com/id225.html

The juror for the show was Alan Nyiri, who is notable for his books on mountains and seas, which include The White Mountains, Exploring the Maine Coast, Cape Cod and others.  In addition to the 40 photographs that Alan chose for this exhibit, he selected an additional 35 images that will be displayed just on the gallery's Web site.   The photographic prints are for sale.  Following the exhibition, a book will be released showcasing all the selected images for this exhibit.  

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(George Grubb) Exhibitions South Georgia Island https://georgegrubb.com/blog/2013/8/salisbury-plain-island-of-south-georgia Fri, 09 Aug 2013 20:46:34 GMT
Semi-Finalist in Smithsonian Nature's Best Photography 2013 https://georgegrubb.com/blog/2013/8/semi-finalist-in-smithsonian-natures-best-photography-2013 A delightful email arrived in my in-box yesterday, from Nature's Best Photography, an annual exhibition at the Smithsonian Museum that features their best winning images from around the World.  Over 25,000 submissions is normal for this annual event, and to even make the semi-finals is considered an honor.  To make the finals means your print is exhibited at the Smithsonian Museum and included in their publication that acknowledges the winners.  Last year, I had the honor to have had one image make it to the semi-finals, though it did not go any further.  Yesterday, I was notified that two of my images were selected for the semi-finals...one of which is depicted on this blog post.  The finals will be announced later in the year, and my fingers will be crossed for this coveted award.  

 

The image depicted herein was taken in the Lake Kussharo region of Hokkaido, Japan, this past March.  It captures the story of a flautist that has been serenading these Whooper swans at sunset for over 30 years.  I just happened to be here, set up with my camera for a sunset shot of the swans, which fly into these thermal hot springs to stay warm through the cold winter night.  This gentleman walks down through the woods and sits right in my shot, and pulls out, what I thought was a sandwich at first.  I thought, "Gee thanks Mr., you have just ruined my sunset shot."  I am laying on my stomach on the cold frozen ice of the lake attempting to take this shot at the eye level of the swans, and as this gentleman began playing his flute, these squawking swans, which had been noisily horrendous for hours, suddenly became very quite and still.  It was as if they had flown in for this nightly performance, and how ironic this image would make it into the semi-finals of what is arguably, the greatest nature photography competition in the World.  Fingers remained crossed.  

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(George Grubb) Japan https://georgegrubb.com/blog/2013/8/semi-finalist-in-smithsonian-natures-best-photography-2013 Thu, 01 Aug 2013 18:49:30 GMT
The Brown Bears of Katmai National Park https://georgegrubb.com/blog/2013/7/the-brown-bears-of-katmai-national-park I had the opportunity to visit Katmai National Park in Alaska this July, to photograph the brown bears during the salmon run.   Each year, when the salmon make their way upstream, the bears gather in this region to feed.   The park covers over 4 million acres, with most of it being designated as wilderness area, where sport hunting is banned.  The park is named after the volcano, Mount Katmai, which is one of the eighteen volcanoes in the park.  I stayed at Brooks Lodge, which was particularly suited for photographing these bears.  The camp area offers three protected viewing platforms from which to observe the bears at length of time, without having to retreat from them when they venture nearby.  The tricky part is hiking from one platform to the other, or from the lodge.  The farthest platform is a 1.5 mile hike through the woods, where once, we encountered a large bear making his way right down the narrow path towards us.  To evade the bear, we stepped off the trail a good twenty feet or so, to let him pass.  Bears have found these man-made trails useful as ways to navigate up and down the river.  My time in Katmai was three nights, the maximum allowed by the lodge during the peak season.  Following that, I would later take a float plane to the edge of Lake Clark, to see more bears, and then would eventually make my way down to the Kenai Peninsula area to venture into the Kenai National Park, as well.  The trip lasted about ten days and offered a respite from the heat in New York City.   With many bear photos now in tow, look for new images in the New York Wildlife series to soon be sporting these bears.  

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(George Grubb) Alaska Bears https://georgegrubb.com/blog/2013/7/the-brown-bears-of-katmai-national-park Tue, 30 Jul 2013 18:21:14 GMT
"Pigeon Forge", Soho Photo Gallery, New York, NY, July 3 - 27, 2013 https://georgegrubb.com/blog/2013/6/-pigeon-forge-soho-photo-gallery-new-york-ny-july-3---27-2013 This collection of images photographed in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, during the fall of 2011, expresses the aspirations of this amusement resort town, which lie in stark contrast to its neighbor, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.  The competitive nature of this relationship is explored using various interpretive techniques, such as exaggerated and modified colors and distorted buildings with skewed neon signage to capture the competitive notion of how these boulevard businesses beg for attention.

 

While using these techniques to capture the whimsical and vibrancy displayed through their structures, I also used other techniques to instill a sense of a decaying reality such as implementing a subtle distortion of the images to lend the sensation that something feels amiss.   Shooting under the harsh mid-day sun to capture high contrast helped facilitate the notion that nothing is subtle about Pigeon Forge.  Telephone wires and poles wrap around this land of concrete and neon signage to remind the viewers that even the best of plans here have been well challenged by the forces of consequences.

 

The images are infused into a high-gloss aluminum metal surface, rather than on it, to enhance its luminescence.  Each image is then mounted onto another larger metal print of a metallic illustration to give the illusion that it is floating off of this surface.  These two metal prints are then encased in a black, wedge-shaped wooden frame, and offered to the public in a limited edition series of three.    The collection is available to view on this Web site.                                                                            

      

The show is scheduled to run from July 3-27, 2013 at Soho Photo Gallery, on 15 White Street, New York, NY  10013.   The opening reception will occur Tuesday, July 2nd, from 6-8pm.  The public is invited.  More information is available at www.sohophoto.com .

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(George Grubb) Exhibitions https://georgegrubb.com/blog/2013/6/-pigeon-forge-soho-photo-gallery-new-york-ny-july-3---27-2013 Wed, 05 Jun 2013 18:23:36 GMT
The Koala Bears of Australia-Now Threatened https://georgegrubb.com/blog/2013/4/the-koala-bears-of-australia-now-threatened I just returned from a trip to Australia where I had the opportunity to photograph some of the Koala bears, as well have a chance to watch the sunset arrival of the Little Penguins (the smallest of the penguin species and actually named as such) from sea, returning back to their nests.  An abundance of Wallabies and Kangaroos were also seen on this trip during my short time traveling along the Great Ocean Road.  Also visited were some of the national parks, such as the Great Otway National Park and the Port Campbell National Park.   It seems the global theme of man and his endangerment of the environment exists everywhere.  The famed Koala bear with its iconic sleepy-eyes, often found on most postcards mailed from Australia, is now listed as a threatened species by the Australian government.  Their numbers have been declining significantly and scientist have been raising the alarm bell for this well recognized furry marsupial.

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(George Grubb) Australia https://georgegrubb.com/blog/2013/4/the-koala-bears-of-australia-now-threatened Sat, 27 Apr 2013 00:30:26 GMT
Japan in Winter https://georgegrubb.com/blog/2013/3/japan-in-winter I have recently returned from Japan, where I spent about 12 days photographing the Japanese Macaque Snow monkeys, the Steller Sea eagles and White-tailed eagles, the swans, as well as the greatly endangered Red Crown Crane.  The winter landscapes of Japan can also be quite breathtaking as well.  I have grown to favor the winter seasons most during my photography journeys, and find myself often searching out new terrain to explore that will be draped in blankets of snow.  Northern Japan did not disappoint.  The journey there is quite long.  It started with a fourteen hour flight from New York to Tokyo.  Once there, we flew up to the Northern most island which is quite remote, especially compared to the typical density one perceives of Japan.  From there, we ventured out in a van, eleven of us in all.  We were all photographers and we had our hearts set on capturing these beautiful creatures in this magical setting.  I must confess, I have not traveled with such a focus on bird photography as this one and I wasn't sure if my lenses were powerful enough to best capture them.  I admired the equipment of my peers, though I didn't miss the added weight that came with carrying it around.  It is always a toss up as to what will yield the better pictures...either to travel lightly and nimbly to be able to move quickly to changing photographic opportunities, or to carry very large and powerful lenses requiring hefty support to capture the photographic opportunities further out in the distance.  I suspect it is a pendulum that swings both directions at various times.  At any rate, my new toy for this trip was the new GPS device that was mounted to my Canon 5D Mark III, which enabled my pictures to have GPS data embedded into them.  Now, through certain software, just simply clicking on the photo will launch a map to show precisely where that image was captured.  Hopefully soon, that option may be available on my site, too, for the viewers.  

 

In addition to this being a unique trip for me, I was also surprised to see that I came home with over 12,000 images for this trip.  I am generally one to be selective in my shots, and this has never occurred before, but given the extensive birding photography on this trip, I was often shooting in burst mode to capture these incredibly beautiful creatures.  The trip also provided quite a variety in lodging, and at times, my room consisted only of a foam pad, pillow and sheet, and nothing else.  Bathrooms were often shared in the hallways, and meals almost always consisted of something from the sea, plus a few fried grasshoppers, too boot.  The region we mostly focused in was Hokkaido, where a national park was nearby, though unfortunately closed for the winter.  One of our goals was to capture the world's largest owl, the Fish Owl.  Sadly, our day set up in the blinds to capture this bird was the day a severe blizzard blew in, and like a wise owl, it stayed away and probably kept to its current comfort and safety.  But that gives me another reason to go back, as if I really need a reason.  Temperatures were quite cold in the mornings...reaching minus 18 C.  But well after sunrise, became much more manageable.  The swans swimming in the hot springs may have been one of the highlights for me.  I felt I could never have taken enough of those images as they majestically moved and flew about.  The eagles were voluminous and seemed to be everywhere behind the fish laden boat we rode in.  And the monkeys showed no timidity sometimes hissing into our faces if they felt we were in their way.    But the Red Crown Cranes were the stars of this show, and their dancing and courting of mates was truly a site to behold.  Supposedly, less than 3000 cranes exists today, and their near extinction is due to man's intrusion into their wetlands for resources and land usage.

 

There is much that can be written about this trip and I will try to add more to the blog here about it soon.  I also experimented with taking video of the monkeys using my Canon 5D III, and some of the footage has been quite exciting to watch.  The facebook link on this site will take you to some of the ones I have put up online there.  Also, many of the images from this trip will be posted there and on the Google+ link, so be sure to visit those links, too.  

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(George Grubb) Japan https://georgegrubb.com/blog/2013/3/japan-in-winter Mon, 25 Mar 2013 21:28:27 GMT
Guatemala Print - Up for Auction at HousingWorks - 10 Days Remains https://georgegrubb.com/blog/2013/2/guatemala-print---up-for-auction-at-housing-works---10-days-remains  

 

One of my prints is up for auction at the charity, HousingWorks.  You may view it in the display window in their Hells Kitchen Store on 9th Ave by 50th St.  Here is a link to bid.  The pictures they took are quite awful, so I'm including a more realistic picture here.  They do not ship.  One must pick it up.  Thus, for the New Yorkers out there, this is an opportunity to pick up a Duggal printed, 40”x50” black and white metal (dibond) mounted photograph with their wall floating mount.  Duggal's printing cost alone was about $700.  So this is a steal.  Current bid is only $95.  The picture is of Lake Atitlan in Guatemala.  The picture is signed and is a limited edition 1 of 10.  Proceeds go to benefit Housing Works HIV initiatives.  Stop by their store on 9th Ave around 50th St., to view it in person.  About 10 days remains on the auction.

http://shop.housingworks.org/lot.cfm?lotID=91777

 

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(George Grubb) Guatemala https://georgegrubb.com/blog/2013/2/guatemala-print---up-for-auction-at-housing-works---10-days-remains Thu, 14 Feb 2013 15:01:13 GMT
Five Days in Spain https://georgegrubb.com/blog/2013/2/five-days-in-spain This trip encompassed a short journey to Spain during the 2012 holidays, which included a visit to Madrid, Seville and Toledo.  It was not initially conceived as a photography trip, but of course, I would take along my camera.  I was quite surprised to discover all of the historic and architectural beauty this region has to offer.  As such, I hope to return again some day soon.  I hope you enjoy these images, many of which were captured indoors and at night without a tripod, which I left at home on this trip.  It became an exercise in how steady I could hold the camera.  

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(George Grubb) Spain https://georgegrubb.com/blog/2013/2/five-days-in-spain Tue, 05 Feb 2013 22:25:02 GMT
Yellowstone National Park in Winter https://georgegrubb.com/blog/2013/1/yellowstone-national-park-in-winter  

This was my third trip back to Yellowstone National Park, and second time in winter.  The peace and serenity that accompany one during their travels throughout the park this time of year cannot be underestimated.  Over three million people visit the park annually, and most of this traffic is during the warmer seasons.  This was undoubtedly my favorite trip yet, with an abundance of wildlife so easily accessible from a short drive, a short hike or a snow coach ride away.  The elk and bison were numerous, and I found myself encountering several wild coyotes during this trip.  The wolves and the moose continued to elude me, and for some time, the horned sheep as well, till I finally spotted a ram and these sheep just outside the park on my way back home.  Eagles, ducks, geese and many other species of birds were abundant too, but I think the spiritual reward was simply being in the park this time of year with the absence of traffic and tourists.  I hope you enjoy this new collection of photographs from Yellowstone.  I don't think I would ever grow tired of photographing this wonderland of a park.

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(George Grubb) Yellowstone https://georgegrubb.com/blog/2013/1/yellowstone-national-park-in-winter Mon, 28 Jan 2013 23:16:22 GMT
New York City Wildlife https://georgegrubb.com/blog/2013/1/new-york-city-wildlife These collaged images feature an assimilation of my wild and city life photography captured over the years in my travels away from home in New York City.  The animals depicted herein, are of actual wild animals photographed in threatened regions around the World.  These animals and their habitats are threatened by man, either through climate change, poaching, urban development or other intrusions into their environments.  With this project, I seek to raise the question…”if we can not protect these animals in their environments, where can they go and be safe.”   For this setting, I have selected, what very well may be the most regulated urban environment in the Americas…New York City.

For me, personally, this project rises from my desire to forego the isolating intellectual compartments of “Urban” and “Rural” photographic experiences I have had in my years as a photographer.  In trying to wholly assimilate these urban and rural experiences, I have turned to photography and its modern day tools in an attempt to merge these two worlds together to create a unique identity of our World.  In addition to trying to raise collective consciousness of the social issues involved, I am personally seeking to reduce the perceived boundaries and question the identities that we create to separate ourselves from the animal World. Through greater compassion and understanding of our kindred spirits, I believe we are able to expand our understanding of ourselves and of our purpose for being here on this Earth.

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(George Grubb) New York City Wildlife https://georgegrubb.com/blog/2013/1/new-york-city-wildlife Fri, 11 Jan 2013 22:33:49 GMT
Island of South Georgia https://georgegrubb.com/blog/2012/10/island-of-south-georgia I have wrapped up three weeks of sailing and venturing around the Island of South Georgia, a remote island located just off Antarctica and about 800 miles from the Falkland Islands.  This rather discreet island is seldom recognized, but it may be one of the places where the greatest abundance of wildlife can be photographed.  King Penguins and Elephant seals, which can weigh up to 8000 pounds, encompass the landscapes of this remote region.   Fur Seals and the Wandering Albatross, the largest seabird in the world with its eleven foot wingspan, also call this tiny island home, along with many numerous other types of birds.   Occasionally, a Leopard Seal may also be spotted along the beaches of South Georgia.  For those who know the story of Ernest Shackleton and his harrowing two year survival in Antarctica with his 27 man crew, the Island of South Georgia bears his final resting place.  His tombstone may be found in Gritviken, a whaling town whose luster has long passed.  Traveling with approximately 75 other wildlife photographers, this excursion is one for the memory books.  The three to four day passage across the Drake Passage, regarded as the roughest sea in the world, can not be underestimated either.  It will be some time before I am able to process these photographs and upload them here online, but I have uploaded a few in the Wildlife folder to give you a sneak preview.  I hope you enjoy them.  

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(George Grubb) South Georgia https://georgegrubb.com/blog/2012/10/island-of-south-georgia Sat, 27 Oct 2012 23:32:05 GMT
Greenland https://georgegrubb.com/blog/2012/10/greenland I have recently completed a trip to the East Coast of Greenland.  This wild, jagged, remote landscape was full of surprises in breath and beauty, and provided quite a few cultural awakenings as well.  The population of Greenland is just a bit over 50,000, with a small percentage of that occupying the East Coast due to the rugged fjords that line the entire Eastern part of the country.  These towering mountains separated by vast glaciers create significant hurdles in traveling between towns; which always necessitated boat or helicopter transportation.  The roads are few and only exists within each township...not between them.  It will take me some time to process this portfolio, but in the interim, I hope to post a few updates along the way.  Stay tuned for more photographs of this stunning landscape.  

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(George Grubb) Greenland https://georgegrubb.com/blog/2012/10/greenland Tue, 02 Oct 2012 15:01:12 GMT
Another Antarctica https://georgegrubb.com/blog/2012/8/another-antarctica As my images from Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, continue to stir interest and excitement, I decided to work further on this technique and apply it to a new subject.  For this project, I revisited my landscape images from Antarctica, and began using the same Pigeon Forge techniques, but in a more evolved practice.  Using Photoshop to selectively alter and exaggerate colors as well as apply astronomical features to the landscapes, I began focusing on capturing that sense of awe and wonderment one feels when visiting Antarctica for the very first time.  The images in this portfolio, thus, seek to explore that "other world" feeling that I felt as the ship I traveled on made its way through the icy waters of Antarctica.  That sense of having left the world I once knew and entered a whole new world is the concept I hope these images will convey to you.  This project also enabled me to further develop my post-processing skills as well as gave me a new perspective on how I may view my past images that I have taken on recent excursions.   I hope you enjoy them and would like to hear any thoughts you have.   I am also starting to produce large prints of my work, so if you are ever interested in obtaining one, please don't hesitate to ask.  Meanwhile, enjoy your day.  

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(George Grubb) Antarctica https://georgegrubb.com/blog/2012/8/another-antarctica Thu, 02 Aug 2012 18:29:41 GMT
They Eat Icelandic Horses, Don't They? https://georgegrubb.com/blog/2012/7/eating-the-horses-of-iceland The horses depicted in this black & white portfolio are Icelandic Horses; which are recognized for their extra long flowing mane and tail hair.  In addition to being raised as show-horses and used for recreation, they are also raised to be eaten minced and as steak, as well as to be used in stews and fondue.  The horses are prized for their strong flavor, which is a distinguishing characteristic in these foods.  Their meat is usually salted or smoked, but eaten raw it is richer, sweeter, and pinker than beef, some say.  The export of horse meat is also a growing export in Iceland, most notably to Russia and parts of Europe, and for the locals of Iceland, it is one of their cheapest meats.  For those lucky to bypass the slaughter house, the Icelandic horses are long-lived and hardy, and have been recorded to live as long as 56 years.  They have few diseases and Icelandic law prevents them from being imported into the country; and should they be exported, they are forbidden to be allowed to return.  

 

The methodology used to slaughter horses is that similar to cattle, processing them in industrial abattoirs (slaughter houses) in similar fashion to cattle.  Typically, a penetrating captive bolt gun or gunshot is used to attempt to destroy the animal's higher brain tissue.  The blow is intended to either kill the horse instantly or stun it, with immediate exsanguination (bleeding out) being used to both ensure death and begin the process of meat harvesting.  This method is controversial in that horse welfare advocates have raised concerns that the particular physiognomy of the horse cranium, which is thicker than cattle, means that neither the penetrating captive bolt gun nor gunshots are reliable means of ensuring that the horse is in fact killed or stunned, and that the animal is more likely to be simply paralyzed, and to therefore experience the full pain and awareness of being skinned and butchered alive during the final phase of the slaughter process. It is my intention to capture these majestic animals through photography and to raise awareness of these concerns and conditions.  The Equine Research Foundation has been conducting scientific research into the intelligence of these animals, and their studies show that human kind greatly underestimates the intelligence of these animals.  

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(George Grubb) Icelandic Horse https://georgegrubb.com/blog/2012/7/eating-the-horses-of-iceland Tue, 24 Jul 2012 22:48:31 GMT
Seal Reflections from Bogota https://georgegrubb.com/blog/2012/4/observations-from-bogota-columbia I am back at my hotel in Bogota, Colombia, and reflecting on the Harp Seal excursion I did last month.  I have managed to edit through the approx 1500 images that I took and post the more interesting ones online.  I ultimately came to the decision to finish them in Black and White as I felt color was not a contributing factor, and the seals in their monochromatic fur skins, juxtaposed against the snow and gray skies, we're images that would be better conveyed this way.  Sadly, I would later learn that the Canadian government would raise the kill quota for these animals up to 400,000 for this year.  That hunt commenced just a short while ago, where hunters will use wooden clubs to smash their heads so as to protect the pelts of which they will skin these animals for.  A seal pelt will fetch about $80 on the market.

 

Meanwhile, winter is now over and Spring has begun to show itself in New York.  I am taking the Easter weekend to visit Bogota, Columbia; a country I have never before visited.  Earlier today, I was hiking in a beautiful cloud forrest in a nearby national park, and have now wrapped up a wonderful dinner out on the town.  I must say, the cuisine here is something to really appreciate, and the mountainous range that envelopes this city is quite stunning, too.  I don't know if I will break my camera out to try to capture some of the interesting finds on this trip, but I can say that there is plenty to see in this city with a population the size of New York City.  For now, I am sort of taking in the sights, and basing myself in the Northern part of the city.  

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(George Grubb) Harp Seals https://georgegrubb.com/blog/2012/4/observations-from-bogota-columbia Sat, 07 Apr 2012 03:28:08 GMT
Clubbing 400,000 Seals https://georgegrubb.com/blog/2012/3/harp-seals-update The Harp Seal Gods must have been smiling on me as from what I am told, I am the second group to make it out on the ice to photograph them in three years.  Conditions were practically perfect, though the ice was disturbingly thin.  While it managed to hold the helicopter, we had to use a ski pole (without the basket) to test for firmness before planting each footstep.  One of the photographers with me wasn't so lucky as the ice broke and down he went.  He was ok, though soaked, and fortunately, the helicopter was heated and there were towels there for him to dry off.  But it served as a warning to the rest of us, carrying our expensive camera equipment, that caution was critical, especially given the frigid temperatures with the wind factor.  For the most part, I didn't encounter any problems, though there were many times my pole went right through the ice and I knew not to step there.  

 

On the second helicopter flight out two days later, our copter traveled offshore for twenty-five minutes before finding the seals on the ice.  This was disturbing as the flight last time was only ten minutes offshore.  But fortunately, this ice seemed to be significantly more sturdy to walk on and we encountered no one falling through.  This was also later in the afternoon when we could have encountered softer ice, but as luck would have it, we had a perfect setting....warm, no wind, and perfect setting sun light.  

 

Today, I was taken to the airport for my flight and train ride home.  I was told that rains were now projected for the next day and reminded how incredibly lucky I was to have gotten on the ice in such incredible conditions.  I will have to express my thanks to the weather Gods soon, as I am still digesting this experience.  The time I got to spend on the ice with the Harp Seals truly was spectacular.  It was nine hours in total, including helicopter flight times.  It saddens me that many of the younger ones will soon be hunted and killed for their pelts, but I tried to not dwell on that aspect of this and to use this opportunity to photograph these creatures in all their beauty and surroundings.  One thought I did have was that given the thinning ice, it will be much tougher for the hunters in their boats to figure out how to reach them, and that may serve as a small blessing for some of them.

 

When I wasn't out on the ice, I took time to explore and tour the island.  The Ilse de Madeleine is really a beautiful island and I left wanting to return in the summer sometime when I could enjoy its warm and vibrant habitat.  In the winter, about two thirds of the population vacates the island and it kind of felt like a ghost town in some ways.  But it also added to the serenity and starkness to see the landscape blanketed in white snow with so few tourists.  One museum I took in was the Seal Museum, where they explain the evolution of the Seal Hunt and what it has evolved to today.  The government regulates this hunt supposedly quite strictly.   There is a permit now required to captain a boat for the hunt, and each hunter who kills a seal must have a permit.   Then the person who skins the seal, which is usually done out on the ice must have a permit, as well as any observers of the hunt must also have a permit.  No one can have two permits, meaning one who kills a seal can not skin the seal, and these permits can not be sold or traded or passed down in their family.  I got the impression that the government was, over time, hoping to slowly reduce the number of permits available.  The government regulates the design and size of the tool that is used to kill the seal, as well as requires that seals be of a certain age before they can be slaughtered, which I think is about 21 days minimum.  The seals are killed by using the wooden bar with the metal blunt end (not the blade) and crashing it down onto the seal's skull.  This is supposedly a soft part of the Seal and if one blow is properly done, it would kill the young seal. The Humane Society, though, claims to have witnessed that it can take up to thirteen blows to kill a seal.  The current market value for a Seal's pelt is approximately $80 to $100.  Last year, the Canadian government issued a quota of 330,000 kills for the seals, a larger number than the prior year.  For 2012, that quota was raised to 400,000.  Some sources claim this to be the largest marine mammal slaughter on Earth.

 

With over six hundred images taken out on the ice, it will be awhile before I am able to select and edit the final images for this site.  To learn more about this hunt from the Humane Society, please visit www.HarpSeals.org

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(George Grubb) Harp Seals https://georgegrubb.com/blog/2012/3/harp-seals-update Sun, 04 Mar 2012 13:06:58 GMT
Isle de Madeleine - Photographing the Baby Seals Before the Hunt https://georgegrubb.com/blog/2012/2/isle-de-madeleine---off-to-photograph-the-harp-seals I am sitting at the Quebec City airport now, awaiting to board my flight up North to the Isle de Madeleine in the gulf of St. Lawrence in Northern Canada.  I almost didn't make this flight.  Yesterday, I departed New York for Chicago, where I would change planes for a flight to Quebec City.  Why did I choose such a long route?  The ticket price was less than half price this way, despite carrying me three times longer on a plane...go figure.  The trip went well, but suddenly, to my surprise, as my plane was about to take off on the runway in Chicago for Quebec City, I realized I left my goretex North Face jacket and winter fleece at the gate in the seat where I sat earlier.  The idea of flying into Norther Canada to photograph Harp Seals out on a floating ice pack without a coat in February seemed beyond dangerous.  All I had in my suitcase were pullovers and thermal underwear.  I thought to myself...might there be a store at the airport in Quebec?

Imagine my deep concern when I looked out of my plane window as we were landing in Quebec City, and saw what looked like a blizzard....with the city blanketed in snow.  I thought...Ouch....this is going to be challenging.  It was after 10pm, and I would soon discover that this small airport had no such stores, and for the most part, nothing would be open anyway at this hour.  I knew I had till my 10am flight the next day to solve my problem.  As I waited in the immigration line, I looked at all the other passengers in line wearing their big thick winter coats...and I was just in a tee shirt and a dress shirt.  I eyed this one guy wearing this big polar down jacket and thought...that is what I need....just go up to him and offer $400 for it. But I made my way through immigration, got my bag, and after asking one of the authorities for suggestions on how to find a coat, I realized I was going to have to look elsewhere.  

Meanwhile, have you ever tried to call an airlines' lost and found department?  I was told it is basically impossible, but after an hour or so trying, was given a web form to fill out, an email address, and a phone number to leave a message....and was assured no response would be forthcoming unless they found it.  Thus, seeing the situation getting more helpless, I hailed a taxi to the Comfort Inn by the airport to catch up on the six hours of sleep I would hopefully get.  It was at the hotel where the late night clerk suggested the Walmart, which would open at 8am, might be my only option.  So that became the plan.  As my alarm went off at 6:30am, I looked out the window and discovered it had been snowing all night.  I thought....can a taxi even drive in this stuff?  But sure enough, that is what I did....hailing a taxi to Walmart, purchasing a fleece with an outer shell jacket, and making it to the airport in time for my 10am departure.  

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(George Grubb) Harp Seals https://georgegrubb.com/blog/2012/2/isle-de-madeleine---off-to-photograph-the-harp-seals Wed, 29 Feb 2012 00:33:40 GMT
New Blogging Capability Added https://georgegrubb.com/blog/2012/2/new-blogging-capability-added I have decided to add a blogging feature to my Web site as a way to provide more interesting context around my work.  Hopefully, this section will evolve and grow to become an exciting addition to the Web site.  My next photo journey planned is to Northern Canada this month to photograph the Harp Seals and thieir newborn pups out on the ice flows of this region.   Wish me luck.m It will require a helicopter flight and a landing out in this remote region to capture these creatures, which will have finished their migration from Greenland to this part of Canada to go birth to their pups.

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(George Grubb) Harp Seals https://georgegrubb.com/blog/2012/2/new-blogging-capability-added Fri, 24 Feb 2012 00:16:23 GMT