Images by Michael

Images by Michael decided to join the Festival because of how appreciative the City of Canandaigua is of all forms of art.

Michael is a Nature, Fine Art and Portrait Photographer.  He values the diversity in nature, interpreting the patterns and textures he see in the chaos of nature, and observing the interplay of wildlife. His photographs reflect his personal view of our natural world, a personal view that transitions to his portraits by joining people in their intimate surroundings where they are most comfortable.

Most of his photos are natural representations of the subject.  However, once in awhile he uses Photoshop and Painter programs to alter the initial image.  Most of his work is prepared as giclee prints on archival cotton fiber paper, but he also offers wrapped canvas and metal prints.

One of his projects has been to photograph a series of cut flower blossoms on a light table.  His inspiration was to use the light passing through the flower and the available translucence of the flower to reveal details in the flower blossom. Each blossom only takes a few minutes, but he has been adding to the series for several years as he finds different blossoms suitable to photograph in this manner.

Michael has learned through his art that nature and light are always changing and sometimes it’s okay to sit and enjoy what is being revealed. He is working on new black and white photographs of rock formations and trees that will be unique to the CAMF. Anyone interested in purchasing his photographs can visit the Cattaraugus County Arts Council Main Street Store in Allegany, NY or through his website www.mrweishanphotography.com.

Wallflowers And Cards

Wallflowers And Cards 2Artist Lisa Davis is an avid gardener and nature lover. After many years of gardening, she developed her own art form as a way to preserve flowers in a unique fashion – and Wallflowers And Cards was born.

At first glance, Wallflowers And Cards’ artwork may appear to be dried/pressed flowers or paintings. In actuality, they are digital images of fresh flowers arranged at the height of their freshness. But these images aren’t taken with a camera – they are taken with a flatbed computer scanner in what is called scanography or scanner photography.

The flowers themselves are placed directly on the glass of a flatbed scanner and scanned. Since the lid of the scanner can’t be closed without squashing the flowers, a background is colored in a graphic arts program. This black background seems to make the flowers really pop out of the picture.

Wallflowers And Cards 1Naturally, flowers and nature are inspiration for Lisa’s work. Several years into Wallflowers And Cards, she started visualizing fairy clothing in her flowers, so she used flower and plant parts to give form to fairies. Once an image is complete, Lisa can do different things with it. As with any photograph, there are many options. One of her favorite things to do with an image is to make a grouping of fairies or flowers.

Through Wallflowers And Cards, Lisa has learned to take time to really see things. This requires slowing down – which can be a difficult thing to do for her Type A personality! Even the simplest designs require several hours, with the more intricate pieces taking over 40 hours to complete. But the extensive time doesn’t bother Lisa. She has discovered that when you do something you love, it doesn’t feel like work at all. Instead, it feels like playing and oftentimes, Lisa finds it difficult to return to the “real” world.

When Lisa began working with this technique, she was computer illiterate. It took several years before the floral images she captured could be considered “artistic.” Now, Wallflower And Cards’ stunning designs are available on her website and at art shows. She has also written three books and is working on a fourth. Her books contain her art – both fairies and flowers – with little rhyming poems to accompany them.Wallflowers And Cards

Visit www.WallflowersAndCards.com for Lisa’s show schedule and more information about her innovative technique. And visit the Wallflowers And Cards booth at the festival for unique, wood-framed pieces that are not available online.

Songs to Snapshots: Hymn and Her Photography

Bob and Cathy Baldwin, owners of Hymn and Her photography, will be showcasing and selling their work at the Canandaigua Art and Music Festival this year. We talked to them about photography and how their business got its start.

Cathy tells us that the name “Hymn and Her” comes from the couple’s background in music. The pair was a part of 1970s top 40 band Euphoria for fifteen years. Then they performed as a duo  in weddings before making the leap into photography. They still sing, but also enjoy their photography venture at festivals.

 “Our church was having a festival and in need of vendors. I wondered if anyone would want to buy photos I had taken. We set up a booth and, as they say, the rest is history. That was thirteen years ago.”

Hymn and Her photography specializes in New York State nature photos, both framed and unframed.  Cathy describes that anyone attending the festival can expect to see  a “great display of just how beautiful New York State really is.”  With shots from the Adirondacks, the Finger Lakes, the Catskills, lighthouses, covered bridges, Letchworth Park, flowers, and animals, the two have something for everyone.

Cathy’s photographs have won several awards including a top honor at the Letchworth Arts & Crafts Show.

“I’ve won several awards at various shows. My favorite was 1st place for the theme at the Letchworth show. That year the theme was “Celebration”. I won with a photo of some Iroquois dancers at the dance festival at Ganondagon, in Victor, NY. The photo only shows their feet.”

Aside from this year’s Canandaigua festival, you can view Hymn and Her’s photographs and read more about them at their website here.

Unique Letters: Building Word Art

Phyllis Frankenfield photographs things that look like letters. Using these “letters”, she builds custom word photo artwork on demand.Unique Letters Festival Booth

How did you come up with your name?

It just seemed to fit the letters!

How did you get your start in photography?

I had this passion, and my parents give me my first Kodak camera when I was about 10 years old.

Vision

Who inspired you to become a professional photographer?

My cousin’s husband. He was a great professional photographer doing weddings and art shows for many years in the Philadelphia area of Pennsylvania.

What types of products do you offer?

Letter Art Photography in black and white.

What feedback have you received from showcasing your work?

This must be the best part about doing Letter Art, from small children with their parents being able to do their names, to seeing the faces of someone that does a special gift for the hard-to-buy-for person. I like the idea of having my work in homes all over the states and many countries.Music

What can attendees expect to see from you at this year’s Festival?

I will bring letters from the state of New York.

What’s one thing that people may not already know about you?

I am working on being married to my husband, Bob, for 50 years.

Where/how can people purchase your work?

Art shows in the New York State area this summer or online at www.unique-letters.com

Flying Whale Studios: Merging dreams with reality

Kevin Schoonover created Flying Whale Studios to create and share interpretations of the world around him.

Where does the name “Flying Whale Studios” come from? 

I love whales. I’m a huge whale nut. I studied them in Hawaii in the 1980s and I hope to see all the major species in the Flying Whale Studioswild before I die. The image of a Humpback whale, with its outstretched lateral flukes, whether gently swimming under the waves or dramatically breaching through them, suggests flight. The absurd idea of such a mammoth creature taking to the air has a dreamlike quality. This is what I strive for in my photos — the idea of a dream or a memory.

What inspired you to become a professional photographer?

The compulsion to document and the desire to share.

How did you get your start in photography? Louder Sang the Ghost

In 1983, after taking some introductory courses at RIT, my grandmother gave me my first SLR camera, and an entire darkroom set-up to go with it. When I mentioned to her then that I was having trouble finding a place to buy a “safe” light bulb, she opened a drawer in a cabinet in her living room, dug back a ways, and pulled one out that she and my grandfather had last used in the 1940s developing his pictures. “You mean one of these,” she asked mischievously.

What types of products do you offer?

My current work revolves around two major subjects: The seashore and abandoned rural buildings. The joy and freedom and color one associates with the beach juxtaposed against the washed-out sadness of empty barns and houses appeals to me. There is a dreamy nostalgia for a time that never really existed.

What’s one thing people may not already know about you?

I am not a photojournalist. My work is not exactly as the world appears but more how I wish it were. Or how it could be. Or how it might have been. Or not. I strive for a version of reality rather than reality itself. Contrary to popular belief, the camera does lie. I dabble in a variety of post-production techniques that affect color, contrast, clarity, etc. I believe it is the job of the artist to interpret the world, not just report on it.

What feedback have you received from showcasing your work?

The response has been incredibly favorable and very gratifying. I have an image of young Mennonite women frolicking in the ocean surf that, practically without fail, generates broad smiles and squeals of delight. Making people happy and eliciting such strong, positive emotions is a great feeling.

Littoral Women

What should attendees expect to see from you at this year’s Festival?

I have a variety of limited-edition photographs, signed and numbered, in three basic sizes. Many are framed; all are matted. I also carry a line of blank photo cards.

Where/how can people purchase your work?

Images are always available at www.FlyingWhaleStudios.com.

2011 Exhibition of work: “Abandoment Issues” at Stomping Grounds in Geneva (June 25-August 27)

2011 Exhibits: Syracuse Arts & Crafts Festival (July 29-31), Arts at the Gardens in Canandaigua (August 20 & 21), Clothesline Festival in Rochester (September 10 & 11), Quaker Arts Festival in Orchard Park (September 17 & 18), Naples Grape Festival (September 24 & 25), Ithaca Apple Harvest Festival (October 1 & 2), Letchworth Arts & Craft Show (October 8-10), Canandaigua Christkindl Market (November 11-13), Holiday Bazaar Arts & Crafts Sale in Rochester (November 18-20)