If you’ll be in Alexandria, Louisiana, see Rich Smukler’s works at The Alexandria Museum of Art


Alexandria Museum of Art’s 27th Annual September Competition Exhibition

Date: September 5 – November 22, 2014
Location: The Alexandria Museum of Art, 933 Second Street, Alexandria, LA 71301Tea Time

Rich Smukler, from Boca Raton, Florida,  will exhibit his stunning black and white piece. “Tea Time”  which was captured in Rhyolite, Nevada, about 120 miles (190 km) northwest of Las Vegas near the eastern edge of Death Valley. The town started in 1905 is response to the discovery of gold in the nearby hills. It is reported that the population rose to near 5,000. Unfortunately, by 1911 the mine closed and the town soon died out. Smukler’s works have been featured in numerous museums, galleries and private collections internationally. This piece was recently exhibited at The von Liebig Art Center in Naples, Florida.

Any questions concerning the exhibition can be directed to Megan Valentine, museum curator and registrar. phone: 318-443-3458 or email at megan@the museum.org

 

The Virginia Academy of Fine Arts introduces Conical Dance by Rich Smukler


The 2014 Virginia Academy of Fine Arts National Juried Photography Exhibition will be celebrating its opening reception Friday, September 5, from 5-8PM, with an informal talk at 5:30PM by Jeffrey Allison, this year’s distinguished juror. Mr. Allison has taught photography for over 25 years throughout Virginia and served on the staff of Abingdon’s William King Museum.

Unveiled for the first time will be Conical Dance, by Rich Smukler, a haunting black and white piece that is both multi-levelled and textural.conical dance

The Academy of Fine Arts
600 Main Street
Lynchburg, VA 24504
(434)528-3256

Rich Smukler currently resides in Boca Raton, Florida. His works have been featured in numerous museums, galleries and private collections internationally. You can see more of his works at http://www.richsmuklerphoto.com. (Kick back and stay awhile)

Storm King Art Center


“There is no question that among sculpture gardens of the world, Storm King is King.”

J. Carter Brown

Director Emeritus National Gallery of Art, 1993

Over 125 Magificent pieces of large scale sculpture grace this amazing 500 acre outdoor museum. Open to the public in 1960 thanks to the vision and generosity of The Ralph E. Ogden Foundation, it is positioned on a plateau between Schunnemunk and Storm King Mountains not far from West Point in New York’s Hudson Valley. Amazingly, an additional 1,500 acres has since been acquired to protect the pristine site lines presented.

World class artists’ works abound in this very special place: Alexander Calder, Henry Moore and Louise Nevelson, just to name a few. There is also a museum building, designed by architect Maxwell Kimball and erected in 1935.

I present to you several extracts that I captured of Alexander Lieberman’s Adonai. It barely begins to scratch the surface of this memorable asset to the world of art. I look forward to many return visits.

Rich Smukler  currently resides in Boca Raton, Florida. His works have been featured in numerous museums, galleries and private collections internationally. You can see more of his works at http://www.richsmuklerphoto.com. (Kick back and stay awhile)

RICH SMUKLER EXHIBITS IN THE HEART OF TUSCANY


La Rondine Gallery is situated in Ponte a Serraglio in the relaxing commune of Bagni di Lucca. Since the Renaissance, this area has attracted artists of all disciplines to take refuge and rest in its thermal valley and spectacular vistas. The gallery is opposite the Lima River and close to a popular bar IMG_9603and restaurants. Rich Smukler’s solo exhibition will take place from 5/29/2015 thru 6/13/2015 (specific times for the Opening Reception will be forthcoming). Rest assured that the wine will be free-flowing and delicious!

RCSFRI02 print_11x14Smukler has studied photography in Tuscany for seven summers at TPW (The Toscana Photographic Workshop) under such notable photographers as Sandro Santioli (known for his spectacluar Italian landscapes), David Allen Harvey (National Geographic and Magnum) and Arno Minkkinnen (Professor of Art at The University of Massachusetts). Having traveled extensively through Italy,  Smukler has grown to love the Italian way of life and its people.

“To have the opportunity to return to Tuscany and share my work in such a setting is truly a dream realized.”IMG_7027_2 print_11x14

Rich Smukler  currently resides in Boca Raton, Florida. His works have been featured in numerous museums, galleries and private collections internationally. You can see more of his works at http://www.richsmuklerphoto.com. (Kick back and stay awhile)

Where Does That Lush Ochre Pigment Come From?


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Have you ever considered where the lush and vibrant colors and shades of ochre pigment come from? Situated in the Luberon, at the foot of the Monts de Vaucluse, the village of Roussillon provides the answer. Nestled in the heart of one of the biggest ochre deposits in the world, Roussillon is famous for its magnificent red cliffs and ochre quarries.

The red, yellow and brown shades of the earth form a striking contrast with the lush green pine-trees. The vivid blue of the Provençal sky and the exceptional quality of light make this a magical site. It is like an artist’s pallet, with the infinite combinations of colors varying from yellow to purple with all the shades of pink and red in-between.IMG_3440

The ochre façades of the houses are magnificent… shades vary subtly from light yellow to dark red, set off by the brightly painted shutters and doors. Numerous artists, naturally, have been seduced by Roussillon: Jean Cocteau, Carzou, Buffet, Ambrogiani... to name a few.

The images I’ve included in the current post print beautifully on canvas and archival-treated paper. But don’t pass up the opportunity to see the way these images pop out at you when printed on metal. They are magnificent and can be printed in any size and configuration that your spatial needs and creative desires call for.

 

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Rich Smukler  currently resides in Boca Raton, Florida. His works have been featured in numerous museums, galleries and private collections internationally. You can see more of his works at http://www.richsmuklerphoto.com. (Kick back and stay awhile)

Enjoy Rich Smukler Photography at The Athenaeum’s 200th Anniversary Art Exhibition


SnakeThe Philadelphia Athenaeum is celebrating its 200th Anniversary! “The Athenaeum of Philadelphia is an independent member-supported library and museum that engages members, scholars and the interested general public to join actively in the cultural and intellectual life of Philadelphia and participate in historical, literary and educational activities.  To that end, the Athenaeum must be a diligent steward of its National Historic Landmark building and its collections of books, manuscripts, architectural drawings, photographs, and historic objects.”

The challenge of the upcoming exhibition was to submit images of landmarks or places listed on the National Register of Historic Places in Philadelphia. Smukler has two pieces selected, the maximum allowed under the rules of the competition. The first, entitled “Snake” is a relief found on the exterior of Philadelphia’s City Hall. “The building was designed by Scottish-born architect John McArthur, Jr., in the Second Empire style, and was constructed from 1871 until 1901 at a cost of $24 million. Designed to be the world’s tallest building, it was surpassed during construction by the Washington Monument and the Eiffel Tower, though it was at completion the world’s tallest habitable building.” With almost 700 rooms, City Hall is the largest municipal building in the United States and one of the largest in the world.

Smukler’s second piece, entitled “Cell Number Four” was taken at Eastern State Penitentiary. ESP was operational from 1829 until 1971. “Notorious criminals such as bank robber Willie Sutton and Al Capone were held inside its innovative wagon wheel design. At its completion, the building was the largest and most expensive public structure ever erected, and quickly became a model for more than 300 prisons worldwide.”IMG_2334-Edit

The Athenaeum building itself was designed in 1845 by the innovative architect John Notman (1810-1865). It is widely hailed as the seminal American structure in the Italianate Revival Style and one of the first Philadelphia buildings built of brownstone.

Exhibition Dates: June 29-August 8

Opening Reception: Sunday, June 29, 2:00-5:00pm.  Free.

Rich Smukler was born and bred in Philadelphia and currently resides in Boca Raton, Florida. He is a graduate of Central High School, Penn State University and Villanova University School of Law.  His works have been featured in numerous museums, galleries and private collections internationally. You can see more of his works at http://www.richsmuklerphoto.com. (Kick back and stay awhile)

The JAX presents Guardian by Rich Smukler


“Guardian” will be introduced at The JACKSONVILLE Center for the Arts as part of the 2014  Jax Juried Exhibition located at 220 Parkway Lane South, Floyd, Virginia 24091.The opening “Meet the Artist Reception” is on June 14th, 5-8pm during which Mr. David Mickenberg, this year’s juror will be present. Mickenberg is Director of The Taubman Museum of Art.  Mickenberg comes to the museum from the Davis Museum and Cultural Center at Wellesley College, where he served as the Ruth Gordon Shapiro ’37 Director from 2001-2008 and as a senior lecturer in Wellesley College’s Department of Art. He will select award winners and prizes will be given.  If you have any questions, please contact The Jacksonville Center at info@jacksonvillecenter.org or 540-745-2784. Guardian, a dramatic Black and White study was captured in Rhyolite, Nevada, an abandoned “ghost town” just outside of Death Valley, California.

ImageRich Smukler is from Boca Raton, Florida.  His works have been featured in numerous museums, galleries and private collections internationally. You can see more of his works at http://www.richsmuklerphoto.com. (Kick back and stay awhile).