If you’ll be in Naples, Florida, see Rich Smukler’s works at The Von Liebig Art Center

Naples Art Association ‘s 50th Founders Juried Awards ExhibitionNAA_Logo

Date: June 09 – July 25, 2014
Location: The von Liebig Art Center

On view in The von Liebig Art Center from June 9 through July 25, 2014.

The fine art exhibition will be installed on the ground floor and second level of The von Liebig Art Center in six galleries and will be on view from June 9 through July 25, 2014. The von Liebig Art Center is located in Naples, Florida in the heart of the 5th Avenue South shopping, dining and arts district. The Naples Art Association’s Founders Exhibitions are a long-held tradition honoring the founding members of the Naples Art Association. The exhibition will feature recent work in all media by Naples Art Association members.  Erin Wright, Director of Artist Initiatives and Special Projects for the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) will serve as juror. Wright will travel to Naples to discuss and share her projects at LACMA. She will give a free lecture entitled “Reinventing a Museum: How I Learned to Move a 340-Ton Boulder” at The von Liebig Art Center at 5:30 pm on June 4, 2014. Erin Wright received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art History and English from Simmons College and completed additional studies at the Courtauld Institute in London. She has been an advisor for the LEF Foundation and a member of the Catalogue Raisonné Scholars Association. The film A Brief History of John Baldessari, which she commissioned and produced for LACMA, Directed by Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman, earned a nomination of Best Documentary Short from South by Southwest Film festival in 2012.

 Tea Time

Rich Smukler, from Boca Raton, Florida,  will exhibit two stunning black and white pieces. “Tea time and “Guardian” were each 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.

GuardianSee more of Rich Smukler’s work at http://www.richsmuklerphoto.com

 For more information about the show, call 239-262-6517




Against The Traffic: ELVIS is in the HOUSE!

Unlike many of my posts which have taken you to obscure places around the globe, I stumbled upon The Freemont Street Experience in Old Las Vegas which captured my photographic attention. Interestingly, in speaking to many of my friends who have visited Vegas, the majority never heard of this outrageous location. Imagine this!

        “Free live music and custom music videos overhead as well as zipline rides, hundreds of bars and more make for a full-on street party nightly at this five-block entertainment complex located in historical downtown Las Vegas. The 12.5 million lights of the Viva Vision screen dazzle 90 feet above along 4 blocks 365 nights a year and make the Fremont Street Experience a one-of-a-kind venue. Four stages boast live music every night from amazing local and regional talent. Annual festivals bring world traveled musicians from yesterday and today. With direct pedestrian access to 10 casinos, more than 60 restaurants, numerous bars inside and out, specialty retail and free nightly entertainment, the Fremont Street Experience attracts millions of annual visitors.”

IMG_2044 copyShooting all this neon along with crowds of thousands is a picnic! It does present some technical challenges, however. The lighting changes by the second, so go in with a plan. Periodically the overhead screen displays a show and the street lights are dimmed. There is way too much action for a tripod and you will be relegated to hand-held shooting. Take this friendly tip. If you have confidence in your camera (I am using a Mark II D5 Canon with a Canon Zoom lens EF 24-105mm with image stabilization), set the camera at AV (aperture priority E) and then set to automatic. I know this flies in the face of all of us who gave up auto settings a long time ago. But, the ambient wattage is so great and the street shooting from the hip atmosphere so pervasive, that it will work out just fine. A mentor of mine some years ago suggested that we give ourselves permission to take this counter-intuitive step. After all, these cameras are abundantly smarter than we are. They can calibrate in fractional stops and make readings that we can’t. Don’t just trust me, of course. Go out and give it a try.

I am curious to see what your impressions are as well. SHOOT VEGAS BABY! By the way, ELVIS IS IN THE HOUSE!

Here are just a few images I captured. Hope you enjoy.


You can see more of Rich Smukler’s works at http://www.richsmuklerphoto.com                               IMG_2037 copy







The Farmington Museum of Art Introduces Rich Smukler’s work “Cocoon”

 The Farmington Museum at Gateway Park (Farmington,  New Mexico) will present its annual National Juried Exhibition May 10, 2014 with an opening reception and presentation of awards from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm, Saturday evening May 17th. Prior to the reception, at 6:00 pm, Juror James Trigg will present a lecture. Mr. Trigg is a nationally acclaimed award-winning impressionist fine artist specializing in the magnificent vistas of the American Southwest.

Rich Smukler, from Boca Raton, Florida,  will exhibit Cocoon. This elegant abstract expressionistic piece both challenges and calms the soul. His works have been featured in numerous museums, galleries and private collections internationally.


Farmington Museum – 3041 E. Main Strreet – Farmington NM 87402 – 505-599-1174 – http://www.farmingtonmuseum.org

See more of Rich Smukler’s work at http://www.richsmuklerphoto.com


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Over the years I have gone to hundreds of museums and galleries, studied the works of the masters, read the analyses and opinions of critics, seen and opined on the works of my fellow students and mentors. All the time, I am searching for a thread, a common denominator. What makes a piece of art wonderful, memorable or just plain awful? And within that question, I try to evaluate the body of work of that particular artist and ask whether or not this is the work of a fine artist?

George DeWolfe, in one of his master classes, fascinated me with his revealing analysis of paintings of the masters, such as Rembrandt, Degas, Cezannes, Pollack and others, as they related to development of the fine black and white photo. He took images of these paintings and reduced them to grayscale to better view the breadth of tonality in…

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Bow Down

Bow Down

See Rich Smukler’s stunning piece “Bow Down” at The CAC (Contemporary Arts Center) in Las Vegas at their 25th Annual Juried Show. Bow Down is a dramatic 24″h x 20″w photo on aluminum taken of a proud and rusting ship found on the Miami River near downtown Miami, Florida. The show opens 4/3/2014 when award ceremonies will take place (6:00PM through 9:00PM) and runs through 4/25/2014. You can meet the artist at the Opening. The Center is located at 1217 S. Main Street in Las Vegas, Nevada. For inquiries, Joanne Russ is the gallery coordinator. email: info@lasvegascac.com phone: 702-496-0569 http://www.lasvegascac.org

See Rich Smukler’s work in Montreal

See Rich Smukler's work in Montreal

The Global Art League is an organization dedicated to furthering the careers of emerging artists worldwide. The International Exhibition of Emerging Artists will be held in Montreal from July 20th through to August 17th 2013.

Montreal is one of the most beautiful and exciting cities in the world and we have teamed up with the Montreal Art Centre, one of the cities greatest art exhibition venues to host the event. Montreal is within driving distance to over 100 million people and one can fly to this enchanting city within a day’s flight time from all of Canada, the United States and Europe.

This month long exhibition is geared to attract a wide array of visitors, from art lovers to art galleries, as well as both local and International art collectors. Our many participating sponsors are working with us to help celebrate art at its best, from our participating artists from all corners of the world.

There are special sessions, workshops, lectures and art presentations during the exhibitions days. The International Exhibition of Emerging Artists is a one of a kind event, bringing artists and art lovers together for an engaging and memorable experience.

Stonington Connecticut and The Lady Neptune Collide


It was a cold and dreary day in Stonington, but The Lady Neptune stood tall.