A Hint of Death Valley at The St. Augustine Annual Nature and Wildlife Exhibit


Rich Smukler’s stunning image of Zabriskie Point in Death Valley, California will be on display as part of the 6th Annual St. Augustine Annual Nature and Wildlife Exhibit.

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).Zabriskie Point, Death Valley Enjoy a casual evening of summer cocktails, barbecue, live music, and the presentation of art awards.

Saturday, July 25th from 5-8pm at the St. Augustine Art Association, 22 Marine Street, St. Augustine, FL 32084.

*Tickets: $50

Please RSVP by July 17th by calling (904) 824-2310

Casual Attire

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*The St. Augustine Art Association is a 501(c)(3) non-profit. Proceeds from this event will benefit the “Planting the Seeds, Touching the Future” Sculpture Garden & Renovation Fundraising Campaign. For more information about this Focus450 Legacy Project, please visit http://www.staaa.org.No tickets will be issued; a guest list will be available at the door. The Exhibit will be on display July 25 – August 31, 2015.

Bliss honored by IPA -The International Photography Awards


BlissIPA, 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. Bliss, by Rich Smukler, was awarded Honorable Mention in the Professional Photographers’ One Shot Home category. This stunning black and white was captured in Ravello, Italy, hovering over the luxurious Amalfi Coast. Smukler has spent a considerable amount of time exploring the Italian landscape and will be presenting a solo exhibition of his work “Una Retrospettiva Fotografica” at Galleria La Rondine in Bagni Di Lucca from June 6 thru June 14, 2015. The opening is at 6:30PM and open to public without charge.

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).

ENDLESS NIGHT a Finalist in Tokyo Competition


Endless NightEndless Night has been selected from 4,173 works and 2,838 artists to participate in the finals exhibition of 240 pieces of art to take place in Tokyo, Japan. Art Olympia 2015 has chosen these pieces from three venues: New York, Paris and Tokyo. The exhibition of these works will take place in The Exhibition Hall of the newly built Toshima-ku office building in Tokyo from June 15, 2015 thru June 28. A panel of 14 jurors from New York, Paris and Tokyo will select the final prize winners on June 10 with the top three pieces purchased by Art Olympia and exhibited in the Living Treasure Museum in Japan.

“Endless Night” was captured at The Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It is known for its radical prison reform and design in the eighteenth century.

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 at the San Diego Art Institute


Rich Smukler will present two of his newest works at The San Diego Art Institute’s 53rd International show. This is Smukler’s The clock at Musee d"Orsaysecond exhibition at the site having first presented there in 2009 at SDAI’s 50th. This years competition was juried by David A. Ross, former director of The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, The Whitney Museum of American Art and The Boston Institute of Contemporary Art, just to name a few of his credentials. The first of the two works featured is “Passages”. It is a stunning Black and White captured from inside The Musee d’Orsay in Paris, overlooking The Seine. It contemplates the juxtaposition of time and travel taken from a clever vantage point. The second piece, “Tea Time at Morikami” is a serene and painterly landscape captured at the magnificent Morikami Gardens located in Delray Beach, Florida. The richness of texture Tea Time at Morikamiwas in part manifested through the use of infrared technology.

If you plan on attending, the opening gala reception is Saturday, April 18, 2015, 6pm – 8pm. Music will be provided by The Matson 2. Cocktail attire is required. Event tickets are $10 for members and $20 for non-members. Tickets can be purchased by calling 619-236-0011 and asking for Kerstin Robers. The show will close May 24, 2015. SDAI is located at 1439 El Prado in Balboa Park, San Diego, California.

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 Retrospective at La Rondine Gallery in Bagni di Lucca


Como TristeLa Rondine Gallery is located in the beautiful Northern Tuscan village of Ponte a Serraglio in the commune of Bagni di Lucca. Since the Renaissance, this village has attracted artists of all disciplines to take refuge and rest in its thermal valley and spectacular vistas. Smukler had studied photography for seven summers at TPW (Tuscano Photographic Workshop) is San Quirico D’Orcia. He was blessed with the opportunity to study with such photographic luminaries as Arno Rafael Minkkinen (known world-wide and himself a student with Harry Callahan and Aaron Siskind), Sandro Santioli (lauded by many for his mastery of landscape photography), Bob Sasha (known for his photographic story telling and winner of a Pulitzer, Emmy and Webby) and David Alan Harvey (named Magazine Photographer of the Year by the National Press Photographers Association).

Though Lucca is to the north, Tuscany is like a second home to Smukler and represents a milestone in his career. For 2 special weeks, a solo show of his works will be on exhibit for townspeople  and visitors alike. The opening reception is Saturday, June 6th at 6 to 9 pm. The show will run until June 14, 2015. There is no charge for admission.

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)

How Would You Design Your Law Office?


An eon or two ago, I opened my first law office in Philadelphia. It was a modest space to say the least. But, I invested more than I had for a nice desk, furnishings, carpet and a couple of pieces of art work. I thought it looked pretty nice. One of my first potential clients sat across from me and asked how much I’d charge for a simple will.  I quoted the going fee of fifty dollars. She laughed at me and said, “I’m not going to pay for your fancy carpet!”  So, you see, you can’t win them all. It did get me thinking, however, about what I should consider when assembling my professional office.

IMG_7151_2 print_17 x 22 copy copyAs a young lawyer, I flew more on intuition and didn’t give it all that much thought. As years went on, I began to sort out some reasoning behind my approach to this task. Here are some of my suggestions. As a litigator, I realized that many of my clients’ cases could last for years. From a practical point of view, I want to maintain a strong relationship with this client from beginning to end. I am certain that over the span of a protracted litigation clients might question whether they might want to take their case elsewhere, not fully understanding the nature of the law and why things seem to be going nowhere fast. Hence, Rule One: The office should portray a symbol of success. After all, the client typically is looking for a financial reward at the end of the rainbow. What can say that better than elegant artwork that is tastefully framed and lit?

My office space hosted clients, opposing counsel, experts, and of course was a workplace for my staff and mysBlueself. Depositions, client meetings, day to day office work, all was the functionality of where I spent so much of my time. This leads us to Rule Two: Your office should be designed to create a peaceful, serene workplace. Of course, tastes differ, but much thought should go into considering what you think works best for you.

Rule Three: Make the space your own. The office should say something about you: your diplomas, personal pictures, objects that set you apart from the rest of the pack. It will make your clients feel more comfortable and at ease, thereby creating an environment that will be more likely to breed successful interaction. My mentor collected clocks, for example. His office was filled with beautiful and interesting timepieces of all varieties. Every fifteen minutes on the hour they would all ring and fill his office with a symphony of sound. This was always good for a laugh and a short break from the tedium of the day. Be careful, however, to decorate your office with such objects with a sense of style and grace. We still want the office to say, “This is a place where serious business takes place.”

To sum up, give deep thought to this overall process. If you feel overwhelmed, or over-matched, consider a professional to help you select artwork, lighting, furniture, office design, etc. And hope that none of your clients laugh at you and balk at paying for your fancy carpet.

Rich Smukler currently resides in Boca Raton, Florida. He is a certified mediator and qualified arbitrator. As a photographer, 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)