Your Camera and Bright Light Conditions


The beauty of Infrared photography is best brought out when the sun’s infrared rays are strongest. Typically, this is midday when the sun is at its brightest. Unfortunately, if you are shooting using live view, your LED will be difficult to see due to glare.

Though I rarely recommend various products, I encourage you take a look at Hoodman HoodLoupe Optical Viewfinder for 3.2″ LCD Displays and related products. It effectively blocks out the sun’s glare and allows you to have a clear view of your subject. Hoodman also has a rubber eye loop which fits over your viewfinder if you are hand-holding your camera and don’t use your LED.

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Hoodman HoodLoupe Optical Viewfinder for 3.2″ LCD Displays

Rich Smukler specializes in Landscape and Fine-Art Photography from his studio in South 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).

 

Tips for Cold Weather Photography


A recent trip to Alaska caused me to revisit some basic tips when shooting in pretty extreme weather conditions. The temperature varied from near freezing to the low 80s and provided quite a challenge when it came to preparation for the trip. A few things you should keep in mind:

1. Camera Preparation: Consider your settings beforehand (to the best of your ability) and before you step outside. You don’t need to be fussing with your camera when you get out in the cold. Also, try to get your camera out in the cold for a significant period of time before you shoot. Otherwise, going from a warm lodge or car directly to the cold weather will cause condensation to form on your lenses and camera – not a pleasant thing.

2. Clothing: Layers of course, the conditions can change quickly and you’ll need to be ready. Gloves are a critical piece of the puzzle. There are some winter gloves available that allow you to remove the fingers which permit you to manipulate the camera when outdoors. I personally prefer using thin glove liners. When you are looking for subject matter or waiting for the light you can wear the glove shells and slip them off when ready to get to work.

3. Coming Indoors: Consider an airtight plastic bag for your camera to avoid condensation and remove your memory card as soon as possible for the same reason.

Happy Shooting!

Rich Smukler specializes in Landscape and Fine-Art Photography from his studio in South 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).

Crowley Point, Death Valley


The majestic scenic overlook at Crowley Point is nothing less than breathtaking. It is located at the west entrance to Death Valley National Park and provides a wide variety of panoramic photographic landscape possibilities.

Magnificent Landscapes in National Parks

Crowley Point, Death Valley National Park

Rich Smukler specializes in Landscape and Fine-Art Photography from his studio in South 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).

ANCIENT BRISTLECONE PINE FOREST


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Home of the oldest living things on earth, The Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest is located about an hour east of Bishop, California in The White Mountains (elevations between 9,000 to 11,000 feet) and accessible via The Schulman Grove Visitor Center. These magnificent trees can range between well over 2,000 to 4,773 years old! Think about it! This was taken in October and the temperature was below freezing. If you plan to go, dress accordingly.

Rich Smukler specializes in Landscape and Fine-Art Photography from his studio in South 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).

 

 

Our Elephants are Disappearing


A recent article  in The Washington Post by Darryl Fears is titled “Forest elephants are vanishing, and they might never recover from poaching.” It points out the startling decline in birthrate as well as the negative impact of poaching. I found it both saddening and alarming. This particular image was taken at The San Diego Zoo. Though I have been to East Africa (Tanzania and Kenya), this particular photo sticks with me.

 Is there something we can do as individuals to stem the tide and protect these magnificent animals? I encourage your thoughts.

Rich Smukler specializes in Landscape and Fine-Art Photography from his studio in South 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).

International Color Awards in Architectural Photography


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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

9TH ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL COLOR AWARDS HONOR Rich Smukler from Boca Raton, Florida.

LOS ANGELES 8/24 – Rich Smukler of the United States was presented with the 9th Annual International Color Awards Nominee title in the category of Architecture: architectural photography.  He was also nominated in the Category of Nature: nature photography. 5,678 entries were received from 78 countries.

“I am proud to announce that ICA saw fit to bestow this honor. You might remember that ‘Longest Night’ was awarded Honorable Mention at this year’s International Photography of the Year Awards.”

“Longest Night” is part of a photographic essay of Eastern State Penitentiary recently published by LenCulture Magazine. Located in Philadelphia (Smukler’s hometown), Eastern State Penitentiary was once the largest and most expensive public structure ever erected, and quickly became a model for more than 300 prisons worldwide and designated a National Historic Landmark in 1965. It was also known for some such infamous prisoners as Al Capone and Willie Sutton.

Rich Smukler specializes in Landscape and Fine-Art Photography from his studio in South 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).

International Color Awards Nominee


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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

9TH ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL COLOR AWARDS HONORS Rich Smukler from Boca Raton, Florida.

LOS ANGELES 8/24 – Rich Smukler of the United States was presented with the 9th Annual International Color Awards Nominee title in the category of Nature Photography.  5,678 entries were received from 78 countries.

The live online gala was attended by over 10,000 photography fans around the globe who logged on to watch the climax of the industry’s most important event for color photography. 

Rich Smukler specializes in Landscape and Fine-Art Photography from his studio in South 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).

 

From Skagway to Davidson Glacier


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So here you are, enjoying your early morning coffee in Skagway, Alaska and looking for something amazing to do. Look no further. Consider the Glacier Point Wilderness Safari. I’d like to tell you that it’s right down the road and you can’t miss it. Not quite true, but certainly worth the effort. You start off in a custom enclosed power boat for a 45-minute ride through Lynn Canal which happens to be North America’s deepest and longest fjord – with a chance to see all types of sea life, waterfalls and mountain views. The trip takes about 45 minutes. Upon arrival at Glacier Point beach you board a bus for a short ride to a base camp where you will gear up with boots to repel the glacier silt, life jackets and wet weather gear. A hike through a magnificent rain forest leads to 31-foot voyager canoes that will take to you Davidson Glacier recounted by John Muir in his travels around Glacier Bay in 1879. Just amazing! You will walk though the glacier silt and rock formations as you get closer to this natural wonder.

Rich Smukler specializes in Landscape and Fine-Art Photography from his studio in South 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).

Pine Glades Lake in The Everglades


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In the United States, The Everglades is the largest tropical wilderness, the largest wilderness of any kind east of the Mississippi River and is visited on average by one million people each year.It is the third-largest national park in the lower 48 states after Death Valley and Yellowstone. It has been declared an International Biosphere Reserve, a World heritage Site in Florida, and a Wetland of International Importance, one of only three locations in the world to appear on all three lists.

Rich Smukler specializes in Landscape and Fine-Art Photography from his studio in South 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).

Glade Walker


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The Everglades National Park in Florida covers over 1,500,000 acres. This amazing ecosystem provides quite the photographic challenge and opportunity. Typically, the winter months are the most sane time to visit, due to the heat and thirsty mosquitos.

Rich Smukler specializes in Landscape and Fine-Art Photography from his studio in South 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).

America’s Most Inaccessible National Park


If you think you have come to the end of the southernmost tip of the United States once you have reached Key West, think again. Seventy miles west out over the emerald waters of The Gulf of Mexico you will find The Dry Tortugas National Park. Fort Jefferson is the largest 19th Century coastal fort and is its central feature. Take a two hour plus boat ride from Key West or consider a sea plane. This is a unique adventure not to be easily forgotten.

Rich Smukler specializes in Landscape and Fine-Art Photography from his studio in South 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).

Lake Tenaka – Yosemite National Park


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Taken in Yosemite National Park, California

Rich Smukler specializes in Landscape and Fine-Art Photography from his studio in South 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).

 

Misty Dawn


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Taken in Boynton Beach, Florida.

Rich Smukler specializes in Landscape and Fine-Art Photography from his studio in South 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 Honored by 10th Annual Black and White Spider Awards


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BLACK AND WHITE SPIDER AWARDS HONORS PHOTOGRAPHER RICH SMUKLER FROM THE UNITED STATES.

LOS ANGELES (OCTOBER 18, 2014) – Photographer Rich Smukler of the United States was presented with the 10th Annual Black and White Spider Awards Honorable Mention in the Category of Still Life for Conical Dance  at a prestigious Nomination and Winners PhotoShow webcast Saturday, November 21, 2015.

The live online gala was attended by over 10,000 photography fans around the globe who logged on to see the climax of the industry’s most important event for black and white photography.

The awards international Jury included captains of the industry from the industry’s biggest names and tastemakers including Bonhams, Random House, Aeroplastics Contemporary, Stockholm City Museum, Annenberg Foundation, Leo Burnett, FTM Art Advisory and Fratelli Alinari .

“It is an incredible achievement to be selected among the best from 7,686 entries from 74 countries that we received this year,” said Basil O’Brien, the awards creative director. Rich Smukler’s “Conical Dance” entered in The Still life  category is an exceptional image and represents black and white photography at its finest, and we’re pleased to present him with the title of Honorable Mention.” Jury member Diane Ruggie from Velocebella agency added, “The gallery of winners and runners up has true stopping power.

BLACK AND WHITE SPIDER AWARDS is the leading international award honoring excellence in black and white photography. This celebrated event shines a spotlight on the best professional and amateur photographers worldwide and honors the finest images with the highest achievements in black and white photography.

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)

Lake Sabrina


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The Inyo National Forest covers parts of the eastern Sierra Nevada of California and The White Mountains of California and Nevada. The forest covers 1,903,381 acres and includes nine designated wilderness areas which protect over 800,000 acres. Lake Sabrina is breathtaking at dawn.

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).

International Photography Awards Announces Category Winners of the 2015 Competition!


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This year, The International Photography Awards received 17841 of submissions from over 230 countries, and is pleased to declare that richard smukler was awarded Honorable Mention in Architecture-Buildings for the winning entry Step-Up.IMG_2361-Edit copy
Rich Smukler has blended his life-long passion for art and photography. His works have been featured in numerous museums, galleries and private collections internationally. While his cutting edge passion for graphic design has earned him accolades and awards for innovative style, his genre as a fine art photographer encompasses photo-realism to abstract graphic design. A love of Tuscany has taken him back to bella Italia on many occasions, camera in tow, in search of yet another perfect moment. He has drawn inspiration from such greats as Miro, Kandinsky, Pollock, Joan Mitchell, Arno Minkkinen, Sandro Santioli & Cartier Bresson.

Contact
richard smukler

richsmukler@yahoo.com
http://www.richsmuklerphoto.com

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. http://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. http://www.lucieawards.com

IPA Contact:
Hannah Lillethun
Program Director, International Photography Awards
hannah@iawardsinc.com

International Photography Awards Announces Category Winners of the 2015 Competition!


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

This year, The International Photography Awards received 17841 of submissions from over 230 countries, and is pleased to declare that richard smukler was awarded Honorable Mention in Fine Art – Still Life for the winning entry longest night.

smukler_long_nightsRich Smukler has blended his life-long passion for art and photography. His works have been featured in numerous museums, galleries and private collections internationally. While his cutting edge passion for graphic design has earned him accolades and awards for innovative style, his genre as a fine art photographer encompasses photo-realism to abstract graphic design. A love of Tuscany has taken him back to bella Italia on many occasions, camera in tow, in search of yet another perfect moment. He has drawn inspiration from such greats as Miro, Kandinsky, Pollock, Joan Mitchell, Arno Minkkinen, Sandro Santioli & Cartier Bresson.

Contact
richard smukler

richsmukler@yahoo.com
http://www.richsmuklerphoto.com

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. http://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. http://www.lucieawards.com

IPA Contact:
Hannah Lillethun
Program Director, International Photography Awards
hannah@iawardsinc.com

Three Weeks in Tuscany (day 19)


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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).

Three Weeks in Tuscany (day17)


BAGNO VIGNONI is an ancient village in the heart of Tuscany situated in the Val d’Orcia National Park. I was first introduced to it years ago when studying at TPW (Toscana Photographic Workshop) as it had become a favorite evening hangout for many of the students.

IMG_7251-2 copyBy day, this sleepy village hosts wonderful hillside and mountain views of the valley below. You are also treated to a haunting scene of Rocca d’Orcia in the distance.


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Enjoy the thermal waters that course through the hills and carve fascinating archeological dig-like opportunities; a small park with children; the occasional hardy biker; folks staying at the nearby hotels and spas dipping their feet in the waters. But at night, it all begins to happen! The holiday-like lights throughout the village take over from the long Tuscan setting of the sun. The Square of Sources captures the reflections from the surrounding shops and restaurants. Its’ glow is magical.

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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).

Three Weeks in Tuscany (day 14)


IMG_6281-2 copy-2 Pietrasanta is a town and comune on the coast of Northern Tuscany in the province of Lucca. This medieval jewel has roman origins dating back to 1255.

IMG_6284-2 copy-2 It has been over seven years since we were last here, and little has seemed to change, except for the magnificent art work that adorns the city center and essentially everywhere you walk and look. Scores of artists have congregated here to feed from the synergy of creative juices.

IMG_6299-2 copy-2 If coming for the first time, my strong recommendation is that you make sure to be here during the evening. This sleepy town comes to life as the sun goes down; restaurants and shops open, street mimes, musicians and entertainers all come out to make this a completely entertaining experience. For those enjoying the beach, you are only three kilometers from what is considered one of nicest.

IMG_6312-2 copy-2Rich 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).

Three Weeks in Tuscany (day 13)


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Heading through the mountains from Castelnuovo di Garfagnana to Pietrasanta is nothing short of an amazing experience! Open your windows; turn off the radio; and breathe in the best that mother nature can dish out!

IMG_6262-2 copyAs you approach the west coast you sense something very special happened here. The marble mines in the Apuan Alps is where Michelangelo secured so much of the marble he worked with.IMG_6276-2 copyPietrasanta, is a wonderful artists’ village, stocked with scores of sculptors, painters, artists of all types, which create a unique and delighful environment. It will be tomorrow’s stop on our journey.

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).

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)

Residence Inn Hotel in New York City acquires BOW DOWN by Rich Smukler


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Marriott’s Residence Inn Hotel at 170 Broadway, New York City,  in conjunction with Indiewalls, Inc., has acquired “Bow Down” by Rich Smukler  as part of its permanent collection. “Bow Down”  is an image taken of a rusting ship soon to meet its fate on the Miami River in Florida. This image recently exhibited at CAC, The Las Vegas, Nevada Contemporary Arts Center (25th Annual Juried Show, 2014). Copies of this startling extract will grace each of the 243 rooms in the hotel.

Smukler_BowDown Located in the heart of the financial and World trade Center areaStonehill & Taylor, the New York architecture and interior design firm, is currently transforming an existing office building into a new hotel property targeted for the business traveler and tourist alike. The design is inspired by the energy of the neighborhood generated by the business-centric atmosphere and efficient use of time and money.843

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)

 

Radisson Blu Adds “Cross” To Permanent Collection


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The Radisson Blu Hotels & Resorts in Minneapolis, Minnesota in conjunction with Indiewalls, Inc., has acquired “Cross” by Rich Smukler  as part of its permanent collection. “Cross” is an image taken in an abandoned marble quarry in Apuan Alps, near Pietrasanta in northwestern Tuscany. This area is known for the quality of marble used by Michelangelo.

“Cross” had earned distinction at San Diego Art Institute’s (Museum of the Living Artist) 50th International Award Exhibition (2009), The Elliottt Museum’s 7th Annual Juried Art Show 2012 (Stuart, Florida), The Elmhurst Art Museum’s National Art Premiere 2012 (Elmhurst, Illinois), and The Saco Museum (Saco, Maine) 2012.  CrossThe Radisson Blu is located at 35 South Seventh Street, Minneapolis, Minn. Stonehill and Taylor is the  architecture and interior design firm established in New York City in 1986 that curated the collection.

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)843

A few thoughts for the New Year


Got da GigglesI’d like to thank all of you who have been following my Blog over the years, amazingly since 2011!  It has been a labor of love and heart-warming to know that some of my meanderings are shared with you. I would encourage you to please exchange your thoughts and comments. I love expressing my experiences about photography: the technical aspects, the practical solutions to common problems, the artistry of my endeavors, etc. And I enjoy hearing what thoughts or concerns any of you might have.

I know that some of you are serious photographers, designers, fine art professionals, lawyers, realtors, and on and on. Photography is an endless journey which explores one’s personal vision pitted against an ever changing and expanding technology. To know your camera, your computer, your printer, and all that goes with this technology only serves to challenge the way you see and feel about life.

May you enjoy a healthy and amazing 2015. I hope to hear from you!

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)

ARLES, FRANCE – The Spiritual Home of VAN GOGH


Arles, FranceArles is one of the most popular destinations in Provence, famous for its significant Roman heritage. It is the spiritual home of Van Gogh, and you will see how this artist was so inspired by the beautiful countryside in this region of France.

Most of the roman and medieval monuments are within walking distance in the old town and can be covered easily on foot in a day. 

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)

Musee d’Orsay, Paris


The clock at Musee d"Orsay Musée d’Orsay  is a museum in Paris, France, on the left bank of the Seine. It is housed in the former Gare d’Orsay, a Beaux-Arts railway station built between 1898 and 1900. The museum holds mainly French art dating from 1848 to 1915, including paintings, sculptures, furniture, and photography. It houses the largest collection of impressionist and post-impressionist masterpieces in the world, by painters including Monet, Manet, Degas, Renoir, Cézanne, Seurat, Sisley, Gauguin and Van Gogh. To my way of thinking, though certainly discovered by the public, it provides far more breathing room than its better-known counterpart, The Louvre.

This shot was taken from inside the museum. The iconic clock, oft photographed, looks over the Seine. If you allow your eye to follow further, you will eventually reach Montmartre, known for its many artists. 

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)

Mounts Botanical Gardens in West Palm Beach


Palm Beach County’s oldest and largest public garden, Mounts displays tropical and subtropical plants from around the world, including plants native to Florida, exotic trees, tropical fruit, herbs, citrus, palms and more. For those of us who might be photographically minded, it provides an idyllic, serene environment with much to ponder and capture. The several images presented were shot with a dedicated Canon EOS Rebel T2i infrared camera, EFS 15-85mm lens and Manfrotto tripod.  This technique manifests an other-worldly effect and can be best shot around noon to fully take advantage of the sun’s infrared rays.

Directions: 531 North Military Trail West Palm Beach, Fl 33415

From Florida’s Turnpike: Take the Okeechobee Blvd. exit East to Military Trail, then go south on Military Trail 1 1/4 miles to Mounts Botanical Garden (1/4 mile south of Belevedere Rd.) on your right, across from Palm Beach International Airport).

From I-95 Take the Southern Blvd. exit west to Military Trail, then go north on Military Trail 1/2 mile to Mounts Botanical Garden (on your left, across from Palm Beach International Airport).

 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)

Tea Time at Morikami


Tea Time at MorikamiThe Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens in Delray, Florida has 16 acres that surround Morikami’s two museum buildings and include expansive Japanese gardens with strolling paths, resting areas, world-class bonsai collection and lakes teeming with koi and other wildlife. The wider 200-acre park features nature trails, pine forests and picnic areas.

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)

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)

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)

Connecticut Academy of Fine Arts honors Rich Smukler


ImageAs recently announced, for the third consecutive year Rich Smukler will be exhibiting at The Connecticut Academy of Fine Arts’ annual juried exhibition. The opening reception and award presentations will be Thursday,  June 26th from 6PM to 8PM.  Artists whose works are exhibited for three shows are bestowed with the honor of elected member.

“Given the quality of the art in the CAFA exhibitions, I am extremely honored.”

 

 

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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.

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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

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.

The Marin Museum of Contemporary Art introduces Rich Smukler’s SWAMP’S EDGE


Swamp’s Edge will be introduced at MARINMOCA / The Marin Museum of Contemporary Art

as part of the 2013 Summer National Juried Exhibition located at 500 Palm Drive, Novato, California.

Show opens: Saturday, June 01, 11am-4pm
Opening Reception: Saturday, June 01, 5-7pm
Show closes: Sunday, July 14 (4pm)
This image was taken in Delray Beach, Florida.

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Welcome to Spring!

Against the Traffic: Rhyolite, Nevada – The Ghost town


It’s been a long hard week in Death Valley and it is time to pack it in. I only introduced you to some of the many wonders that the area has to offer. It is really something that needs to be experienced personally and in your own way. On a great tip, I headed towards Rhyolite, Nevada on my way back to the airport in Las Vegas. I have an affection for architectural decay and this old town does not disappoint.

Located in the Bullfrog Hills in Nye County, Rhyolite is 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.

With a few more shots in my pocket, it is time to head home. Thanks for joining me

Happy Shooting!

http://www.richsmuklerphoto.com

 

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Against the Traffic: Death Valley – Badwater Basin


It’s 4:30am.  I am completely alone in Badwater Basin, the lowest place in the western hemisphere. It seems like the dark side of the moon. Still bleary eyed, I slowly, contemplatively set up my tripod. A steady and warm breeze waltzes across the salt flats. I have never been to nor experienced anything remotely like this place. I quietly await the dawn. I notice someone apparently crawling from a sleeping bag several hundred yards off into the basin. I now notice their tripod already set and ready. I muse, a kindred spirit.

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In the parking area I noticed a painted stripe on the rock cliff indicating the sea level mark, 282 ft above me. Ironically, Mt. Whitney is the highest point in the contiguous 48 states, while Badwater is the lowest and the eighth-lowest spot in the world. Along with Salton Sea, south of Palm Springs (-227 feet), it makes the United States the only country to have two locations among the world’s lowest places. This gives you a rough idea how explosive this area was millions of years ago.

Walking out onto the salt flat you hear the crunch under your feet. Repeated freeze–thaw and evaporation cycles gradually push the thin salt crust into hexagonal honeycomb shapes. The accumulated salts of the surrounding basin make it undrinkable, thus giving it the name.

The sun starts to poke up. It goes fast and catches a sparkle from the zillions of salt crystals that surround you. My impression is that my camera’s sensor is able to receive and articulate this action better than the human eye. A friend of mine once referred to the area as “Badlight Basin”. I’m shooting with a Canon EOS 5D Mark II and select my 24-105mm lens.

Pay close attention to your exposure. As in shooting snowscapes, your camera can be fooled. There are several points of view as to how to handle this issue. I recommend Jim Zuckerman’s discussion in his book “Techniques of Natural Light Photography” if you are not comfortable with the subject.

If you go to Death Valley, DO NOT MISS THIS!!!

Happy Shooting!

http://www.richsmuklerphoto.com

Against the Traffic: Death Valley – Dante’s Peak and Zabriske Point


It’s 4:30 AM and a few hearty photographers are starting to set up their tripods and await the dawn. It is quiet, very quiet. It is windy and cold. I struggle to keep the tripod steady. I’m already dreaming of my first cup of hot coffee. I attach my headlamp to see the way. I’m fearful that my lens or camera has seized up. Without my gloves this would be a fool’s errand. I panic, return to my car and reset. I do not want to miss the sunrise. It comes and goes so fast. Maybe 30 minutes tops, then it is over. This can be said for both Dante’s View and Zabriske Point, though Dante’s Point was much colder. I shoot them on consecutive days, but will discuss them each in today’s Post. They are both magnificent and should not be missed.

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Dante’s Peak, Death Valley is a viewpoint terrace at 1,669 m (5,475 feet) height, on the north side of Coffin Peak, along the crest of the Black Mountains, overlooking Death Valley. Dante’s View is about 25 km (15 miles) south of Furnace Creek in Death Valley National Park. This spectacular view is named from Dante Alighieri, who wrote the Divina Commedia (Divine Comedy), in which there are described the nine circles of Hell, the seven terraces of Purgatory and the nine spheres of Paradise. For those of you who might be Star Wars junkies, it is a filming location in Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope.

Zabriskie Point is a part of Amargosa Range located in eastern Death Valley Valley and noted for its erosional landscape. It is composed of sediments from  which dried up 5 million years ago, long before Death Valley came into existence. This location was used to represent the surface of Mars in the film Robinson Crusoe on Mars.

The photographers line up on their selected vantage points and wait. An occasional test shot to see where the light is. Then it sneaks up slowly and BANG!!!! The cameras jump to life, like a bunch of fishermen waiting for a strike. And here it is. Have everything ready to go. No room for mistakes. The slowly awakening sun kisses the landscape, rises, and the majesty soon disappears, hidden for another day.

That’s it! Off to find some coffee and breakfast. I have a couple of afternoon locations in mind, so stick around.

Happy Shooting!

Rich Smukler

http://www.richsmuklerphoto.com

Against the Traffic: Stovepipe Wells and Mesquite Flat Dunes


For the rest of the week we will be bunking at The Hotel at Stovepipe Wells, Death Valley. This is not The Four Seasons Hotel, make no mistake! In fact, the movie “Mad Max” comes to mind. The rooms are clean, large and extremely basic.  Wifi is spotty at best. Telephones are non-existent in the rooms and there is essentially no cell-phone coverage (calls must be made from the spare number of phone booths on site). There is a restaurant and bar. I will be polite about the food in the restaurant. The burgers and beer at the bar are just fine, especially if you want to shoot a game of 8-ball. Across the road is a general store and gas station where you can stock up on water, snacks, food and fuel. If you are truly looking for top-notch accommodations, consider The Furnace Creek Inn and Ranch Resort around 26 miles down the road. You will pay substantially for this luxury, however.

A brief thought on the issue of no phone or computer service: It can make you a little nervous at first, especially if you are addicted to these electronic toys, as I am. But after you get over the fear that the world will somehow come to an end if you are not tuned in, the world gets more serene and beautiful. You can see better. Your photography will soar, if you allow it to do so.Image

Just down the road is Mesquite Flat Dunes. These dunes are the best-known and easiest to visit in the national park. They are located in central Death Valley and accessed from Highway 190 or from the unpaved Sand Dunes Road. Although the highest dune rises only about 100 feet (compared to 680 feet at Eureka), the dunes actually cover a vast area and provide quite a different subject matter. Many first time visitors to Death Valley are surprised to find that it not covered with a sea of sand. Less than one percent of the desert is covered with dunes. It just so happens that the first two locations of our tour of Death Valley are duned areas. The benefit of Mesquite Flat over Eureka is its proximity to your room back at Stovepipe Wells. It allows you to make return visits to shoot based on your decisions over lighting, cloud-layer, etc. The remote location of Eureka Dunes pretty much kills off this flexibility, unless you are willing to set up camp. The suggestions I made about dune-shooting at Eureka in my prior post applies similarly to Mesquite.

Happy Shooting

http://www.richsmuklerphoto.com

View RICH SMUKLER’S work at The 101st Exhibition of the Connecticut Academy of Fine Arts


See Rich Smukler’s work “Jessie” at The Connecticut Academy of Fine Arts 101st Annual Exhibition (CAFA).

“Jessie” was also exhibited at the (SDAI)  San Diego Art Institute / (MOLA) Museum of the Living Artist (San Diego, California 2009) and is currently part of  The American Juried Art Salon: Fine Arts Show 2011 (on-line).  It is also published in Photographer’s Forum Magazine / Best of Photography 2011 (Serbin Communications), and was exhibited at The Elliott Museum (Stuart, Florida 2012) and The Saco Museum Mill-ennial 2012 (Saco, Maine).

The CAFA OPENING RECEPTION AND AWARD CEREMONY  is scheduled for the evening of Thursday, JUNE 7, 2012 from 6 to 8 PM at the Mystic Arts Center located at 9 Water Street, Mystic, Ct., 06355. Phone: 860-267-6023 for further information.

Rich Smukler’s works can also be seen at www.richsmuklerphoto.com

View RICH SMUKLER’S works at The SACO MUSEUM IN SACO, MAINE


The “Cross” and “Jessie” cross country tour continues! See Rich Smukler’s works “Cross” and “Jessie” currently exhibiting at The Elliottt Museum’s 7th Annual Juried Art Show (Stuart, Florida)  held thru March 2, 2012.  These two award-winning pieces will be exhibited at The Saco Museum in Saco, Maine from April 6 thru June 10, 2012 as part of their 2012 Mill-ennial.

“Cross” is an image taken in an abandoned marble quarry in The Apuan Alps, near Pietrasanta in northwestern Tuscany. This area is known for the quality of marble used by Michelangelo. “Cross” has earned distinction at San Diego Art Institute’s (Museum of the Living Artist) 50th International Award Exhibition. It will also be on display at the The Elmhurst Art Museum in Elmhurst, Illinois from February 21 through March 28, 2012. “Jessie” was also exhibited in San Diego and  is currently part of  The American Juried Art Salon: Fine Arts Show 2011 (on-line). It is also published in Photographer’s Forum Magazine / Best of Photography 2011 (Serbin Communications).

The Saco Museum’s opening reception is scheduled for the evening of Thursday, April 5, 2012, located at 371 Main Street, Saco, ME 004072. Phone: 207-283-3861 for further information.

Rich Smukler’s works can also be seen at www.richsmuklerphoto.com

VIEW RICH SMUKLER’S WORK AT THE ELMHURST ART MUSEUM


See Rich Smukler’s photograph “Cross”  at The Elmhurst Art  Museum’s National Art Premiere 2012 to be held from Friday, February 21, 2012 thru March 28, 2012. “Cross” is an image taken in an abandoned marble quarry in Apuan Alps, near Pietrasanta in northwestern Tuscany. This area is known for the quality of marble used by Michelangelo. “Cross” had earned distinction at San Diego Art Institute’s (Museum of the Living Artist) 50th International Award Exhibition. It will also be displayed at The Elliott Museum in Stuart, Florida from February 3, 2012 thru March 2, 2012.

The Elmhurst Art Museum is located at 150 Cottage Hill, Ave., Elmhurst, IL 60126.

 

 

Rich Smukler’s works can also be seen at www.richsmuklerphoto.com.

View Rich Smukler’s works at The Elliott Museum


See Rich Smukler’s photographs “Cross” and “Jessie” at The Elliottt Museum’s 7th Annual Juried Art Show to be held from Friday, February 3, 2012 thru March 2, 2012. “Cross” is an image taken in an abandoned marble quarry in Apuan Alps, near Pietrasanta in northwestern Tuscany. This area is known for the quality of marble used by Michelangelo. “Cross” had earned distinction at San Diego Art Institute’s (Museum of the Living Artist) 50th International Award Exhibition. “Jessie” was also on display in San Diego and  is currently part of The American Juried Art Salon: Fine Arts Show 2011 (on-line). It is also published in Photographer’s Forum Magazine / Best of Photography 2011 (Serbin Communications).

Due to museum construction, The Elliott Museum’s preview is scheduled for Friday, February 3, 2012 at Northern Trust Bank from 5:30 – 7:00pm. RSVP required. 2201 SE Kingswood terrace, Monterey Commons, Stuart, Florida.

Rich Smukler’s works can also be seen at www.richsmuklerphoto.com.