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Solo photography show at Gallery 24, in Rochester, MN. I use my photos to make a bold, modern representation of the color spectrum.
Solo photography show at Gallery 24, in Rochester, MN. I use my photos to make a bold, modern representation of the color spectrum.
Solo photography show at Gallery 24, in Rochester, MN. I use my photos to make a bold, modern representation of the color spectrum.
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I am raising funds to create printed and mounted photographic works for my first solo art show, entitled, "Light Chaser", to be held at Gallery 24, an artist collaborative in Rochester, MN. I'm a former chemistry and physics teacher, and my photography is definitely influenced by the understanding of light I gained while studying, and teaching, chemistry and physics. Albert Einstein is quoted as saying, "The greatest scientists are always artists as well." For me, there is beauty in the art of photography just as much as there is beauty in the scientific understanding of light and color.

The Light Chaser exhibit will feature my original photographic works arranged in two bold stripes representing the colors of the visible light spectrum. Each stripe is composed of a linear sequence of 8"x8" color images, ordered in such a way to produce the appearance of a color gradient, like the rainbow. Each stripe will be about 30 feet long, and contain about 45 images. I'll print a bifold guide to the exhibit that includes quotes from scientists and artists alike, revealing the multiple ways in which humans have perceived and understood light and color. I also have a website for the exhibit, which includes some autobiographical information, and the exhibit backstory. The exhibit title, "Light Chaser", is a double reference to chasing light with a camera to capture an image, as well as the intellectual chase of understanding the fundamental nature of what light and color are.

Over several years I have gathered photographs that feature the colors of the rainbow (aka the spectrum of visible light) as represented by the well-known (and oft maligned) acronym, ROY G BIV. Check out this image, featuring the color Green:

Kinstone Aurora
Kinstone Aurora

This image features the Northern Lights (aurora borealis) as seen from a magical place called Kinstone, in southwestern Wisconsin. Can you pick out the bowl of the Big Dipper, too?  

I'll present my show as an exploration of the ROYGBIV acronym.

Among modern presentation techniques for photographs, I will feature prints on metallic paper, mounted on 1/4" foamboard. Because I am featuring the colors of the rainbow, I feel metallic paper prints are a good choice for their clean look and for making color images "pop". Here's an example:

Donna's Lily
Donna's Lily

You need to see this one in person... it's fabulous!

My basic funding goal is $950, which I estimate will take 67 individual contributions. My stretch goal is to reach $1250, which I estimate will require about 90 individual contributions.

Ok, more to come, but for now thanks for supporting the Light Chaser show.

Risks and challenges

As with any project or business venture, I see marketing the event as a significant challenge. While I personally have multiple social media outlets, as does my presenting gallery (Gallery 24), there is always a risk of reaching a limited audience with one's marketing methods. My goal is to have 250 guests come through the Gallery while my exhibit is on display for the month of April. Gallery 24 is itself a fledgling community, and we struggle with getting visitors during our regular hours of operation.

To overcome this obstacle, I have enlisted two fellow Gallery 24 members, one a painter and one a photographer, who have built successful shows to serve as my advisors for this exhibit. I will rely on both their artistic advice as well as their marketing and promotion expertise.

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    You'll receive a custom-created mandala image sent to you as a digital file, for use on your social media page, and suitable for printing. Your name will appear on the Wall of Donors at the Light Chaser exhibit.

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    Hibiscus

    You'll receive a 4"x6" color metallic-paper print of an image from the Light Chaser show, plus a custom-created mandala image, sent electronically. Your name will appear on the Wall of Donors at the Light Chaser exhibit.

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    You'll receive an original 5x7 greeting card with envelope featuring an image from the Light Chaser show, plus a custom-created mandala image, sent electronically. Your name will appear on the Wall of Donors at the Light Chaser exhibit.

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    You'll receive two original 5x7 greeting cards with envelopes featuring images from the Light Chaser show, plus a custom-created mandala image, sent electronically. Your name will appear on the Wall of Donors at the Light Chaser exhibit.

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    Chrysanthemum

    You'll receive an original 5x7 color metallic-paper print suitable for framing, featuring an image from the Light Chaser show, plus a custom-created mandala image, sent electronically. Your name will appear on the Wall of Donors at the Light Chaser exhibit.

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    Iris

    You'll receive an original 4x6 color metallic-paper print, and a second 5x7 color metallic-paper print suitable for framing, each featuring an image from the Light Chaser show, plus a custom-created mandala image, sent electronically. Your name will appear on the Wall of Donors at the Light Chaser exhibit.

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    Red Ginger

    You'll receive an original 8x10 color metallic-paper print suitable for framing, featuring an image from the Light Chaser show, plus a custom-created mandala image, sent electronically. Your name will appear on the Wall of Donors at the Light Chaser exhibit.

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    Lily

    You'll receive an original 5x7 color metallic-paper print, and a second 8x10 color print, each suitable for framing, featuring images from the Light Chaser show, plus a custom-created mandala image, sent electronically. Your name will appear on the Wall of Donors at the Light Chaser exhibit.

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    Orchid

    You'll receive an original 12x18 color metallic-paper print suitable for framing, featuring an image from the Light Chaser show, plus a custom-created mandala image, sent electronically. Your name will appear on the Wall of Donors at the Light Chaser exhibit.

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    Hanging Lobster Claw

    You'll receive a fully-framed ready-to-hang fine art print of "Purple Woman Pinwheel", an original work by Rick Swanson that was featured at the Locavore exhibit at the Rochester Art Center. The piece has the dimensions of 27" high x 47" wide, including frame. This would look stunning in a formal living room or dining room setting. Your name will appear on the Wall of Donors at the Light Chaser exhibit. This reward is only available for persons in the United States.

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