The last show of the year...

The year is ending with our final show in Cocoa Beach, a week after a great show at Art Works Eau Gallie. We're looking forward to another good turnout with back-to-back weekends in Brevard County. Should be great weather and a fun way to work off our Thanksgiving dinners. Support local artists. Come see us on booth SB-6.

from debris to salvaged...

Finding salvaged wood to use for framing is only the start of the process. The boards are full of nails, usually covered with dirt and weeds, and home to ants, spiders and snakes. Some wood is beyond salvage. It's too warped or splintered for framing.

When searching through a debris pile, I'm looking for the straightest boards and ones with flaky paint. Once I get the wood to Steve's World (my garage shop), I yank nails and stack the boards on a rack before milling.

The boards are next ripped to smaller widths for specific size frames and notched for glass and matting. Then the boards are mitered. Once the frames are glued and nailed together, each is cleaned with soapy water. After drying, a coat of tung oil and urethane seal the wood to finish the job.

Salvaged wood comes back to life with a little TLC.

 

Cleaned frames drying in the morning sun.

Cleaned frames drying in the morning sun.

The Thrill is Gone, but it's coming back...

The Thrill is Gone, my photo of the roller coaster in the ocean stops people as they walk by my booth at art festivals. Questions soon follow. "Is that Seaside?" "Are you from Jersey?" "Is that real?"

Next are stories. "Our family went there every season." I worked at the pier on summer breaks from college." "On one turn, you felt like you were going to fly into the ocean."  

This weekend at the Cape Coral Festival of the Arts we heard something different, "That's my roller coaster," said Frank Storino, whose family has owned the Casino Pier since 2002. Frank showed us pictures on his iPhone of what's happening now. The pier has been rebuilt and a new coaster should be completed by summer.

Exciting new memories will continue to be made on the Jersey Shore. The thrill is coming back.

 

Meeting Frank Storino, right, whose family owns the Jet Star roller coaster and Casino Pier, was a special treat on Sunday at the Cape Coral Festival of the Arts.

Meeting Frank Storino, right, whose family owns the Jet Star roller coaster and Casino Pier, was a special treat on Sunday at the Cape Coral Festival of the Arts.

On the second day after Sandy hit the Jersey shore, I photographed this aerial view of Casino Pier showing the damaged structure and roller coaster in the ocean.

On the second day after Sandy hit the Jersey shore, I photographed this aerial view of Casino Pier showing the damaged structure and roller coaster in the ocean.

Reuters' Top One Hundred Photos of the Year for 2016

I'm proud to have one of my news photos selected by Thomson Reuters as one of their best 100 images of 2016. It shows  friends and family members embracing outside the Orlando Police Headquarters after survivors gave statements to detectives during the investigation of a mass shooting at the Pulse night club in Orlando, Florida, June 12, 2016.  

I'm proud to have one of my news photos selected by Thomson Reuters as one of their best 100 images of 2016. It shows  friends and family members embracing outside the Orlando Police Headquarters after survivors gave statements to detectives during the investigation of a mass shooting at the Pulse night club in Orlando, Florida, June 12, 2016.  

Salvaged Wood from the Bellevue Biltmore Hotel

Harvesting lumber in a scrap pile at the Bellevue Biltmore Hotel construction site where the original wooden structure is being saved and refurbished into a smaller boutique hotel. Planning to make some picture frames with bead board salvaged out of the demolished laundry room ceiling at the hotel that was built by Henry Flagler and opened in 1897.

Harvesting lumber in a scrap pile at the Bellevue Biltmore Hotel construction site where the original wooden structure is being saved and refurbished into a smaller boutique hotel. Planning to make some picture frames with bead board salvaged out of the demolished laundry room ceiling at the hotel that was built by Henry Flagler and opened in 1897.

Break a Leg

Since we completed our last show of the spring season, the phrase "Break a Leg" has been on my mind.

According to Wikipedia: "Break a leg" is an idiom in theatre used to wish a performer "good luck". Well-wishers typically say "Break a leg" to actors and musicians before they go on stage to perform. The origin of the phrase remains obscure. The expression reflects a theatrical superstition, in which wishing a person "good luck" is considered bad luck. The expression is sometimes used outside the theatre, as superstitions and customs travel through other professions and then into common use. Among professional dancers, the traditional saying is not "break a leg", but "merde," the French word for "shit," alone or in combination with "break a leg". In Spanish the phrase is "mucha mierda," lots of shit.

I've never used the expression "Break a Leg" or had it conveyed in any way during my career as a photojournalist, nor as an artist before a weekend art festival. But since breaking my leg as we were packing up at the end of Food & Wine on Pine festival in Anna Maria, I've accepted the Spanish version and may occasionally use it until I'm free of my fracture boot and crutches.

We had a great season to start 2016. We entered 14 shows in Florida, earning two first place awards for photography, an Honorable Mention and was selected for judging at two others. We are excited to meet Annabel and Les Snyder, who invited us to show our work at their gallery, AL's Art Studio, in Anna Maria Island. 

We'll spend the summer finding new moments to photograph, searching for salvaged wood to build more frames, and tweaking our display for the Autumn season. Looking for the rest of the year to be as rewarding.

Until then "mucha buena mierda" to everyone.

 

 

 

 

 

Spring has sprung

It's a busy time for sjnPHOTO. We've been busy with art festivals and have several pieces on display at the Manatee Art Center in Bradenton, Fla., and at the Suntan Art Center in St. Pete Beach.

I stopped by the Manatee Art Center and saw the photo exhibit. I was very happy to see the prominent display of my images and the quality of all the work entered.

 

We just finished a show in Venice, Fla., our third show of a five-week run. It was an great show for us. This week. I'm building frames and getting ready for this weekend's Sarasota Spring Fine Art Festival. Looking forward to showing my work and meeting new friends.

Aaaahhhh. Springtime in Florida.

Cool crisp mornings. Warm sunny afternoons. It's springtime in the sunshine state. This weekend we'll be set up at the Venice Art Classic. It's shaping up to be a superb weekend and we're excited to be showing and selling our work at this event. We're in the middle of a six consecutive weekend shows. We also have some images in shows at the Manatee Art Center in Bradenton and Suntan Art Center in St. Pete Beach. Come out and get your A-R-T on. Stop by and say hello.

Another beautiful day in paradise...

Tap. Tap. Tap. Tap. Woke up to the sound of rain drops on a metal roof.

Got outta bed, made a cup of coffee. Looked at Sunday's forecast and weather radar. There's still a 30% chance of nice weather today. I went for a morning walk with my buddy, Jeff Franko, on a stroll down Highland Avenue and the historic Eau Gallie neighborhood. I'd like to say conditions will improve for today's outdoor art festival, but what the heck, you have to make do with what you have. For today, it looks like rain. Bring an umbrella.

We had a good deluge yesterday. We had to poke the awnings many times to empty pooling water. The streets never flooded. Thankfully, we stayed dry inside my tent. Had a few visitors hang out during the downpour, including my brother Doug, and his wife, Shirley. 

Almost time to head down to the tent and open up for the day. The metal roof is quiet. For now.

 

 

 

 

Terra Ceia Island Mullet Smoke-Off

Finally.  After weeks of prolonged summer, coolness prevailed. The sun rose over Seabreeze Park to the scurry of friends and neighbors finishing up preparations for day's event, artists and crafters setting up their displays, and smokers cooking mullet. Temps were in the sixties. Woohoo!

The band soon set up and music filled the air mingling with the aroma of campfires and cookers.

For the first time we set up a double tent and were really happy extra room

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