St. Agnes Cemetery and Other Beautiful Sights – new Chuck Miller art show!

Four years ago, I had my first solo photography show at the newly-renovated St. Agnes Cemetery “Living Room” art center.  It was a tremendous success, and many of my framed photos found new homes.

So when St. Agnes Cemetery historian Kelly Grimaldi asked me if I would be interested in having another art show at The Living Room, I immediately said yes.  Of course I did.

Cooney Mordant Grace. Shot with Leica M3 camera, LomoChrome Purple film. (c) Chuck Miller. All rights reserved.

Starting on May 5, 2017, and running until June 30, 2017, my new art show, “St. Agnes Cemetery and Other Beautiful Sights,” will debut at The Living Room on the St. Agnes Cemetery grounds in Menands.  And I hope you will all be able to visit during the show’s month-long run.

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My Spectrum 8 Theater Art Show starts Wednesday, please come and see it!

I can’t believe it’s been two years since the last time I had a solo art show.  And now I’m doing it again.

Bonding
Bonding. Rolleiflex Automat MX camera, Kodak EIR (“Aerochrome”) infrared film. Photo by Chuck Miller.

Starting tomorrow, and running until July 7, the Spectrum 8 theater on Delaware Avenue in Albany will host several of my art pieces in their theater lobby.  The artworks, which includes the shot above, Bonding, are designed to not only showcase what I’ve been up to in terms of photographic excursions, but also to celebrate what I’ve been able to achieve with these cameras in the past.

This is way cool, and my sincere thanks and appreciation to the staff at the Spectrum 8 theater.  Last year, I contacted the theater organizers and asked if there was room on the schedule if I was to submit pieces for consideration.  They said yes, and blocked me a time period that coincided with the summer 2015 movie season.  Yeah.

L-Ken's sign with Instamatic Sprocket Holes
L-Ken’s: Instamatic Dichotomy. AGFA Clipper Special f/6.3, Kodak Instamatic and 3M Instamatic film, rolled together and exposed simultaneously. Photo by Chuck Miller.

Some of these shots are totally abstract; others are reflective and contemplative.  For several years now, I’ve taken pictures and made my cameras do things that would, in some cases, violate their warranties.  Two rolls of film in one camera?  No big deal.  Dump the film in the wrong chemicals?  Piece of cake.

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Falling Skyward. Krasnogorsk FT-2 camera, Svema 100 film. Photo by Chuck Miller.

And then, when the concept works – when I can get everything blended together, a quartet made from a violin, a trombone, a snare drum and a Theremin – it can turn into something greater than the original sum of its parts.

So tomorrow morning I’m hanging the pieces.  And tomorrow evening I’ll be at the Spectrum, greeting theater patrons and answering any and all questions about how each image was created.

The Zipless Chuck
The Zipless Chuck. AGFA Clipper Special f/6.3 camera, Kodak 400 film (two rolls), zipper. Photo by Chuck Miller.

I really hope I see you there Wednesday night.  And even if I don’t, I hope you have a great time at the Spectrum – see a movie there, it’s one of the best independent movie houses within a 100-mile radius – and that you enjoy these art pieces.

Three weeks to the Spectrum 8 Art Show

It doesn’t seem like the time has passed.  But last year, I made arrangements with the Spectrum 8 theater to present my artworks for a six-week exhibition in their movie lobby.

And this week, I’ve inventoried my pictures, made sure all of them are framed and matted and mounted and ready.

Ten artworks, including classics from the past, will be available for viewing and for purchase at the Spectrum 8 Theater on Delaware Avenue in Albany.  This will be my second solo art show, following 2013’s successful “A Dream in the Dash” event, and I’m psyched that this  exhibition is actually happening.

Among the artworks that can go from the cinema walls to your living room walls are:

The Zipless Chuck
The Zipless Chuck. Kodak 400 film (two rolls), shot in AGFA Clipper Special f/6.3. Zipper added afterwards. Photo by Chuck Miller.
  • Classic shots like The Lenten Meal, The AGFA Bridge Over Ansco Lake and All Hail the Yellow King!
  • New excursions like The Zipless Chuck, L-Ken’s: Instamatic Dichtomy and Lane 2.
  • One of my ultrawide photos from my Krasnogorsk FT-2 camera, Falling Skyward.

And I’m still looking toward adding one or two more pieces, depending on how things go.

Each piece has been professionally framed by my good friends at Hobby Lobby, and they did an excellent job with the works.

And I will be at the opening night, May 27, so if you have any questions about “how the heck did he make that picture?” I’m right there to proudly explain how and why and how many tries and my reaction when the picture finally came out the way I wanted.

This is coolness.  Between this, and my pieces that will be part of the Hamilton College alumni art show at Reunions ’15 (just a couple of weeks after the Spectrum 8 show premieres), things are looking up, art-wise.

The Spectrum 8 art show will run from May 27 to July 7, so if you want to see the artworks (and maybe take in a movie or two, because hey… Spectrum 8), don’t wait.

No, really.  Don’t wait.  🙂

Half of my photos are ready for the Spectrum 8 show…

I’m one of those people who prepare waaaaaaaaaay ahead of time for an event.  And with that in mind, I’ve been crafting my dozen artworks for my upcoming gallery show at the Spectrum 8 theater.

The show, which still doesn’t have a title as of yet, will feature signed and dated ready-to-display prints of some of my best artworks.  Many of these prints have either won awards in the past, or they’ve garnered significant love from you, my blog readers and friends – as in, “Chuck, can I buy one of those prints for myself?”

Well, now you can.

Heck, every time I visit Hobby Lobby to purchase new frames and mats, their head framer Laura always asks, “Is this for the art show?”

Well, in most cases it is.  I did frame up a few extra prints for gifts and such – one print (that isn’t featured here) is going to the AllOverAlbany.com birthday party on Wednesday as a “thank you” for all that Greg Dahlmann and Mary Darcy do with that website.

The show begins May 27th, and although there isn’t a “gala opening,” I’m sure you will find a motion picture to watch during the event.  I mean, seriously, it’s a movie theater, they’ll have something on screen.

So… any hints as to what’s going on the walls?

Okay, okay, I can at least show you one of the images… if for no other reason than to pique your interest in the show.IMG_20150324_071334

Yep, it’s The Lenten Meal, my 2013 award-winner that featured three different films – print, slide and B&W – all combined in one image of the Bob & Ron’s Fish Fry sign.  This will be one of the ten to twelve images provided for the show.

And no, it won’t be hanging on the walls with that cellophane covering… That’s just there to keep the scuffs and scratches off prior to the show.

So if you know The Lenten Meal will be part of the show, then by all means you have to come to the Spectrum and see the rest of the waycool artworks.  And maybe even purchase one or six of them off the walls.

The show – which still doesn’t have a name – will run from May 27 to July 7.  Oh man, it’s two months away and I still need to frame up another six images?  Gotta get to work… busy busy busy…

But you know what?  It’s the best kind of busy busy busy…

Mark your calendars for May 27, 2015

In 2013, I had my first gallery art show, “A Dream in the Dash,” featuring several of my artworks and photographs.  The show was the opening event in the St. Agnes Cemetery “Living Room” art gallery, and by all accounts the show was a tremendous success.

So… what if I could have another art show?  Would you come to see it?  Would you buy an artwork or three?

Thanks to the Spectrum 8 Theater … it’s possible.  And it will happen next year.

Beginning March 27, 2015, and running for the next two months, my second solo art show – which doesn’t have a title yet – will premiere at the Spectrum, as part of the Spectrum 8’s continuing exhibition of the works of Capital District artists.

The Zipless Chuck
The Zipless Chuck. Two rolls of Kodak Gold 400 film, shot with AGFA Clipper Special f/6.3 camera. Photo by Chuck Miller.
Ceci n'est pas un hôtel.
Ceci n’est pas un hôtel. Nikon Df camera, Vivitar 19mm f/3.8 lens. Photo by Chuck Miller.

I realize I’m mentioning this nearly six months ahead of time, but sometimes you have to spread the news when and where you’re able.  Hey, people may have plans in May of 2015.

At the moment, the show does not have a name; I’m bandying around a few different possibilities, and will keep you apprised as things progress.

I will tell you, though, that the artworks will all be “ready to hang” framed and matted pieces, and – for a change in style for me – all will be signed on the front mattes.  So if you want to show off a Chuck Miller artwork in your home or office, now you can have a piece that’s clearly signed and titled.  How cool is that?

Trust me, there’s at least twenty pictures I’d like to enter in this gallery show; but I’m restricting myself to twelve images – mostly because I’d like to show off my best works; and also because there’s only so much room on the gallery walls.

Midnight at the Palace Theater
Midnight at the Palace Theater. Nikon F100 camera, Efke 25 film, Kiev-MIR 24H fisheye lens. Photo by Chuck Miller.

But I can tell you that some of my best and most successful pictures will be in the gallery show.  It will include pieces like The Agfa Bridge Over Ansco Lake, Midnight at the Palace Theater and Jesus Saves, along with new artworks like The Zipless Chuck and Ceci n’est pas un hôtel and that photo I’m taking next week in the middle of a snowstorm that all of you are going to love.

All of these artworks will be framed and matted and ready to display on your walls.  And each piece will be autographed and titled, so you can be proud to show off your artworks.

As I said before, the show does not have an official “title” yet.  YET.  I have a few options, but A Dream in the Dash is not one of the titles.  That title has been retired, as it was part of my successful May 2013 solo show debut at “The Living Room” gallery at St. Agnes Cemetery.

So if you’re free on May 25, 2015… and you want to see a great motion picture or two at the Spectrum… in addition to buying one of my artworks… I’d love to see you there.

One day after “A Dream in the Dash”

Wow.  Seventy-five levels of wow.

It’s Friday afternoon and I’m still trying to get my nerves down.  I’ve received kind words of encouragement from friends, co-workers, blog readers and the like, but I’m still nervous about everything.

“A Dream in the Dash,” my solo art show, debuted yesterday at St. Agnes Cemetery’s new “Living Room” art gallery and meditation area.  And as I walked into the art gallery that afternoon, staring at all my pictures on the wall, hearing Wendy Carlos’ “Switched-on Bach” in the background…

I felt proud and humble at the same time.

"A Dream in the Dash" photos on display.
“A Dream in the Dash” photos on display.

I’m still in awe.

Next thing I know, the guests have arrived.  I turn around and Pat DwWolfe and her husband Bill show up; Pat’s one of my loyal blog readers and she told me that she wanted the large print of “Barn Versus Weeds” for her home.  Next thing I know, St. Agnes Cemetery historian Kelly Grimaldi, who helped organize this art show, is putting a red dot next to the picture, signifying its sale.

And the guests – and the sales – didn’t stop with that image.

In a short while, the room is filled with people from all aspects of my life.  And all my connections with Street Academy – both the trivia team and the high school – are represented.  My friends Jeremy and Katie from my Street Academy trivia team have arrived; as has Lillian Tillman-DeWitt and her husband Ken – Lillian was my high school principal at Street Academy, what an honor it was to see her again.

Holy cow, it’s members of the trivia team A Few Cards Short of a Deck, who play against me at Brown’s – and the captain of Woo Hoo a Go Go, who I’ve competed against at Elbo Room!  And is that – wow, it really is – Assemblyman Jack McEneny?  And he’s staring transfixed at one of the Dream Windows!

And my blog readers showed up for the event – in addition to Pat, I saw DerryX, Deb Marks, D357 and Jango Davis arrive.  And there’s Michael Huber, the man who signed me to the Times Union four years ago, he came to see the event.  Wow, Joe Putrock from McGreevy Pro Lab, who printed the lion’s share of the artworks, came to the event.  As did several of my co-workers from my day job – I don’t mention my day job on this blog, but it’s nice that they came and showed support and I appreciate that very much.

And at around 5:30 p.m., Bishop Howard Hubbard gave a benediction blessing “The Living Room,” as well as the stained glass installation “Brian’s Light” in memory of fallen firefighter Brian Elk.

Visitors at the event.
Visitors at the event.

And all night, one by one, pictures suddenly grew little red dots on their nametags.  This is major.  It’s a moment I will always treasure, that the pictures I’ve taken over the past few years have now been claimed and purchased as appreciated art.  Nothing will ever take away that wonderful feeling of seeing this happen.

So let me take this moment to thank everybody who came to the event, everybody who couldn’t come but sent well wishes, and to all the organizers and everyone involved.  At the end of the show – which will run until June 27, and is open when the cemetery offices themselves are open, Monday through Friday from 8:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. – I will change hats and go from photographer to deliveryperson, bringing these artworks to their new buyers.  Oh yeah, and signing them on the back.  Artists do that.

Say it with me, everyone.  Say it with me because I want to shout it from the highest hills.

CHUCK IS HAPPY!!!

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“A Dream in the Dash” – today’s the day

There are moments in my life where I can’t believe how things have turned out.  You’ve read my blog and you know many of them, both the good and the bad.  You know when I’ve been happy, and you know when I’ve been somber.

Today I can be happy.

This is the first day of my new solo art show, “A Dream in the Dash.”  It opens at 4:30pm today at St. Agnes Cemetery’s new “Living Room” art gallery and meditation room, on the St. Agnes Cemetery grounds.  Admission is free, and you get to see, up close and personal, twenty of my artworks – eighteen pictures and two Dream Windows.  The artworks on display are shown in this flickr online gallery.  Maybe one of your favorite images is here?

http://www.flickr.com/apps/slideshow/show.swf?v=124984

At approximately 5:00 p.m., Bishop Howard Hubbard will be on hand to bless the “Living Room,” as well as to also bless a stained glass installation, “Brian’s Window,” in memory of Brian Elk.  Brian, who passed away in March of 2012, was a volunteer fireman and EMT in West Albany and Colonie.  He was loved and missed by his family; I’ve seen the stained glass window that was installed in his memory (Kevin Morgan of Chapman Stained Glass did the work), and the window looks spectacular.

Now if you’re not able to attend the event this evening, my artworks will be on display throughout the months of May and June.

The best way to get to St. Agnes Cemetery is to take I-787 to Exit 7 Watervliet.  Hang a right on Broadway, go past the Price Chopper, and then turn left when you see the stone markers denoting the road to both St. Agnes and Albany Rural Cemetery.  That’s Cemetery Road.  Drive the length of the way, you will pass over railroad tracks, and the Living Room – which is housed in St. Agnes’ administration offices – will be immediately visible on your left.  Parking is available in the St. Agnes Cemetery lots, as well as side parking along Cemetery Road.

I keep looking over the artworks.  Should I have included this one?  Should I not have included that one?  It’s like trying to put together a 20-song Bruce Springsteen greatest hits album and you can’t decide whether to leave off “Atlantic City” or “The Rising.”  Yeah, I could have added Destination Voyage Rouge et Bleu.  Yeah, I could have put in one of the Hamilton College 55-year-old expired film shots.

Or maybe, just maybe, I go for the twenty artworks that are on display right now.

Once again, my thanks to Kelly Grimaldi and the staff at St. Agnes, as well as to the staff and members of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany.  Without their support, this would never have come to fruition.

And, most of all, I hope to see you at this event.  Opening night should run from about 4:30 pm to 7:00 pm, so please come and share in this moment with me.

Now if you’ll excuse me… I have to go visit Section 46 of the cemetery grounds and say a few words to someone there.

I wish he could be at this event with me.

Maybe, in some small way, he actually is.