So I just heard from BUILT…

The original e-mail notice was mysterious in and of itself.

“All defs.  As discussed.  R.”


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My entries for Historic Albany Foundation’s BUILT 2017 auction are…

Last year, my plans for attending BUILT were completely derailed.  While my three entries in the 2016 charity art auction sold for very solid prices … I could not physically be at the event, as I was stuck in a hospital, suffering from broken bones in my foot.  Argh.

This year is different.  I don’t care if both my feet are broken, I will CRAWL to the annual BUILT charity auction for Historic Albany Foundation if that’s what it takes.

And, of course, I need to enter three pieces of artwork honoring Albany’s architecture and history to the event.

So I looked through all my photos and artworks and projects …

And since I am limited to a maximum of three artworks for submission…

Let these be my three artworks of submission.  They include:

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My night at TRASK 2017…

And Charity Season 2017 has commenced.

Three of my artworks – two framed photography prints, The Saratoga and North Creek Railroad and Milky Way at the Corinth Reservoir – and my crate art project, Saratoga Vichy Crate Art Project – were on display at the Canfield Casino in Saratoga Springs, as part of the Saratoga Springs Preservation Foundation’s 2017 TRASK Art Show and Sale.

I’m admiring all the artworks and creations by my fellow painters, photographers and craftspeople, and there’s some absolutely amazing pieces here.  And the proceeds raised from this event will benefit restoration projects and preservation in the city.  So it’s a win-win.
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Drop-Off Day for the 2017 TRASK charity art auction

Last minute, last minute, gotta hurry, gotta hurry.

Sort of my life story.

See, although all three of my artworks – The Saratoga and North Creek Railroad, Saratoga Vichy Crate Art Project and Milky Way at the Corinth Reservoir – were accepted into the 2017 Saratoga Springs Preservation Foundation TRASK charity art auction…

The event, which helps raise money for the preservation of monuments and buildings in the Saratoga Springs area, is a long-time favorite endeavor of mine.  Besides being able to find beauty and wonder in my photographs and art projects in the forests and architecture of Saratoga County…

It’s also a chance to bring closure to painful parts of my childhood.

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My submissions for the Saratoga Springs Preservation Society Trask Art Auction are …

For me, as Competition Season 2017 winds down, it’s time for me to gear up for my other favorite “Season” – Charity Season.

Charity Season, for me, encompasses many endeavors.  Part of Charity Season involves artistic donations to various auctions and fundraisers.  At the same time, it also involves personal charitable endeavors, such as my Thanksgiving Day volunteer efforts with Equinox’s Turkey Day delivery service.

But right now, let’s start with the Saratoga Springs Preservation Society’s Trask Art Sh9w, which takes place Thursday night, October 5 at the Canfield Casino in Saratoga Springs.  I have submitted three artworks for consideration for the event.  All three will be available for purchase and bid, so if you want to get your mitts on some rare Chuck Miller art pieces – including a Crate Art Project piece…

You know where you need to be.

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The Saratoga Vichy Crate Art Project

While my photography has seemingly plateaued in competition of late, I have been quite pleased by the success of my Crate Art Projects.  Three of them – Honeywell Farms, Hi Norman’s Kill Dairy and Soda Crate Hope Chest – all picked up ribbons and money at the 2017 New York State Fair, which has given me quite a tremendous amount of hope for future projects.

Now comes a project that I’m specifically building for an upcoming charity event, and I hope it draws a ton of money.

Follow me on this.

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My 2017 New York State Fair results

Sunday morning.  It’s time for me to visit the New York State Fair, and find out how my three Crate Art Projects did.  Although my photography did not land on the walls of the Harriet May Mills Art Center for the second consecutive year, I still have artwork at the Art Center – it’s just in a different portion of the building.

Full tank of gasoline, and off to Syracuse we go.

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