Call for Art: 15th Annual Thacher Park Nature Art Show

I want to share this with all of you, especially if you live in the Capital District and have the ability to paint, sculpt, draw, photograph, or create.

The Thacher Park Nature Center is hosting its 15th annual Nature Art Show, and they’re calling for art.   The show will run from March 10th to the 28th, and the submission information is listed below.

If you haven’t entered your work in this show, I can tell you it’s definitely a fun event and worth your time.

The Call for Art information is listed below.  Hope to see you at the event!

15th Annual Nature Art Show at Thacher Nature Center

Saturday, March 10th – Wednesday, March 28th, 2018


The Nature Art Show is an annual exhibit for local artists to showcase their work.  Original works of nature based subjects, excluding people and buildings, are selected that demonstrate the following:

  • Aesthetic qualities, including composition
  • A broad representation of artistry with consideration of: unique viewpoint, technique, or medium

Submission deadline: Thursday, February 1, 2018


  • Maximum of four pieces may be submitted for consideration.
  • Photographs of each piece should be e-mailed with completed application form to;
  • A maximum of three pieces from each artist may be selected.
  • Eachpiece of artwork must be labeled, framed or mounted in a professional manner, and ready to be hung (necessary hooks / wires).

Notification: Artists will receive e-mail notification of acceptance or rejection by February 14th.

Fee: $15.00 entry per person will be elected when work is dropped off.  Make checks payable to Natural Heritage Trust (NHT).

Drop-off Dates: All accepted artwork must be dropped off at Thacher Nature Center between Tuesday, February 27th and Sunday, March 4, 9am-5pm.  Please note: the center is closed Mondays.

Pick-up Dates:

  • All artwork must be picked up by the artist between Thursday, March 29 through Saturday, March 31.
  • If you are not able to pick up your work on those days, please make arrangements with a friend or associate to pick up your work for you.  Notify staff of these arrangements in advance, as no work will be released to alternates without prior notice.

Artists’ Reception:

  • The Artists Reception will be held on Saturday, March 10th, 1p-4p.  Please bring family and friends and join us as we celebrate the artistry and vibrant art community of our region.

Questions or additional information:

  • (518) 872-0800
  • or

Please also call or e-mail for the artist submission form.

Hope to see you and your works at the event!


On the other side of the camera, for a change.

I could sit here and take selfies all year if I wanted to.  But for a change, I wanted to have someone else take my picture.  You know … head shots and environmental portraits and all.

So when my friend Melissa Simser-Iovino was offering a “Cyber Monday” sale at her photo website Melissa Simser Photography, I figured I’d try it out.  We set up an appointment at the harness track (she’s the house photographer there).

“Bring lots of your cameras,” she said to me, “I know you’re a camera guy.”

Well, yeah, I could bring LOTS of cameras, but I also know that bringing cameras into a harness track – that has an adjoining casino, where cameras are frowned upon unless they’re hanging from the ceiling and recording your every move – might be overkill.

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So that’s what those Adirondack High Peaks are…

Earlier this year, I hiked through the Adirondacks on my way to the Boreas Ponds, and its breathtaking view of the Adirondack High Peaks in the distance.

You know … this photo.

The Adirondack High Peaks from the Boreas Ponds. Nikon Df camera, Irix 15mm f/2.4 lens. Photo (c) Chuck Miller, all rights reserved.

This is a great photo … certainly a shoe-in for Competition Season 2018.  Look at that mirror-glass water.  That subtle color change of the trees.  Those High Peaks in the distance …

Which are …


Little help…

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The Canadian Pacific Holiday Train

My original plan was to photograph this train as it chugged through Watervliet.  That didn’t work out as I had planned.

But what happened afterward … was so much better.

And I’m glad I braved the cold to pull this off.

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A teardrop of snow ❄ ❄ ❄ ❄ ❄

It’s Monday morning, and I’m still trying to get a few extra seconds of snooze.

I roll over, grab my cell phone and eyeball my Facebook feed.  Woah.  Lots of people talking about first snowfalls in the Capital District.  A coating here, a dusting there…

I wonder if we received snow in the Town and Village.

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So how did my Washington State film cameras do?

In addition to bringing my Nikon Df camera (as well as my BlackBerry PRIV camera phone) with me on my Washington State trip, I brought three film cameras with me as well – my Leica M3 35mm shooter (“Leica Green”), my Krasnogorsk ФT-2 super-ultra-wide panoramic shooter (“Raskolnikov”), and, just for the heck of it, my AGFA Clack 120 rollfilm shooter.

I used all three of the film cameras on my vacation, including shots at Mt. Rainier and at the Carbon River, as well as shots on the flight home.  Of course, I couldn’t just drop the film off at the local Walgreens in downtown Tumwater.  No, I needed to take these images to my trusted film developing company – McGreevy Pro Lab in downtown Albany.  Trust me, I’m not in a hurry, I can wait to see how these pictures develop – so to say.

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The Results of BUILT 2017…

Am I ready?  You bet your sweet life I’m ready.

I’ve been ready since last year, when … well … Let me explain.

In 2016, my three entries for the 2016 edition of BUILT – Albany Architecture Through Artists’ Eyes – achieved successful bids and attention at the yearly charity fundraising auction for Historic Albany Foundation.  In fact, my Dream Window of an illuminated Bob & Ron’s Fish Fry sign sold for over $450, the highest price ever realized by any of my works.  Ever.

And where was I to enjoy this?

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