~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Steve & Karen Strom's Photography Newsletter
Upcoming book signings and showsOctober 2009
in this issue
-- Quick report on September
-- October Activities
-- Observatories of the Southwest book
Another busy month is in store for us. There are three local book signings this month as well as preparation for upcoming shows in November.
Quick report on September
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Last month was a heavy travel month, beginning with a trip to San Diego for the opening of the Art of Photography show, where one of Karen's photographs was included. Over a thousand people attended the opening and Karen had stimulating discussions about her image, Terlingua Adobe, with many of them.
Our second trip was much longer, beginning in Baltimore at the Space Telescope Science Institute where Steve gave a colloquium summarizing his recent work on planet-forming disks, and to work with collaborators. We then took the Acela to Stamford, CT where we met with a private photography dealer who will be carrying Steve's work. Following that fruitful meeting, we drove to Massachusetts where a book signing for Steve's book, Earth Forms was held at the Clark Gallery in Lincoln. Finally we drove up to Vermont where Steve gave a lecture at Middlebury College outlining the evolution of his photographic vision to students, faculty and local photographers. We were also able to take in a really fine exhibit, "Dreams and Fantasies," at the Vermont Photoplace Gallery which includes one of Karen's images, Bunkhouse, Diamond Ranch, OR (above). Unfortunately this trip meant that we missed the opening of the Member's Open at the Tubac Center for the Arts where both Steve and Karen have images on display.
The Arizona Biennial '09 remained installed at the Tucson Museum of Art through most of September, closing on September 26. Unfortunately the closing auction, which we told you about last month, was cancelled. I hope that many of you were able to see the show before it closed.
During this month Karen was notified that she is a finalist in the Photolucida Critical Mass competition, meaning that her portfolio will now be shown to hundreds of curators, gallery directors, and critics worldwide.
The 2009 Juried Exhibition at the Center for Photographic Art in Carmel, CA began on September 19 and will be up through December 4. All images in the show, including Steve's piece "Haleakala Crater," can be viewed online and a silent auction is currently being held. This auction will end with a live auction on December 5, from 4-6 pm, PST. Rules for the auction can be found at the link above. There are a lot of gorgeous images in this exhibit. If you find time, take a look!
On October 17 Steve will be signing books at the Etherton Gallery, 135 South 6th Avenue, in Tucson from 3 - 5 pm. On October 28, Steve will also sign books at the Tubac Center for the Arts from 5 - 6 pm. For those unable to attend a book signing, we would like to remind you that you may obtain a signed copy of Earth Forms directly from us. Please visit the book website to see examples of its content. If you would like to purchase a copy, just reply to this email and we will be happy to make arrangements with you. We also offer a combination of a signed book with a signed print (8" x 8") of one of the images in the book, for $90. Of course, the book is also available from Amazon.com.
The Tubac Member's Open continues until October 11. Please take a chance to drop by and see the show at the Tubac Center for the Arts. Don't forget the book signing there on October 28, 5 - 6 pm.
As an added attraction, Steve and Doug Isbell will be discussing and signing their new book, Observatories of the Southwest: A Guide for Curious Skywatchers at Starizona, 5757 N. Oracle Rd., Suite 103, in Tucson from 7 - 9 pm on October 30. Steve and Doug just completed a telephone interview with a reporter at the Arizona Daily Star. Steve was told that the interview will appear in the Star on Sunday, October 18.
Of course, there is another trip involved, but this time it is purely personal. We plan to spend 10 or 11 days in the four corners area. Photographing! And relaxing.
The rest of the month will be spent preparing for upcoming shows. Steve has 2 shows in November, both opening on November 12. A three person show at Verve Gallery in Santa Fe and a group show, Canyons of the Southwest at the Tohono Chul gallery in Tucson. He works in October to enjoy the results in November.
Observatories of the Southwest book
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Observatories of the Southwest: A Guide for Curious Skywatchers, written in collaboration with Douglas Isbell, who was in charge of the education and public outreach program at the National Optical Astronomy Observatories until recently, should be available now at local bookstores and through Amazon.com.
The book is a practical guide to the major observatories of the region for those eager to learn what modern telescopes are doing, to understand the role each of these sites has played in advancing our understanding of the cosmos, and to visit and see the tools of the astronomer. For each observatory, the Doug and Steve describe its history, highlights of its contributions to astronomy-with an emphasis on recent results-and information for visitors. Also included are wide- ranging interviews with astronomers closely associated with each site.Observatories covered range from McDonald in Texas to Palomar in California, including: Arizona's Kitt Peak National Observatory southwest of Tucson, the Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff, and the Whipple Observatory outside Amado; and New Mexico's Very Large Array near Socorro and Sacramento Peak close to Sunspot. In addition to describing these established institutions, they also take a look ahead to the most powerful ground-based telescope in the world just beginning full operation on Mount Graham in Safford, Arizona.