With the month of June coming to an end and the endless photographs I have taken during the past couple of weeks, I thought it would be great to highlight some of the special moments from our events, classes, youth camps, and workshops through my top picks and share with everyone some wonderful news. Lets begging by showcasing our annual fundraising event, Collective Spirits. Of the 150+ photos I took that weekend, this is one of my favorites. Jim is about get the bidding auction underway. Everyone is sitting with their paddles ready as Jim starts going over the list of items. My photos hang in the background with the last rays soft of light shining through the whitest layers. It almost seems as if that little girl was once again looking into the camera lens. I dislike using my flash for low light shots, so for this one I had increase my ISO and luckily Jim was surrounded by lightbulbs which gave me a little extra light to work with and at the same time added a sense of gathering and festivity to the photo. I’m a fan of the bowtie.This month of June I got the opportunity to teach an Intro to Digital Photography Class to 5 students. All of them were new students. As I began explaining the concepts and technicality of a DSLR, each student began taking small notes. Once gone over a topic on the board I would go around the table reassuring that each student knew where to find that setting or control dial in their camera. The following photograph was taken by one of the students, Amanda. You can see part of my body as I move to the next student, but yet the previous looks back at the board expressing some uncertainty, perhaps. A few concepts can be challenging to understand, such as that of the Aperture in that a “Wide Aperture” is a small number and vice versa.
The Photography Club Guest Speaker for the Month of June was Anna Norton. She is a Visual Artist who tends to work with still digital images that document a space over the length of a day from sunrise to sunset in a short timelapse video. She presented her new eco-awareness project, “How Many Trees?” which is a collaboration with John Melvin, an international artist who focuses on site specific installations with recycled materials. “This collaborative, temporary installation will be constructed of used office paper collected from Old Edwards properties and other local businesses. The installation will begin the first week of July and end with a natural and symbolic demise beginning with the first significant rainfall following its completion at the end of the month.” On this photograph you can see the huge balloons that are being used to create the paper mâché and John physically immersing himself in the process of making his work as always.
Family Day at the Bascom was just phenomenal. I got the opportunity to hold a Creature Mask making table which brought me so much joy as I got to see youth creativity at action. It was a tough decision choosing one photograph to highlight the whole event, but I decided to go with the one of Grant Benoit and a little girl on crutches. She made herself through each activity table participating as much as she could. Short after stopping by my table, she followed to make a print with Grant. Fresh Rosemary Cafe is back at The Bascom. What a delightful way to end your visit to The Bascom than to have Rosemary Metal prepare a fresh and nutritious lunch for you and for your family. My personal favorite is The Renoir and mint tea. I promise you will like it
Karen Weihs Knife Pallet Painting Class is often a popular one around the area. The following photograph was taken with a wide angle lens so that I could cover how full the studio was. As you can see it still wasn’t enough.
Explorations Oil and Cold Wax with Dianne Martia was also a full class. This was taken on the last day of the class. All students proudly held their best work from the week.Fundamentals of Fine Art Batik with Cindy Wilson filled the adult studio with scent of hot wax and fabric. Here is one of her students cautiously applying the liquid to what seems to be a portrait. Patience and foresight are two components that make this art form so unique. I would say that her favorite color might be green.
The following is a photo of a Clay Workshop led by Alice Ballard. The theme for the week was form inspired by nature, so there were many sticks and leaves that added texture to the clay and inspired the final works. Here she is talking about different processes and approaches, as the rest of the group carefully listens.
Summer Camp at the Bascom is being led by Brendan Best. He is an extraordinary instructor for the younger crowd. I have taken a good amount of photographs throughout the month and it warms the heart to see the works that these young artists are creating. On this particular photograph one of the students is the main focus while Brendan is out of focus in the background almost echoing his motion of the brush.
A young girl holding a wheel head with a bowl on it rushes to her mother after finishing it. The rest of the family, friends, and instructors look with curiosity and content at her accomplishment. The ceramics barn is always busy this time of year.
Amanda Clark has joined the team and is assisting with workshops, activities, and events here at the Bascom this summer. On this shot, she is stopping by Grants studio and I could hear their laugher as I came in. I snapped a quick shot of her before saying hello. I enjoy the light coming through the door opening and Grants name on the flyer. They both have been a great addition to the team.
With Bascom in Bloom coming up soon, I wanted create a new work for the exhibition that will be up next month. After a few days of thinking about photographing wild flowers, I decided to just continue my series of collages of old scanned photos and combine different flowers to come up with some kind of Garden. After a weeks worth of work I have a finished product. In brief, this collage represent the six women whom have influenced my life and have always looked after me, along with some of my favorite flowers. Very similar but, each has it’s own personality.
Byron Tenesaca, Photo Resident