Thanks to urgings from street photog Sharron Demarest I entered the 19th edition of the Julia Margaret Cameron Award. On Sunday while out photographing eagles in southwest Florida Sharron called not once but twice. First she called to share that I won an honorable mention for my nature series. Then she called back again. She just discovered that I won the bigger prize, the Best in Category for Landscape and Seascapes. This series of images are posted above. This is a huge international contest for women photographers. Honored to be selected by jurist Barbara Davidson, three-time Pulitzer Prize and Emmy award-winning photographer/ director as well as past recipient of this award.
Pictured Top to Bottom, L to R:
Early Morning Fog
Milky Way Over Casperson Beach
Moon Over the Marsh
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Press Release: Cleveland Clinic Florida Acquires 22 Large Works from Conservation Photographer Phoenix
In October 2021, 22 large fine art photographs were installed in the permanent collection at Cleveland Clinic Florida's Women's Center at their Weston location, 1825 N Corporate Lakes Blvd, Weston, FL 33326.
After considering a number of local South Florida artists, proceeds from a charitable donation were used to purchase the 22 large works from Phoenix. Phoenix is an award-winning, internationally collected nature and wildlife photographer. Each of the 22 fine art photographs measures 24 x 36 inches and is printed on metal. They are installed in two waiting rooms and four examination rooms. The works were selected from Phoenix’s “Sacred Trees,” “Landscapes” and “Winged Life” collections.
“Reflecting the intersection of art and healing, Phoenix’s nature, fine art photographs transport viewers from the outside-in to a deep meditative place of peace and healing,” said Angelica Guckes, curator.
Phoenix is passionate about nature photography and healing. “For me the importance of nature is far more than a scientific necessity for creating air, clean water and producing food. It is a sacred necessity for healing and bringing peace to the human soul.
“It’s an honor to have my works as part of the Women’s Center at Cleveland Clinic and make a difference in women's lives, especially those who may be facing difficult times.”
Top Images: Selected images installed in the two waiting rooms.
Bottom Images: Selected Images installed in the four examination rooms.
More on Phoenix:
For Phoenix the extraordinary beauty of nature and wilderness are a wonder. Attempting to fix them in time is her passion; photography is her art. Known for her painterly approach to composition, light, color and texture, she is an internationally collected, award-winning conservation photographer. Phoenix is the recipient of two month-long Artist-In-Residence programs, Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Olive Stack Gallery in Ireland; the Virtual Artist-in-Residence for the Center for Great Apes Art4Apes Exhibition; the featured artist for the first Endangered Exhibit – United Kingdom; two public art grants, nine public art awards and many other prestigious awards. She was appointed to the first Public Art and Placement Advisory Board, City of Fort Lauderdale and the Citizen Review Panel, Broward Cultural Division. Her works have graced national magazine covers and been featured in newspapers, magazines and blog posts – print and online internationally. She was invited to be the first photographer to “takeover” the Instagram page for the Friends of Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge. She is the immediate past president of the National League of American Pen Women which she served six years. A native Miamian, Phoenix lives and works in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
Women Rocking the WEB Awards
Honored to be nominated for the prestigious 2022 Women Rock Awards, for female entrepreneurs and professionals and the organizations they work with. https://bit.ly/WRTW2022
Honored that from all the amazing local artists, Cleveland Clinic selected my works for the Women's Center at their Weston location, 1825 N Corporate Lakes Blvd, Weston, FL 33326. Twenty-two pieces, measuring 24 x 36 inches, each were selected from the Sacred Trees, Landscapes and Winged Life collections.
My fine art photography was selected because it invites the viewer to be transported to the extraordinary beauty, peace and healing of nature. As you probably already know, I'm passsionate about nature photography. For me the importance of nature is far more than a scientific necessity for creating air, clean water and producing food. It is a sacred necessity for healing and bringing peace to the human soul.
Top Image: Selected images installed in the two waiting rooms.
Bottom Image: Images installed in the four examination rooms.
It's a winner! So honored to have "Early Morning Fog" Win First Place at the National League of American Pen Women - Florida Biennial Conference. Especially honored since this group is close to my heart having been president of the Fort Lauderdale Branch, National League of American Pen Women - Fort Lauderdale Branch, for past 6 years. And, proud to be a winner among this esteemed group of winners. See the video of all the winners starting at 47.32, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-VhwYxSuJIs.
Story Behind the Photo...
Camping overnight at Middleton’s Fish Camp in central Florida, we’re the first pontoon boat on Blue Cypress Lake just before sunrise. This natural freshwater lake has the highest concentration of osprey in the world. As the pontoon boat is moving quickly, this Zen-like vision appeared through the early morning fog. The osprey are still roosting in their nests in cypress trees lining the lake’s edge.
Also, honored that this piece has also been juried into the Business for the Arts of Broward, www.bfabroward.org/programs/art-stroll/ "Art & Stroll" Event. This special event of fine art, music, food is November 17th, 5 - 8pm, in downtown Fort Lauderdale's Las Olas.
Just notified that "Inner Peace" received honorable mention in Broward Art Guild in Think Pink Exhibit. I titled this piece "Inner Peace" since that's exactly how I felt when I first saw this view. The light was falling fast and I was in my head with concerns about where I was going to spend the night. Driving back home from my artist residency at Great Smoky Mountains National Park I took a side trip to the Blue Ridge Mountains. I pulled over to a parking lot to make reservations and couldn't get reception. Then a family arrived. They told me where to go, made reservations and as a bonus recommended a wonderful restaurant. Forever grateful for the lesson and blessings of grace in the form of helpful people.
Reception this Saturday, Oct 2, 4:30-8:30pm. Also to view and/or view online, https://art.browardartguild.org/category/think-pink. Or, simply contact me directly.
Online Store Supports Conservation
Honored to have several pieces available thought the ENDANGERED: Art4Apes website. Thirty percent of all sales are donated to the Center for Great Apes, a United States designated 501(c)(3) charitable organization providing a permanent sanctuary for great apes in need of lifetime care. See https://www.centerforgreatapes.org/.
Images above are representative of some of my featured pieces. Honored to have my works juried into each year of the Endangered Exhibit since its inception eight years ago.
Gift for National Volunteers Week
From all the possibilities, honored to have "Whiteout" selected as the gift given to the 300 plus volunteers at Great Smoky Mountains National Park for National Volunteers Week 2021. It was printed on lens cloth to use on glasses and camera lenses. Sized 6.5 x 6.5 inches. Along with the cloth they received my interpretative statement:
Sometimes the weather forecasts get it right. It said that starting at Noon on Friday a front would roll into the Great Smoky Mountains area. They predicted a 100 percent chance of rain for the next 36+ hours.
Like clockwork, the rain came. It started pouring just as I arrived at the top of Grotto Falls!
The rain continued for several days.
With this being the last weekend of my Artist Residency at Great Smoky Mountains National Park, I decided to brave the constant rain and return that Sunday to a place I had visited often for sunrise and sunset. The camera, the tripod, and I all wore rain gear.
For an hour I watched and waited, as "smoke" slowly drifted lower and lower across the valley at Morton's Overlook, to capture this decisive moment of clouds, mist and fog over the Smokies.
Phoenix, GRSM Artist-In-Resident
"Women of the Year" Tribute
After six years serving as President of the National League of American Pen Women - Fort Lauderdale Branch, I officially stepped down this past Thursday at our annual Achievement Awards luncheon meeting, currently held on Zoom. It's been a pleasure and sincere honor to serve this creative and accomplished cadre of women artists - visual, letters and music composition. The Board really "got" me with surprise gifts personally delivered during the meeting along with this heart-felt video that pretty much captures the spirit and all that we accomplished together. Big Thank You from my Grateful Heart! Enjoy!
Extra Big Thanks to original art by Pat Brooks.
Watch the video tribute
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