This is an article from the Aiken Standard Newspaper by Stephanie Turner about the new photo display in the building as of July 2015, that I had the privilege of having seven of my photos included in this permanent display.
Assistant County Administrator Brian Sanders looks at the Aiken County Government Center as “the people’s building.”
To help depict such a notion, he and the rest of the building committee wanted to exhibit photos representing of all of the county and reached out to Anne Wood Uskup of Marketplace Art, which she runs with her husband Tom Uskup, and Tom and Chris Abbott of Southside Gallery of Aiken.
Uskup then contacted local photographer Shelly Marshall Schmidt of Oh Schmidt! Productions to help decorate the second floor.
"We’ve worked together on many other projects, but this one was fun to do,” Schmidt said.
Schmidt spent two weeks traveling and taking photos, narrowing down her massive pile to a handful for the committee.
Uskup did the framing, while Schmidt did the printing.
One photo the committee wanted but was difficult for Schmidt to take was the Bicentennial Wagon of South Carolina, which is housed in the Wagener Museum, so Schmidt obtained an archive photo from the museum and formatted it for the County building.
The Abbotts handled covering the first and third floors with photos either the committee provided or from photographers the couple knows. These included their photos and photos by Larry Gleason, Pat Paxton, Mark Hudson, Mike Kleiman and D.S. Owens.
Since Southside is considered a “one-stop shop,” according to Tom Abbott, the studio was able to print, frame and install their contributions.
Overall, about 60 photographs of noted buildings or nature scenes came out of these collaborations and have been hanging for less than a month.
"They are really beautiful,” Sanders said. “They both did a fantastic job.”
Showcasing local artwork in the facility has been a plan since at least fall 2013; the building opened last spring, the Aiken Standard reported.
Other artwork hangs in conference rooms in addition to a temporary exhibit on the first floor. The historical photos for this display originally came from the former Shoney’s restaurant on Whiskey Road, and the idea to hang them came from Gayle Wolman, Aiken County’s Human Resources director.
"They’re such great photos,” Sanders said.
The Aiken County Government Center is located at 1930 University Pkwy.
I coined a new phrase the other day and that would be "PHOTO DRIVE". It's a combination of "Photo Walk" but with a car. This was one of the better days I've had lately with the camera. I started out early heading to Allendale, SC to see if I could find the Swallow Tailed Kites and the Mississippi Kites. They show up in July each year migrating from South America to the Allendale area to breed. This was my first time to view these amazing birds, and I was lucky enough to find them after two hours of looking for them. They feed on June Bugs; that they catch in fight with their feet, and consume while still flying. It's really something to see. I have included several photos for viewing, but these birds are hard to photograph because they are so fast.
Also found several "Rural Abandonment" photo opportunities that I have added to my gallery; here's the link if your interested in viewing them.
All in all it was a great day for me, even if it was 95 degrees, but now I have to go thru about 600 pic's of birds in flight, and you thought this was easy, but I still love it, maybe it's more about the adventure, than the finished product!
Looking forward to the next outing.
DS- The Camera Hippie
Got a surprise last night, received word that I had won 2nd place in the 12th Annual Juried Photography Exhibitions at The McCormick Arts Council at the Keturah (MACK), many thanks to The Mack, and juror Russell Jeffcoat.
You're invited next month to the "Jazz-In-June" show at the Aiken Center for The Arts, should be a great show featuring 6 or 7 artist, contributing to the Jazz theme. The opening reception is on June 11 th, from 6-8pm, with live jazz music planned and refreshments. You'll see my work plus George Edward Buggs, and several more talented Aiken artists.
This Jazz Poster was designed by my talented sister-in-law, Brenda Underwood Piercy, Thanks B.
Share if you will.
Canon 50D body with books and cables
Canon BG-EZN Battery grip
Canon EF lens 28-135mm F/3.5-5.6 IS with hood
Canon 18-55mm F/3.5-5.6 Kit lens
72mm UV filter
72mm Circular Polarizer filter
4 Batteries and charge
Large eye cup
Tenba Shootout Sling Bag
Everything is in excellent shape, price including everything is $800, if interested send me a message.
Another one for the project-"RURAL ABANDONMENT" Was a well know Hotel in downtown Edgefield, SC, Just waiting for Jack Nicholson to check in.
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Howard Johnson Motel- Who remembers these?
Another shot from the new project "Rural Abandonment"
Makes you wonder what happen, doesn't it?
Had the pleasure of having one of my photo's selected as "Commemorative Poster Award Winner", at the reception for the Spring Fest Music Theme competition on March 6, 2015.
This piece will be the featured art for 2016 North Augusta Cultural Arts Council Poster and other event publicity,promotional materials and merchandise.
Many thanks to the North Augusta Cultural Arts Council, and The Arts and Heritage Center of North Augusta,SC
The piece was titled "Let The Music Flow"
I think i finally decided on a title for the new project after two months of letting the title work it's way to the top of the pile. sometimes you just have to sit back and it will come by it self, well anyway, as my wife and sister-in-law say all the time, well anyway, the title is "RURAL ABANDONMENT"
After looking at these pictures, that's what it is, Good people just had to walk away from their businesses and homes.
Made it on 500px Poplar Page today for the first time, you get there by having other photographers like or fab your photo, Was thrilled ! Photo was Mr. Baker.
I only shoot what my Mind's Eye sees