I have spent a lot of time on this blog talking of the virtues that Madison Indiana and the surrounding area have been for my photography work and for the great places to see when you visit, but now I would like to talk about a few of my friends who are incredible artist in their own right.
I will try to share few with you every now and then and show you a sample of their work and a link to their sites. There are far too many to share in one post so tonight I will start with one that is a favorite and a good friend as well.
Eric Phagan is a Madison resident who has studied from Paris to North Carolina and is represented by well known galleries and has actually opened his own gallery in Madison named Gallery 115 you can check out the pics and other info from the link I provided.
Here also is his website with his artist statement and biography
I am not a true student of Art but I do know what I like and Eric’s work is definitely a favorite of mine. If you are in the area you should really take the time to visit his gallery on Main Street in Downtown Madison Indiana. It’s a wonderful place to view his beautiful work and they have a great Cafe as well that serve sandwiches and desserts, Eric is always around as well and is very accessible with a great personality.
So here are a few samples of his work starting with his paintings and ending with his sculptures.
Thought I might share an image I shot a few years back from the Kentucky side of the Ohio River, a thunderstorm had just rolled thru and the sun was dipping under the horizon, of course I did add to the saturation a bit but the image pretty much stands on its own for realism.
Madison Indiana is a great place to live if you are a photographer, from nature to portrait and architectural to fine art, Madison pretty much has all the bases covered for a great photography experience !!
So if you are ever looking for a place to sharpen your photographic skills give Madison a shot and enjoy all the other amenities that we have in our area, you will be glad you made the trip !!
Thanks for stopping by and taking a look !!
I find it harder and harder to post to this blog anymore or any of my blogs for that matter, business has been great with the portrait part of my photography but the part I miss the most is the nature side. But that is the side that pays the bills, so I guess I better be careful what I wish for lol !!
Portrait photography has actually been wonderful to do so far, I haven’t ran into that so called Bridezilla or meddling mother yet so I can’t complain too much on that front it’s just being able to spend all the quality time I used to get outside has all but dried up. It doesn’t help that I am still working at the store or that I am still coaching basketball either, but the good thing is I get a little closer everyday to giving up my job I have been at for 33 years and when that happens things should really up time wise for me in a big way !!
I really miss my time in the Smoky mountains, haven’t been on a shooting trip down there for over a year now, maybe if I get caught up this spring I might get down there for a shoot.
But like I said earlier the portrait part of my photography is doing great and all my clients have been great to work with, I went from 8 weddings last year to already booking 11 for this year and waiting to hear from three more and it’s only January. I would like to be able to do more Senior Pics and it’s getting better this year, and the family and kid sessions are booking up quite well.
So I am very thankful for all my clients and I hope my business keeps growing I just hope to be able to spend a little more time in all the beautiful canyons and gorges that surround my hometown here in Madison Indiana and trip or two down to the Great Smoky Mountain National Park would be pretty nice as well.
Thanks for stopping by and here is a recent example of the work I am doing now, hope you like the image and click on it for a better view !
I thought I might share a hidden treasure from here in Madison Indiana, a friend of mine has steadily been building quite a reputation with his West Street Art Center, the gallery has been hosting artists from all over the region and the shows he has promoted have been a wonderful success for artists that grace the walls of this unique and beautiful facility.
Peter Ellis is the owner operator and in his short stint as the gallery curator he has brought a diverse mix of mediums to the people of Madison and the surrounding area that might not have had a venue within our community.
The lists of Artists that he has hosted in his gallery is as fine as any gallery in Indiana and the Region from Lawrence Rudolech, Robert Saueressig and Richard James to Leticia Bajuyo all of these wonderful artists have shown their work at the West Street Art Center.
I had a great night not to long ago shooting Richard James show, Richards work is unique and thought provoking and made for wonderful subjects to photograph, hopefully I was able to capture the beauty of his work and convey it here for you to enjoy.
The West Street Art Center will be holding many more events in the coming months and I will try to keep you up to date on the times and Artists that will be profiled and maybe if you live in the region you can make your way to this unique gallery for an event.
The images I have showcased here came from Richard James show, thanks for stopping by and taking a look.
It’s going to be a really big weekend here in Madison Indiana. It is time for the annual Chautauqua of the Arts, which will be celebrating it’s 40th year of exhibiting fine art.
The Madison Chautauqua features artwork that is handmade and individually designed by the artist. Come and see the beautiful paintings, drawings, photography, sculpture, weaving, folk art, jewelry, wood, baskets, clay, glass, paper, leather and wearable art!
You will also find a wonderful array of ethnic foods that line the waterfront along with music and other performance artists.
You can also stroll the tree lines streets to visit and view the beautiful Architecture that makes Madison one of the most celebrated National Historic sites.
And while you are in town you can also stop by my studio and view some of my work at 201 West Main Street, is that a plug or what !!
Seriously the weather looks to be great and the town definitely puts on a show it is really worth the drive if you are close..Hope to see you here !!