Monday, November 24, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving



Well...it was a very long day for me at the Salem Open Studios this past Saturday, but I met a lot of great people that came through and as usual, I had a lot of fun sharing (and selling) my photographs. There were some other great artists there with interesting and wonderful products. I always find it so interesting to talk with and learn about how the other artists started doing what they love. The next time you meet an artist ask them how they started and how what they are selling evolved from probably selling one item to many. For instance, I met an artist yesterday who started out just designing a box to put items like jewelry in to now putting her design on many sized boxes, coasters, trivets and other items. There were so many interesting stories from so many interesting artists of all types. Artists are an interesting bunch of folks. Stop and talk to us/them. We like to tell our story about what we love. For me it's photography, for someone else it may be painting, for someone else it may be writing, etc.


I want to wish everyone a very Happy Thanksgiving. It's that time of year when people give thanks to what we have. This year has been a tough year for most of us. Especially us artists. Let's give thanks for the love and friendships we have. For me, I give special thanks for the great friends that I have and the great new friends that I have made this year. I want to thank you for the support that you have given me that has kept me going when times were (and are) tough and scary. You let me know that it's ok that I have this passion for photography and I'm not crazy for trying to sell my work. That I'm not crazy for being a starving artist at this point in my life. It gives me that little push I need to go another day. It means a lot to me. Some times I wonder if I made the right decision in career moves and you are my crutch when I need it. Thank you, thank you, thank you. I love you all. Happy Thanksgiving.

Below is a list of the rest of my shows for the year - Come by to say hi -

Saturday, November 29th, 9-3 - Somerville High School Holiday Arts & Crafts Fair, 81 Highland Ave., Somerville, MA

Saturday, December 6th, 10-3 - Unitarian Universalist Church Holiday Craft Fair, 326 Main St., Wakefield, MA

Sunday, December 7th, 10-5 - Braintree After School Enrichment Holiday Fair, 426 Pond St., Braintree, MA


Peace and Love,

Cathy

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Places I'll Be At In November and December


The holidays will be here before we know it and what better gift to give than a photograph from a local photographer. It's a personal gift and it helps out an artist. I just wanted to let everyone know where I'll be in November and December. Come by to say hi, buy some matted and/or framed photographs and/or cards. I would love to see you. So far, this is where I'll be:

Saturday, November 22nd, 10-6 - Salem Open Studios, Old Old Town Hall, 32 Derby Square (just east of Essex and Washington Streets), Salem, Ma

Saturday, November 29th, 9-3 - Somerville High School Holiday Arts & Crafts Fair, 81 Highland Ave., Somerville, MA

Saturday, December 6th, 10-3 - Unitarian Universalist Church Holiday Craft Fair, 326 Main St., Wakefield, MA

Sunday, December 7th, 10-5 - Braintree After School Enrichment Holiday Fair, 426 Pond St., Braintree, MA

My work is also on display at The Speed of Thought Playhouse Cafe, 39 N. Washington St., N. Attleboro. The Inkwell Body Art Studio, 19 Macy St., Rt. 110, Amesbury; and The UFC, 318 Squire Rd., Revere, MA.
My work is reasonably priced so you will be able to afford to buy even in this economy. Check out my website at http://www.cathystacyphotography.com/ and my tabblo at www.tabblo.com/studio/person/cathystacy for some samples of my work. Order early for the holiday season. Tis the season to give. Hope you enjoy.
Peace and Love.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Cathy Stacy Win's 1st Place and 3rd Place Ribbons




I entered a competition called "Dual Projection Format" where you can submit three slides or three digital images at the Lynn Photographic Association (that I belong to) each month. Each month a different judge is picked to critique the work and hand out ribbons for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place. This month the judge was Rick Cloran, FPSA, MNEC. I was extremely apprehensive about doing this because I'm not a competitive person and let's face it - who likes their work picked apart. But I knew that I needed to do this in order for me to learn more about how I could improve my work. I want to grow as a photographer. Well...last night was the first competition. I was sick to my stomach with nerves. I had entered three digital images in the Digital Arts/Creative Category. After being nervous about this night for what seemed like forever the night finally came and everyone's photos are being shown up on the screen one at a time and they are beautiful. The judge was commenting on them. He was a little tough, but I was learning a lot. Then came my first photo - Cam..Boy Dracula...3rd Place. I couldn't believe my ears. Did they really say it won 3rd Place? I was so excited. Then came my second photo which he made a suggestion, but only a suggestion about. Then came my third photo. Lenny Zakim Bridge - 1st Place. I almost fell off my chair. I was numb. I could not believe it. Two ribbons my first time competing. All these people were clapping for me. It was so exciting. Ok, I love my pictures. I think they're good, other's think my photos are good, but for a judge to stand up there and tell a room full of professional photographers and others that two out of three of my photographs took ribbons was almost unbelieveable and just so exciting. Now I know why people compete. But above all I am so happy that a room full of photographers enjoyed my work as much as I do. I will never forget that feeling of excitement.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Cathy Stacy's Work on Consignment at SOTP



There is a new Improv Comedy Madness Theatre/Cafe in N. Attleboro, MA at 39 N. Washington St. It's called SOTP - Speed of Thought Players. During the day they serve coffee and other things. The Theatre has old red velvet theater seats that they can move around depending on what the performance is. The place is really cool and definitely worth checking out. And the best part is...I'll be hanging some of my photography there. I haven't decided on which ones to hang yet. I love the excitement of trying to decide which images will work in the different places. It's definitely a guessing game of sorts. Some areas like boats, some like graffitti, others like pictures of the surrounding area. I will definitely give this some thought before making my final decision. Oh... and there will be other artist's work there, too. I will be bringing my photography October 21, 2008 and it will be hung soon thereafter. You can call them to check to see if my work is hung before going in. SOTP's number is 508-809-4699. Don't forget to check out my work on my tabblo at www.tabblo.com/studio/person/cathystacy and my website at http://www.cathystacyphotography.com/.

Peace and Love,

Cathy


Tuesday, September 30, 2008

I'll be at The Inkwell


Some of my photographs are currently hung on consignment at The Inkwell Body Art Studio & Art Gallery, 19 Macy Street, Amesbury, Massachusetts 01913 (978-388-0041) http://www.inkwell-tattoo.com/ For the month of October The Inkwell will be hanging some of our (artist) Halloween photography. If you get a chance I hope you come by and take a look at the work. After the Halloween photography comes down I will have some of my newer work up on display. I hope you enjoy it! Peace and Love.

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Halloween Themed Show

Halloween really isn't my thing like it is to other people, but I agreed to do a show at The Inkwell in Amesbury where my work is currently hung on consignment. I think it will be fun except for the fact that I have to come up with Halloween Themed photographs. I wonder if other photographers have this same problem? I just love to take pictures of whatever catches my eye instead of being forced into a subject matter. Of course, once I actually find the not-so-likeable "subject matter" and the pictures are taken I'm excited to show them to others. But the searching is grueling. I'll post the date of the show as soon as I get them. Until then .. visit my website - http://www.cathystacyphotography.com/. Enjoy! Peace and Love!

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Hello Art Lovers.....I want to introduce myself



To start off I'm going to introduce myself, tell you a little bit about myself. In later blogs I will let you know what I am doing, give you more samples of my work, let you know what I am looking for, etc. So here goes: My name is Cathy Stacy and I'm a local photographer living in Winthrop. My story is that I left corporate America two years ago because I just couldn't stand the greed any more and started doing what made me feel good. I didn't like the greed, but for a long time I went with the flow. I always felt different. I was the rebel. Not the leader, but definitely not the follower. People admired me for it. I was the "cool" one. I had a lot of friends. But I just didn't feel like a fit in anywhere. I didn't know why. Until I heard an artist give a speech. He read the definition of an artist's personality ---- aaaaahhhh ---- finally ---- I got it -- I wasn't so much a rebel - I was an artist. Wow, all these years I was struggling to figure out what and who I was. All these years I kept saying: I don't know what I want to be when I grow up. All these years I kept the artist inside me from completely coming out of me. I finally became a professional photographer at age 48. Finally, I am passionate and love what I do and love sharing my work with others. Check out my website at www.cathystacyphotography.com for more of my photography. Enjoy!