Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Give Thanks This Year Before Your Thanksgiving Dinner


Happy Thanksgiving !
This year before you start to enjoy your wonderful Thanksgiving meal with your friends and/or family...take a moment to think about what you are really thankful for. A few things to think about is giving thanks to our soldiers who defend our Country. And the many citizens, police and


others that stand up for the rights we all have and deserve. Let's not forget about the too many soldiers and others that have died or have been hurt defending our right to live free. Let's give thanks to all the freedoms we have and usually take for granted each and every day; the love and the support we receive from our family and friends; the food on our table; and the roof over our heads. The freedom to worship where and when we want.


What are you thankful for this year?  For me...I give thanks to my health, my family, my friends, my girl friend. Thanks to all the support I receive. I will give thanks to the wonderful meal that will be placed in front of me. Thanks that I have my nieces and nephews around me :)  I will give thanks to the fact that I am free to do what I love - my photography.



 I will also think, pray and light a candle in my heart for those in our country that do not have a
meal today, clean clothes and/or a place to call home.


Let's not take what we have for granted in our U.S. of A., but let us give thanks for it. Let's all make a promise this Thanksgiving that we will try to live in peace; try to respect one another and support one another. This year we should all try to reach out for those in need. And, this year, before we judge someone else, let's all stop, take a moment and imagine what it would be like to walk in their shoes. I think we will think differently after some thought.

These are just a few things I'll be thinking about and being thankful for.
Happy Thanksgiving !
Peace and Love,
Cathy

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Walking The Beach


It's been too long since I've blogged so here I am. I haven't been in a very creative mood lately for some reason. I did, however attend the meeting at Boston Public Library called "Creative Massachusetts: The Artists Congress 2009" this past weekend. This is the third year that Massachusetts Artists Leaders Coalition (MALC) has put on this free, two day meeting/event. Some of the topics were: Our Creative Future; How to Create Community, Networking and Networking Tools; and Copyright and IP Protection. These meetings are extremely informative and ...hey, you can't beat the price - free. This year I was surprised to see that the attendance was down from last year. I'm hoping my fellow artists haven't given up on their passion. Perhaps they were busy creating art.

Lately I've been walking the beach and just started noticing how much I really, really love the rocks that are on the sand (the larger ones). Rocks all have their own identity and are so beautiful in their own unique way. Some have different colors running through them, some are so smooth and others have beautiful shapes (even ones that remind us of something) to them and so on. I often wonder: how did that rock get that line running through it? How long did it take to get that rock so smooth? How did that rock get its shape? So many rocks (like people) with so many different looks, sizes, shapes, and colors. It's wonderful! When I'm looking down at the sand and at these rocks I am seeing natures art work. The next time you go to the beach...just look and enjoy the rocks and the shells that make up the canvas right at your feet. It's absolutely beautiful.



After a couple of weeks walking the beach and enjoying natures art work I'm finally getting back my creative spirit. I'm finally getting out of my creative slump that all us artists get into now and again. So, soon I will be putting up another group of pictures for you at www.tabblo.com/studio/person/cathystacy. Keep an eye out for it.

Peace and Love,

Cathy

Monday, October 26, 2009

Just some pictures....



I just wanted to put a few photos up on the blog for your viewing pleasure. I am having a lot of fun with my photos lately. I have been trying new things and experimenting with digital manipulation. Go to my tabblo - www.tabblo.com/studio/person/cathystacy to see more of my latest work. At this time I am taking and putting in orders for the holiday season. If you are interested in card photographs for the holiday, please let me know soon so that I can order them on time. I can make almost any of my photographs into cards. Also, you might want to consider giving note cards with one of my photographs on it as a gift. And, of course, my photographs matted and/or framed make great gift ideas.

Peace and Love,

Cathy

Thursday, September 17, 2009

September Events...


Hello My Friends...

I am working through the dark of night with just my candle burning bright to get ready for my upcoming September events. I have taken some wonderful photographs from Rangeley (Rangeley Lakes area) and Campden, Maine. I'm hoping to have these photographs ready for the upcoming September events. * On Friday, September 18th I'll be at Admirals Inn, Ogunquit, Maine from 6:00 pm - 11:00 pm. I am one of only about 4 artists that has been asked to participate in this event. I am thrilled to participate and be part of this first time event during Women's Weekend in Ogunquit, Maine. * On September 25th I will have a vendor tent set up on Summer St. (between Macy and Felene's), Boston, MA. I will be there from 11:00 am - 6:00 pm. I have participated in this Art Fridays event a few times throughout the summer and am thrilled to be there again. I always meet interesting folks that work and visit downtown Boston. * On September 26th & 27th I will be participating, for the first time, at Jamaica Plains Open Studio. I will be at the Loring Greenough House, 12 South St., Jamaica Plain, MA from 11:00 am - 6:00 pm.

Wow...I'm busy this month. But, I feel honored to participate in these and other events where I can introduce my art, sell my art and/or just open other peoples eyes and mind to the art that me and my fellow artists have to offer. I love what I do and I love talking and sharing my photography with anyone who is interested in speaking with me about it.

I hope you will be able to come by and see just a small amount of the images I have to offer. I will also have my portfolio for cards with me so that you can order some if you would like. If you are interested in something in particular you can always ask me... I just might have it.

Peace and Love,

Cathy

Monday, August 24, 2009

Exciting Upcoming Events....


The view from the Jacuzzi...


Just hanging out inside a mailbox in Newport...


Graffiti covered establishment in New York...

Hello to all my great friends, family and followers.... It is already August and getting way too close to my least liked seasons - fall and winter. Between the rain we kept getting day after day early in the summer and now the broken foot that I've been dealing with since the end of June...it's not fare....I missed the summer. I missed going out wondering around looking for really cool pictures to take. Before I know it, it will be snow on the ground and I'll have to find unique pictures to take in the snow again... ugh. But, on a more positive note (and I love positive notes)....My work is hanging at Lynn Union Hospital in Lynn, MA for the months of August and September. I will be at Art Fridays on Summer St., Boston, MA this Friday, August 28th. I will probably be at Art Fridays most Fridays in October, but that is not a done deal yet. I will keep you posted on that. And, drum roll please, I will be at JP Open Studios for the first time ever... yay.... I will be exhibiting my work at the Loring-Greenough House which is on 12 South Street, Jamaica Plain. The Open Studios is September 26th and 27th from 11am - 6pm. This will be exciting since it's the first time I participated in JP's Open Studios.... I will have some new photographs, my portfolio so that you can order photographs and/or cards from and of course, my smiling face :) So, I am hoping that many of you will stop by to see me at any or all of these events... well, I'm not physically at Lynn Union Hospital.... just my work is there. But, come by and visit me at Art Fridays and/or JP Open Studios. It is always heartfelt when people I know show their support to me and to my fellow artists. And I will take this time to once again thank the friends, family and followers who support me, visit me and buy my artwork at these events. You can't even imagine how good this makes me feel....Keep sending me the love. So, with this all said... I wish everyone a great rest of the summer and hope to see you soon. If you need more information about any of these events or anything about my work, please do not hesitate to contact me at stache3@yahoo.com.

Peace and Love,

Cathy

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Too many iced caramel lattes...

Wow, I shouldn't have had that second cup of iced caramel latte. I'm up at this hour writing a blog... lol

Anyway.... so, I'm sitting here thinking, hmmm... Why don't I try something a bit different with my photographs? So, I started looking online for freeware that will allow me to change photographs into cartoon like art. I thought it would be an art form that some people might enjoy seeing.

I ended up using Photoshop even though I did find a couple of freewares. After editing a few of my photographs I kicked back and put my feet up to study them. I decided I liked what I saw.

Only in this country do we have so many choices to pick from.

Well, all my sleeping friends.... I think I will leave you with this for now.

Enjoy!

Peace and Love,

Cathy

Thursday, July 30, 2009

August Dates...


Hello my friends...I hope everyone is enjoying this heat and having fun this summer. Personally, it's almost too hot to sit in front of this computer and work on my photographs. But, it sure beats the snow any time. I'm definitely a summer girl. Why am I still living in New England? hmmm


Last week I was in Seattle, WA. I totally loved it there. I didn't get to roam around like I usually do and find all the hidden beauty that I find everywhere I visit because I'm still on crutches. However, I still enjoyed the city. I most definitely want to go back when I can walk without crutches and take lots of pictures like I usually do when I visit new places. I'm sure I will take a lot more than the 400 pictures that I took on this trip. Seattle has a great artist community and I was glad that I went to the Public Market where the artist sell their work.




The artists there were awesome. I chatted with quite a few of them. There were both painters and photographers. It was very eclectic work..some on the weird side (almost bizarre) and I got to see some very different work that I'm not used to seeing here in Boston. That is the best part about art...there is something for everyone. The artists that I spoke with were all very nice and enjoyable to talk to. They told me the art scene is fantastic in Seattle. They told me, however that it's very expensive and there is a 3 year wait to get into the Public Market to sell work. Hmmm, I loved Seattle so much I pondered the idea and still am of putting my name on that waiting list for a spot there. I could definitely see myself living there for awhile. The people are cool, down to earth and friendly... and what more can I ask for if the art scene is as fantastic as they say. But for now I am still in Boston and have some dates where I will be:

August 2nd is the last date my work will be on exhibit at the Peabody Historical Museum, 35 Washington St., Peabody. The hours are 12:00-3:00. At 3:00 I will be bringing home my exhibit unless the photographs have been sold. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that they have been sold.

August 3rd I will be putting up 8 pieces of my work to exhibit at the Lynn Union Hospital. This exhibit will be there through the end of September. Shoot me an email and I can tell you exactly where in the hospital the exhibit will be hanging (stache3@yahoo.com).

August 28th I will be at Art Fridays again on Summer St., Boston between Macy and Filene's. The time is 11:00am - 6:00pm.

Well, it looks like I'll have my work spread around a bit in August so I can't complain.

Don't forget...support your local artist. If you would like to see more of my work, please check out my tabblo at www.tabblo.com/studio/person/cathystacy or my website at www.cathystacyphotography.com. I also have two portfolios which I could personally show you. One portfolio is all photographs I use for cards and the other is for matted and/or framed photographs. Send me an email if you would like more information about my work or to set up an appointment to view my portfolio.

Enjoy! Life is too short and too beautiful to waste a moment of it.

Peace and Love,

Cathy

Saturday, July 11, 2009

The sun is out and I'm looking forward to another Art Fridays


Yes, the sun is finally out and will hopefully stay out and be shining bright on July 17th. That's the day I will be back on Summer St. between Filene's and Macy's at the Art Fridays in Boston. I will be there from 11:00 am to 7:00 pm (unless there is horrible rain once again). Hopefully, I will be the only one with a tan tent (again) so I can stick out and be easier to find. I will have plenty of cards, boxed cards and prints both just matted and some framed for sale. I am currently working on something exciting and special. I hope (and think) it will be ready for sale by the 17th.

Recently, I have taken a lot of pictures of flowers, Maine and, of course, the fireworks that I saw in Portland, Maine. The fireworks pictures are fantastic if I do say so myself. I will not have these ready for this date, but if anyone is interested in purchasing this type of photography I can always make a special effort to get a few samples done and put together for a personal viewing.

August 2nd is the last day that my exhibit will be up at the Peabody Historical Museum in Peabody. So, if you haven't seen it come on down August 2nd. I will be there with a couple of friends viewing it again. The entire exhibit (not just my work) is worth the time.

Also, mark your calendars for September 26 and 27th for the JP Open Studios. This will be my first year exhibiting at JP Open Studios. I am very excited and the entire event will be worth seeing. There will be a number of fantastic artists who will be participating. I will let you know more about where I will be set up in a future blog. Stay tuned!

And...I was just notified that Barnes & Nobles Book Store has bought some of my work and will be selling it at their Prudential Center store. I'm not sure exactly what they bought at this time through Boston Coasters where I am a source photographer. I will find out very soon. There are also other retail stores that are selling my work such as Tags in Cambridge. If anyone has seen my work being sold at a retail store, please let me know. This is a great way for me to get exposure and my name out there, but the downside is I only get 10% commission on everything sold through Boston Coasters. So, if you are interested in buying my work and I produce that type of product such as cards, photographs matted, photographs framed it would be better for me if you bought it directly from me.

Don't forget Marblehead Used Book Store... if you are looking for a used book to bring to the beach with you this is the perfect place to buy it. Joel sells used books in great condition for cheap money. I also have my photographs hanging there for sale and I also have photographs matted. Tell Joel I sent you.

As some of you know and some who do not... I broke my foot during a Bike Ride to benefit MS June 30th. My foot is in a cast and has definitely slowed me down. I was also told I had and still have side effects from a concussion. I was waiting all winter for nice weather (although we haven't had much of that) to get out there and take pictures of summer time things. So, now I'm looking forward for this cast to come off and make up for lost time taking pictures.

I hope to see you at one of the above events.

Peace and Love,

Cathy

Friday, June 19, 2009

Art Fridays is canceled today due to the weather


Art Fridays is canceled today (June 19th) due to the weather. The good news is hopefully I will be accepted to more Fridays during the summer. I will let you know.

Peace and Love,

Cathy

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Art Fridays - June 19th


I will be at the Art Fridays this week (June 19th). Come by and say hi... support a local artist.

Peace and Love,

Cathy

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Art Fridays



Hello Everyone,

I just wanted to let you know that I had a great day at the first ever Art Fridays in Boston on June 5th. I am located on Summer Street between Filene's and Macy's. There were 22 artists excepted to this event and it is a wonderful idea to bring art to the people of Boston. I will also be there this Friday and next Friday (12th and 19th). I hope you can come by and say hi, visit the other artists and hopefully purchase something to support your local artists. There were three of us photographers, a painter, someone selling handmade pocketbooks (we know how we can't have enough of those) and there was even someone selling African Drums. Of course, there was a jewelry tent and much more. I had a hard time resisting buying a pocketbook and an African Drum. I'm hoping I am set up next to the drummer again so I can stare at the drums and listen to him play. So, we will be set up at 11:00 am and will be there till 7:00 pm. I hope to see you.

Peace and Love,

Cathy

Friday, May 29, 2009

Salem Arts Festival and other events


Hello everyone... I have been extremely busy getting ready for shows and exhibits. The following is just three places where my work will be on exhibit in June.

The Salem Arts Festival Kick-Off Celebration

Salem Main Streets announces the first annual Salem Arts Festival, to be held in downtown Salem, Mass. from June 5 - 7, 2009. Start your summer with free, family-friendly entertainment and activities.

SALEM, Mass. -- The Festival features a collaboration of world-class artists and will include interactive events for children. Downtown Salem performance locations include Old Town Hall, with additional activities planned for Pickering Wharf.

On Friday, June 5 at 5:30 p.m., the Festival begins with a "Kick-Off Reception" at Old Town Hall. The reception includes a juried art exhibition as well as an Arc Works Exhibition. These exhibits will showcase the work of local artists. During the exhibit visitors will be entertained by the eclectic sound of the East West Trio, a jazz, funk and blues band.

At 7 p.m., Accumulation Dance, a Boston-based, contemporary dance company will be performing; and at 8 p.m., Rebecca Hains, a professor at Salem State College, presents Gilbert & Sullivan arias.

The reception will provide a sampling of Festival entertainment. Jennifer Bell, manager of Salem Main Streets, describes the Salem Arts Festival as “a something-for-everyone festival, with talented, top-rate performers and artists."

Salem Arts Festival Reception Schedule - All events are free

Friday, June 5, 5:30 – 7 p.m.
Opening Reception

Juried Art Exhibition includes work by Matthew Altieri, Phillis Beinart, Andrew Carr, Pat Collins, Ellen Hardy, Eija Heward, Oana Lauric, John Plunkett, Janee Rudolph, Racket Shreve, Loretta Spinelli, Cathy Stacy and Joe Victory.

Arc Works Exhibition

Presidential Inauguration 2009 Photos – First Class Petty Officer Mark O’Donald will exhibit photographs culled from his assignment as a photojournalist with the Navy Reserves, covering President Obama’s inauguration.

5:30–7 p.m.
East West Trio -- jazz, funk & blues
East West Trio members Tom Pendergast (guitar), Dave Mercure (bass) and Takuma Anzai (drums) are all graduates of Boston's Berklee College of Music.

7:00 p.m.
Accumulation Dance, Contemporary Modern Dance
Accumulation Dance will present a series of solos, duets and trios. Their introspective choreography showcases their fluid and graceful movement style. The company is joined by Salem State College alumni Tennille Hahn. For more information visit their website at
accumulationdance.org.

8:00 p.m.
Rebecca Hains, soprano; Gilbert and Sullivan arias.
Rebecca Hains, soprano, presents a recital of Gilbert and Sullivan arias. Selections will include highlights from The Pirates of Penzance, HMS Pinafore, The Mikado, and other Gilbert and Sullivan operas, with songs that range from the humorous to the romantic. Hains
will be joined by baritone Tom Frates and accompanied by pianist Thomas Dawkins.

*Schedule & exhibitors subject to changes.Visit the website www.salemartsfestival.com periodically for updates and for the full festival schedule.

About the Salem Arts Festival

The Salem Arts Festival will promote the arts in downtown Salem through a collaborative festival for residents and visitors providing opportunities to highlight the existing artist community and encourage general community participation in the arts.

The Festival will run Jun 5-7, 2009 in Salem at a variety of venues throughout the downtown including a juried art exhibit, gallery shows and live performances. The Festival will include elements for the sophisticated art patron as well as for the art novice, including interactive events for children.

The Salem Arts Festival is organized by Salem Main Streets, the Salem Arts Association, Salem State College, Gordon College, Peabody Essex Museum, American History and Music Festival™ and others.

For more information about the Salem Arts Festival or Salem Main Streets please go to

While you are in Salem why not go to
The Art Corner, 264 Washington St., Salem where another piece of my work was excepted and will be shown in the Wild Kingdom Exhibit. This show is June 1 - 30th, 9am-5pm.

I am also showing at the Peabody Museum, 35 Washington St., Peabody. This show is titled: The Historic Interpretation Exhibit which is from June 6 - Aug. 2, 12-3 pm. I have picked our country's flag to interpret. Personally... I am extremely proud of this one. I not only had to interpret the historical flag from the Civil War era, but had to photograph and then write about my interpretation. This exhibit to me was/is very moving and emotional. I am extremely proud of my country's flag and of everything I have done with my photography thus far... this is by far my favorite event. The photographs in this exhibit will be available for sale in October at the closing reception. If you would like more information regarding the Peabody Historical Exhibit go to www.peabodyhistorical.org.

I hope you will get a chance to see my work and the work of other artist. Artists are a different breed of people - we put our heart and soul into our art work. We love what we have been put on this beautiful earth to do. Art, for me and many other artists, is our passion and we want to share our art, our love, our passion with others.

Peace and Love,

Cathy

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Successful Marblehead Art Walk


I had a very successful first year doing the Marblehead Art Walk. My work was on display and for sale at Marblehead Used Book Store. First off I would like to thank my dear friends Diane and Chris for helping me on Opening Night. They not only helped with the setting up, but more importantly helped to keep me calm. Knowing that I had close friends close by my side if I needed anything really helped keep me relaxed. Hugs to them. While I'm on the subject of friends and support, etc. Quite a few friends came by to see me over the weekend. On Sunday four friends really surprised me and came by that I haven't seen in a few years. That was a huge surprise. It is so nice to know that friends support me and love my work. I really do thank everyone who came all the way to Marblehead. I know it's out of the way. And for those that wanted to like my mother, but I told them not to because it's just too far - thanks for wanting to. Hopefully I'll be showing in your neck of the woods soon. Joel, the owner of Marblehead Used Book Store was extremely pleased with the Marblehead Art Walk. My photography and my outgoing personality brought him quite a bit more business than he usually received on an ordinary weekend. Marblehead Local Access TV also interviewed me and then asked Joel if he would like to be interviewed which I nodded to him - Yes, of course you do. Just love that free publicity. And, I have some even more great news - I will be hanging my work on a permanent basis at the Marblehead Used Book Store, 59B Atlantic Ave., Marblehead. Joel also asked if I would make him up some bookmarks with my different photographs on them so that he could hand out to his customers with the Book Store information on it. So, those two things worked out from this Art Walk for me. Joel has great prices on used books, CD's and DVD's so you really have to check out his store... and soon he will be having some great photography for sale. So.... like I said.... it was a great weekend.

Peace and Love,

Cathy

Thursday, April 23, 2009

So Much Excitement Around Cambridge Arts Walk


I am so excited and so exhausted. I'm not only getting ready for this years Cambridge Arts Council Open Studios Weekend, but decided to be a part of helping Hope Fellowship Church's participation in it. Last year at this time I was just another vendor getting ready to participate. This year I feel a strong and welcomed part of an artist family that Odoi Odotei and Harry Falsom created after last years Arts Festival. I met so many wonderful and loving folks from just this one Arts Festival it is truly amazing. So, one of the things I volunteered for was the Art Jury and Review Committee. I really wanted to get to see the art work and be a part of the important selection of it. Caroline and I spent many hours going over each and every piece of art that approximately 35 other artist dropped off in hopes that their art work would be hung. Let me tell you when I say... there is some beautiful work that will be on display this Saturday, April 25th at Hope Fellowship Church. Just to drop a couple of names... Harry Falsom and Jeannie Motherwell are both exhibiting here. Ya, if that's not enough to come by and see I don't know what is. Anyway, there will be approximately another 30 artist who will have tables set up - including myself. Of course, I will also be exhibiting my work. I do want to say that I am so proud that I am part of this group of artist that is burning candles at both ends to not only get their work ready for the show, but to make sure Hope Fellowship Church's needs are met and money is raised (by the table fees from artist) that will go to support Streetlight & Starlight Homeless Ministries. The weather is suppose to be great so I hope you all can find some time to come down, take a look at this work, say hi, support your local artist and feel the spirit that exists at Hope for both artist and art lovers. Time: 12-4 Art Exhibition and from 6-9 Live Talent Showcase. Place: Hope Church, 16 Beech St., Cambridge. I will be there watching the Live Talent Showcase so if you see me, please don't be shy...come over and hang out with me.

Peace and Love,

Cathy

Monday, April 13, 2009

Current Schedule for Spring...


The flowers are coming up every where I turn... I absolutely love it. And... the offers are coming in for me to show my work - yay. I have a few definite things going on right now that I would like to let you in on. A few other things are pending that I'll let you know about soon. Right now for sure... April 25th is the Cambridge Arts Open Studios. I'll be exhibiting at Hope Fellowship Church, 16 Beech St, Cambridge. Not only will I be exhibiting 5 pieces of my work, but I will also have a vendor table. There will be a couple of well known artist exhibiting this year at Hope Fellowship Church, such as Harry Falsom and Jeannie Motherwell. So please come by between 12-4 to buy art or 6 and after to see the performing artist. This Art Walk was wonderful last year and I expect it to be just as great this year. I'm not sure if I'll be there after 6 pm, however due to the fact that I also have one of my photographs being auctioned off at the Art Auction @ "the hyde" located at 5 Fairmount Ave., Hyde Park which will support Artist-at-Large. This is free to get in from 6-10 pm. Music starts at 7 and it's Jazz. There will be food and, of course, the silent auction. Also, for the first year I will be exhibiting at the Marblehead Art Walk. I have been paired up with Marblehead Used Book Store at 59 Atlantic Ave., Marblehead. The Opening Reception is Friday night, May 1st from 6-8pm and the Art Walk is Saturday, May 2, 10-5 and Sunday, May 3rd 12-5. So, I'm a busy, busy artist and I feel blessed to be doing these events. I hope I will see you at one, or more of these events. Now.....for me... it's back to work so I have something beautiful to offer you.

Peace and Love,

Cathy

Sunday, April 5, 2009

MS Bike Ride/Fundraiser and Photography


Today I went for the first of many training rides for the MS Bike Ride that I will be doing in June. It felt great to be outside training instead of being inside a gym. The weather was great and I felt comfortable for the first ride of the season. As most of you know last Sunday (March 29th) Team DiCathalon held our Fundraiser. It was the first fundraiser that I was ever a part of putting together and it went off without a hitch. A lot of working putting together, but once the day was here it was wonderful. DJ Jodi was spinning some great tunes, Kol sang quite a few Shania Twain's songs, there was plenty to eat and drink, the conversation was endless and smiles were seen from one side of the room to the other. People mixed and mingled introducing themselves to those that they did not know. It was nice to see so many friendly faces willing to help a great cause. I'm also happy to say that we took in more money for MS than we originally thought we would. Team DiCathalon has now upped our fund raising goal. For those of you who can... please go to my personal MS page to donate... http://main.nationalmssociety.org/site/TR?px=5994263&pg=personal&fr_id=9592 Thank you, thank you, thank you. And, not only thank you for those who donated their money and for coming, but for those who donated their time by helping us bar tend, dj, set up beforehand, clean up after wards, sell raffle tickets, pick up last minute things, watch over my pictures, for donating raffle items and for anything that I might have missed. All of you are wonderful people that I hold close in my heart...... Ok, now let me just say a word about my photography... I will be in the Hope Fellowship 5th Annual Arts Festival on April 25th. Mark your calendars. It is part of the Cambridge Arts Council Open Studios Weekend. The time is 12-4 for the Art Exhibition and then 6:00 - for the Live Talent Showcase. This is located at 16 Beech Street, Cambridge, MA. The best place to park is on Elm St. (Somerville) and walk the few buildings down. I hope to see many of you at the Arts Festival.

Peace and Love,

Cathy

Friday, March 27, 2009

I've been so busy....


I have been so busy between trying to organize a Fundraiser (the first one I've ever done) and keeping up with my photography that I am so exhausted. The Fundraiser is for an MS Bike Ride that I'm doing in June. It's a 175 mile bike ride from Quincy to Provincetown... yippee. I can't wait. The Fundraiser is this Sunday so that part is almost over. Now the heavy bike training will begin. I'm thinking I'll actually enjoy the physical training more than the Fundraising part. I do enough selling of myself with my photography that I really didn't want to have to take on selling something else, although this is a great cause. It did come a lot easier than I expected. Even with the bad economy people want to help out those in need....... Now as far as my photography... since I last wrote I have won 3 more ribbons... yup, I'm so excited... I won two more 2nd Place Ribbons and an Honorable Mention Ribbon. It's interesting that both 2nd Place Ribbons were won on images that I digitally manipulated. This Yellow Daffodil is one of the 2nd Place Ribbons. It seems as if I have become quite good at digitally manipulating my pictures. I actually really enjoy doing it. It amazes me how much fun and interesting you can make an ordinary photo look by photoshopping them and doing some crazy stuff with them. I just had lunch with a friend today who said she remembers the day when I wouldn't touch my pictures with photoshop. I would just shoot the picture and print it.... I wanted my images natural, but now it gives me pleasure to recreate some of them in the computer. Well, that's what life is all about - change... Oh, one other thing - Happy Spring!
Peace and Love,
Cathy

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

New Shop on Cafe Press



I added a shop on Cafe Press where you can purchase items such as t-shirts for adults and kids, bibs, mugs, clocks, mousepads, postcards, cards, calendars, dog t-shirts, etc. with some of my photograph images on them. I only have a few of my images up on the site at this time, but will be putting more up as time goes on. If you see an item that you like, but you do not like the image that I have on it in my shop at Cafe Press just let me know what image you do like and I can arrange to have that one put on for you. I want to make you happy with your purchase and enjoy my artwork, too. The link for the shop is www.cafepress.com/cathystacyphoto. Cards with actual photographs adhered on them can still be bought directly from me. If you would like to see more of my work please go to www.tabblo.com/studio/person/cathystacy or to my website at http://www.cathystacyphotography.com/.
Peace and Love,
Cathy

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Honorable Mention



January's Class A Projected Image Competition earned me an "Honorable Mention" ribbon for the attached digitally edited photo which I call "Beach Chairs" at the Greater Lynn Photographic Association. Mike Goodman, MNEC, of New Hampshire was the judge for this month's event. Mike is a member of the Gateway Camera Club and has won many medals locally and worldwide in International competitions. I think this is a fun looking photo and I had it printed on a computer mouse pad. It looks great! I'm thinking of putting it on a t-shirt next. I hope it comes out just as great. The other two pictures that I entered into the compeition were the Christmas Charleston Door which you can see on my Edited Photos Tabblo at www.tabblo.com/studio/person/cathystacy and the Wishing Well Window which you can see on my website (Arizona Gallery) http://www.cathystacyphotography.com/. I'm having a lot of fun digitally manipulating my photographs and so far it seems to be winning me ribbons.
Peace and love,
Cathy

Monday, January 5, 2009

Looking Back at 2008


Wow, what an interesting year 2008 has been for me. I've been to a number of great places near and far taking pictures. To name just a few – Plymouth, MA; New Hampshire; Newport, Rhode Island; quite a few different places in Maine; New York; Florida and Arizona. I have some great photographs and some great memories. Go to my tabblo at www.tabblo.com/studio/person/cathystacy to see these places through my eyes. I don’t usually take the average tourist shots. I seem to see beauty a little differently than others. I like to walk a different path than most people in order to find that interesting person to talk to and/or that ironic but beautiful picture to take. 2008 hasn’t been all fun, though. It has been long hours of hard work editing and organizing pictures, marketing myself, creating, making calls, writing emails, searching online looking for somewhere to hang my work, making contacts, meeting interesting people, going to meetings and classes, ordering pictures and supplies, framing, framing, framing, thinking, thinking, thinking, wondering how I will make it, asking myself if I'm crazy trying to fulfill my dream, explaining to people why I won’t or can’t go back to the boring life of office work, thinking some more, searching, crying, being frustrated, being tired, working, working, working until it's time when I have to go to sleep or some nights actually falling asleep at my keyboard. And then I get up the next day so excited and so full of energy to start all over again. And it’s because I'm doing something that I’m so passionate about. Yes.... aahh, welcome to Cathy’s world...the life of an artist. I wouldn't change it for anything. I love my world. I hope in 2009 you get to do what you are passionate about, too. For me...in 2009 I hope to sell more of my work than I did in 2008 (just like I did from 2007 to 2008); get a small studio/gallery where I can actually show my work; meet more wonderful people than I did last year; smile and laugh more than I did last year; and I want to be able to give back to those not only less fortunate than me, but also to those who have stuck by me and have let me lean on them all those times I needed to. I hope you all love what you do as much as I do. I wish you all much love and happiness in 2009. Happy New Year!
Peace and Love,
Cathy