In another crazy turn of events (welcome to my life), I have ended up moving from small-town Al Ain to the heart of Dubai. I have also stopped teaching in order to develop my work as a photographer as well as pursue some of my other interests! It’s equal parts exciting and intimidating and nerve-wracking and invigorating, and I may be in slightly over my head, but I couldn’t be more excited to have several months where I can focus solely on showing my work and meeting other artists.
Plans are already starting to be developed, though! I’ve met an artist/designer who has an amazing line called Neon Edge here in Dubai, and she’s bringing me into the art world here by offering to host some of my work in her studio during the Sikka Art Fair from March 14-24. Stay tuned for photos, and fingers crossed this will lead to new opportunities! Also, over the next few weeks there will thousands of photos added to this site, my site for my domestic work will be completed, I’m going to be submitting portfolios to different publications, networking with other artists and photography groups, and investigating galleries here in the UAE that might show my work. And then just for fun I’m also going to be taking a course to become a scuba dive instructor, so I’m not anticipating too much free time, but I’m also not complaining about it!
I really appreciate the support I’ve received from everyone here in Dubai and I’m looking forward to big things, so stay tuned and wish me luck!
I have to very quickly say THANK YOU to everyone who made my last show such an overwhelming success! I was able to sell two dozen photos at Ella’s!! I am so humbled by the warm reception and wonderful support I’ve received there and at all my shows in Grand Rapids. I am loving every minute of my slow but steady transition from teacher to photographer; it’s the best kind of stress there is.
New shows are being discussed here in Dubai, and I also have plans to do portraits and take product shots for some of the many, many friends I have made in my new home.
One of my New Year’s resolutions is to get this site and Photos From A Broad in America up to date by February with the backlog of photos I have from Puerto Rico, the US, Canada, and now Oman. Oh, dear, lots of work, but like I said it’s good stress!
So again, shukran jazheelin to everyone who has bought pictures or otherwise supported my work. It makes me incredibly happy that my work has touched you!
Last week I took my pictures down off of the walls at Schulers and surrendered the space to another wonderful photographer (who I actually met and advised to show her work when she bought one of the my pieces in the store). If you live in the area and get a chance to see Dorothy’s work, I highly recommend it!
But life keeps moving right along, and I’m currently sitting in Ella’s of Lowell appraising how I arranged my photos for the new show I’ve started here! This time I’ll be focusing on pictures I’ve taken over the years here in the US as well as Canada and Puerto Rico, and it’s immediately obvious that there’s a different style and a different vibe at work in this collection. I’ve already heard some lovely comments from Ella’s customers and am eager to come back on Monday with a few more pictures that weren’t quite ready to go up on the wall. I’ll be her featured artists for at least the months of September, October, and November, so hopefully you’ll find a chance to come and enjoy them! And just in case you’ve forgotten the details:
Ella’s of Lowell
307 E. Main, Lowell, MI
And in other news…
–There will be a reception here at Ella’s that will probably coincide with my birthday, so if you’re looking for an excuse to imbibe some tasty wines (special selections from my manager at the Flat River Grill), keep on the lookout for more information here or on Facebook.
–The new website will be completely done in a few days! I needed to change the format because it didn’t have enough memory for all of my pictures, but I’ve got it nearly worked out–look for it soon!
–I’m talking to the manager at Striders in Eastown to hang some of my pictures in their store! I love the people there and always enjoy the Wednesday running group, so this is definitely exciting for me.
–My first Facebook ad is going to start running this coming Wednesday. So don’t ignore the blurbs to the right of your profile, see if you can catch PFAB over there!
I’d say that’s enough for today, but expect more soon when PFABIA is done and ready for you to enjoy. Have a great weekend!
Excellent news! Schuler Books on Alpine is indeed going to display my photos in their Chapbook Cafe, starting May 1 and running all the way until August 14th! I will have lots of photos from my time abroad, but also new shots that I’ve taken here in the US over the winter and in Puerto Rico from a few weeks ago.
I’m super excited to have Schulers host me because I have been going to this store since I was a kid. I always wanted to work there and turned in several unsuccessful job applications. 🙂 So far they’ve been extremely easy to work with and I can’t wait to bring my pictures to a whole new audience. Many, many thanks to them for having faith in me as an artist!
Here is the address and hours of the store:
3165 Alpine Ave.
Walker, MI 49544
Open M-Th 9-9, F-Sa 9-10, Su 10-7
Good news! It seems like Schuler Books is going to put my photos up in its Chapbook Cafe in the Alpine store! I’ve been talking to their cafe manager, Rebecca, and it sounds like I’m going to be there for the months of May, June, July, and part of August. They have only just started putting art on their walls (they’re featuring their first artist right now) so fortunately I won’t have too much pressure to make sure I keep up with the level of the shows before me. I’ll have more details shortly as I iron them out with Rebecca, but I’m incredibly excited and am eager to get started!
I have just taken down my photos at Ella’s and can’t say how grateful I am to all of the people who bought a print. Several more sold since my last post and Ella says it’s been her most successful show to date! I’m talking with a few other cafes around the Grand Rapids area to figure out where I’ll be showing next and will have details as soon as I know them.
And again thank you to everyone who supported me and helped make my first exhibition such a huge success!
I met lots of new people this past Friday at the reception and saw some very welcome familiar faces! I can’t say how much I appreciate the support of every one who came out! Several pieces were sold and I’ve included their picture below in case you’ve come to the site after reading the sold sign on the wall at Ella’s. But of course they’re still available for purchase through my Etsy store–www.etsy.com/shop/PhotosFromABroad–in any size you’d like! Again, I’m so grateful to have such strong support for this new venture and I can only hope the ball keeps rolling!
Sold at exhibition, as of 12/18
“Twelve Apostles”, Southern Australia
“Ladies’ Day Out”, Jaisalmer, India
“Sunrise on the Ganges”, Rishikesh, India
“Remedy for a Cold Night”, Luang Namtha, Laos
“Mount Kinabalu”, Borneo, Malaysia
“Brightest Bird in Borneo Collage part 1”, Borneo, Malaysia
“Brightest Bird in Borneo Collage part 2”, Borneo, Malaysia