Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Annual New Mexico Photographers Art Show

Hi, some of the individuals from the Enchanted Lens Camera club have band together with Expo New Mexico to have a photographers only juried show Dec 3 - 23. The juried show will accept entries on Sept 1 - Spet 30. For full information please read the information attached.

Rules for Entry

Mission: The Annual New Mexico Photographic Art Show was created in order to provide an opportunity for the photographers of New Mexico to share, display and sell their images in a premier gallery setting that showcases local artists. The goal in this undertaking is to encourage statewide support of photographic artists and the activities and education of photography. ANMPAS will promote events that will feature the best photographic images from the best New Mexico photographers.

Who is Eligible: The show is open to all photographers who are currently residents of the State of New Mexico.

The 2009 Exhibit: This exhibit will be held at the New Mexico Expo from December 3rd to December 23rd. The exhibit is free and open to the general public. It will be comprised of the best images, according to the jury, from the entries. All selected prints will be prominently and elegantly displayed at the Fine Arts building. An opening reception will be held for all exhibitors and invited guests. This show will be advertised in the print media as well as radio and television.

Invitational Rules:

§ All photographic processes and formats are eligible
§ All prints selected for the show must be priced and for sale
§ All sales proceeds will be split 70% to photographer and 30% to ANMPAS.
§ All prints selected for the show must be matted and framed in compliance with the show’s size and gallery presentation requirements
§ Each photographer will be allowed to enter a maximum of 3 prints
§ Entry fees will be $10.00 per print entered for jurying

2009 Categories for entry: Photographers will enter their prints in the following categories. Prints in these categories will be judged for awards. The judges reserve the right to move prints from one category to another based on appropriateness.

§ Portrait
§ Scenic
§ Floral and Botanical
§ Panorama
§ Still Life
§ Wildlife
§ Miscellaneous

How to Enter: Images produced in all formats and types, including digital media, are eligible. Entries may be submitted in one of the following ways:
1. By email to the following address: in digital form. Images submitted will be uploaded along with an entry form to be completed and attached to the email with the entered images. Entry fees may be paid at the following PayPal address: or by sending a check or money order made payable to ANMPAS to: ANMPAS Entry, 158 Tierra Encantada, Corrales, NM 87048.

2. Entries may also be submitted by printing the form, sending it with your images on a CD, and including a check made payable to ANMPAS. The address for submission is ANMPAS Entry, 158 Tierra Encantada, Corrales, NM 87048. Please include your name on the CD.

The submission period will be from September 1st to October 1st. Entries received after October 1st will be disqualified.

Print files will be no larger than 2.5 megapixels, in JPG format, saved at maximum quality, with the longest dimension no larger than 1024 pixels, at a resolution of 72 dpi, in sRGB color space.
Files will be named as follows:
Lastname_firstname_image1.jpg, with no spaces in filename. If you are entering multiple entries, each should be assigned a number of image1, image2, and image3.
Example: Perea_LeRoy_image2.jpg
No borders, embedded marks or logos should be used with the digital files.

All files will be destroyed at the conclusion of the show.

All entries will be reviewed by a panel of professional photographers. This panel will select the best eligible images to be shown at the 1st Annual New Mexico Photo Art Show. The exhibit will be shown at the Fine Arts building at the New Mexico Expo from December 5th to December 23rd.

The judging panel will award a 1st place winner in each category. A Best of Show award will be determined from those winners.

Submission of selected images: Photographers will be notified of their selection into the show by Oct. 15th. Upon notification, selected photographers will be responsible for submitting a high quality print that has been matted and framed. All prints should adhere to gallery style matting and framing. Mattes should be white, gray, or black, and all prints must be framed using glass or Plexiglas in a simple black metal or wood frame. The printed image should be a minimum size of 11 X 14 inches. The maximum image size should not exceed 20 X 24 inches. The minimum size of your framed photograph should be 15 X 19 inches. The maximum size of the framed print should not exceed 26 x 30 inches. Panoramic or odd sized images should be 150 square inches not to exceed 480 square inches. Prints not meeting these standards will be disqualified. All prints should include a title of no more than 10 words. Additional information on preparing your prints for the exhibition will be available at

Entry Checklist:

ü Submit up to 3 jpg prints by email or mail CD of files.
ü If entering by email, attach entry form to email.
ü If entering by email, send payment for entry fee by Paypal or mail
ü If submitting entry by mail, include CD, entry form, and payment.

All entries and payments must be received no later than October 1st.

For a copy of the entry form and additional information please log on to

Questions should be directed to LeRoy Perea at

Monday, July 20, 2009

The Alchemy of Creation or, Why We Create

Ever stop to think about why you are an artist?

Artist and visionary thought leader, Jan Phillips did and put it to video and words quite nicely. Click here to see what her answer was.

When Lightening Strikes...

Photos taken by Gordon Vanus who lives in the East Mountains of the Albuquerque metro area.

(Here's what Gordon wrote to me when he sent me these images) "Last Saturday night we had the biggest electrical storm in a couple of years. The good news is it was a ways off and I was able to stand out on the front porch and take some pictures. The bad news was it had been so long since I tried to photograph lighting I had forgotten how I had set up the camera before. Before the stormed passed I started to get the hang of it."

All I can say is that it is a heck of a lot better than I would've been able to muster! Thanks, Gordon!

Friday, July 3, 2009

Remembering Delma

Delma M. Petrullo

September 24, 1948-June 3, 2009

You Can Make A Difference

By Getting Involved

Today makes it one month since Delma passed away. If you are new to this organization, then perhaps you did not get a chance to know what a remarkable person Delma was. For those of us who have been here for a few years, we know that we have all been affected in positive ways. I can't even begin to do her justice! I think, though, if you were to Google her name, it might give you a good glimmer that she was a force to be reckoned with. And that she had laid the groundwork for many good causes. We are all the fortunate recipients of that work.

Not only are we the recipients, but we can all choose to become the ones who will continue what she has started and see to it that the legacy she left us is carried on. It's always better to be a part of the solution instead of a critic to the problems. I do hope that you make an active choice to get involved. It is your community; much can be gained by your investing into it.We all know that "many hands make the work light".

I will end here with an image of a jar of paintbrushes from Delma's studio. These were the ones that she used for "texture". There are a variety of brushes in this jar. Some can make a lot of marks in one stroke, some make very tiny, detailed marks.One brush has only four hairs on it! The point is, this is who we are as a collective group. Some of us are able to make those broad strokes, and some of us do the fine, small strokes. All are important in painting that big picture. You don't have to be the one who does the broad strokes. Your contribution is needed and valued whether it is a broad, medium or detailed stroke. It all contributes in creating that big picture!

I would also encourage you to leave a comment to this post. I will be showing the post and comments to Delma's husband, Robert. I can't tell you how much it means to him to read how his wife has affected so many people. If you choose to use the "anonymous" method of commenting (to avoid creating a Blogger account), please use your name at the end of the comment so that we know who it is from.

Now, go out there and make a difference!