Sunday, January 24, 2010

Bayshore Festival of the Arts

My first art fair!
The Bayshore Festival of the Arts was held this past Saturday. Over 2000 people attended! It was my first time displaying some of my art pieces and I actually sold three pieces! I was thrilled! The three prints I sold are below.
I also displayed several portraits and promoted our new photography school. All in all, it was a great day!

I photograph a lot of events lately! This one was pretty cool - Governor Charlie Crist did the ribbon cutting for the new pedestrian bridge at Rookery Bay. The bridge over Henderson Creek connects Rookery Bay's Environmental Learning Center to two miles of nature trails.

Friday, January 15, 2010

Bayshore Festival of the Arts Sat Jan 23

11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free
Saturday, January 23, 2010
Avant-Garde Images will be exhibiting!

This is a free event for the whole family. Come listen to great music, check out the local artists and eat!

And speaking of great music, after the festival, come rock out at South Street to Fake Problems!
Check out Fake Problems music at

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Our New Photography Club and Workshops

I started a photography club in the beginning of December and wow - it has really taken off! We have 71 members as of this writing. Photography is so much fun and fun to learn about too!
We are now offering workshops to learn photography. This month January 27th is Photography Fundamentals and January 30th is Beach Sunset Portraiture. See our Meetup site for details. Please register while you are there! It's free to join our group!

We began with "Meetups" in my studio on Linwood Ave.
Our adult Meetup is held on the first and third Wednesdays and our Teen Meetup is the second Wednesday of each month. We meet from 6:15-8:15 p.m. and practice studio photography. Cost is only $15 to attend a Meetup.
We limit the number of participants to ten so everyone has an opportunity to use the studio lights and photograph. Plus we want the group to stay friendly, willing to share and helpful. We have all levels of photographers from beginners to several professionals. So if you are interested, sign up early. We will probably add more Meetups as we get going but for now, they are only twice a month for adults, once a month for teens.

We generally have a model. This is a great place for photographers, models, hair and makeup professionals to build up their portfolios.
Our model was Casie this past week. She was awesome! We worked on dramatic lighting. There were four professional photographers at this Meetup so everyone learned a lot!
After this week's Meetup, five of us dressed up like pirates and walked over to the English Pub. Wednesday is Pirate Night and pirates get half off their tab!!
It's free to sign up for the Meetup group. Once you are registered, you'll get updates on classes, workshops and Meetups. I hope to see you there!
Peggy Farren