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PopUp Art Show at the Dover Art League this weekend!

a few of the 150 plus photos I hung this weekend for the show!


Late last week the President of the Dover Art League (Autumn Gain) asked me if I could put together a show of my photos in time for the Old Dover Days weekend. Which is this weekend….
I said something to the effect of “uhhhhh…. sure”… My friend Winifred Way offered to help me and boy did she come through! We were going to try to figure out which 15-20 photos I wanted to get printed and framed so I got a bunch of proofs done to sort and select from… Winnie and I were going about it diligently when both of us had the same thought at about the same instant… “What happens if we hang all these proofs instead of a smaller group?”

In true Mickey Rooney “Hey Gang, lets put on a show!” fashion a plan started to come together! Winnie cut all the 6×6 mats, by hand(!!!) and we proceeded to attach the 4×4 prints to them. I had to cut the prints from the 4×6 proofs I had made before! I signed the mat boards and then Autumn and her husband and my wife Mary and I got busy hanging the prints. OMG they look amazing in the gallery!

Here’s the Description of the show I posted on Facebook earlier tonight:

David Wolanski is excited to announce a Pop Up show of 150 plus Black and White Photos during the Old Dover Days Weekend at the Dover Art League Gallery. The prints are 4×4 and mounted on 6×6 Mat board at $10 each. There will be a limited number of 8×8 Prints on 10×10 mats available too at $75 each. All of the photos were created using a toy camera and film for a cinematic, dreamlike look. If you decide to make a purchase, you can carry the photos home immediately!

The Opening Reception will be from 6-8 PM on Friday. David will be at the Dover Art League Gallery for the Reception and for the festivities downtown on Saturday from 10-5.

There will be a raffle for a brand new toy camera with a drawing Saturday at 5 PM.

This is going to be an amazing Art Weekend! The Biggs Gallery is opening their Ansel Adams show, and Park Green Gallery is showing some new Dover specific paintings too. Make a mini-Art Loop of your own and visit all three locations.

On top of that there will be Old Dover Days festivities all weekend and a Beer event on Loockerman Street Saturday too.

Downtown Dover is an exciting place this weekend!

So, if you’re local to Dover, come on out this weekend!


How to score big time Brownie Points with your Mom for the next occasion

I did these collages last year in cooperation with several family members to make laminated place-mats for my mom for Christmas. We secretly collected about 750 photos from various eras and collections and I whittled them down to about 240 to use for this project. Collecting and then thinning them down was the hardest part! I picked 240 as the target by figuring I needed 10 per side, 2 sides per placemat and 12 placemats in total at the end. I might have been able to use all the photos,but they would have been postage stamp size and lost their impacts.

I made a collection in Lightroom of the winning photos.  Then, in the Lightroom print section,  I created a template of ten photos in a 11×17 layout as that was the maximum size that Staples could laminate in the store. Once the template was made, I used the slide strip function in the print mode to pick photos at random from the collection of 240 and dragged them one by one into the template. After I dragged each one, I marked it with a purple flag to denote that I had used that photo already. I considered just trying to do collages with say, my mom and dad as the focal point on one and some family member on another, but I decided to do random over the about 70 years worth of photos to make it more fun to look at and share before and after family dinners at moms or really when we’re just hanging out there. The kitchen is kind of the focal point in our family, as it is in many. Once the ten photos were in place, I printed the file to a jpg file (300 dpi) in a folder on my desktop.  About half way through the 24 collages, I created a new template that was slightly different so they wouldn’t all look alike.

There were a few gaps in some of the images I created because I ended up tweaking some of the layouts to match the photos. Like the proverbial wall paper job that no one else notices the errors on, I’m pretty sure no one else in the family noticed. All in all, it took a ton of time to collect and then narrow down the photos, but the actual file creation, once selected was maybe 2 hours or so? 

The following day I took the files on a flash drive to the local Staples store and a very helpful young lady helped us out. She suggested we print 12 prints front and back instead of my original idea to print 24 and try to line them up. She told us the next day that she ended up having to create PDF files for it to work, but they came out great! I suppose I could try to figure out how to make the pdfs to make it easier for the printing expert, and maybe I will next time.  She had them ready the next day and the cost was like $60 for 12 celebrations of memory that are going to last a long time! A bargain!

Give it a go if you have Lightroom. If not, maybe I can help you out?