Last night (June 2nd), I opened my photo exhibit at the Fort Payne Coal & Iron Building. Met some lovely new people and greeted some old friends as well. My sincere gratitude to the City of Fort Payne, Russell Gulley and the Big Wills Arts Council for inviting me to do the show and hosting at this beautifully restored venue space.
The show continues throughout the weekend, so anyone who would like to see my images displayed will have ample opportunity to stop by and check out the display. Remaining hours are 10 am-4 pm on Saturday, June 3rd, and 1-4 pm on Sunday, June 4th. The exhibition is titled “Moving Places”.
Several people expressed regret that they could not make the opening reception because it conflicted with the annual Relay for Life event — the signature fundraiser for the American Cancer Society and one of the major public events in the city. I can certainly understand and appreciate how important the Relay is for battling this scourge that takes so many people; I lost a couple of very dear friends to cancer just in the last year. It was very touching that a fellow photographer and his wife who recently lost one of their daughters in a tragic auto accident made the effort to see the show and offer their support. We also had some out-of-towners stop by and see the show while visiting DeSoto State Park for the weekend.
I will be at the Coal & Iron Building as much as possible today (June 3rd). Just across the street, the Fiddler’s Convention will happen, so I’d love if some of the musicians stop by to let me get portraits of them! I’ll have a strobe set up for just that purpose. I’ll also do the Facebook Live thing at some point so my friends and family who live far away can get to experience it on some level.
NOTE: I’ll be giving away someone’s choice of either a 10-inch print or a photo shoot, drawing randomly from those who sign up to receive updates via my upcoming newsletter promoting new work and projects, so definitely make sure you put your name in the hat for that!
Additionally, my displayed prints are available for purchase at the event, and prints of varying sizes and finishes can always be browsed and purchased from my online gallery at https://stevenstiefel.smugmug.com/Commercial/Art-for-Sale/
Hope to see some familiar faces this weekend!