Aug 2009

First Saturday-September events and a World Class Artist

The next First Saturday-Frederick event will be held in the historic downtown area of Frederick, MD on September 5, 2009. This event provides an exciting array of original and unique art and gallery exhibits along with an opportunity to visit many of the fine local shops and restaurants.


“Untitled” © Calvin Edward Ramsburg
Photograph by Russell C. Poole

Of special note will be the one man show “Night Diary” by internationally known abstract artist Calvin Edward Ramsburg to be held at the Blue Elephant Gallery located at 4A West 5th Street, just a short walk from the downtown square. An opening reception will be held in conjunction with other First Saturday events during the evening of September 5th from 7-11 P.M. You get a second chance to meet the artist on Sunday September 6, 2009 when Mr. Ramsburg will be at the Gallery from 1-4 P.M. The Blue Elephant will be open during the remaining Sundays of September from 12 Noon to 4 P.M. for those of you unable to visit this Saturday or Sunday.

As a lifelong resident of the area, Mr. Ramsburg has developed a unique style of abstract art incorporating elements of nature and the surrounding Maryland region depicted in vibrant colors. His popular paintings have graced numerous exhibits and homes around the world. Mr. Ramsburg’s style has been a strong influence on the many beginning and established artists he has taught during his classes at the Delaplaine Visual Arts & Education Center. Along with being a prolific painter and highly regarded teacher Mr. Ramsburg also serves as a mentor to some of the areas highly talented up and coming local artists. As if he were not already busy enough Mr. Ramsburg has collaborated with poet Bernard Jankowski on the book
Luminous Mud (2007) with Mr. Ramsburg providing artwork complementary to Mr. Jankowski’s poems. The two artists are currently working together on a second book The Shamokin Monologues with a release date scheduled for release in late October 2009. A reading from the book has been scheduled for November at the Quill and Brush in Dickerson. You can find more information about Calvin Edward Ramsburg along with examples of his work here.


Shamokin Monologues II © Calvin Edward Ramsburg
Shamokin Monologues II © Calvin Edward Ramsburg
Photograph by Russell C. Poole


Other September exhibits of special interest range from a fashion inspired multimedia exhibit at the
Frederick Arts Council’s Cultural Arts Center Gallery on Market Street to the opening of a National Juried Quilt show at the Delaplaine Visual Arts Education Center, located along the beautiful Carroll Creek Promenade. This weekend also kicks off a month long promotion of numerous fashion related events taking place at the Cultural Arts Center including a Saturday evening Fashion Show featuring local models, designers, stylists, and stores. The Fashion Show will be held during mid September. For additional Frederick Arts Council event information you can check their listings here. Opening receptions for both take place on Saturday, September 5th with the Delaplaine reception from 3-5 P.M. and the Cultural Arts Center reception from 5-9 P.M. so you’ll have plenty of time to enjoy both.

Memory of My Childhood IV  © Calvin Edward Ramsburg
“Memory of My Childhood IV” © Calvin Edward Ramsburg
Photograph by Russell C. Poole


Of interest to anyone with shoeboxes full of old slides :
We recently sent a few hundred older 35mm slides to
ScanCafe for scanning and digitizing to DVD. ScanCafe is a well respected service with reasonable prices so we decided to try them as we had been looking for an alternative to the labor intensive hours that would need to be spent scanning the many, many thousands of slides in our files. Up until now we have only scanned our slides as a backup when a request was made for the original to be used in a magazine or book.
Though the preparations involved more work than we had wanted we did scan each of the slides sent in order protect against any unforeseen loss and to have a baseline to compare with the results from ScanCafe. As a test run the slides represented a vast range of colors, skin tones, high and low contrast, very sharp to slightly soft, people, animals, landscapes, and inanimate objects. The slides also represented a variety of film emulsions including Kodachrome, Fujichrome Velvia, and Fujichrome Provia. Before sending them off we scanned each of the slides at high resolution but with all other settings on basic levels. Our in house scans were performed on a Nikon dedicated film scanner using a bulk slide feeder attachment and
VueScan scanner software.
We have received notice from ScanCafe the slides were completed and were available for online review and organization. Having looked at the online images on a calibrated monitor we can say there are initially mixed feelings as all of the scans appear to be of very high quality in terms of sharpness and scratch/dust removal but many of the colors, especially skin tones, seemed inaccurate. We are hopeful this is just a result of the color space used by ScanCafe in uploading the images on their site and the images they show are merely a general guide for the customer.

In fairness to ScanCafe we will wait for the return delivery of the original slides and digitized images on DVD in order to make a final accurate and fair side by side assessment of the finished results. As soon as we have completed the comparison we will post our results on this blog and provide some comparison images.


Memory of My Childhood V  © Calvin Edward Ramsburg
“Memory of My Childhood V” © Calvin Edward Ramsburg
Photograph by Russell C. Poole