Mar 2010

Summer in Spring??

If the area’s weather forecasters are right the temperatures this weekend will make us think it’s summer already...
Frederick, MD, Baker Park, cherry blossoms, bandshell, spring, Russell C. Poole, Phoenix Imagery Press,
A spring scene in Baker Park, Frederick MD. © Russell C. Poole

...though it’s still looking like spring around here!

Crocuses and a rusted horseshoe. © Russell C. Poole

There are numerous events and gallery openings taking place in conjunction with the April 2010 First Saturday
Egg-stravaganza celebration (download a brochure here ) in downtown Frederick, MD. This month will feature an Easter Egg Hunt for the adults, with special offers and coupons from downtown merchants, and fun activities for the kids in addition to the numerous gallery events and Artist receptions.

Delaplaine Visual Arts & Education Center will feature “The Over 70 Exhibit” featuring the works of our older area artists, “Art Quilts” by Elaine Brandes, “The Bathers” - paintings by Marjorie Price and other exhibits throughout the building. Exhibit opening and artist receptions will be 3-5 PM April 3, 2010.

The Frederick Arts Council will feature graphic design works by the winners of the 2010 Addy (advertising) Awards given by the American Advertising Association to honor exceptional and creative works. The exhibit will be in the Cultural Arts Center Gallery located at 15 N. Market Street. An opening reception will be held from 5-9 PM on April 3, 2010. Please note : this exhibit will only be on display through Sunday, April 11, 2010 so take time to stop by the reception or visit the gallery during FAC business hours next week.

The Artists Gallery (note: this website is not current as of 3/31/2010) will feature the following for the month of April : “Observations” - paintings by Tina Lund, and “Natural Progression” - paintings by Christine Stovall. Exhibit opening and artist reception will be 5-8 PM April 3, 2010.

The Blanche Ames Gallery located at 4880 Elmer Derr Road is hosting an exhibit of photographs by Middletown resident Larry Costello throughout the month of April. Mr. Costello captures flowering plants from the unique perspective of their fading glory, usually overlooked by most of us. The resulting images are vibrant and eye catching with unique illumination. The exhibit opening and artist reception will take place on Sunday April 4, 2010 (yes, that is Easter Sunday and the date is correct) from 12:30 to 2:30 PM. Take the time to enjoy a pleasant drive into the country and stop in to see the exhibit and meet the artist.

Larry Costello, Pansies
Pansies - a photograph by Larry Costello. © Larry Costello.

Upcoming Events and a Note to area artists

Mark you calendars :

Saturday, March 27, 2010 The Artists Gallery will be holding the closing reception of the 9th Annual Box Show and Silent Auction. The event takes place from 5 to 9 P.M.

An example of The Box Show entries to be seen in The Artists Gallery Exhibit
© Calvin Edward Ramsburg. Photograph by Russell C. Poole

Sunday, March 28, 2010 the Frederick Arts Council will again hold an Artists Market at the Cultural Arts Center in downtown Frederick, MD. The event takes place from 1 P.M. to 5 P.M. and is located at 15 N. Market Street. Free and open to the public so stop by and shop for works created by the 30 local and regional artists who will be exhibiting.

The Blanche Ames Gallery, located at 4880 Elmer Derr Road, continues to celebrate Children’s Art Month with an ongoing display of works by students at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Frederick. More information can be found here.

Coming up in April - The Blanche Ames Gallery will host an exhibit of color photographs by Larry Costello of nearby Middletown, MD. Mr. Costello’s images are inspired by the fading beauty of flowers as they near the end of their lifespan. An opening reception for the artist will be held on Sunday April 4, 2010 from 12:30 to 2:30 P.M.

Also in April - The Artists Gallery will present “Observations” paintings by Tina Lund and “Natural Progression” paintings by Christine Stovall. An opening reception for the artists will be held on Saturday, April 3, 2010 from 5 to 8 P.M.

A special THANK YOU!! to everyone who came out the Frederick County Art Association’s March meeting to hear Russ’ presentation on book publishing. It was a great turnout and an enjoyable evening.


We weren’t planning to post a blog entry with such depressing content but we continue to see one issue pop up all too often which adversely affects all visual arts folks including painters and photographers and felt it was important to shed some light on the issue. This is the problem of “rights grabs” being done under the guise of contests and general submissions or the classic comment “if you give us your image (for free) we will give you a credit line, or consider you for our next paying job” or whatever equally inane “compensation” you would care to substitute in this now familiar story of the abuse of artists due to their capitulation to ridiculous terms or lack of business knowledge / negotiating skills.

Frequently the misuse of an artist’s work comes from a lack of understanding of copyright laws on the part of either the artist and / or the one requesting the images and may even be an innocent oversight but should never be left uncorrected. Compounding the problem is the (thankfully) occasionally encountered greed of some users or plain old arrogance and indifference - the “I should be able to use this however I want” attitude. Read and understand every agreement you are asked to engage in or find someone who can explain it to you! A conversation with another local photographer last year indicated this person was not completely aware of how a government agency intended to use entries to one of their promotions regardless of whether the image was chosen for use or not. In this instance the rules stated
the mere act of submitting an image gave them complete and unfettered rights to use your image in any form or manner or to license it to others in perpetuity... You might as well have given up the copyright too because the complete control that was being required over your original creation left you with next to no rights!!

Unfortunately we see rights grabs like this being promoted on a regular basis in far too many forms, and it is not limited in scope. Mark Loundy writes in his Common Cents column for the online magazine Digital Journalist about the “good, bad, & ugly” of rights grabs - the recent reference under “Ugly” to a Fredericksburg, MD client was actually about a Frederick, MD client....right in our backyard folks! Photographer Bob Krist writes of problems with well known travel guide company Frommers, and the PhotoAttorney site discusses a few recent cases.

Sadly many new artists and photographers, and far too many experienced ones as well, do not understand their rights under Copyright Laws nor do they read and understand the numerous contracts, contest rules, and other rights grabs being done. There is NEVER anything wrong with insisting on being paid fairly for the work you create, and using licensing terminology to control how that work is used by others. If your work is needed or good enough to publish you should never settle for a credit line alone unless there is some other significant and tangible benefit to You. Any artist may enjoy seeing their name in print but that alone will never buy you even a cheap cup of coffee...

Keep in mind the company, business, etc. looking to use your work fully expects to make a monetary profit or benefit with publicity or some other tangible perk from that use. Even non-profit groups have a budget for such license fees, some more than others, but our experience along with that of many of our peers has been to hear the classic “we’re a non-profit and don’t have much money so how about letting us use your work
this one time for free and we’ll try to make it up to you...” Push back folks!! DO NOT give your work away without some form of legitimate compensation or value to you in return or at the least a restrictive licensing agreement to protect you. If you fail to watch out for yourself you not only hurt yourself but you will hurt everyone else creating visual imagery as well.

A final thought : You may be an artist just starting out today but decades into the future that licensed image could well generate a modest amount of additional income for you or your heirs. Think about it.

So you want to publish your book?

On Monday evening, March 8, 2010, Russ will be giving a presentation about publishing YOUR book at the monthly meeting of the Frederick County Art Association (FCAA). Intended as an overview of the process, from idea to print, he will be providing a basic plan for taking your book from your initial thoughts to the completed ready to sell product. The information he will share can be applied to any book regardless of genre and he will include a handout of information the would-be author may find helpful. Russ will also talk about how we produced America’s Road along with some of the mistakes and missteps we made in hope of giving the audience a clearer understanding of the process involved to bring their own book to print. The FCAA meeting begins at 7:30 P.M. and Russ will begin his presentation shortly thereafter. Directions to the meeting location can be found here.

The Blanche Ames Gallery will celebrate Children’s Art Month with its annual show of work by students in the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Frederick. Sad to report the reception was held today and we’ve posted this too late... If you would like to see the outstanding work created by these young people call the office at (301) 473-7680 and arrange to stop by the gallery. The exhibit for the month of April 2010, will feature the color photography of Middletown resident Larry Costello. The artist is inspired by moments of beauty in the limited life span of flowers. He captures flowers clinging to life and in their fading beauty, a study in courage and defiant dignity. The public is invited to meet artist Larry Costello at an opening reception on April 4, from 12:30 – 2:30 p.m.

The Blanche Ames Gallery is a valuable community treasure and has been very supportive of the artists of this region. Please stop by to see the artwork or for one of the monthly exhibit openings and artist receptions to show your support for the wonderful job they do of supporting the arts.

Yard Cat, cat sculpture, snow, spring, sunglasses
A sure sign of impending Spring, Yard Cat begins to emerge from the deep blanket of snow that had covered him.
© Russell C. Poole

First Saturday events held this weekend were quite successful with warm weather and quite a large turnout. The Artists Market benefitted from the increased foot traffic by exposing more people to the events taking place other than on the first Saturday of each month. The next Artists Market will take place on the regular Sunday date. For this month that will be March 28, 2010 from 1 P.M. to 4 P.M. The Artists Market is sponsored by the Frederick Arts Council.

It's our one year Anniversary!

Hard to believe it was one year ago today this website went online. It is also the anniversary of our very first blog post! Time really does fly and it has been quite an adventure!

This Saturday, March 6, 2010 marks the return of First Saturday events to the streets of downtown Frederick.
So far it doesn’t look like we will have to deal with another major snow event as we did in February... The temperatures for Frederick on Saturday are currently projected to be in the low 50s with lots of sunshine and light breezes. The Downtown Frederick Partnership provides additional information and a downloadable brochure about First Saturday events here, and info about downtown attractions and merchants here.

UPCOMING : On Monday, March 8, 2010, Russ will be giving a presentation at a meeting of the Frederick County Art Association (FCAA) about publishing your book. Intended as an overview of the process, from idea to print, he will be providing a basic plan for taking your book from your initial thoughts to the completed ready to sell product. The information he will share can be applied to any book regardless of genre. Russ will also talk about how we produced America’s Road along with some of the mistakes and missteps we made in hope of giving the audience a better vision of what bringing a book to print entails. We will also be providing a handout listing basic steps and options along with useful resources. The meeting will take place in the Gardiner Room of the Delaplaine Visual Arts and Entertainment Center (directions HERE) and begins at 7:30 P.M. The meeting is free and the public is invited to attend.