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$6,106.00

Do you believe it? I was wondering if we could hit $5,000 and you guys just kept sending checks! We raised $6,106 for The Jimmy Fund, and I’m just a puddle. I am overwhelmed with gratitude… love… I’m just bowled over by your generosity. Thank you.

I made a trifold brochure that outlines all the pieces of the 10 Years of BBP fundraiser and gallery show, and you can either ask me for one when you see me or you can download the PDF here. There’s also an outline of everything we did this year on this page of the blog.

Thanks for coming on this journey with me – it was quite a ride. And I really, honestly couldn’t have done it without Evan, Meghan and Maggie. You guys made it all happen.

And Annie, thanks for your help today. You and your sister make me proud every day.

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Artists’ Round Table at Brookline Library

Tonight I joined four wonderful artists in a round table discussion at the Main Brookline Library (where the BBP show is hung through June 1st) and my head is still spinning thinking of the fantastic conversation. The topics we discussed included managing a career as an artist; social media, technology and art: a changing landscape; and art for sale vs. art for art.

The questions from the audience were great as well – I’m so energized! I’m googling like crazy looking at all the websites of these artists – I loved what they had to say, which makes me already a fan of their respective works.

You’ll find links to their websites below.

From left to right on the panel we had:

Jon Amburg – is a Boston-based photographer and painter who works in a studio at the Boston Center for the Arts.  “I believe that art is a vessel to our spirituality; a transport, something that flows through us, and also something that contains us.  My paintings, photographs, and mixed media projects derive from many sources including memory and meditation.  The process is a journey inward.  I am interested in spatial relationships, and also in the intimate (and innate) relationship that we have with colors and forms that arouse us emotionally.  My art is about re-visions and layers and absences.”

Then that’s me in the reeeeeally bright blue shirt.

Then the next seat was Robert Baart – he is currently exhibiting his collection of 19th & early 20th century artist materials at the Main Library. Robert is a graduate of the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. He recently retired after teaching at the Museum School for thirty-five years. He is an observer of nature and the landscape. His paintings hover between realism and abstraction and embody a language of color, texture, light, and atmosphere. His work is in numerous private and corporate collections both in the US and abroad.

And then next we had our wonderful moderator, Gillian Jackson, who’s the administrator for the Brookline Commission for the Arts. Then next we had Nancy Marks, who is a Boston-based artist who has been making art for over 20 years: first through paper-making and then as a printmaker and a painter.  Her current mixed media exhibit “The Intimacy of Memory” is on view at the Beverly J. Tassinari Gallery at Newbury College in Brookline through May 15.  Nancy is founder of Swing Dog Arts, an expressive arts and healing practice.

And last but not least, on the far right of the stage, we had Ruth Ginsberg-Place, a Boston-based photographer, printmaker and book artist, who produces color photographs, woodcuts and monotypes. Her subjects are water reflections, shadows, arboretums and plants, and she works in a studio at the Boston Center for the Arts.  After receiving her MFA from Syracuse University she held a tenured teaching position in the Art Department of Southern Illinois University. More recently she has taught at Wheelock College and Wentworth Institute. She is a member of EES Arts, a cooperative printmaking studio, The Monotype Guild of New England, Boston Book Arts and Zea Mays Printmaking Studio.

I was so honored to have been included, thank you to Julie Falsioni at the Brookline Library for the idea and all the legwork and then also to Gillian Jackson for making it happen.

What a fun evening!

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Right back at ya, Jessica…The added bonus was being in a room surrounded by your beautiful photographs… babies and family and dogs and love…. Great all the way around!

The 10 Year Anniversary: (Final) Phase 3e – The Brookline Public Library Show

What a year! If you’re visiting this page to learn about the 10 Years of Boston Baby Photos anniversary show, there’s an overview posted here.

Today we hung the show in its final library: The Brookline Public Library (in the Main Branch at 361 Washington Street). It’ll be there all month. A great time to see it would be at the Artists’ Round Table this coming Monday, May 5th from 6:30-8:15pm (more info is at this link).

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And then you’re also all invited to the closing reception at the Library on Sunday, June 1st from 1-3pm. That afternoon we’ll be joined by a representative from The Jimmy Fund, and we’ll be presenting them with a “big check” from all of us. I really hope you can be there.

In case you aren’t able to stop by, I thought I’d share a few photos from today.

The library itself is gorgeous:

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The exhibit is on display upstairs in Hunneman Hall, which is a beautiful, enormous room used by the library for gatherings and events:

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Upon entering the hall, you see six of the ten categories straight ahead:

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And then if you turn around, the other four categories are hung on the facing wall.

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It was such a pleasure to hang the show using pins instead of on those tall white boards we’ve been using all year – it looks so clean and crisp to me! Here’s a closeup of the pins:

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The hall itself is just such a pretty spot – I love the floor, and I’m a sucker for the high ceiling and beautiful light. Can’t wait to celebrate the end of this incredible year on June 1st at the closing reception.

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And, as always, I’m still collecting donations for the Jimmy Fund on a table at the show. The families whose photos are in the show are sending donations now in trade for their mounted photos – I can’t wait to see how much more we raise!

We’re at $3,955 as of yesterday’s visit to the P.O. Box.

To have the checks counted in our “big check” we’re giving at the June 1st event, mail donation checks made out to “The Jimmy Fund” before May 15th to:

Boston Baby Photos
P.O. Box 870144
Milton Village, MA 02187

And if you’re sending the donation as a trade for your family’s photo in the show, and can’t come on June 1st to pick up your photo, it’d be great if you could include a $10 check made out to Boston Baby Photos to cover the cost of shipping.

Keep those checks coming!!

 

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The 10 Year Anniversary: Phase 3d, TREG Show

Last Friday we hung the 10 Years of Boston Baby Photos show for the penultimate time – this time in Dorchester, at the fabulous offices of The Real Estate Group, near Ashmont T, Flat Black Coffee and Tavolo Restaurant.

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In addition to the 10 Years of BBP show, painter extraordinaire Jennifer Marbury (formerly of Milton/Dorchester, and now living (I am so jealous) in the Bahamas) has shipped some incredible prints that are available for purchase. They’re of gorgeous scenes like this – exactly what we need on these cold New England days.

I hope you’ll hold Sunday, March 23rd from 3-5pm for the wine and cheese reception. The show is in their offices at the Carruth Building, at 1908 Dorchester Ave (you can see Flat Black and the Ashmont MBTA station in the background of the first photo below), and the show will be hanging there until the end of April. Meetcha there!

In case this is the first you’re hearing about the 10 Years of BBP show, you can get more information about it and a catalog of all 100 photos on the blog. We’ve raised $3,610 for The Jimmy Fund so far. On May 1st we’ll hang the show for the last time at the Brookline Library for the month of May. This will close out a year of travels for the show, and on Sunday, June 1st I’ll be hosting a closing reception from 1-3pm in Hunneman Hall upstairs in the Brookline Library (at 361 Washington Street). Families whose photographs are in the show are invited to come to that reception and trade a donation to the Jimmy Fund for their mounted photo from the show. If you’re interested to read all about the show’s travels to various branches of the Boston Public Library this year, you can read everything tagged 10yrs on the blog by clicking here and scrolling down, down, down.

But for now, here’s where the show is happily hanging until the end of April:

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Here’s a sneak peek at the way we hung it in their space:

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Big thanks to the team at The Real Estate Group – they’ve been so welcoming and helpful.

The 10 Year Anniversary: Phase 3c, The Jamaica Plain Gallery Show

I had a great morning hanging the traveling 10 Years of Boston Baby Photos Gallery Show at the Jamaica Plain Library – it’ll be there through Thanksgiving weekend. FYI – this is the last library show on the books until it heads to the Brookline Public Library for the month of May 2014. There are some other library and location possibilities for the show for January through April 2014, but if anyone knows of a local space that might be interested in hosting the show, please let me know. The show will end its one year tour after the May show in Brookline, and I’ll be dismantling and selling the photos to benefit the Jimmy Fund.

(More information about the show and a catalog of all 100 photos in the show is available by clicking on this tag and scrolling down, down, down the page.)

This month the show is hanging at the Boston Public Library’s Jamaica Plain Branch, and it will be there through Thanksgiving weekend. Here’s a taste of how it looks in this library…

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As you can tell, I’m not using the white hanging bars here – they have a gorgeous mantle that encircles the entire library, so we got to just lean most of the categories of photos along that high mantle, above the shelves of books.

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We even got to lean some up against the windows, since it’s November and they won’t be opening the windows this month…

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(And yes, in this next picture – that is Uranus, from the Museum of Science’s cool exhibit installed around Boston showing the scale model of the solar system – more info about that exhibit is here. But I digress…)

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And then we were able to hang two categories in the lobby of the library from the balcony level – it’s a little hard to see in this picture, but that’s “gotcha” and “classics” along the top balcony here:

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You can see it better in this one – both “gotcha” and “classics” are hung like this:

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And last but not least, one in the display case in the lobby:

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I hope you can swing by to see the show this month! The library hours are posted here.

The 10 Year Anniversary: Phase 3b, The South End Gallery Show

I’m excited to announce that today I hung the 10 Years of Boston Baby Photos Gallery Show in another library! This time in the Boston Public Library’s South End Branch for the month of October. The press release for the show sounds really official. It says:

The gallery show celebrates 10 years of McDaniel’s work as a baby photographer, whose specialty is capturing warm, natural and spontaneous family moments. This show highlights her black and white photography, allowing the photos and the light to tell the story, from parents marveling at their newborn to a just-sitting-up-baby examining her tummy to toddler siblings giggling at each others’ antics. The gallery show is curated into ten thematic categories and features 100 photos.  
“Planning this show has been such a labor of love; it was a matter of digging through thousands of families’ photoshoots from the last decade, considering them as part of a body of work… by far the best part was remembering all these families having fun together,” said McDaniel, who photographs 160-180 families a year throughout the greater Boston area.  “I love that each family has a different story to tell. I know how important it is to tell (and show) these stories in my photos.”

This branch is located right smack dab in the South End, at the corner of Tremont and W. Newton Streets.

As you enter the library, they’ve kindly hung up my posters, and you can see a bit of the show through that first window as you enter… Oh, and notice in this poster that I’m doing an opening for the show next Tuesday night, October 8th, from 6-8pm.  I really hope you can swing by and join me for some wine and cheese. The street address of the library is 685 Tremont Street, Boston.

If you can’t make the opening, I hope you’ll stop by sometime between now and the end of October when the library is open to see the show.

Then, as you enter the library, you can catch sight of the show over the stacks…

The space is gorgeous, and the ten categories of photos look pretty spectacular on the walls.  Here are the first three categories that appear at one side of the gallery…

And then when you look left, you see the little table of marketing shtuff (next to the nice bin collecting the books that have been returned)…

And then when you come around the corner, you walk through the rest of the show, category by category…

This one was hard to get good photos of, since there were lots of people working around the show, and I didn’t want to bother them with my snap snapping pictures.  So I guess the best plan if you really want to see what it looks like is to come see me at the library on Tues, 10/8 between 6-8pm for the opening. Mmm… wine and cheese…

 

 

 

An Overview of the 10 Years of BBP Stuff

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If you’re visiting this blog to learn about Boston Baby Photos’s 10th Anniversary this year, thanks for coming! I created the show to commemorate ten years and thousands of photoshoots with all of Boston Baby Photos’ fantastic families. The show featured one hundred black & white photos of children and families, divided into ten thematic categories. It traveled to libraries and public spaces around Boston from June 2013-May 2014.

I created a brochure that outlines all the parts of the gallery show and the Jimmy Fund benefit, and you can download the PDF here. Or if you prefer to click around on the blog for more detailed information about each of the phases, the links are below.

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  • June 9, 2013: Phase 1 – A Cocktail Party Benefit for The Jimmy Fund/Steel & Rye Gallery Show (the invitation and photos of us setting it up are here, and photos of the party itself are here) which raised $3,500+ for the Jimmy Fund

And then the show began its tour…

  • August 2013: Phase 3 – The Gallery Show in the Milton Public Library. All of the 100 photos hanging in the show are sorted by category on the blog here.
  • June 1, 2014: Reception at the Brookline Main Library in Hunneman Hall, which closed out a year of travels for the show. I hosted a closing reception, and families whose photographs were in the show were invited to come to that reception and trade a donation to the Jimmy Fund for their mounted photo from the show. A representative from The Jimmy Fund was there, and we presented her with our final grand total check for $6,106. Our “big check” is pictured here.

So that’s a little explanation of the whole hullabaloo.  I described a lot of it in different places on the blog, and they’re all tagged with the 10yrs tag, so you’ll eventually get to all the information if you keep scrolling back through the posts via this 10yrs tag, but I thought it’d be nice to individually link to the details here as well. Thanks for your interest.