I will be joining Arthur Meyerson on this trip.

The program is excellent. It truly is a person-to-person exchange, and I loved meeting the people of Cuba on the streets, talking to them, and photographing them. It was wonderful.  Kathryn Hill, past Cuba Program participant

As the eyes of the world turn to the small but resilient island in the Caribbean Sea, Picturing Cuba offers you the rare opportunity to engage with the Cuban people and to discover the country’s cultural diversity and physical beauty with your camera. Alluring, urban Havana and serene, verdant Viñales are our primary locations to explore. Join photographer and seasoned Cuba traveler Arthur Meyerson for a memorable journey to this beguiling country before it changes forever.

Here is a video from our trip, showing photos from all the people in the group I traveled with. Enjoy the video.

via Picturing Cuba: Havana and Viñales | Santa Fe Photographic Workshops Santa Fe, New Mexico.

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The Bull and Bear is subtitled ,”Force” since the CEO of Stifel Financial Corp. believes his company understands the dynamics of both Bull and Bear markets.  He wanted to make sure that it would be an even fight.  I even asked everyone who saw it being made which would win…I got answers evenly both ways.  As far as I know, this even fight is unique in depictions of the Bull and Bear in conflict. The Bear is based on the large Kodiak Bear and the Bull is based on Spanish fighting bulls.

The statue weighs in at about 9000 pounds and it is 12 get high 12 feet long and ten feet wide. From initial sketches to installation the statue took almost exactly one year to complete.  It was so large that we had to lease a warehouse to accommodate all the steps necessary to finish it.

Harry Weber was born in St. Louis, Missouri in 1942 and educated at Princeton University where he studied art history.

Following his education, Weber served six years in the United States Navy. This included a year on river patrol boats in Vietnam where he compiled a compelling series of drawings chronicling his experiences there. These are to be featured at a permanent display of Military Art on the USS Alabama.

Weber sculptures have won major awards at national juried competitions, and are in private collections in the United States and abroad. His work has appeared on the covers of several national magazines. He has installed over one hundred larger works in twelve different states and the Bahamas

His sculptures have been featured at the Museum of Fine Arts in Newport, Rhode Island and are in the permanent collections of the National Dog Museum and the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY.

Two of his sculptural groups have been designated National Lewis and Clark sites by the Federal Parks Department. This includes a twice life sized grouping of Lewis and Clark on the St. Louis Riverfront which commemorated the final celebration of the bicentennial of the expedition.

His sculptures of famous sports figures are prominent features at twelve different professional and amateur stadiums, including Busch Stadium St. Louis, MO, Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City and the TD Garden in Boston, MA. A major display of his work is at the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame. In 2011 he was named the National Sports Artist of the Year by the US Sports Academy.

Bull & Bear by Harry Weber for Stifel in St Louis, MO

Bull & Bear by Harry Weber for Stifel in St Louis, MO

Bull & Bear by Harry Weber for Stifel in St Louis, MO

Bull & Bear by Harry Weber for Stifel in St Louis, MO

Bull & Bear by Harry Weber for Stifel in St Louis, MO

Bull & Bear by Harry Weber for Stifel in St Louis, MO

Bull & Bear by Harry Weber for Stifel in St Louis, MO

Bull & Bear by Harry Weber for Stifel in St Louis, MO

Bull & Bear by Harry Weber for Stifel in St Louis, MO

Bull & Bear by Harry Weber for Stifel in St Louis, MO

Bull & Bear by Harry Weber for Stifel in St Louis, MO

Bull & Bear by Harry Weber for Stifel in St Louis, MO

Bull & Bear by Harry Weber for Stifel in St Louis, MO

Bull & Bear by Harry Weber for Stifel in St Louis, MO

Bull & Bear by Harry Weber for Stifel in St Louis, MO

Bull & Bear by Harry Weber for Stifel in St Louis, MO

Bull & Bear by Harry Weber for Stifel in St Louis, MO

Bull & Bear by Harry Weber for Stifel in St Louis, MO

Bull & Bear by Harry Weber for Stifel in St Louis, MO

Bull & Bear by Harry Weber for Stifel in St Louis, MO

Harry Weber and Ron Kruszewski Chairman and CEO Stifel

Harry Weber and Ron Kruszewski Chairman and CEO Stifel

Bull and Bear Unveiling at Stifel in St Louis, Missouri

The Large crowd at the Bull and Bear Unveiling at Stifel in St Louis, Missouri

From left to right Harry Weber, Mayor Francis Slay, Ron Kruszewski Chairman and CEO, Stifel

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Get Your Chalk On! The Loop’s first chalk festival will be held on September 3rd (Rain Date: Sept. 4th).

Each participating artist will check in beginning at 9am at the Chuck Berry Statue- which is conveniently located next to Fitz’s at 6605 Delmar.  Each participating artist will receive their location of where to draw their sidewalk chalk art, and a box of chalk the morning of the event.

Awards will be given for chalk drawing in 4 categories:  Best Walk of Fame Theme, Best Loop Theme, Most Creative, and Viewer’s Choice.

The Delmar Loop’s Third Annual Sidewalk Chalk Art Festival.

The Delmar Loop’s Third Annual Sidewalk Chalk Art Festival.

The Delmar Loop’s Third Annual Sidewalk Chalk Art Festival.

The Delmar Loop’s Third Annual Sidewalk Chalk Art Festival.

The Delmar Loop’s Third Annual Sidewalk Chalk Art Festival.

The Delmar Loop’s Third Annual Sidewalk Chalk Art Festival.

The Delmar Loop’s Third Annual Sidewalk Chalk Art Festival.

The Delmar Loop’s Third Annual Sidewalk Chalk Art Festival.

The Delmar Loop’s Third Annual Sidewalk Chalk Art Festival.

 

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Maine Media Workshop in Rockport, Maine was a terrific week. You could ask anything more for the experience. There was hard work figuring out what you where going to shoot to having a lot of fun with the people in the class. It is one of the workshops I will go back to again. The Main Media workshop gives you so many subjects to choose from. The Maine Media Workshops is an international non-profit educational organization offering year-round workshops for photographers, filmmakers, and media artists. Students from across the country and around the world travel to the harbor village of Rockport, Maine to attend courses at all levels, from absolute beginner and serious amateur to working professional. The Young Artists Program offers creative course opportunities for high school students. Professional certificate and MFA programs in photography, film, and multimedia are available through Maine Media College. The school’s curriculum honors historical forms and practices of image making while embracing new technologies and modes of creative expression.

Arthur Meyerson is recognized as one of America’s finest photographers. Since 1974, this native Texan has traveled throughout the world, creating award winning advertising, corporate and editorial photographs, as well as an extensive body of fine art imagery. A three-time winner of Adweek’s “Southwest Photographer of the Year” award, he is on Communication World’s list of top 10 corporate photographers and was named one of the 30 best advertising photographers by American Photo.

Arthur was my instructor for the workshop. The workshop was challenged us to ease out of our comfort zones and abandon our familiar habits in order to introduce new ways of shooting our photos. Once we started to realize Arthur’s method of encouraging creativity through fresh ways of thinking, it became more and more enjoyable.  Group critiques took place the day after shooting  and they reinforced this, as well as brought fresh perspective to our work. The highlight for me was when I had a one-on-one session with Arthur the third day of class. That hour really helped me to see the good, the bad and the ugly of my work. Arthur’s influence has shown me how to elevate the way I see, think and shoot my photos.  Overall, the collective nature of this particular workshop energized me and helped me to visualize my photos in innovative ways.

Just look at it this way; as a photographer I got dull after a while and had bad habits. Arthur has shown me how to improve my photographs. The rest is up to me.

Boat repair buildings on the shore at Camden, Maine.

Boat repair buildings on the shore at Camden, Maine.

Main Street in Camden, Maine.

Main Street in Camden, Maine.

The City of Camden, Maine from Camdon Hills State Park.

The City of Camden, Maine from Camdon Hills State Park.

The City of Camden, Maine from Camdon Hills State Park.

The City of Camden, Maine from Camdon Hills State Park.

Tree roots in the forest.

Tree roots in the forest.

Lobster trap marker buoys.

Lobster trap marker buoys.

Lobster trap marker buoys.

Lobster trap marker buoys.

Bait fish for catching lobsters

Bait fish for catching lobsters

Lobsters in a bucket with one of them showing his pearly whites.

Lobsters in a bucket with one of them showing his pearly whites.

Reflection of a rowboat in the ocean.

Reflection of a rowboat in the ocean.

Maine Media Workshop

Marshall Point Lighthouse in the fog.

Maine | Monhegan Island | Fog | Stock Photo

Maine Media Workshop

A reflection in the water of a walkway to a dock.

Camden Hills State Park, Maine

Camden Hills State Park, Maine

Highlight on a branch in the forest of Camden Hills State Park.

Highlight on a branch in the forest of Camden Hills State Park.

Rowboats stacked up in the harbor.

Rowboats stacked up in the harbor.

Lobster Lane in Owels Head, Maine

Lobster Lane in Owels Head, Maine

Marshall Point Light Station is a lighthouse at the entrance of Port Clyde Harbor in Port Clyde, Maine.

Maine | Marshall Point Lighthouse | Fog | Stock Photo

Marshall Point Light Station is a lighthouse at the entrance of Port Clyde Harbor in Port Clyde, Maine.

Maine | Marshall Point Lighthouse | Fog | Stock Photo

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