"Art on Board"

What's it like to get ready for your first solo show at a museum? Well lets see..... it can only be described as "WOAH". From the moment Jessica Roscio told me she wanted to show my work at the Danforth Museum I have been thinking it wasn't real, some how there was a mistake and this wonderful thing couldn't really truly be happening. After I pinched myself a bunch of times (and had multiple pep talks from family & friends), I realized it wasn't a dream I got myself into go-time mode. It started with the editing. I brought Jessica close to 100 small prints and we worked on editing it down to 20.

The selection of images were from an ongoing project that I think started around 2012 but really took shape the following year. This was my first time working with a curator and I am thrilled it was with Jessica. She is such a fantastic person with great energy and passion for the art world. After the selection came the fun part, printing. I love being in the darkroom so this was the best part of the deal for me. Yes there were frustrating moments, but most of the time I got to crank up the music, dance around and really zone in on each print.

So from September until February I printed. And then reprinted. I scanned my film to make digital files. I updated my website. I shot a video with friend, filmmaker, and drummer Frank Hegyi. I had mailers made. And then I had a framing day with my friend and bad ass framer, Georgia Harden. Putting together 20 mattes and frames is no easy task and I am grateful to Georgia for helping me out.

While I was driving to the Danforth to drop off all my framed work, I was thinking that I should invent a new bumper sticker: "Art on Board". I'm sure most artists have felt their stress level go up when it comes time to deliver their work to the gallery space. There was a huge sense of relief after I got there, unloaded, and all the images were accounted for. Two thumbs up.

Tomorrow night is the members reception. I am excited and to be honest overwhelmed. I create art because I enjoy doing it and I feel bare without it. The opportunity to share my work with others is one of the best things that has happened to me. Not only is it amazing to have an exhibition at the Danforth, this whole experience has taught me so much about the art world and what it takes to call yourself a working artist. It has pushed me to not only create more art but start to look at the business side as well.

I recently read Crusade For Your Art by Jennifer Schwartz and her ending remarks sum up exactly how I feel right now:

New Year, New Shows

Well, 2013 has come and gone and quite frankly I have no idea where the time went! All in all it was a great year. I started 2013 with being accepted to the Krappy Kamera Show at the SOHO Photo Gallery and continued the year with group exhibitions at Panopticon Gallery, The Kiernan Gallery, The Danforth Museum and The Washington Street Art Center. All terrific exhibitions and I was thrilled to be a part of them. I was also introduced to the wonderful art world of Penland, which brought to my life new friends and a new outlook and appreciation for creating art. I participated in the New England Portfolio Reviews for the first time hosted by The Griffin Museum and The Photographic Resource Center. At NEPR, I made connections and received feedback on my work, an experience I highly recommend for all photographers. To wrap up the year, I was asked by Jason Landry to be one of his artists at Panopticon Gallery, an invitation that caught me off guard and has had me smiling ever since.

So here we are starting off 2014. My work is included in two group shows in New England, Architectural Analysis at Panopticon Gallery and The Alumni Exhibition at The New Hampshire Institute of Art Gallery, both hosting open receptions in January. The information for each show is below, please join me for the openings if you are in the area!

I am looking forward to what 2014 has in store for me, so far so good: I have two jobs that I love working in the photography field with terrific people, I am creating and exhibiting my art, I am represented by a fine art gallery, I am surrounded by amazing friends and family, and I am spending my life with a very talented musician and our sweet, goofy dog. Yup life is good.

Cheers to 2014!


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Architectural Analysis
January 18th - March 12, 2014
Opening Reception: Saturday, January 18th -- Noon-3:00pm

Panopticon Gallery
Inside Hotel Commonwealth
502c Commonwealth Ave, Boston, MA 02215
Hours: Tue–Sat 9:00-3:00pm


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                                                                                                                                                                     Wires #3

Alumni Exhibition
January 23 - February 24, 2014
Opening Reception: Wednesday , January 29th -- 5:00 - 7:00pm

The New Hampshire Institute of Art
French Building Gallery
148 Concord St., Manchester, NH

Grayscale at The Kiernan Gallery

Tonight is the opening for Grayscale an exhibition juried by Blue Mitchell at The Kiernan Gallery in Lexington, VA. I have heard so many great things about The Kiernan Gallery and I wish I could be there in person to celebrate on opening night! Unfortunately a road trip is not in the cards right now but hopefully in the future I can get down there for a visit. Instead I am writing a little blog article and will be purchasing a copy of the catalog, which I encourage you to do as well.

It is exciting to be a part of this exhibition, and I loved making this print in the darkroom! A contact print of this same image is currently on view at Panopticon Gallery in Kenmore Sq in Boston, MA. Contact print vs a 16x20 print, the 16x20 wins hands down, so much detail, it draws you in and invites you to explore the whole composition.

A little background information about this photograph.... There is an apartment building behind mine that is home to numerous children (or possibly grandma just watches all of the cousins and siblings while their parents are at work not really sure....) all I know is that you can hear them screaming and chanting and playing from my apartment. My porch overlooks their courtyard and I got into a habit of only going out there when it was quiet and the kids had gone inside (if they spot you, they have a hundred questions for you while you are trying to enjoy your morning coffee.......not exactly the way I like to start my morning.....).

After the dust settled, I would venture out and see what they had left behind.... a baseball bat....bikes...tricycles....miscellaneous toys...sidewalk chalk.... all things I can remember playing with in my childhood. I was so intrigued by what felt like a toy graveyard that I started photographing. Looking at the images I have created, I am faced with a nostalgic feeling. In my family I was always known for saying "I don't want to grow up" and its still true, I don't. This project has been my little escape from the adult life, a breathe of fresh air from all of the work and bills and deadlines. It is my reminder to just have fun every once and a while. It brings back memories of playing with my sister and cousin every day over the summer and what we did to pass the time. I'm sure we left behind "messes" just like the ones in my photographs and that brings a smile to my face.

Having this photograph exhibited at The Kiernan Gallery also brings a smile to my face. Cheers to opening night, I hope it was a good one!

Print washing! 

Print washing! 

All framed headed to VA!  

All framed headed to VA! 

The New England Photography Biennial at The Danforth

I was thrilled to have one of my photographs accepted to this years New England Photography Biennial at The Danforth Museum of Art in Framingham, MA. The show was juried by Francine Weiss, Curator and Loupe Editor at the Photographic Resource Center and it has been receiving terrific reviews!  

Mark Feeney's review in the Boston Globe

Elin Spring's Photography Blog Article

I will be giving an artist talk this Sunday November 3 at 3pm at the museum. I am looking forward to this great opportunity to share more about myself and my work. General admission to the museum is $11 or free if you are a member.

Hope to see you there!

Preparing for NEPR

Next Friday and Saturday I will be attending the New England Portfolio Reviews, a yearly event hosted by two amazing photography organizations: the Photographic Resource Center and the Griffin Museum of Photography. After volunteering at the NEPR for the previous two years, I have finally gotten the kick in the butt to sign up to have my new series reviewed.

The past couple of weeks have been pretty busy preparing: shooting, developing film, making the selections of what to print, printing in the darkroom after work (thank you to Paul at Panopticon!) , flattening prints, analyzing the prints, and repeating. The process is slow working in the darkroom but I sure do love it.

My work will be reviewed by six people and I am really looking forward to receiving feedback on my new and ongoing series (that I have yet to name.....). I will also be participating in the Portfolio Walk on Saturday June 8 at 5pm. It is free and open to the public at The Boston University Photonics Center 8 Saint Mary’s St., Boston, MA 02215, please join us!

Hopefully I will have good news to report after the reviews! Until then, here are some photos of me working along the way.

Greece Series Showing in Old Lyme, CT

I am excited to share that my work is hanging at Southeastern Employment Services in Old Lyme, Ct. The wonderful folks at SES were kind enough to invite me to showcase my artwork on their brand new walls in their brand new building! Thank you!! The framed photographs are for sale so if you are interested in seeing or purchasing please send me an email (elizabethellenwood@gmail.com) Here are a few photos of the show:

Penland 2013

Ah Penland, where to begin..... Here's where, my fellow artists, if you do not know about this place stop what you are doing and check it out. Click on the link and peruse their website. There are artists from all over, working in all different mediums - glass, photography, iron, jewelry, ceramics, printmaking, instillation, the list goes on and on. It is Amazing (the capitol A is indeed intentional). I spent eight days at Penland in April and am still on cloud nine from being there. Its like Never Never Land for artists, except instead of an island there is a mountain and it is filled with creativity, intense work ethic, beautiful studios, and amazing people.

So how did I get involved in this wonderful program? I was lucky enough to be asked to be a studio assistant for a workshop called Architectural Photography Master Class  taught by Neal Rantoul, Steve Rosenthal, Peter Vanderwarker, and Nick Wheeler. Also joining the team as a studio assistant was the lovely Mercedes Jelinek, a fellow photographer, friend, and darkroom geek just like me. We all started planning this workshop last fall and were thrilled when we found out the class had filled. Everything just got better when we met the whole crew down in North Carolina and got to meet the people who had filled our class. 11 students total, each with a different background and different approach to photography, all arrived with a great attitude, sense of humor, and an eagerness to learn and be creative in this new environment. 

And that is exactly what the week was; fun, educational, artistically stimulating, a swift kick in the ass to create more art. I can not express how happy I am to have been able to be a part of this workshop with the "fantastic four" (Neal, Steve, Peter, and Nick) and to have met such wonderful people including all of our workshop attendees and the other artists that were at Penland. I was so inspired by the constant motivation and passion of each artist I met. It just felt right being there and I am so thankful to everyone who made this experience so unforgetable.

Now to plan my next escape to Never Never Land..... I hope you decided to join me...

"Second star to the right and straight on 'till morning!"

Check out some of my work in progress photographs from Penland:

The Fine Art of Photography at The Plymouth Center of the Arts

Holding the Lexjet Award for Best Print and Presentation

Holding the Lexjet Award for Best Print and Presentation

Not only was my work accepted to the 2012 Fine Art of Photography at The Plymouth Center of the Arts, I also won the Lexjet Award for Best Print and Presentation. The same award my mentor and friend, Neal Rantoul won the previous year. Neal was the person to encourage me to apply to this show, coincidence I think not!

The Plymouth Center of the Arts is a wonderful space filled with great people. The Fine Art of Photography is an annual juried exhibition that showcases a wide range of photography; color, black and white, digital and film based.