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Sylvia Crain                                            What's Up?

Fine Art Photography

Dear Photography Enthusiast,

It has been awhile since my last communication and there has been a lot going on. I had a very successful solo exhibition of my Collective Expression portfolio at the Louise Hopkins Underwood Center for the Arts in February. I then turned my attention to experimenting with infrared photography and rediscovering my black & white roots. Most recently I have been photographing and printing infrared and black & white images. I also took a carbon printing workshop. Carbon printing was developed in the 1850's as a way to resolve fading of images in early photographic processes and is very archival. I am in the process of gathering supplies and setting up an area for carbon printing. I have not abandoned color and continue to create color images and to add new expressions to Collective Expression.

These activities have culminated in three exhibitions this December.

Six Shooters is a group show highlighting the work of six New Mexico photographers.

Image of Six Shooters Card

December 11 - 13, 2009

Panel Discussion: December 12th 2pm

Opening Reception: December 11th 4 - 8pm

Hours: Saturday and Sunday, 10am - 6pm

1228 Parkway Art Space
1228 Parkway Drive at Rufina
Santa Fe, NM

This exhibit will feature some of my new infrared and black & white work. Infrared photography is new to me and I am drawn to it because of the surreal and altered perceptions which can be created in everyday scenes. I am also thoroughly enjoying moving back to the simplicity of shape and form in black & white photography. You can view some of my explorations here.

The first Annual New Mexico Photographic Art Show (ANMPAS) has the goals of encouraging statewide support of photographic artists and supports activities and education of photographers. This juried show includes two of my infrared images. Those of you in New Mexico; make a point to visit this exhibit and support photographic arts in the state.

December 5 - 27, 2009

Opening Reception: December 5th, 1 - 3pm

Hours: 10am - 5pm (Closed Tuesday)

Fine Arts Building
EXPO New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM

Photographic Image of "The Day After"

In its 10th year, I have always enjoyed High and Dry and am pleased to have once again been accepted. This juried exhibition highlights photography from arid and semiarid regions of the world. The selected image The Morning's Promise is from my series Rippling Sands.

Photographic Image "The Mornings Promise"

November 20, 2009 - January 15, 2010

Opening Reception: December 4th, 5 - 7:30pm

International Cultural Center
Texas Tech University
601 Indiana Avenue
Lubbock, TX

You can view the images from the exhibition by clicking here.

One last bit of exciting news! Two images from my Artifacts series, Red Bar and Moment of Clarity, have been selected as part of the Art in Public Places 2009 New Mexico Only Purchase Initiative. These works will be installed in early 2010 at the David F. Cargo El Valle de Anton Chico Library in Anton Chico, New Mexico.

Photographic Image  Red Bar
Image Moment of Clarity


With my work hanging in several venues around the southwest, you might expect to see me at some of these events but life has a way of conspiring against us. Before I knew about any of these opportunities, I had already planned a trip to Africa. I will be visiting my niece Christina who is studying there and exploring a new continent. I am taking both my color and infrared cameras and hope to come back with some exciting new images. Although I will not be around to see any of the exhibits I do hope you have an opportunity to visit at least one of the shows.

Thank you for your interest in my work. If you know of others who may be interested in my imagery, I would appreciate your forwarding this message to them.

Have a happy holiday season. Get out and support the arts in your local community and have a safe and creative 2010!



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