I am very pleased that I had two works accepted into the Artisphere 2016 Artists of the Upstate Juried Exhibition. One of those works, Portrait of Juile, won the Award of Excellence, and was announced at the opening reception on the first day of Artisphere, Friday May 13th. My work was a 32″ x 40″ archival pigment print on Epson cold press paper. The image is from one of my original wet plate collodion tintypes.
The award was presented by Alan Ethridge, Director of the Greenville Metropolitan Arts Council.
Julie’s parents, Rev. Bob Chiles and Christine Zimmerman Chiles, were at the reception along with my wife, Debbie Rice. Julie posed for my tintype on location at Tigg’s Pond in Zirconia, NC. Julie is a very talented musician in The Buck Stops Here, a bluegrass band that just released their first album. She had her fiddle with her in the shot and was wearing her mom’s wedding dress.