New Mexico :: Georgia O’Keeffe Country

Sun Kissed

Sun Kissed

Tomorrow I’m heading over to Ghost Ranch in Abiquiu, New Mexico, to teach a week of Digital SLR Photography in Georgia O’Keeffe country. I look forward to spending time in that most beautiful landscape, sharing this passion with a new group of participants.

Juried Artist Exhibition Selection

Water Color

Water Color, Cannon Beach, Oregon

My image “Water Color” was selected for the Open Lens II exhibit at Gallery 7, Joliet, Illinois.

Open Lens II is Gallery 7’s 2nd Annual Juried Exhibit of Photographic Fine Art.  Over 535 images were submitted by more than 90 artists from across the country.  The exhibit features 68 images selected by 2 jurors with a Best of Show Award, 1st, 2nd and 3rd Place Awards, 6 Honorable Mention Awards, and Purchase Awards honoring more than 10 Artists and images.  The exhibit features an Opening and Closing Reception and is open for  viewing by the public and invitees over the course of the exhibit.

The Exhibit Opening Reception is today, June 4, 2010 from 6:00 PM to 9:00PM.  The exhibit runs through the July 15, 2010 Artists Closing Reception.

About Gallery 7

Gallery 7 is a Fine Art Gallery in the Rialto Arts District in Historic Downtown Joliet.  Located just one door north of the historic Rialto Theater, Gallery 7 features Fine Art Photography, Fiber Art and other artworks.  It is a collaboration of nine member and associate member artists.  The gallery is open 11 AM to 2 PM,  Monday through Friday, for receptions and by appointment.  Call 815.726.1840 for appointment openings.  Address:  Gallery  7, 116 N Chicago St, Suite 102, Joilet, Illinois.

Three Kings

Three Kings

Three Kings

This was an exciting trip to several iconic locations in north-central New Mexico.  I was blessed with beautiful weather and days of spectacular clouds and light while photographing Battleship Rock, Cerro Pedernal, Chama River, Chimney Rock, Plaza Blanca, Orphan Mesa, Mesa Montosa, and the brilliantly colorful Painted Desert made famous by the paintings of Georgia O’Keeffe.

In this season of innocence and gratitude, I am grateful to have been able to photograph these timeless natural sculptures, and glad to be able to share these images with you.

My best wishes to you and yours!

Juried Artist Exhibition at Gallery 7 Open Lens

Lake Powell Sunset

Lake Powell Sunset

I want to thank my followers,  you are an important part of my life.  Serving you, happily and regularly, is a pleasure for me because you nurture MY life.

Harry Hitzeman at Open Lens Exhibit, with his entry “Lake Powell Sunset”

My wife Marti told me three of her women friends who follow my blog were asking how it went for me at the “Open Lens” National Juried Exhibit at Gallery 7 in Joliet. (Why is it always women who are able to ask about these things?  Wait — actually I’ve had two men and one woman ask me directly.)

What can I say?  I was happy to be there, but more than that, I felt like I was a part of a tribe who was celebrating seeing and creating and having the desire to buy the camera and lenses and make travel plans to go to the place and pay the teacher and guide and set up the tripod and focus the camera and set the exposure and capture the image and develop it in the software and print it and frame it and bring it to the show. (Sorry for the long-windedness, this is always a danger when I talk about my feelings!)

So to my friends and family and other unknown audience of the world-wide web — it was GREAT!  We had fancy hors d’oeuvres and wine and beer and pop and desserts.  There were jazz guitarists.  There were more awards.  And my loving daughter Helena accompanied me, and even took a picture of me standing next to my art hanging on the wall and posted it on her Facebook page.

It was a thrill to take that picture of Lake Powell.  It was a thrill to stand in that spot and watch the reddish light of sunset slowly trace its way across the silent rock and shimmering water.  Nature’s quiet, slow, eternal fireworks display

And I am happy to let the world see it and experience some peace or joy or mystery or sense of beauty, depending on what they see inside themselves.

In Other News …

I have been shooting and/or developing my Chicago, Arizona, California, and Utah Galleries.  This month I will be shooting Oregon waterfalls, lighthouses, seascapes, and sand dunes.  Stay tuned for more Hitzeman Photography Gallery Premieres!!

And in Other, Other News …

This week’s BIG NEWS for Chicagoans!  Congratulations and thanks to the 2010 Stanley Cup Champions, the Chicago Blackhawks,  from this hard-working Lighthawk!

“Stanley Cup Vigil”, Chicago, (C) Harry Hitzeman

Lake Powell Sunset

Lake Powell Sunset

Lake Powell Sunset

My image “Lake Powell Sunset” was selected for the Open Lens exhibit at Gallery 7,  Joliet, Illinois.

“We had 449 images submitted and the quality of the work was truly exceptional!” said Hank Erdmann, organizer of the event.  “I only wish we had more space to show them all.  As it is we expanded the selection list to 50 images — 35 plus images will make up the exhibit with 15 alternates.”


The invitation to enter read:  “Open Lens is Gallery 7’s celebration of the Photographic Image.  This exhibit celebrates the vision of photographers and their contributions to the art world. You are invited to experience the vision of photographers and possibly yours as well through the open lens of photographers throughout the Midwest and beyond.  Jurors  are Joseph Baltz, Willard Clay, and Barry Skurkis.”

The Exhibit Opening Reception is June 4, 2010 from 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM.  You can meet the artists and see the Juried Artist Awards.

The exhibit runs through the July 16, 2010 Artists Closing Reception.

About Gallery 7

Gallery 7 is a Fine Art Gallery in the Rialto Arts District in Historic Downtown Joliet.  Located just one door north of the historic Rialto Theater, Gallery 7 features Fine Art Photography, Fiber Art and other artworks.  It is a collaboration of nine member and associate member artists.  The gallery is open 11 AM to 2 PM,  Monday through Friday, for receptions and by appointment.  Call 815.726.1840 for appointment openings.
Address:  Gallery  7, 116 N Chicago St, Suite 102, Joilet, Illinois.