I accepted an invitation to visit some of Santa Cruz's Open Studios with artist Ed Smiley without really knowing what I was getting myself into. We started out at the Santa Cruz Art League bright and early, before the studios were actually "open." We visited so many artists' studios that day I actually lost count. After about three hours (not even halfway through our day) I was already tired and feeling like I had taken myself on a more than satisfying art field trip. However, I discovered Ed's invincible stamina for viewing and appreciating art. Ed voraciously feeds on art, especially paintings, and seems to have an insatiable hunger for more. I observed him transfixed as he contemplated image after image with complete attention, fully engaging with each artwork. From time to time he shared his thoughts with me, always insightful and intelligent. Ed's unbridled passion for art is as impressive as his knowledge of art history and his contemporaries. He was warmly greeted by artist after artist, all of whom appeared delighted to have him in attendance. Although exhausted beyond belief, the day was richly inspiring, and only in part by all the wonderful art. Ed's enthusiasm for art and art process, left me with the desire to view, collect, and learn about art as much as humanly possible. His website is chock full of his musings and a handy list of resources and artists in the Santa Cruz area as well as images of his work. 
 
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Congratulations to photographer Topher McGovern for a fantastic debut show on Friday! His work was admired by visitors and a number of pieces found permanent homes, with one piece being sent to Germany! Topher is generously donating ten percent of his sales to the Second Harvest Food Bank. Visit www.idlesessions.com to check out his image gallery. He offers signed metallic prints and aluminum prints both framed and unframed, and in various sizes and price points. I personally love how the metallic prints reflect light and highlight different details in the image depending on the ambient light. Because of their ever-changing nature, these photographs feel alive and dynamic, and invite an ongoing dialogue with the viewer. 

 
According to Wikipedia:

High dynamic range imaging (HDRI or HDR) is a set of methods used in imaging and photography, to allow a greater dynamic range between the lightest and darkest areas of an image than current standard digital imaging methods or photographic methods. HDR images can represent more accurately the range of intensity levels found in real scenes, from direct sunlight to faint starlight, and is often captured by way of a plurality of differently exposed pictures of the same subject matter.

In simpler terms, HDR is a range of methods to provide higher dynamic range from the imaging process. Non-HDR cameras take pictures at one exposure level with a limited contrast range. This results in the loss of detail in bright or dark areas of a picture, depending on whether the camera had a low or high exposure setting. HDR compensates for this loss of detail by taking multiple pictures at different exposure levels and intelligently stitching them together to produce a picture that is representative in both dark and bright areas.

HDR is also commonly used to refer to display of images derived from HDR imaging in a way that exaggerates contrast for artistic effect. The two main sources of HDR images are computer renderings and merging of multiple low-dynamic-range (LDR)[4] or standard-dynamic-range (SDR) photographs. Tone mapping methods, which reduce overall contrast to facilitate display of HDR images on devices with lower dynamic range, can be applied to produce images with preserved or exaggerated local contrast for artistic effect.



 
When I decided that I wanted to start hosting art shows for other artists, I looked around for someone who had high intrinsic motivation, valued his or her art, and could represent himself or herself in a professional manner. My goal was to show work that was created from a deep and true place from within the artist. I was looking for something special. 

And with that in mind, I found myself intrigued by Topher McGovern's photography images on Facebook. I messaged him and he agreed to meet with me. My original intention was to offer him a spot in a group show. But when I saw his work in person and listened to him talk about it, I immediately felt it merited its own spotlight.

Topher beautifully creates moods and textures, breathing life into his photographs, from dazzling cityscapes to tranquil seascapes. His use of line takes the viewer on a journey through the image, giving it a sense of motion and fluidity. Enhanced by his choice of metallic prints, his work succeeds in producing a three dimensional quality, with rich depth and luminosity. This exhibit is truly a treat you won't want to miss!

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Welcome to the Art Revór blog! I will be posting little nuggets here and there to keep you abreast of the latest and greatest adventures in my life as it interfaces with Art Revór. I will also share bits and pieces of back story and how Art Revór came to be. But before I get into any of that, I want to congratulate Idle Sessions photographer Topher McGovern for his debut show coming up this month. It is always a courageous move for an artist to show his or her work because of the inherent vulnerability that artists experience. And I am thoroughly delighted and thrilled to not only be a be a part of this celebration of courage, but also a springboard from which this stunning collection of photography will be launched and an art career ignited!