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Access Robert Frank’s Photos

Robert Frank in action

Robert Frank in action

Did you know that the National Gallery of Art has a massive archive of Robert Frank’s photos and movies? Did you know you can access them? That’s right, you can view his work from 1937 to 2005. The archive even includes contact sheets, work prints, negatives, technical material, and even recordings. It’s the largest collection of Frank’s work anywhere in the world.

Click here to get further info on how to gain access to this archive.

Guidelines To Help You Decide Where To Exhibit Your Art

University of California Riverside Botanic Garden

On June 17, 2011, I wrote “Photo Contests – Beware – They Might Try To Rip You Off” about carefully selecting where you show your work. I have come across two recent articles that expand on this idea, and are worth reading.

Everyone is scrambling to make a living these days. Unfortunately, there are people out there who think nothing of taking advantage of the hopes and dreams of artists. Do your homework before plunking down money to a gallery, contest, or inclusion in a book.

The majority of artists do not gain success by participating in contests or paying for wall space. Success comes through honing your talent and participating in the art world by attending gallery and museum openings, and networking within that world. One person talks about you to another, and you get an exhibit when your work fits the needs of a curator’s future show.

There are several galleries that charge a monthly fee to join. They are nonprofits, and are dedicated to furthering the career of artists. They are supportive and introduce their artists to collectors and curators.  Many artist have gone on to success in the art world. Did you know Man Ray was once a member of Los Angeles Art Association?

Then there are the for profit galleries that charge a “wall space” fee, or monthly fee or both. Some also take a percentage of the sales proceeds. These galleries need to be scrutinized. Some try to lure you in by feeding off your ego. They will say you were chosen from thousands of artists. Others promise exposure to collectors and curators. Check out their reputation, talk to their artists, and see if these claims are true. Read the following informative articles. They provide a good guideline to help you decide if you should get involved. One of them lists galleries to be especially careful of.


Gina Genis – Artist Profile in Press Enterprise Newspaper

The 11 x 18 1/2 foot Economy Portraits flag at Huntington Beach Art Center

The 11 x 18 1/2 foot Economy Portraits flag at Huntington Beach Art Center

Dear Friends and Bloggers,

The Press Enterprise newspaper, serving Riverside and San Bernardino in southern California has printed an artist profile, titled “Gina Genis Puts Artistry In Photojournalism”  about my work. I hope you visit the link and enjoy the article.

Thank you to Grace Kook Anderson, Curator of Exhibitions at the Laguna Art Museum, and Dave Barton, Senior Art Critic of OC Weekly, Theater producer and director, for providing insights about my work for this article.

Another thanks goes out to Jill  K. Jones for taking the time to research and write such an engaging profile.

You can find out more about Economy Portraits, the work highlighted in this piece by clicking here and going to another page in this blog.

A book about the Economy Portraits project is available on Amazon.

Find out about Gina Genis Photography Workshops, Lessons, and fine art here.

Gina Genis Photography Now Available At Forest Furniture Gallery In Idyllwild

Fuller Mill Creek in the Fog by Gina Genis

Hi Friends and Bloggers,

Just want to let you know that I am trying out a new gallery in Idyllwild. Forest Furniture Gallery, a gallery and hand make furniture store located upstairs in the Fort, is now carrying my photography. The image you see above won the month of December in the Idyllwild Town Crier calendar competition, and will be one of the available prints.

Lake Fulmor With Ice by Gina Genis

The image above, “Lake Fulmor With Ice”, is currently the cover of the Idyllwild Visitor’s Guide. This image is included in a room screen that has 3 panels, each panel with 4 of my landscape or nature photographs in it.

Lake Fulmor Reflections by Gina Genis

A horizontal version of “Lake Fulmor Reflections”, above is on display and waiting for a new home.

Contact Forest Furniture for details. As for Martin. He’s the owner and a really cool and funny guy. He will ship.

Forest Furniture Gallery
The Fort
54225 North Circle Dr. Ste. #B18
Idyllwild, CA. 92549

Phone: 714-717-9447   email

Getty Center Museum Exhibits Robert Mapplethorpe

Calla Lily by Robert Mapplethorpe 1988

The Getty Center Museum is currently showing and extensive body of work by photo master Robert Mapplethorpe. The following is from the Getty’s website:

A tastemaker and provocateur, Robert Mapplethorpe was one of the great photographers of the second half of the twentieth century. His highly stylized explorations of gender, race, and sexuality became hallmarks of the period and exerted a powerful influence on his contemporaries.

I am thrilled that so much of his work is in one exhibit, so am anxious to get there as soon as possible. The show runs from October 23, 2012 – March 24, 2013.

Review of “When I’m 64” Exhibit, Including “Window Peeping”

There is a fabulous exhibit up at the Wignall Museum of Contemporary Art in Rancho Cucamonga, California. When I’m 64, curated by Rebecca Trawick, centers around aging in America. There are funny, melancholy, poignant, and absurd moments to discover in the images on display. The exhibit runs through November 21, 2012.

Five of my large-scale photographs from the Window Peeping series are included.

Ceramic Ducks from the Window Peeping series

Art critic Stacy Davies deserves credit for recommending When I’m 64, and writing a great review in Visual Art Source (VAS). Aging is not sexy. We live in a youth obsessed world. Davies looked beyond the normal art hype to give Rebecca Trawick and the show the credit it deserves. Thanks, Stacy. I know I sound a little full of myself for blogging this because my work is included. However, my purpose is to bring attention to the topic of aging than to my work. In fact, there are seven other incredible artists in this show; Troy Adssey, Jeanne C. Finley, Jessica Ingram, Nancy Macko, Peter Riesett, Shari Wasson, and Martha Wilson. As someone who spent five years taking care of an elderly mother with dementia, I know our health care system needs revisions. I take every opportunity to spotlight their plight. After all, we will be there someday too.

Send Your Best Images Competition

Hello Friends, Photographers, and Fellow Bloggers,

Just wanted to let you know that I am one of the jurors for the “Give Us Your Best Shot” competition. This photographic competition is hosted by the Orange County Center for Contemporary Art. OCCCA has been in existence for 32 years, and has a exhibition space of more than 6,000 sq ft in the heart of the Santa Ana Arts District in California. OCCCA is on the list of 10 Best Museums in California, and award given by CBS Los Angeles.

The OCCCA Building below.


The other esteemed jurors are Susan Spiritus, of Susan Spiritus Gallery, Kirk Pedersen, fine art publisher, and Jeff T. Alu, photographer and curator.

If you have read my past blogs, you know I am wary of photography competitions. I will never list a competition that I do not believe in. I have had a lot of experience working with OCCCA in the past, and curated “Wide Angle View” there. You can rest assured every entry will be looked at and we, the jurors will choose the best, most interesting submissions for a strong show.

So give it a shot. Expose your work to curators, publishers, and gallerists. Even if you don’t make it into the show, your photography will be seen and possibly remembered for future exhibits. The deadline is November 10, 2012. Good luck.


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