4th Friday’s at The Starline Gallery

The Starline Gallery is a block-long factory circa 1883 that was saved from demolition and has been beautifully repurposed. Its aged brick and wooden beam construction is now filled with artist studios, art gallery and even banquet facilities.

Nine months of the year the restored factory is home to 4th Friday’s at The Starline Gallery. People come to an event that’s filled with art and music. Local artists submit their artwork and the exhibition consists of work selected through a juried selection process. Cast your vote on the small paper ballot, to decide the peoples choice for Best of Show.

Music at the event, now on three stages throughout the factory, consist of local bands all the way to solo musicians. Their musical genres are as wide as the artwork on display. Everything from folk, country, honkytonk, jazz and classical.

Roaming volunteers serve trays of light appetizers and there’s a cash bar that serves the full complement of cocktails, beer, wine and coffee drinks. The doors open at 6:00 PM and a modest $5.00 cover charge grants you access. Mark your calendar for the fourth Friday of the month and head on out to 4th Friday’s at The Starline Gallery, 306 W Front St, Harvard, IL.

Friday April 24, 2015 featured the americanna musical stylings of John Ballantyne’s Crazy Heart. Here is there cover of Speed of the Sound of Loneliness by John Prine.


Crystal Lake Centennial

Thousands of people enjoyed the Crystal Lake centennial kick off festivities held at Three Oaks Recreation Area. It featured numerous bands, food and drink, a carnival and fireworks. Local music favorites Modern Day Romeos and Libido Funk Circus were headliner acts in the main stage tent. Attendees both young and old were able to meet and get their photograph taken with several entertainers. Wizzo and Cookie the clown, featured on the long-running local WGN TV Bozo Show, and Star Wars characters from the 501st Garrison were some of the crowd favorites.

Area youth attended events on the beach ranging from a Hip Hop dance class, magician, and musicians. A kite building workshop and kite flying demonstration was featured too.

The time lapse video contains 1328 images captured over eight days. It features setup of the carnival, the festival, all the way through take down of the tents. Even the kite flying demonstration can be seen in the sky.

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Three Oaks Recreation Area – Grand Opening

I attended the dedication ceremony of Crystal Lake’s new park Three Oaks Recreation Area. The 462 acre recreation area opened at 6:30AM on October 1, 2010.

After photographing the ceremony  I spent a few hours exploring and taking photos around the site.

Three Oaks Recreation Area Dedication Ceremony

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City Council members join in unveiling the bronze dedication plaque.


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On the west end of the Lake House is a nice zero-depth splashpark.

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HDR Photography

Ross Cottage

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Ross Cottage

This is a Tone Mapped HDR (High Dynamic Range) image. It was created by combining three images. The three images were taken with bracketed exposures of 0, ± 1-1/3 ev. The post processing software allows you to create some interesting effects (Tone Mapping) or a more natural looking image with a larger dynamic range.

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I have submitted this photo to the This Week in Photography photo contest. The theme for the contest is Circles.
When you click on the photo it will take you to the contest website and then you can vote for my photo.

Ice Veterans Acres Winter circles
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I took this photo at Veterans Acres after an ice storm. There was a clear small frozen drop on the end of a branch and a lot of others on the tree branches in the background. They were catching the suns rays and causing the beautiful circle pattern.

Voting closed for this image 9-7-08.
Here is a link to the winning photo: Umbrellas