Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Chace + Smith Photography Presents at Chamber Lunch & Learn Event

(Press Release)

On Wednesday, January 20, the Tuscarora Area Chamber of Commerce hosted its monthly Lunch and Learn event at the Mercersburg Inn in Mercersburg, PA. Presenters at the event were Ryan and Larissa Smith of Chace + Smith Photography and Ryan Smith Photography. Their presentation was entitled "The Value of Photography: How Photography Can Enhance Your Business Marketing." After a meet-and-greet in the Inn's salon, guests were seated in one of the beautiful dining rooms. The Inn served a delicious lunch prior to the presentation.

The Smiths began their discussion with the history of their business, why they moved back to the area in 2007, and the various clients they work with. The majority of the presentation concerned the value of quality photography in business marketing, as well as licensing and intellectual property. The goal of the discussion was to motivate and inspire listeners to utilize photography to enhance their business image through marketing, even in a tough economy. The Smiths recommended developing a strong brand strategy, factoring photography and design into the overall marketing plan, and budgeting for marketing and photography.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Opening Reception: Thank You

Last Friday I had the privilege of sharing some of my favorite work from our Creative Highways Project in a gallery setting. I shared the exhibition with Staci Grimes and Stacey Ferree, two fantastic local photographers.

We had a great turnout and I can't emphasize enough how much I appreciate my friends and family coming out to show their support. It means a lot to have such a supportive community. This support is just one more reason that we have chosen to live in a small town like Mercersburg. Knowing that my neighbors support my endeavors is a great reward. This community of creative, energetic and motivated people highlights our reasons for wanting to live and operate our business in rural Pennsylvania.

Thank you to everyone who was able to make it to last Friday's opening. If you weren't able to make it then, the photographs will be on display until February 20th, so stop in and check out what I'm puttin' out.

Here I am pretending to know what I'm talking about.

My ever supportive family.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

America Through the Eyes of the Artist

(posted by Ryan)

I am proud to announce that I have my first shared photography exhibition opening this month. I will be exhibiting 8 photographs from our Creative Highways project for this exhibit titled "America Through the Eyes of the Artist" with photographers, Staci Grimes and Stacey Ferree.

I was thrilled when the Chambersburg Council for the Arts contacted me about this show because I immediately thought of our Creative Highways project. I had been looking for a way to showcase this work so the timing was perfect.

I am hopeful that people who come to see this show will walk away with a renewed sense of wonder and curiosity for the American landscape. These pictures mean a lot to me and each one tells a story about our country, about the open highway and about the way we, as humans, interact with our environment.

I have poured my heart and soul into these photographs. I remember the temperature, the smell, the exact location and how I was feeling whenever I took these photographs. I meticulously worked through the printing process, burning through too much paper and ink until I had the print as I thought it should be. I even matted and framed these images wearing my winter jacket in the drafty attic space where I keep my matte cutter. It has taken months to get to this point and it feels good to know that from January 15 through February 20 these images will hang in a space meant to share artwork.

Please join me for the opening of this show on Friday, January 15 from 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM. I would love to have you there.

Here is the press release:
“America Through the Eyes of the Artist” will be on display at the Kaleidoscope Gallery from January 15th through February 20th at 159 South Main Street, Chambersburg. The exhibit will feature photography by Stacey Ferree of Waynesboro, Staci Grimes of Shippensburg and Ryan Smith of Mercersburg. The opening reception will be held on Friday January 15th from 4:30-6:30 PM and will be an opportunity for Gallery patrons to meet the artists.