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Selected for Columbus Arts Festival ~ Booth W291

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PRESS RELEASE: Rick Braveheart Selected for Columbus Arts Festival
April 27, 2015

COLUMBUS, OHIO ā€” Rick Braveheart has been selected to exhibit at the 54th Annual Columbus Arts Festival on June 12-14, 2015. The juried art show, one of the most highly acclaimed arts festivals in the nation, last year attracted over 500,000 art enthusiasts to the city’s downtown riverfront. He will join over 300 artists from around the world for this three-day event. Rick will also be featured among a handful of Emerging Artist’sā€“a select program designed to help promote Central Ohio artists who are new to presenting their work at art festivals.

Rick has been a life-long landscape photographer and began his work with a camera at age ten. Starting with a single photograph published in a textbook decades ago, his work is now found in hundreds of private and corporate collections including the permanent collection of the U.S. National Park Service, U.S. State Department Embassies, various museums and national conservation organizations.

rick-braveheart-columbus-arts-festivalRick Braveheart has created a unique visual style in his landscape work and is known for his love of nature and of bring attention to the need for protecting America’s national lands. Often waiting hours to capture a single photograph, along with an understanding of light, nature and the environment, his images evoke a sense of wonder and reveal an inner beauty, energy and spirit of the land. Rick’s traditional photographs are made with modern digital and film cameras as well as large century-old wooden cameras. He also creates non-traditional photographic images with wax painting and by hand-transferring inks from original photos onto handmade paper, glass, wood and other surfaces.

The Columbus Arts Festival, held along the city’s revitalized riverfront area known as the Scioto Mile, is produced by the non-profit Greater Columbus Arts Council. This annual festival is consistently ranked among the top art fairs in the nation including Sunshine Artist magazine’s top 100 fairs, American Style, and the Art Fair Sourcebook ELITE 25 Fine Art Fairs.

At the festival Rick can be found in booth W291. For more information on his work please visit rickbraveheart.com. For more information about the festival, its artists, programs and performers, visit the Columbus Arts Festival website at: columbusartsfestival.org ā€“ and follow the festival on Facebook and Twitter.

New Work on Exhibit in Kansas City

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Dazzled on Exhibit in Kansas City, Kansas


One of Rick’s landscape photographs from Zion National Park titled Dazzled will be featured in a juried art exhibit in Kansas City, Kansas. The fine art exhibition, which runs April 3-June 14, 2015 will be held in Art at the Center located at 1902 Lowell Avenue in Overland Park, Kansas.

This annual juried art exhibition began in 1979. Art at the Center is a unique midwest gallery space showcasing the work of artists from across the U.S. This exhibition includes photography, paintings, mixed media, pastels, sculpture and ceramics.

The opening reception on April 3 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. is open to the public and light refreshments will be served. For the remainder of the show, all works will be on display Monday through Friday 5:30 a.m.-10 p.m., Saturdays 7 a.m.-8 p.m. and Sundays 10 a.m.-8 p.m. If you are in the Kansas City area, I hope you will find time during the exhibit to stop by, view Dazzled and enjoy the artworks of many talented artists from around the country.

Death Valley National Park: Part 4

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During my time at Death Valley National Park there were a great many locations which I found lovely, breathtaking, inspirational and/or physically challenging to visit (in a good way!). My most memorable of them all, and for me, the most beautiful, inspirational and photogenic were the sand dunes. There are four designated sand dunes located throughout the park: Eureka Dunes (in the north), Panamint Dunes (in the west), Ibex Dunes (in the south) and my most favorite, Mesquite Flat Dunes located in the center of the park.

Mesquite Flat Dunes
The most popular and most photographed destination in the park, and deservedly so, are the Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes. Located only 1 mile (1.6 km) down the road from Stovepipe Wells Village (with its motel, restaurant and RV/camping facility), it is also one of the easiest locations to visit in the park. And because of this, it can frequently be the busiest. Because of this, if you like solitude or having the place almost completely to yourself for photography, the best time to visit is very early or late in the day or at night.
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The Mesquite Flat Dunes within the park are frequently written about in travel books and became even more popular when they were used for filming many of the scenes in the Star Wars movies. Because of their publicity, most visitors to these dunes are usually surprised that the main section spans a small area of roughly two square miles (5.2km2).

These dunes are located in the middle of a valley surrounded by mountains in all directions. Because of this they are relatively stationary, stable and have remained in this same location for over millions of years. They are also somewhat short. Compared to the massive dunes of the Arabian Peninsula, Moracco, Libya and France, the tallest at Mesquite Flat Dunes rise only about 100 feet (30.5m).

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Photographing the Dunes
While late day photography can produce pleasing results, because of the direction of the rising sun I found that the best time to photograph the dunes was around the time of sunrise. The soft morning light results in warmer colors and casts long shadows that can reveal even small details in the landscape. The second best time to photograph was late in the day but because the sun drops behind a distant mountain long before sunset, the window for good photography is brief.
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death valley artists palette
The light during mid-day in the dunes is far to bright for good photography and results in images that look flat and washed out. Similarly, because the dunes are so popular with daytime visitors, it’s nearly impossible to find an area that is not dotted with people nor one covered in footprints. Because of the frequently clear and dark skies nighttime and moon light photography also works well here.

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