Art Blog

By Fred Casselman

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February, 2014

Two of my images are in the current Witness & Artist show at the Life Force Arts Center in Chicago, January 31 – April 8, 2014. The exhibit corresponds to the Imbloc cycle on the Wheel of the Year. My two art pieces honor and bear witness to the Imbloc and to Brigid, the saint and goddess of the Imbloc. I hold a special place in my heart for Brigid—she's been a loving companion to me on this Earthly journey.

Artist and Witness show


November, 2013

I feel a great affinity with the ancient Zoroastrian priests, the magi, who for countless generations observed the nighttime sky, searching with their instruments and their hearts for a sign of the Great Awakening of humanity. Finally, the sign arrived—the Star of Bethlehem.

To this day, I still have a fascination with the sky and how it can inspire and teach us. I’ve put together a selection of my favorite sky images for a show at the Morse Institute Library in Natick, MA. The show runs through the day after Christmas, 2013.

The thumbnail is from one of the newest images in the show. This picture of the Milky Way was taken from our campsite on the ocean at the eastern tip of Prince Edward Island, Canada. The lights at the horizon are from Nova Scotia, about 35 miles across the water. A wide angle lens was used to capture the vastness and the glow of our galaxy.

Autumn show


October, 2013

Two of my Autumn images are in the current show at the Life Force Arts Center in Chicago. The dates are September 27th - November 20th, 2013.

Autumn show


June, 2013

Two of my newest images are in the Summer show at the Life Force Arts Center in Chicago. The show is entitled From Energy to Iconography, and the dates are June 14th - September 17th, 2013. The opening reception is Friday, June 14, 2013.

June show


June, 2013

I’m pleased to have four images in the June Express show at F.I.R.E. Art Studios and Gallery, Naperville, IL. The dates are June 11th - June 29th, 2013. The opening reception is Saturday, June 15, 2013. Here's the cover and my page from the printed catalogue for the show.

June show


May, 2013

I’ve had work in six shows in late 2012 and early 2013—in Framingham, Concord, Chicago, and Naperville. Unfortunately, I've fallen a bit behind in updating my blog, but I’ll strive to keep up. Starting now, May, 2013.

I’m pleased to have three images in the May show at F.I.R.E. Art Studios and Gallery, Naperville, IL. The dates are May 11th - June 8th, 2013. F.I.R.E. stands for “Feel, Introspect, Rejuvenate, Express”, and the theme for the May show is Rejuvenate. Here are my three Rejuvenate images, and here are links to the F.I.R.E. Gallery and to the Rejuvenate show

Dream River


September, 2012

Several of my images have found a genial home over the past three years at the Life Force Arts Center in Chicago. I’m pleased to have 3 images appearing in their current exhibit Ancestors, Sept 21, 2012 - Jan 8, 2013. Click here to see the 3 along with a discussion of their Ancestor connection.

Nautilus


February, 2012

My first show for 2012 is appearing at the Framingham Massachusetts Public Library, February 15-28. The show’s entitled Nature and Cosmos, Magic and Spirit. Here’s some nice press coverage of the show from February 26, 2012.

Watty


January, 2012

Our beloved Mr. Watson (aka Watty) passed over on January 16, 2012, Martin Luther King Day. Watty was 16 1/2 years old. It’s very hard to say goodbye to such a dear friend. We’ve created a webpage to honor his life with us.

Watty


Late October, 2011

October surprised us with huge snowstorm. Click here to see some pictures.

October Snow Storm


September 23, 2011

Here are some images from our September, 2011, trip to the Canadian Maritimes in our VW camper. In these images, I strive to bring out a sense of spirit, of the magical in nature.

Rhododendron


September 7, 2011

I have a new piece appearing at the CommonWalk EcoArts Festival, September 17, 2011, in Fitzwilliam, New Hampshire.

Rhododendron


April 27, 2011

It’s been a long time since I’ve updated the blog. My focus the last few months has been on completing my book. It’s been a bit of an arduous path, but one also blessed with much support, great editors, and wonderful synchronicity.

Fresh Air: New Visions for the Catholic Church

There is a revised title: Fresh Air: New Visions for the Catholic Church, and I’ve updated the cover again with a new image (May 11, 2011). And yet again (September 23, 2011). Finally published! (January 6, 2012).


New Tools

I have some new tools, and from these have come some new type images. As of January 7, 2011, there are four new images, and more are sure to follow.
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New York Hall of Science

Here’s a gentle image called Earth Island Paradise that’s a part of the Digital 10: Planet Earth exhibit at the New York Hall of Science through January 31, 2011. (Update: The exhibit has been extended to March 26, 2011). The image was a collaboration between myself and Mike Shane of the Netherlands. The exhibit was organized by Art & Science Collaborations, Inc.. Click on the image below to see a larger version.
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A New Hampshire Weekend

Here's some interesting stuff from our fall weekend in New Hampshire, October 9-10, 2010
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September 1, 2010

Here are a few new images to enjoy.
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July 4, 2010

I’m very pleased that four of my images are included in the Second Annual Chicago Festival of Spiritual Art at the Life Force Arts Center. The show runs through September 6, 2010. Click on the small image below to view the four art pieces. The lead piece, The Seed, comes with some very wonderful words through Lucy Bright Eyes. Click here to see this version.

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July 1, 2010

This spring, our neighbor Fran gifted us with a beautiful bouquet of white peonies from her garden. I took some nice close-up photos of them and have just completed playing with the photos on my Mac. Software imaging tools used included Photoshop, Nik Color Efex Pro, Xaos Tools Terrazzo, and Corel KPT Collection. The result is 3 new pictures featuring the Flower of Life pattern.

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April 22, 2010

Earth Day is here! It makes Earth very happy when we pause to appreciate her beauty. In this tribute to Earth, I’m using three different flower-related images that we can focus on to bring ourselves closer to Earth. We love you Gaia!

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April 18, 2010

I’m now devoting a significant amount of time to my new book. It’s something I’ve been working on in various ways for several years. The goal is to publish it late-2010 or early-2011. The title is…are you ready for this…“A New Vision for the Catholic Church”. If you’ve been following the news recently, you know that the church is in need of some new visions. Really, really in need! Update, January 2012: New cover, book published. Here it is.

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April 14, 2010

Spring is now springing forth in all her glory here in New England. What wonderful days we are having. My creative efforts are temporarily focused on my new book rather than the art and photography. So, here’s a nice spring magnolia image from last year to enjoy.

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March 2, 2010

Carol gifted me with a Lobster Newburg dinner with chocolate fondue and luscious strawberries on Valentine’s Day. And she also gave me a lovely bouquet of flowers with the suggestion that I might like to do something artsy with them. So, I photographed the white rose in the center of the arrangement and have been playing with the photo the last few weeks. I gave it a sort of glamour glow effect along with a high key effect. Here’s my beautiful Valentine Rose:

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February 21, 2010

I’m very pleased that my art is included in shows in Chicago and Concord during February and March 2010. There are five images total in these two shows. Click on the small image below to see the details and view the images

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February 16, 1020

Oops, I mean February 16, 2010.

So, this post is about free energy or new energy. It seems as if our planet has been running way, way too long on fossil fuel energy. This is very old energy indeed, literally and figuratively. It’s expensive, pollutes our Earth, and has been the cause of warfare and political unrest.

Our human consciousness has surely expanded to the point where newer forms of energy can now come in. A very promising technology is cold fusion. This is similar to the reactions that take place on the sun, but it's been observed taking place on a table top at room temperature. It was first discovered about 20 years ago but then considered a fluke. It is now staging a grand resurgence and may come into being very, very soon. There is an excellent and very readable reference on cold fusion here.

So, dwelling on these thoughts, a couple of images came to mind that I did several years ago. Perhaps they will give a boost to the arrival of cold fusion or other free energy technology. Click on each to see a larger version.

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Thanks to Adamus, Geoffrey, and Linda of the Crimson Circle for bringing up this very timely topic in the February 2010 Channel.


February 9, 2010

I’ve printed 13 by 19 inch proofs of a number of my recent images. The proofs were reviewed carefully and 14 selected for a portfolio. I’ll be approaching some new venues this year with this portfolio, either the online version or the actual print version. Hopefully, I’ll be announcing a new exhibit soon. If you have any venue suggestions, let me know. To view the portfolio, click on either of the small thumbnails below:

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