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This computer-enhanced digital photograph was taken near Skyline Drive in Shenandoah National Park, in the Blue Ridge Mountains, on the Limberlost trail. Shortly after I clicked the shutter, the heavens openned, and my husband and I were drenched to the bone before we could get back to our car. It was in the Landscape Show at The Art League Gallery in Alexandria, VA, as a signed, Open Edition print, 11" x 17" image on 13" x 19" paper, simply framed with spacers in a black wood frame. They sold two prints for me at $150.00 each plus VA tax. "Forest Path #1" is not currently available framed from The Art League, but I plan to mat it and make it available there in The Bin Gallery January - June 2009. You may also order it here framed, or unframed for only $45.00 plus s/h and VA tax if applicable.
Other sizes, including limited editions and note cards, also available; see Order Information
I am inspired primarily by my reverence for nature. My pictures come from many places, such as my native Virginia and other states I have visited, notably the southwest landscapes of Arizona and New Mexico. I love the challenge of photographing animals: birds - especially baby birds and their nests - butterflies, cats, deer, and so on. I am fascinated by the power of the camera to freeze moments which pass so quickly they are easily missed. These include not only living things such as flowers and trees blowing in the wind, but also rocks, cliffs, clouds, and landscapes as they are changed by wind, storms, and shadows in shifting sunlight from sunrises to sunsets and twilight.
When choosing which of my thousands of images to offer as limited edition giclee prints, I look for a spiritual quality, dramatic composition and sumptuous color. Here are some of my most recently added images.
Whether you choose to order prints or are simply here to browse, I hope you enjoy the pictures I exhibit.
I had a Solo Show at The Art Group in Mount Jackson, VA, in April 2008.Framing is artfully chosen using archival materials, which results in in less waste going into our landfills.
I am looking for a mounting and matting material that is more environmentally friendly than conventionally grown cotton, without sacrificing longevity. Many framers tout cotton rag mats as being "renewable," but fail to mention that the pesticides used to grow cotton are among the most damaging for the environment. If you know of anyone who offers organic or recycled cotton rag mats, or mats made of hemp, linen, etc., please let me know. Wood fiber cannot be made as safe for artwork as cotton rag; the buffering dissipates over time.
Mats and mouting board are white, off-white, or black unless you request a different color (fee requested).I use cotton rag and UV-filtering glass to protect your artwork for generations. I am now using rice paper hinges with wheat paste, the method approved by conservators, to hinge artwork to larger backing board.
If framed without a mat, artwork is separated from the glass by PH-neutral spacers. I use UV-filtering "Conservation Clear" glass, but you may request 87% UV-filtering acrylic, which I recommend if you move frequently.
Our frames are environmentally friendly products; no rainforest or hardwood trees are sacrificed.
Any new frames we order will be made of non-endangered wood from tree farms, or bamboo frames with eco-concious finishes. Frames in stock include recycled-wood frames laminated with a wood-tone material. I have been assured by the manufacturer that this material is not vinyl, and is non-toxic. I also have overstock frames, frames made locally from discontinued moldings, and used frames (donated by a generous fellow-member of The Art Group in MT Jackson, VA).
Colors currently in stock in most sizes: black, reddish wood tone, blond wood tone, dark brown wood tone.
Shenandoah and the Blue Ridge
Example of a Portrait Session
Rising Dove Art Gallery
Donations may be made by check to Miriam A. Kilmer
4503 Hazeltine CT APT J
Alexandria, VA, 22312-3203
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