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Why Should You Buy Local Art?

November 7th, 2014

You may not be able to afford an original painting by Vincent van Gogh or Andy Warhol -- after all, who can? But that doesn't mean you have to settle for cheap reproductions of “The Masters” or mass-produced posters more suited to a college dorm room. Instead, I’d like to suggest that you buy art locally, both for your own home, and as gifts. As a fine art photographer, of course I’m biased, and have a vested interest in the subject. But my feelings on the subject go deeper than the desire to sell my own photography. I’ve always been a list maker, so here’s my list of seven reasons why it makes sense to buy local art.

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Stepping Out of My Comfort Zone

April 12th, 2013

Stepping Out of My Comfort Zone

Today I submitted an entry for the Columbia Art League's upcoming "Green" art show. Any type of artwork that fits within the "green" theme could be entered, and then a jury will determine which pieces will make it into the show. The piece I entered ("Country Lane") is the image included with this post. The photo was taken just past our home. The trees on the right side of the photograph are on the Three Creeks Conservation Area, and the ones on the left side of the road are on our farm. I do feel truly blessed to live in such an area.

Although over the last year I've begun to be involved in the Ashland Artists Group and participate in some local arts/crafts fairs -- exhibiting my photography in a Columbia Art League show is definitely outside my comfort zone! I don't know how many artists will enter work for the show, or how many will be chosen to participate -- so I don't have a clue what my odds are. But keep your fingers crossed for me! I should know more by Monday.

Fall Festival Announcements

May 1st, 2012

Fall Festival Announcements

This fall I'm planning to take the next step in marketing my photography. I've applied to two local fall festivals, and plan to display stretched canvas prints, matted prints and greeting cards for sale. If you are in the area, please visit the Cricket Hackmann Photography booth at:

Ashland Fall Festival
September 8, 2012
Location: Ashland, MO city park

Hartsburg Pumpkin Festival
October 13 and 14, 2012
Location: Hartsburg, MO

I'll be posting more information closer to those dates, as it's available! I hope to see you there!


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