Category Archives The Gallery at KelbyOne

Melanie Kern-Favilla won a legion of fans around the world Friday night at her gallery opening and in her live interview (with the always awesome Larry Becker). Melanie shared so much of herself, along with her techniques, and her life as a photographer, storm chaser and engineer on the Long Island Rail Road. She was so open and engaging, funny and charming, and such an inspiration to us all.

Here are some of the comments from the folks who watched her interview online (I have it here for you, at the bottom of this post, but read the comments first):

 

“Breathtaking art, inspirational, what a talent …I am so moved by this presentation. While watching I forgot that I was sitting at the computer screen, what an unforgettable evening.Stunning creativity, resourcefulness, photography, and post-processing.”

“Stunning creativity, resourcefulness, photography, and post-processing.”

“This webcast is a gift. Thanks so much!”

“I love your story, Mel. Gives me hope and drive to become a much better photographer. Thank you!”

“Wonderful interview. She is so cool.”

“Thank you for inspiring me to keep practicing. You are making a difference in my life, and it is very much appreciated.”

“Mel’s images are gorgeous! The KelbyOne Gallery? It’s flipping AMAZING! You guys rock! Love it!”

“Congratulations Melanie. I just had a look through your online gallery – awesome job – especially on the lighting.”

“Beautiful work and a great interesting interview.”

“Wow Melanie, what an experience! Fantastic!”

“Mel…you’re a shining star!”

“Stunning pix!!! Sorry to miss the opening….it was sold out!!!”

“The lighting is beautiful and the colors so deep and rich. Outstanding!”

“The eye of the artist. Congratulations. You nailed it!”

“What a diverse and talented photographer. You are awesome!”

“Awesome photography! Art at its best!”

“Lovely to see an acknowledgment about this photographer. It’s a wonderful world.”

“Can a photograph be art? Yes indeed, Melanie Kern-Favilla proves that it can.”

“What a great interview, she was so professional! You have another great career ahead.”

“Her work is stunning!”

Everything they said is spot on. I’m embedding the interview here (below). You will love it, laugh a lot, and learn a lot.

I’m embedding the interview here (below). You will love it, laugh a lot, and learn a lot.

Her interview is wonderful, and so is she. It was such an honor to have Melanie’s work gracing the walls of our gallery. Congratulations to Melanie (and to her very cool husband Dave who encouraged her to enter the international competition in the first place). Thanks to the awesome folks at Bay Photo Labs, whose printing and Xpozer system was once again, a huge hit — both the sheer quality of the printing, but also how the system stands off from the wall. Perfect for a gallery (I spent half the night explaining how it works).

I also want to give a special shout out to Kalebra whose idea it was to celebrate and share the work of our KelbyOne members (Here’s a link to her post about Melanie’s opening). It is so exciting to see her dream making other people’s dream come true.

We’ll be opening the entries for the next gallery show competition soon. Stay tuned for details.

Have a great week everybody. It’s off to a great start!

Best,

-Scott

Tonight Melanie Kern-Favilla, a Railroad Engineer from Long Island, New York, will have a solo gallery showing of her photography. How cool is that!

Yesterday when Melanie toured the gallery in preparation for tonight’s opening, something very special happened. It was the first time Melanie had ever even seen one of her images printed. Even more special is the fact that the first time she saw one of her images printed, it was hanging on a gallery wall. She was overwhelmed, and it was a heart-warming moment for Kalebra, Erik and me to experience with her, as Melanie and her husband Dave stood in the gallery and just took it all in.

Melanie already has a really fascinating job
She’s a Train Engineer. She’s not the conductor. She doesn’t punch your ticket. She’s up front, operating the train. She might just have the coolest job ever (said every kid who ever dreamed of being the train engineer on a big locomotive).

So, how did this Train Engineer for the Long Island Rail Road (the busiest commuter rail system in America), wind up having a solo gallery show of her photography?

She’s a KelbyOne member.

She entered her images in a photo competition — one created to celebrate and recognize the work of KelbyOne members — people for whom photography is a passion, love, art, but whose work perhaps hasn’t yet been discovered or shared with a wide audience. This would be a chance for a talented member to have their work displayed in an ideal setting and get exposed to a worldwide audience overnight. Who knows what doors that could open, and what opportunities that could present.

We wanted to create an experience both for KelbyOne members who visit the gallery tonight to enjoy Melanie’s images (during the wine and cheese reception at the gallery), and those around the world who will experience Melanie’s outstanding work for the first time during her one-on-one interview tonight with the awesome Larry Becker — during which  her words and images will reach a new audience, and new heights.

We are honored to be able to share Melanie’s story, her process, the art, and the artist tonight at her opening, and we invite you to join us online and be a part of it all.

The broadcast is free and open to everyone.

When: Tonight, Friday, July 21, 2017, at 8:00 PM EDT (New York Time)
Where: At kelbyone.com/gallery-webcast or on my Facebook page where it will be also streamed live.

You will love getting to know Melanie, her work; how she lit, post-processed, and created her stunning images, and I hope you can join us.

It won’t be long before we open the next gallery show competition…
…and if you’re a KelbyOne member, you too will have a chance for your own solo gallery show. Seeing Melanie standing in a gallery surrounded by her work was a thrill for us. I hope you’ll know that same feeling one day soon. :)

See you this evening at 8:00 pm. It will be a night to remember.

We are very, very excited to once again announce the winner of our contest where one talented KelbyOne member (and a guest) will be flown to Florida for their own solo gallery showing at “The Gallery at KelbyOne.”

We had members enter from all over the world, and I’m excited to announce that our winner is KelbyOne member:

Melanie Kern-Favilla

Her gorgeously quiet, breathtaking images of flowers and close up shots of nature absolutely captivated the judges, and we can’t wait to see her images hanging on the walls of the gallery (printed beautifully by Bay Photo Lab using the ‘Xpozer’ system).

Her gallery show opening is at 7:00 pm on Friday, July 21st and we’ll be broadcasting a live 1-hour interview (hosted by Larry Becker) with the artist at 8:00 pm that evening from our live events theatre (the live stream on Facebook from the opening and interview are both open to everyone). More details and a link as we get closer.

Congratulations Melanie – we can’t wait to share your wonderful work with the world. :)

Have a great weekend everybody, and see ya next week!

Best,

-Scott

P.S. If you’re like “What’s this whole gallery thing?” check out this quick Q&A. 

Above: Some images from our gallery opening for KelbyOne member, and the first artist featured in “The Gallery at KelbyOne,” photographer Mark Wegner (seen in the top left image).

Wednesday on ‘The Grid” Kalebra announced some very exciting news — we’re opening submissions again for KelbyOne members to be considered for their own “solo artist gallery show” in our photographic gallery located at our headquarters in Tampa. It’s called “The Gallery at KelbyOne.” 

Our goal behind the gallery is to find an undiscovered artist within our KelbyOne community that we can raise up, celebrate, and expose them and their work to a wider audience.

Here’s how it works: 

  1. From the submissions, we will choose a single winner (here’s the link to submit a link to your portfolio, or Facebook album, or online gallery – we’re looking for a body of work) Note: this competition is only open to KelbyOne members.
  2. We will fly that winner (from anywhere in the world) and a guest of their choosing to the gallery for their solo gallery showcasing their work, where we’ll feature 14-18 of their images (beautifully printed and displayed by Bay Photo Lab)
  3. They will cut the ribbon on their solo gallery opening welcoming the crowd to a wine and cheese reception held in their honor that evening in the gallery
  4. Following the reception, we’ll move to our theater for an interview with the artist, streamed live around the world
  5. The artist will receive all the prints from the exhibition (courtesy of Bay Photo Lab), and one of their images will be included in our permanent collection

Note: The deadline for submissions is: May 15, 2017, at 11:59 PM EDT.

Here’s a short behind-the scenes video from our last opening, featuring photographer Mark Wegner. 

For a detailed Q&A on how this all works, check out my post from the previous opening (here’s the link).

We asked our first featured artist, the wonderful Mark Wegner, to share a bit about his experience at his gallery opening. Here’s what Mark had to say:

“I’ve been fortunate to participate in some gallery showings over the years but never a solo show. The staff, the professionalism, and of course the physical show itself at ‘ The Gallery at KelbyOne’ far exceeded my already high expectations when I was initially informed of my selection. Even as my photography career continues to move forward, I am not sure the experience at Kelby One could ever be equaled.  It’ll be a memory for both myself and my family that’ll last a lifetime.” –Mark Wegner

You could be next. :)

Once again, here’s the submission link for KelbyOne members. I wish you all good luck, and I hope to meet you in person soon at your own gallery opening. :)

Have a great weekend,

-Scott

It was just a couple of months ago when Kalebra called us all together to share her idea of showcasing the work of our KelbyOne members — to lift them up and help them reach a wider audience — and give them a solo gallery showing and a live broadcast to share their work with other people around the world. Of course, step one was — build an art gallery, and with the help of a lot of wonderful folks, it all came together in seemingly no time. Saturday night, we were thrilled to be able to cut the ribbon (see below) on “The Gallery at KelbyOne” — a place where our members’ work would be celebrated and showcased in openings just like this all year long.

After nearly 1,000 submissions from around the world, our judges chose the photographic work of Sonoma, California graphic designer Mark Wegner to open the gallery. We flew Mark and his lovely wife Carol in for a wine and cheese reception in the gallery on Saturday night, followed by a one-on-one interview with Mark about his work, his life, and his vision. It was such an inspiring, fun evening with Larry Becker hosting the presentation/interview (and of course, Larry was just marvelous).

I’m going to share some behind-the-scenes images from Saturday (below), but I wanted to give a special shoutout to the folks at Bay Photo Lab, who graciously not only provided the beautiful prints (and they were gorgeous), but also their clever mounting and exhibition system called “Xpozer” which couldn’t have been a better fit for our gallery, or for displaying Mark’s beautiful images. We had so many questions about the printing and mounting, that we were literally doing demo’s to the guests to show how it all works. Very clever (thank you Bay Photo — you guys rock!).

Here’s a peek behind the scenes (I’ll tell a bit more of the story in the captions — photos by Melvin Rodriguez unless otherwise noted):

Above: Cutting the ribbon to officially open “The Gallery at KelbyOne” (L to R: Jean A. Kendra, yours truly, Kalebra Kelby, our featured artist Mark Wegner, and our host for the evening, Larry Becker). 

 

Above: A couple admiring one of my favorite’s of Mark’s images — his dramatic black and white shot of a Bison.

Above: Mark chatting with some of our guests in the gallery. 

Above: One of our guests (far left) peeks behind one of the prints to see how they’re mounted. 

Above: Lots of wonderful cheeses and wines on hand for our guests as they head into the gallery. When you first enter the gallery, we have a collection of photographic work from our KelbyOne instructors on display.

Above: Giving some love to BayPhoto for their awesome prints and mounting system. 

Above: Mmmmmm. Cheese. :)

Above: A few scenes from Mark’s opening. 

Above: Mark chatting with guests about his work.

 

Above: We opened the video area so guests could take a peek at the KelbyOne Studios and the sets we use for everything from training classes to live webcasts and even the set of “The Grid” (both the new one, and the classic set which is still intact for a few more weeks).  

Above: After the reception, we moved into the KelbyOne theatre to learn more about Mark and his wonderful work. This is me briefly welcoming the crowd as I introduce Larry Becker, our host for the evening, and our featured artist, Mark Wegner. 

Above: Larry and Mark begin their chat, streamed live all over the world. 

Above: Larry was such a great host. Such a great wit, but also, so great at getting the most out of his guests. It made for a very inspiring night. 

Above: Mark shared so many great insights, tips, and he was funny, clever, and such an inspiring artist.

Above: Mark talked about a number of his pieces in the gallery and what went into making them. 

Above: A little behind-the-scenes from the production side of things. That’s Leighton on the jib crane camera. 

Above: The chemistry between Larry and Mark really made the talk captivating. 

Above: It was the perfect setting for such an intimate talk with the artist, and before you knew it, it was time to say goodnight.

Above: Larry looks on as Mark shares the story of his work.

Above: At the end of the night, after we said goodbye to our last guest, Kalebra snapped this shot of the gallery with her trusty iPhone. For me, it was really something to see her idea come to life so quickly, and it was especially gratifying in how our team embraced the idea of showcasing someone from our own community, and how they all came together in such a short amount of time to build a beautiful gallery to give our members that opportunity. I’m so proud of our crew — Kalebra, Jean Kendra and I are very blessed to be able to work with them each day. 

In just a few weeks, we’ll start on the course to find the next KelbyOne member who’ll have their own solo opening here in our gallery, and I’ll be sure to let you know when submissions are open.

Again, our hearty congratulations to Mark for sharing his beautiful work, and for sharing his wonderful wife Carol with us during their visit. She was a joy. They both are — and it’s the icing on the cake to be there when really good things happen to really good people. Also, my humble thanks to my wife Kalebra for sharing her vision, and her heart for making people’s dreams come true, and for letting us all be a part of it.

Here’s to a day when your dreams come true. :)

Best,

-Scott

Go Back Up Your Photos. Right Now!
Seriously. If you want to do the most important thing you’ll do all day — stop what you’re doing right now and go back up your photos.This past Wednesday on The Grid our topic was backing up your photos and people were writing in with such heartbreaking stories of how they lost everything, or if they were lucky it was only thousands of photos they’ll never get back. They all mentioned how devistating it was. It takes much less time than you’d think, and you’ll sleep a whole lot better tonight knowing you’re finally, and fully backed up.

I’m embedding Wednesday episode below – we talked about which types of drives to get; how big, and different solutions for backing up to the cloud, and we answered a whole bunch of questions. If you’re not sure where to start, which this episode.

Today’s the last day to save $100 on a Photoshop World 2017 Conference Ticket
That’s right — the Early Bird Discount ends tonight at midnight for next month’s mega-conference in Orlando, Florida (it’s warm here btw), but if you get it on right now you’re not too late to save 100 bucks.

Head on over to photoshopworld.com right now and snag your tickets. You’ve always wanted to go — you keep saying “I’m going to go one of these years…” why not come join us now. You’ll learn more in three days than you have in three years, and you’ll come back faster, better, and totally re-energized. Get on it tonight – right now (well, right after you backup your photos). :)

Tomorrow night — it’s the Grand Opening of “The Gallery at KelbyOne”
We are just so excited — the gallery is complete, and tomorrow night we’ll be celebrating the photographic work of KelbyOne member Mark Wegner (Mark won our competition for a one-man show), and you’re invited to be a part of the opening, no matter where you are in the world. We’re streaming our “Artist Interview” live tomorrow night, and you’ll get a peek at the gallery, and you’ll be inspired by Mark’s work and his stories about how he “got the shots.” It’ll be a night to remember, and you’ll see it unfold live.

Details: 

Who: Me, Photographer Mark Wegner, and our host Larry Becker (Plus, a bunch of people enjoying wine and cheese). Mmmm. Cheese.
What:
The Grand Opening of “The Gallery at KelbyOne” and a solo gallery showing of photographer Mark Wegner’s work
When: Tomorrow night – Saturday, March 18th @8pm ET
Where: My Facebook Page, or at http://kelbyone.com/gallery-webcast
Why: To showcase the amazing work of KelbyOne members, and share their photography with a worldwide audience

The presentation starts at 8PM ET (Note to International viewers: the US observes Daylight Savings Time so we recently moved our clocks forward 1-hour). Hope you can join us. :)

For more details about the gallery competition (including how to enter when we open the 2nd round of entries shortly), jump over here.

 

That’s right — I’m giving away FIVE free copies of my latest Photoshop CC Book for Digital Photographers
Just leave a comment below in the comment section, and you’re entered. We’ll pick a winner this weekend and announce the winners on Monday. You can enter anywhere you are in the world — good luck everybody (if don’t win, you can buy the book online at Barnes & Noble or Amazon, in print or ebook formats)

Thanks for stopping by, and please consider this your friendly reminder that this is, officially, “Back Up Your Photos Friday.” :)

Have a great weekend, everybody!

-Scott

 

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