I recently had the opportunity to snap some shots of a local classical guitarist. Dan Rectenwald is a classical guitarist based here in Pittsburgh that teaches classical guitar as well as performs locally and nationally. He was looking for some shots to spice up his current website and was leaning towards portraits that had a fine art look and style. It was interesting to hear what Dan’s routine of practice was in maintaining his high level of play as a musician. Dan had mentioned that he practices on average of 3-4 hours a day just to maintain his edge since he competes in regional and national competitions on a regular basis. His website is currently under construction but you can check it out soon at www.dannyrectenwald.com
My friend Aaron Kleiber who is a local actor and comedic entertainer brought to my attention the possible decision of Cutting The PA Arts Budget & Film Tax Break. So far this current Tax Break has really helped to bring more movies and film making productions to Pittsburgh which has helped to employ local actors, actresses, and film crew professionals. It has also helped to put Pittsburgh on the map of being the small city with big city film making potential.
Below is contact information to email the following Senators to reject the idea of cutting the Tax Break for filmmakers in Pennsylvania and the cutting of funds for arts programs in general. To save the PA Tax Credit program, it is going to take a tremendous amount of effort from every person and every business that is impacted by the film industry. Please send this to your contacts, your friends, relatives and anyone else you can enlist to help ensure the continuation of a very successful program.
Patricia H. Vance (R)
E-MAIL ADDRESS: email@example.com
Jeffery Piccola (R)
The Chairperson of the Committee leading the charge to eliminate the PA Film Tax Credit as well as cut funding for arts across the board is:
Senator Jane Earll (R)
Chairperson of the Committee for Community, Economic & Recreational Development. This is considered “development”?!!!
People can find who their legislator is at www.legis.state.pa.us
Thank you greatly for your support and action
I am passing along information in regards to Pittsburgh Artists/Photographers that are looking for affordable studio space.
A photographer friend of mine (mark bolster) recently joined a group called “Pittsburgh Army of Artists“. It is a co-op group of artists working in all types of disciplines.
The location is in the strip district on Liberty Ave. Between
You do NOT need to participate in Army of Artists activities. That
What this space can be used for:
Currently there are have 10 people willing to commit. They need more. The
You can view the space Weekdays 9-6, Saturday 9-5 and Sunday 10-4
Thank you for taking the time to read this.
If you are using flickr to store your photos online and you have a blog (ex: blogger or wordpress) there is a way to post to your blog from directly within flickr. Once your blog is configured with flickr you can simply click on your flickr image and select to post it to your blog along with your text about the photo.
Here are the links to get started
creating a connection between flickr & your blog.
(the image above was taken while on a trip to Rivera Maya, Mexico – Jan 08)
I came across a website that allows you to create free song playlists. Most of the time that I am working or web surfing on my computer, I am also streaming Pandora radio. So far its been great, allowing me to create stations of songs/artists that I like but I am at the mercy of Pandora when it comes to wanting to hear a favorite song that its stations play. The cool thing about Playlist.com is that I can search for songs, create custom playlists, and listen to those selected songs anytime I want. You can even share playlists with friends. Unfortunately you cant transfer songs to a portable device, but its a great tool if you listen to tunes on your computer a lot. Check it out. i have provided the links below.