This is the recap from day 1 and 2 in Iceland.
I'm combining these two days since the first day wasn't too exciting. We landed in Reykjavik about 7 a.m., took the 45 minute ride to our hotel, dropped our bags off at the hotel and started wandering the city. Reykjavik was my least favorite part of the trip, but it was still a great time, lots of great food and cool sites.We found out that this was their Independence Day and they were having a big celebration. This is one of only a few days a they are allowed to fly their flag (more on that later). We eat lunch and walk out of the restaurant to the president of Iceland in the city square giving a speech. We had no idea what he was saying, but just the experience of seeing a president speaking was cool. After meeting up with Courtney Craigand Mickey Dye who had a later flight than ours, we went back to the town square to watch the Iceland/Hungary game with all the locals on a giant TV. It was really cool to see how excited the locals were about making the European qualifications. After a few hours of walking the downtown area and grabbing some local cuisine, we headed back to the hotel and called it a night.
As a part of the package we purchased for this trip, breakfast was provided at each of our hotels, and it was the same exact array of breads, cold cuts and raw fish at each location. It was a little difficult to find something appetizing, but we made it work. However according to my wife, the coffee was the best she had ever had. I'm not much of a coffee drinker. After breakfast, we got into our car and started the drive around the Island. I popped in some Sigur Ros, the band that sparked my desire to go to Iceland back in college.It is difficult to explain the landscape of the country: rolling hills, jagged mountains, glaciers, volcanic craters, greens and blacks, snow and water falls, glaciers and more all blend into an other-worldly beauty. I'm so lucky I got to experience it. Our first stop was Heimaey Island. We had to take a ferry to get there. The weather wasn't very good. About 45 degrees with rain and 50 mph winds, but we hiked around it anyway. We wanted to go to a section that had Puffins (think miniature penguins), and ended up on a golf course next to the ocean. The huge waves and cliffs made this a special place. You can see the beauty and fierceness of mother nature together which was awesome. We were soaked, cold and tired, but we loved every second of it.On the ferry back to the mainland, the seas were very rough and we were hitting 10-15 foot waves that were crashing over the top deck of the massive ferry. I was too busy trying not to get sick to see any sites from the ferry itself. From there, we decided to check into our hotel, take a breather and head out to see our first waterfall up close. It's name is Skogafoss and this was taken at around 11 p.m.
The 5th Annual Artist Expo is quickly approaching and will take place Saturday, April 16th from 10:30a.m. - 6 p.m. at the Seven Hills Building at 538 Broad Street. Over 20 artists will show at the event and 4 musical groups will perform. Admission is free.
Previously called the “Starving Artist Expo”, the 2016 Artist Expo will have items from wood work to handmade soaps to paintings to pottery. A portion of the proceeds from the event will go to support the James House, a place for foster children in Floyd County.
Featured Artists will have a booth displaying their works and include:
Gail Baxter- Bead woven/strung jewelry & ornaments
Stephanie Beckman-Handcrafted jewelry & wearable art
Heather Bryant- Watercolor
Kristen Colston- Sewn Bibs
Je Layne Hernandez- Natural Stone, Pearl & Crystal Jewelry
Lisa Ingram- Pottery
Nadia Krasnoperova- Oil Paintings on Wood
Dale Levan- Acrylic Paintings in Victorian Frames
June Manis- Lampwork Jewelry
Jonathan Risley- Pottery
Julie River- Handmade Soaps, Scrubs and Lotions
Audrey Skaggs- Pottery
Ryan Smith- Photography
Brandon Spangler- Metal Work
Erin Spangler- Pottery
Lois & Phil Ward- Wood Work
Spotlighted artists will have a small collection of work displayed gallery style and include:
Jeff Brown- Wood Work
Sasha Egorova- Oil Paintings
John Johnston- Pottery
Tobias Layman- Pottery
Angela Vicente- Jewelry
Local musical talent will perform throughout the event at the following times:
10:30a.m. - 12:30 p.m. - AJ Pierce, Keyboard
1 p.m. - 2 p.m. - Rome Area Flute Ensemble
2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. - James Mitchell, Acoustic Guitar
4 p.m. - 6 p.m. - Chris Bushley, Classical Guitar
Additional information can be found at http://theartistexpo.blogspot.com/ and on facebook athttps://www.facebook.com/theartistexpo/. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Artist Expo is a small annual art show that spotlights artists in Northwest Georgia and surrounding area. The show’s mission is to create a bridge from the artist to the marketplace to help artists do what they love. Email email@example.com for more information.
If you've never been to Old Car City, in White, Georgia, you probably should. It's a paradise for car lovers and photographers alike. I love the old cars with the rust, peeling paint and character which is pretty much non-existent in the cars today. I only spent a few hours there, but I feel like I was successful in getting some good photos. I plan on going back soon.
I spent most of my time focusing on the logos with the texture of the cars framing them, The colors are so vivid. Take a look at some of the photos and let me know what you think. Have any cars you are looking for? I want to go back and a scavenger hunt will be a lot of fun.
If you want to see more of my photos you can go to my Old Car Gallery.
This weekend, December 5-6, is the Winter Art Market at the Rome Civic Center. The weather is supposed to be beautiful and I'm really excited to see all my fellow artists and crafters and all the patrons of the show. I'll have some of my 2016 calendars available as well as a few new photos. If you come to the show please mention the code "winter 2015" I'll give you 15% off your total order.
The hours are Saturday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
The second photo below is a new experiment and will be debuted this weekend. It's similar to a typical panoramic photo you see, but I photographed this by flipping the camera upside down instead of moving it side to side. Let me know what you think!
Ryan Smith, a Berry College graduate and former photojournalist, is a fine art photographer. He is well-known in Rome, Georgia for his unique perspective and captivating images. His art can be found on the walls of the local hospital, businesses throughout Rome and in the living rooms of art patrons all over. While a majority of his art is focused on the city of Rome and Berry College, he is also renowned for his "decay" photographs, which bring a beautiful perspective to areas others would view as deteriorated. Ryan's most recent project, the White Piano, has blurred the lines of his styles. Beginning in the world of decay, the White Piano has ventured throughout Rome and Floyd County for some of the most acclaimed photographs yet.