PLATTSBURGH - Photographer Shaun Heffernan and his wife drawer Amanda Palmer will feature their work at Tip Top Frames next Sunday, Nov. 14.
Heffernan and Palmer used to own a gallery on City Hall Place, but closed it down last year. This exhibit will be the first time since then Palmer has showcased her drawings.
"I have an art degree in print making and have been drawing since I can remember really," said Palmer, who is also the director and curator of the Alice T. Miner Museum in Chazy. "I like to portray the natural world, but I also do a lot of imagery from my imagination and dreams."
Palmer said Heffernan will not only showcase some of his photographs, but will also be signing copies of the 2011 Self Realization Fellowship calendar he will be featured in.
"He's wanted to get into it for years," Palmer explained of the calendar. "It's one that we used to sell at our store and he's bought if every year for many years because it's just amazing photographs in it."
Heffernan, who has been "capturing imagery" since 1969, sent in dozens of photographs, and the organization chose his Bleeding Hearts photograph, which will be featured in the 52-week calendar.
"I was completely elated," Heffernan said. "It had been a goal of mine to submit imagery to these folks for consideration for several years and I finally carved out the time to do it."
Heffernan said only 54 images are selected from more than 3.5 million submissions.
"I really view it as an honor and am humbled to be included," he said. "There's definitely some luck involved when there are that many photos for the editors to choose from, and I'll happily accept that luck.
Heffernan's photo, which he took in 2007 at Point au Roche, will be paired with a quote by Guru Paramahansa Yogananda which states, "Love is harmony and harmony is love ... Love is the highest, the grandest, the most inspiring, the most sublime principle in creation."
The idea of for the exhibit and calendar signing came after a conversation amongst Heffernan and Tip Top Frames Gallery and Art Center owner Skip Sprague and Tea & Treasures owner Judith Bentham-Beckley.
"We wanted to partner with them first of all so we could spend a little time with them and also to bring people into their gallery," Palmer explained. "They're such wonderful people and they have such a great supportive attitude towards artists."
Bentham-Beckley will be serving freshly-brewed tea and items from her store at the event. Prints of Palmer and Heffernan's works will be available and Sprague will be available for people who want to have them professionally framed.
The gallery will be available for viewing at Tip Top Frames through the holidays.
"So if people can't make it on Sunday, then they should definitely go by and check it out," Palmer said.