April 2016 Newsletter

Happy April, everyone!
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Once again, there is much to share, so I will jump right to the bullet points:
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IN THIS ISSUE:
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1)  Frank’s Astro Photo Art – An 18 photograph Body of Work
2)  “Flights of Fancy” – A hardcover book of Astro Photo Art, in 3 different sizes
3)  “Moon Sisters” – A 2017 Calendar of Astro Photo Art
4)  Astro Photo Art Greeting Cards – Individual and in a Set
5)  Upcoming Shows
6)  Open Studios
7)  Telescope/Observatory
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1)  Frank’s Astro Photo Art – An 18 photograph Body of Work

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As I have shared with you earlier, my focus this year is on getting my Astro Photo Art body of work seen by as many people as possible.  I have been so encouraged by the enthusiastic reception of this work by so many of you that I have decided to make it my focus for the remainder of 2016, getting it into as many shows as possible.  So far, I have lined up 4 shows, as well as Open Studios should I be accepted.  I am making large framed prints of this 18 image body of work for the upcoming shows, as well as hardcover books, greeting cards, magnets, and a 2017 calendar.  You will find each of these creations in more detail below.
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You can view this body of work by clicking on the image below:
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2)  “Flights of Fancy” – A hardcover book of Astro Photo Art, in 3 different sizes

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Recently I completed three handcrafted hardcover books of my Astro Photo Art.  The books include all 18 images in this body of work, and its title is “Flights of Fancy.”  You can view inside this book and get more details about it by clicking on the image ​below:​
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3)  “Moon Sisters” – A 2017 Calendar of Astro Photo Art – There are 12 photos in my Astro Photo Art body of work that include the moon.  I have taken those 12 photos and created a “Moon Sisters” 2017 Calendar.  It is beautiful!  You can view inside the calendar and get more details about it by clicking on the image below:
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4)  Astro Photo Art Greeting Cards
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Greeting Cards of all 18 Astro Photo Art creations are also available as greeting cards.  In addition, there is a 12 card set called “Moon Sisters,” which includes all the images from the calendar listed above.  Both calendar and greeting cards are viewable by clicking the image below:
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5)  Upcoming Shows
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May – OM Gallery, Santa Cruz
June – Pure Pleasure, Santa Cruz
July – The Loft Salon and Spa, Santa Cruz
October – Open Studios, if accepted
November/December – The White Raven, Felton
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Opening night for the OM Gallery Show will be Friday evening, May 6th, as part of First Friday Santa Cruz.  There will be more details in the May Newsletter, but for now be sure to mark Friday night, May 6th on your calendars to come out and see my 18 Astro Art Images, in large framed prints, books, greeting cards, magnets, and a calendar.
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6)  Open Studios
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I have completed my application for Open Studios and will know by the middle of May whether or not I have been accepted into what would be my 8th appearance in this awesome event.  You can view the 7 images I used for my application by clicking on the image ​below:
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Dancing Under The Moon
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7)  Telescope/Observatory
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It has been almost 20 years since I dismantle​d my astronomical observatory and put into storage my large, hand crafted telescope, equatorial mount, clock drive, ​and CCD camera.  With my renewed interest in astronomy and astrophotography, I have pulled this equipment out of storage and will be refurbishing it over the next several months.  ​This past week I drove to San Carlos to drop off the 10″ mirror for resurfacing.  While I wait for that to be completed, I am beginning to build a new observatory, in which to house my telescope, astro equipment, a desk, and book shelves.  It is a project that I want to enjoy all the way along the process, for I have finally learned that the journey is just as exciting as the destination.  I plan to photograph the entire refurbishing/building process in a timelapse fashion with my GoPro camera, so it will be fun to share some of that with you as the project unfolds.  Stay tuned  :o)
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Well, good people, that is it for this month.  I’ll be back in early May, to give you more details on my May show at OM Gallery, and to share with you more doings here at Frank Leonard Photography.
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My best wishes to you all for a happy April.
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Frank.
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Frank Leonard Photography
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