July 8, 2010
This weekend I will be sitting around in my rocking chair (within a pretty swanky tent) and selling some AMAZING (and affordable) prints at the Sugar Creek Arts Festival. Come say hi (booth 101, right by the Children’s Museum in Uptown Normal) and check out the huge gathering of great artists, music and food!
More details about Sugar Creek can be found at: http://www.mcaart.org/mcac/html/sugarcreek.html
May 20, 2010
You might think that I’ve forgotten how to blog these past two months, but I assure you I’m just playing catch-up after a really busy final semester and preparing a show of 29 images from Moweaqua. Before I move on from ISU (and bring the show down to Moweaqua), I thought I’d share the set-up from Gallery 2 at ISU. Yes, I even managed to include my favorite Moweaqua ashtray into the gallery….
November 4, 2009
This year I had to honor of working with First Farmer’s State Bank to produce their 2010 Calendar titled “Rural Route”. I spent a good amount of time exploring Delevan, Minier and Bloomington (the locations of the 3 bank branches) and we came up with an edit of 12 images from that work. This has been a wonderful project to be a part of! The calendar was designed by local graphic designer Dena McDonald, and printed at Alpha Graphics in Bloomington. I just got my copy today and couldn’t be happier with the final results!
Prints from the calendar are available for purchase for $60. The money is being divided equally to benefit the 4-H clubs of Tazwell and McLean County, and to establish a photography award for the Illinois State University Student Annual.
First Farmer’s State Bank has been a huge supporter of Photography at Illinois State. For the past year ISU students’ work has been featured in their lobby. Now you can see a few Britten Traughber prints in the lobby, or order one for your home or as a gift and help raise funds for these local organizations!
Orders can be placed by sending a check to the address below. Please indicate which month you are purchasing, and don’t forget to include where the print should be shipped!
First Farmer’s State Bank
Rural Route Calendar Project
4001 GE Rd.
Bloomington, IL 61704
The images for each month are included below, feel free to e-mail me if you have any questions!
October 29, 2009
These pumpkins have been keeping me company as I work on the new gallery space- the good news is, we’re almost done!
Isn’t it funny how easily pumpkins make us smile during this time of year? I can’t stop giggling when I look at this guys cheesy grin.
September 26, 2009
This semester I have been lucky to be part of the Graphic Design department’s bookmaking class at ISU.
Bookmaking is an art form that lends itself to new ways of thinking about photographs, sequencing and structure. It’s been an amazing challenge. Like I need another hobby right?
For my second accordian fold Alpha-book, I photographed the coolest things ever- Alpha Tots! I’m planning on making a small edition of these books for the holidays, as they are so small and cute (2″x3″)- the perfect present for kids and those of us who refuse to grow up!
September 18, 2009
Located in Downtown Moweaqua, the Coal Mine Museum is a trove of documentation, artifacts and memories from the 1932 Coal Mine Disaster.
The museum is open weekends and is run by volunteers (including Marabeth Sarver, below, whose husband founded the Museum). A large educational and historical archive concerning the mine disaster can also be found at http://www.miningmoreinmoweaqua.com
I love spending time at the museum reading, exploring the displays and photographing… It’s amazing how well our town’s history has been preserved.
JoeBen, the last living Miner in Moweaqua, on his 93rd birthday
May 5, 2009
Congratulations to my cousin Cally and her husband Jack who were married last Saturday in Moweaqua! It was a really wonderful ceremony to witness… (I promised them only a few pics will end up being used for my Moweaqua project) These two crazy kids are just too adorable, so much love!