Tuesday, October 29, 2013


WAYNESBORO: I was recently juried into my third art fair which took place over a weekend in Waynesboro, Virginia. The 42nd Annual Fall Foliage Art Show was held on a very rainy Saturday and Sunday, October 12th and 13th. The Show is hosted by the Shenandoah Valley Art Center each year and typically brings in large crowds. It was also awarded Best In Virginia in 2012 by the art fair community. Luckily set up on Friday was dry. The rains came the next morning and didn't stop until I was home late Sunday night!

After 41 years it seems to have a great following in the art community because in spite of the weather the crowds both days were impressive. I visited with many patrons and artists both days and had a few sales each day. Thank you to Piper Groves for organizing an excellent event.

The one bright spot to the weekend was that I took home the blue ribbon for a media-specific award - First Place Photography - for my body of work at the show. The judge, John Morgan, graduated from the University of West Virginia with a bachelor of fine arts degree and later received his master's in fine art at Virginia Commonwealth University. He has taught at Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond and Sweet Briar College. He has also received two National Endowment for the Arts grants in the past. He visited my booth three separate times on Saturday, the second time commenting, "I am enthusiastic about your work." Needless to say he made my day. The ceremony took place Saturday after the show closed. And to make it all worthwhile a check came with the ribbon!

Jones Point Mist ©CarolSimonsHuddleston
Wilson Bridge Abstract
DULLES: Starting November 15th nine members of the women's photography group that I belong to, F11, will exhibit a total of 42 images at Dulles International Airport's Gateway Gallery. The exhibit will showcase differing views of the Potomac River that each of us have taken over the past couple of years. Images range from land-scapes to abstract and reflect each photographer's own vision of the Potomac. The photographs will be enlarged and made into transparencies which will in turn be displayed in the Gallery's individual back-lighted "frames" which line the walls of the walkway. If you are headed out of town between mid-November and May 30, 2014 be sure to get to the airport early so you can stop and take a look.

MOSAIC DISTRICT: Each first friday of the month throughout the Fall the Mosaic Shopping District in Northern Virginia will feature a mix of fine art, shopping, dining and entertainment.  Each month a line-up of artists will be curated by √©lan magazine to showcase their work among the shops and restaurants along District Avenue. Starting with November 1st I will be exhibiting (initially at Neiman Marcus Last Call Studio boutique) between 6:00pm and 9:00pm. Visit Mosaic Art Walk for more information.

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Harbour Island Memories

Finally a few days to devote to editing and eventually printing images from (fairly) recent trips. The first images are from a trip to Harbour Island, Bahamas. Following blogs will include images from Vancouver, B.C., Orvieto, Italy. I'm also working on images from a photo shoot that took place at the Workhouse prison grounds in Lorton, VA which will soon to be developed into residential, commercial and retail uses. All images are copyrighted.

This was my fourth trip to Harbour Ialand since first discovering the island on my honeymoon 11 years ago. Not being able to pick up Cuban cigars in the US, my husband makes up for lost time while in that part of the world. The first order of business is to find the perfect ashtray, which didn't take long, and worked out very well for the week.

 This one was so beautiful, with its pink tones - like Harbour Island's beaches - and its time-worn patina, that I wanted to pack it up and take it home with us, but left it for others to admire.

We stayed in a small two-bedroom beach cottage with good friends from DC and pretty much had the beach to ourselves for the better part of a week. Unfortunately we saw quite a bit of rain that week, but we tried not to let it get us down. And honestly, the skies at any time of day were amazing!


The sand was washed clean each morning by the tide and walks along the shoreline were peaceful. It's a small island, only 3.5 miles long and .5 mile wide, but not short on beautiful - and varied - sights in all directions. Can't wait to go back!

Early Morning Tide

Textured Shoreline

Look for more images from this and other trips soon to be uploaded on my website - www.carolsimonshuddleston.com.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

You're Never Too Old To Learn

I learned a term not too long ago that I probably should have already known. Long story short, I had surgery when I was 16 to straighten my eyes. I didn't know that the medical term for this is strabismus. I only learned the term when a local magazine that writes about Washington, DC-area artists interviewed me for a profile piece in 2011. In the course of our interview my cross-eyedness was mentioned. The talented writer was Donna Cedar-Southworth and the magazine is elan.

A friend of mine contacted me after reading my profile in elan and mentioned that in doing research for a book she was writing she discovered that Ulysses Grant's wife Julia also was a strabismic and she was an artist. She further went on to explain that apparently quite a bit of research has been done to determine if having the condition has a connection with following a path in the arts. My friend sent me an article that was extremely interesting. It appeared in The New York Times in June 2011. A link to that article follows - A Defect That May Lead to a Masterpiece by Sandra Blakeslee

I never really knew what stereo blindness was but I did know that when I put on 3D glasses I could never see what all the fuss was about. I could not see in 3D, even though my eyes had been straightened when I was 16. I still had stereo blindness. I essentially see with one eye at a time - always have always will. They are "out of alignment" as the article states and work independently. I am not aware when my brain switches from using my predominant eye - my right eye - to my left, but for the most part the only time I depend on my left eye is when I am driving and need that peripheral vision on my left side. Needless to say, I was fascinated with the article and with the idea that stereo blindness might have something to do with artistic talent.

It is an idea I will delve into further because I personally find it fascinating. In case anyone is wondering why I waited until I was 16 to straighten my eyes. It wasn't until I found out through a girlfriend in high school that my eyes could be straightened. She had undergone two surgeries by the time she was three years old. I never knew that it was possible because I never went to doctors. I was raised a Christian Scientist and at the ripe old age of 16 the only time I had gone to a doctor was to have stitches in the emergency room. I, of course, ran home to my father after learning of the procedure, pleading to let me have the surgery. I had suffered enough stares and name-calling for one lifetime. My mother was a devout Christian Scientist, but my father was not and I lived with my father at that time. While a little apprehensive about surgery on my eyes, he agreed to let me meet with an opthamologist and ultimately have the surgery.

One last note, my father was cross-eyed (a word I hate using to this day for obvious reasons), but I never knew it until a friend mentioned it to me. He had his eyes straightened when he was in his 70s.