Saturday, November 22, 2008

Starring "The Gallery"

Some of my work is now available at:

Starring The Gallery
118 W Main Street
Northville, Michigan 48167

Starring "The Gallery" was voted Northville's "Best Art Store" in the 2008 People's Choice Awards.

Gallery owner Mary Starring features an extensive selection of local and international art and gifts by both established and emerging artists. The artwork is sophisticated and diverse and includes painting, photography, sculpture, ceramic, wood, metal, crystal, glass, jewelry and countless gift ideas that represent an eclectic appeal.

A small sampling of my photographs available at Starring The Gallery:

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Sunday, November 2, 2008

Detroit Artists Market

These are four of more than a dozen pieces, both framed and unframed, I have at the Detroit Artists Market Annual Art for the Holiday Show

Art for the Holidays at Detroit Artists Market
November 7 - December 21, 2008

The annual holiday show transforms DAM from a fine art exhibition gallery to a fun, energetic, one-of-a-kind gift shopping experience. Featured are all hand-made items by local Metro Detroit area artists in an eclectic mix not available anywhere else. You will find a wide range of works in jewelry, glass, metal, ceramic, fiber, photography, accessories, paintings, drawings, sculpture, books, cards, framed prints and more for every budget.

DAM members receive a 10% discount during the Holiday Show.

Members' Preview is November 7, 2008, 5 – 6 p.m. with the Public Opening from 6 – 9 p.m. on the same day. Also join us for Noel Night on Saturday, December 6, 2008 from 5 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Detroit Artists Market is in the Detroit Cultural Center
3 blocks south of the Detroit Institute of Art at 4719 Woodward Ave. at Forest.

DAM is open Tuesday through Saturday 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

All shows and exhibitions are free and open to the public. Visit us online at

For information please call Detroit Artists Market at 313.832.8540 or via e-mail at

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Thursday, October 16, 2008

Art-Is-In Market

My work is now being exhibited at:

Art-Is-In Market
Laurel Park Place Mall
37700 W. Six Mile Rd.
Livonia, Michigan 48152

Art-Is-In Market features the work of local Michigan artists exclusively, and is celebrating its 3rd anniversary.

The mall is at the corner of Six Mile Rd. and Newburgh Rd., just east of I-275. Use the Coldwater Creek entrance facing Newburgh Rd.

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Thursday, October 2, 2008

ACEO / ATC Cards now available

I've added a new, inexpensive format for my photos at the web site: ACEO.

ACEOs (Art Cards, Editions, Original) are small but complete, highly collectible, works of art which are always 2 1/2" x 3 1/2", the same size as baseball trading cards. They are as individual as the artists who create them and can be in virtually any 2-D medium - originals or prints, B&W or color, paint, pencil, watercolor, collage, ink, fabric, metal, digital, and more. In short, they are like any art you'd expect to find at an art festival or gallery but confined to a 2 1/2" x 3 1/2" space.

Collect them. Trade them. Frame them. Liven up a small space by creating a miniature art gallery.

Read a little about them here:

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Saturday, September 20, 2008

New addition to web site gallery

One of the many horses and exotic animals on the 95-year-old carousel at historic Henry Ford Museum & Greenfield Village in Dearborn, Michigan. The carousel with its WurliTzer band organ is a favorite attraction and operates during village hours.

Built in 1913 by Herschell-Spillman in North Tonawanda, New York it is a rarity with its wide variety of hand carved animals. Besides the usual stable of horses it boasts a collection of exotic jungle beasts as well as farm and domestic animals.

Here is a "census":

21 Jumping Horses, 19 Menagerie Animals, 3 chariots, 1 Tub

(1 Cat, 1 Deer, 2 Dogs, 1 Dragon, 1 Frog, 2 Giraffes, 1 Goat, 1 Lion, 2 Pigs, 1 Stork, 1 Tiger, 2 Zebras, 3 Roosters)

Village literature states that the original location of this carousel is unknown but, according to the National Carousel Association (NCA) research it was at:
- Barbary Coast in San Francisco from 1913 - 1922
- Liberty Lake Park, Spokane, WA, 1923 to 1950s?
- Storage, Date Unknown to 1962
- Unknown, Roswell, NM, 1962 to 1973
- Greenfield Village, Dearborn, MI, 1973 to present

This photo was taken about 8 years ago when the carousel was located near the river boat. That location has been expanded and is now home to the Henry Ford Academy. The carousel was dismantled and moved to its present, more central, location next to the Sir John Bennett Sweet Shop (with the animated clock tower).
During the move the entire carousel was repaired and all the animals were "refurbished." In my opinion, the repairs were much needed, but the animals deserved better treatment. As you can see in this "before" photo, there is no mistake that it is a hand-carved, hand-finished work of art. To see them today you would think they were plastic. The formerly white horses and the white fur on the tiger are now a sickly yellow, and most other colors and finishes bear little resemblance to the original.

Click here to see the NCA's photo survey of the entire carousel:

For more info on Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village visit:

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Wednesday, September 3, 2008

2008 Detroit Grand Prix pix

Here are a couple of the nearly 1,000 photos I shot in three days at the 2008 Detroit Grand Prix.

Justin Wilson in hot persuit of race leader Helio Castroneves. Wilson ultimately won the race after Castroneves was penalized one place for blocking Wilson from passing him.

Team Au

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Photo Tips & Tricks

Occasionally I find I've fallen into a habitual pattern and need to be bumped out of my "box."

Photo supply giant Adorama in New York has just the remedy in their series of 100 Tips in 100 Days. Here you'll find hints, tips, and tricks that photographers from novice to professional will find useful.

The third installment of 100 Tips in 100 Days started on Sept. 2nd. To see these (and the previous two installments) click here.

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Saturday, August 30, 2008

Homer Simpson Dept.

DOH !!

Wilcox Lake
Hines Drive / Northville Road
Plymouth, Michigan

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Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Million Dollar Cyclops

On August 2-3, 2008 RM Auctions showed this 1948 Tucker Sedan (Serial No. 1038), which had only 3,038 miles on the odometer when I saw it. Only 51 Tuckers were ever built and this is probably the finest surviving example.

After the show it was shipped to Sports & Classics of Monterey, California to be sold at auction. Lot #449 (estimated price $500,000 - $600,000) sold on Saturday, August 16 for $1,017,500.

Read RM's description and history of this remarkable car here.

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Sunday, August 24, 2008

Fin Fans, rejoice!

The first Sunday in August is always special. It's the day of the annual Meadowbrook Concours d'Elegance in Rochester Hills, Michigan. This year's theme celebrated the Centennial of Genral Motors, and GM land yacht fans like me were not disappointed!

Now showing in the Classic Automobiles gallery at the web site, the biggest, highest, longest, most outrageously flamboyant fin ever built, the 1959 Cadillac. FINTASTIC !!

Careful, Ralphie, you'll put your eye out!

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Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Detroit Grand Prix

I just received news that Media credentials for the 2008 Detroit Grand Prix on Belle Isle have been approved for Thursday - Sunday, Aug 28 - 31, courtesy of my son, Roy, and Hour Detroit magazine.

He got credentials last year for the 2007 DGP and I was lucky enough to tag along with him. It was a complete and absolute blast. We had virtually unlimited access to just about anywhere one would want to be to get photos. We even had "Hot" pit passes which allowed us into the pits during the race. One would think that photogs would have to remain in the walkway behind the team pit areas, but no, we could enter their space, as long as we didn't hinder anyone.

Below are a few pix taken during three days of the 2007 event.

Team Cytosport Lola in the American LeMans Series
race at the 2007 Detroit Grand Prix.

2007 IRL Detroit Grand Prix winners -
1st Tony Kanaan, Team 7-Eleven (center)
2nd Danica Patrick, Motorola
3rd Dan Wheldon, Target-Chip Ganassi (right)

Roger Penske

Danica Patrick waiting for the start

A. J. Foyt
2007 was this legend's 50th year in racing.

A. J. Foyt IV, Driver - Vision Racing

Scott Dixon, Driver - Target-Chip Ganassi

Chip Ganassi, Owner - Target-Chip Ganassi

Michael Andretti, Owner - Andretti Green Racing

Dario Franchitti, Driver - Andretti Green Racing

Ashley Judd - Franchitti's squeeze

My son, Roy - Photographer Extraordinaire

All photos (c) 2007 James C. Ritchie
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