Florida Artists Group

  Area I Member

  Candy Childrey— Photographic Artist


Bison Abstract

Cormorant Portrait

Milkweed in Blue

Key West Retirement

 Candy's Web Site

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Member of Flag since: 2010
FLAG Positions Served:
Area 1 Chair: 2011

 Candy's Bio:

As a realistic photographer, I use my camera to capture a fleeting moment in time, a moment that otherwise would be lost forever. My images showcase the details of life, the little corners. It can be the whole picture or a small spot from that picture that my camera is able to recreate. A mood is sent to the viewer as he/she looks at the image. I have a deep respect for nature and old, worn out cars and houses. Visiting automobile graveyards and the back roads of Georgia and Alabama, I have found some of my most recent material. Some of my subject matter is selected just for its beauty.

A self taught photographer with a degree in chemistry and mathematics from Randolph-Macon Woman’s College (now Randolph College) in Virginia, I find my way to workshops offered to improve my skills. I have attended the NAPP Photoshop Seminars offered at the Ft. Lauderdale Convention Center each year 2007-2011. I attended a workshop offered by nature photographer George Lepp and was a member of the 2010 Class of the Artist as Entrepreneur sponsored by the Broward County Cultural Arts Division.

The Coral Springs Museum of Art will be the venue for an exhibit of my Florida bird photography, along with two other artists in early 2012 as well as an exhibit in the Lee Wagener Art Gallery at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport July-October 2012.My image, “Cormorant Portrait” was accepted into the 2011 ArtBravo Exhibit at Art Serve. My work, “Milkweed in Blue,” was accepted into the All Florida Juried Exhibition 2011 at the Boca Raton Museum of Art. My Image “Engrossed in the Daily Report” received a Best in Show medal and judge’s medal at the North Georgia Circuit (a Photographic Society of America sanctioned competition) competition in August of 2011. The Carrollton Cultural Center in Carrollton, Georgia was the venue for a solo exhibit, “Beaks Feathers and Plumes” in May of 2010. A selection from that exhibit was presented at the Coconut Creek Recreation Center in Coconut Creek, Florida during the 2010 summer. My Florida environmental and wildlife images hung in the Ft. Lauderdale office of Governor Crist. I was juried into the Florida Artists Group in January, 2010 and was recognized by the Armory Art Center as a member of the Armory Watch for Excellence, 9-2009.

I am serving as the professional artist on the Coral Springs Art in Public Places Committee and am also a board member of the Broward Art Guild. Recently, I became the Area I Chairman for the Florida Artists Group (FLAG). I am the First Vice President (competition) of the Coral Springs Camera Club and past vice president of the Coral Springs Artist Guild. Also, I hold memberships in the Photographic Society of America and the Everglades Chapter of the Photographic Society of America.

Artists Statement:

I am a photographer of the natural world who looks for unusual details. The small corners and crevices of nature that frequently go unnoticed create the body of my work. My canvas is fashioned from the everyday beauty in nature that draws my eye into a place that most people would pass by without a glance. When the shutter closes on my camera, I have captured a moment that would otherwise be lost forever.
My work is not created from a blank canvas but rather taken from the cluttered world around me. It is simplified by focusing on the small details. As a photographer, I choose my subject matter from the world as I find it rather than creating a piece of art in my mind before painting it on a canvas. It is my wish that the viewer will take away an appreciation of the beauty of those small corners in nature that they would normally disregard.


Solo Exhibitions:

July-October 2012 Ft. Lauderdale International Airport Lee Wagener Gallery
Coconut Creek Recreation Center June –July 2012, solo artist
Coconut Creek Recreation Center August –September 2011, solo artist
Coconut Creek Recreation Center-June 18-August 2010, solo artist
Carrollton, Georgia, Cultural Arts Center, Galleria Gallery-solo exhibit, “Beaks,
Feathers and Plumes”, 5-2010
Exhibit installed in the Ft. Lauderdale office of Governor, Charlie Crist until Nov 2010.
             Exhibit consisted of 6 Florida environmental and wildlife images
Hollywood City Hall –Featured Artist, 4th Floor, Images from-“Yellowstone, the Tetons
And the West”-Images acquired during 5-09 trip;-exhibited 11-09 through 3-2010
Anne Kolb Nature Center, Hollywood, FL, 1-2009, “Images of the Galapagos” solo Exhibit
Gard Gallery, Parkland, FL, 10-2008-featured artist
Florida Atlantic University, Davie Campus 2008-2010 Selected Images
Florida Atlantic University Jupiter Campus SD Atrium-“Images of the Galapagos”-
             Solo Exhibit 8-07 thru 10-07
Florida Atlantic University Askew Tower, Ft. Lauderdale-“Images of the Galapagos”-
             Solo Exhibit 6-07
Hollywood City Hall Art Exhibit –“Images of the Galapagos”-solo show 11-06 thru 1-07

Group Exhibitions

DBA 2013 Gallery 6, Ft Lauderdale main library
Naples Show of Shows at Von Liebig Art Center, Naples Fl
Coral Springs Museum of Art Gallery March-May 2012
The Factory in FAT Village Ft. Lauderdale, FL August-September 2011
Armory Art Center, Armory Watch for Excellence Unveiled Exhibit, 5-2010- one of Several Featured artists
Highland Beach Library Exhibit-4-2010 through 5-2010, -one of two featured artists
Art Expressions Gallery, Ft Lauderdale, “Aperture 8”, Photography Exhibit-3-2008 selected exhibitor

Selected Acceptances and Awards

Accepted St Augustine Art Association, annual nature exhibit, 2012
Accepted Art Florida, 2012, Tri-County 2013, Broward Art Guild At ArtServe, Ft. Lauderdale
Accepted in ArtBravo, Oct. 2011, 2012 at ArtServe, Ft. Lauderdale FL
Accepted in ALLFLORIDA-Boca Raton Museum of Art-June-September 2011
Starving Artist-July 2011-9th Place-“Creatures of the Deep”
Who’s Who in Photography, Photographic Society of America 2010
Selected for TOPS in Nature in Photographic Society of America 2012
Chasing the Light National Juried Competition-It’s for the Birds”-
             Runner Up Oct. 2011-“Least Bittern Chick”
Chasing the Light National Juried Competition-Take it to the Wild Side-
             Runner Up May 2011 “Splashing Roseates”
Photographic Society of America-Best in Show- and judges medal-Georgia Circuit
             Mono Small Print August 2011-“Reading the Daily Report”
Photographic Society of America Gold Medal-Best in Show at Southern California Council of Camera Clubs              International Exhibition (SC4)- Monochromatic Small Print- Flowers- July 2010-“Magnolia”
Judge’s Choice Medal SC4 (Photographic Society of America International Exhibition-SC4)
             Monochromatic Small Print-Flowers-July 2010-“Slipper with Spirals”
S4C Gold Medal-Flowers July 2010-“Glowing Lily”
             (Photographic Society of America International Exhibition SC4 2010)
Selected for inclusion in TOPS in Color Pictorial Image Division in Photographic Society Of America’s
             TOPS IN PHOTOGRAPHY 2011 & 2012
National Photography and Digital Imagery Competition 2010 “Net Mending Fisherman”
             accepted –exhibit 10-2010
ArtFlorida 2010 4-2010-two acceptances
“Art 2010” Rosen Gallery, Boca Raton, FL 3-2010 Rusted Target-HM
Juried into Florida Artists Group 1-2010
Who’s Who in Photography Photographic Society of America 2009
Recognized by the Armory Art Center 10-09 invited into the Armory Watch for Excellence (AWE) –
             Armory Curator along with art experts will mentor artist to encourage growth in artist’s media and              develop a new body of work to be featured in the Armory Galleries in small group and occasional
             solo exhibits.
Women in the Visual Arts-Armory Art Center-10-09-two acceptances-
             “Waiting Boat” &“Pink Lotus”
ArtBravo 10-09-Acceptance-“Rusted Target”
Broward Art Guild Tri County Exhibition-two acceptances-5-09- “Sunset at Oxbow Bend”
             and “Retired in Key West”
Who’s Who in Photography 2008 Photographic Society of America
ArtFlorida 10-08, Two Acceptances: “Waiting Boat and “Classical Arches”
             Judge’s Recognition-“Waiting Boat”
ArtBravo-9-08-Acceptance: “Waiting Boat”
Broward Art Guild-Street Art and Pure Image-7-08
             Pure Image 2nd Place-“Waiting Boat”