Tag: Craft

Climbing the Monkitree
2012.10.20 02:41:14

Hello. Hello.

When Peter and I first moved to Maine with the plan of renovating a building in a historic downtown, opening a gallery and living in the building throughout the process, I started a blog called "Climbing the Monkitree." Little did I know that two years after opening Monkitree I would be recreating a website and starting a new blog right here on our website. We have had great progress over the years but it has felt like a series of baby steps.

A couple of years ago, my Dave Engledow taking a picture of Alice Beefriend Dave Engledow and I talked about including his photography in a show at Monkitree. We made it happen. The show was called "Plastic Fantastic: The Art of the Toy Camera" and it included Dave's images created with the Diana Camera. It was a great show and I hope had some influence on Dave to continue pursuing his photography (do you like how I try to give myself some credit there). Dave did continue taking pictures and after Alice Bee was born he began taking his World's Best Father series.

Last year we threw a paypal button up on our website so Dave could sell what had become the World's Best Father Calendar. We sold the calendars mainly to friends and family. Dave began his Engledow Art Photography facebook page and fans started growing. With more fans come more calendar sales so Dave started a Kickstarter campaign so he could print enough for his new fan base. Well that just generated more fans and then Boing Boing, Huffington Post and Laughing Squid paid attention. Next thing you know Dave is getting a call from the Today Show. Last time I looked he had 36,723 facebook fans.

So the pressure was on! Spiff up that website and start selling calendars! I hope you enjoy everything I have on the website so far. It is a work in progress and I will definitely be adding more beautiful pottery, jewelry, scarves, wooden serving pieces and more.

I took this picture of Dave taking a picture of Alice Bee at her birthday party last year.

Tags: Dave Engledow | Monkitree | Art | Craft

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