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Selma Show

Discussion in 'Art Matters & News' started by tedh, Mar 10, 2015.

  1. tedh

    tedh PFG, Picture Framing God

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  2. neilframer

    neilframer PFG, Picture Framing God

    Thanks for posting this.

    When I was about nine or ten in about 1961 or '62, my father and mother took my sister and I on a trip driving down to Miami Fla. from Chicago.

    I got to see the "Whites Only" drinking fountains and the "Whites Only" entrances to restaurants along with the "Colored" drinking fountains and the "Colored entrance in the Back" entrances to the restaurants that would even serve "Colored" folks as we drove through the South.
    I had never seen any of this in Chicago.

    Yes, racism existed all over the country.
    More hidden in some places, more open in others, as it is even today many decades later.

    Nine men were arrested in 1961 and sentenced to hard labor for just sitting at a "Whites Only" lunch counter in South Carolina back then.
    It has only taken 54 years for the convictions to be overturned.

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  3. tedh

    tedh PFG, Picture Framing God

    and on the news just a few minutes ago there was a report on some frat boys that were videod singing a racist song about no n******** in their fraternity. Nice to see they got the boot from the campus. Incredible.
     
  4. tedh

    tedh PFG, Picture Framing God

    i just saw the full set of photographs from the Selma march, that we're featuring in the show. The very last one was termed insignificant by Lynn Ball, the photographer, but I had to disagree with him. Given current events, it was the most important. Why? Because it showed a large group of white college boys down from the north, defiantly marching in support of civil rights. Not at all like the SAE fraternity.
     
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  5. tedh

    tedh PFG, Picture Framing God

    Since I posted the first Selma story, the photographer and my gallery have been featured in all the local papers, TV shows, and talk shows. He's going national tomorrow on the Canada AM morning show, then a feature story in a national newspaper on the weekend.

    It has given us major traffic and some good sales of his framed images. And a heck of a lot of good PR. Quite a ride.
     
  6. neilframer

    neilframer PFG, Picture Framing God

    Excellent! :D
    Thanks for posting.
     
  7. tedh

    tedh PFG, Picture Framing God

  8. Jeff Rodier

    Jeff Rodier SPFG, Supreme Picture Framing God

    Cool that this exhibit is getting so much attention Ted. Nice that people appreciate the historical value of the images as well as their artistic appeal. Way to go on the national coverage and I hope it brings you a ton of extra traffic to the store.
     
  9. tedh

    tedh PFG, Picture Framing God

    Extra traffic for sure. Framing sales are way higher. And we've got people coming from 100 miles away. Must be Ted's fifteen minutes, thanks to the photographer, who's been a terrific marketer. The article's author is a really well-known sports writer, and it was great meeting him. I'm thinking of a book signing next.

    I'm also learning how badly newspapers are doing. They're in more trouble than us. And news photographers are almost extinct.
     
  10. Jeff Rodier

    Jeff Rodier SPFG, Supreme Picture Framing God

    Newspapers are hurting and as a result they have become one of the best marketing tools around. Anytime I want to generate traffic for the store or other events I have been able to get immediate results and great deals in the newspapers. The Chinese Museum exhibit and local artist gallery got hundreds of people from the two half page ads I ran. I was flexible with day of week so they gave me $350 for a half page each day and ended up on the 3rd page one day and 5th page the second.

    Baby Boomers read the newspaper everyday of their working career so they continue to subscribe and people who pay for a paper read it cover to cover. I usually follow up with a long testimonial to the value received in advertising in the paper which gets you another 1/4 page or more of written story about what you are advertising. Due to the great response from the newspaper ads the mall has kept the gallery as a permanent store. I'll be doing some more follow up with it next week after the largest spring show (different gallery) items are picked up by the artists on the 1st.

    Work with the newspaper on a combination of advertising, testimonials and follow up news articles to keep it going. They have become the only advertising I will do since the return on investment is immediate and much larger than any other source I have found. Keep in mind that medical professionals at the hospitals and other medical facilities are not able to get online for news during their workday. Any ad I run brings in a couple dozen doctors and RN's.
     
  11. tedh

    tedh PFG, Picture Framing God

    Halfway There:

    got half the images on the web site: http://canal-gallery.myshopify.com/

    And to top it off, we just got a call from a guy in Toronto - he's in this picture:

    canisius.jpg

    Looking at the hate in some of the fifty-year-old images, it seems that nothing changes.
     
  12. neilframer

    neilframer PFG, Picture Framing God

    Looking at the hate in some of the fifty-year-old images, it seems that nothing changes.[/QUOTE]

    If we don't learn from it, we are bound to repeat it.
    What if we didn't have those images saved and displayed?

    Still interesting at the lack of response from some of the other Grumblers.
    The silence says a lot.
    Much is said on other "issues".

    On a lighter note, the local response where you are at is great.
    We were featured in the newspaper in the weekend home section weeks ago and the response has been excellent.
    I don't even buy newspapers anymore and yet we have had a number of customers, many new ones, bring in framing and they even bring the newspaper article with them.:D
     
    Last edited: Apr 10, 2015
  13. Pat Murphey

    Pat Murphey SPFG, Supreme Picture Framing God

    What exactly are you implying? Is there a dispute here? You've had almost 1200 Grumblers look at this in the last month.
     
  14. neilframer

    neilframer PFG, Picture Framing God

    Thanks for the updates, Ted.
    Keep loading those historic photos so we can see them.
     
  15. tedh

    tedh PFG, Picture Framing God

    More interesting stuff:

    - the photographer and his brother are being asked to move the show to Toronto and to the Human Rights Museum in Winnipeg. I'm asked frequently how it ever started in a small town like ours - my reply is that we're close to the photographer's home, and we know the guy.
    - we got a call from a documentary producer in Pittsburgh, wanting to include some of the photos in his next film.
    - the man from that image above is coming to the gallery next week. This is big - we get to meet someone who marched from Selma to Montgomery. Awesome.
    - we still have to load a lot more photos, and some of them include a young white guy who accompanied Willie Ricks during a demonstration in Montgomery, where they were arrested for marching in the street. I would like to know that guy's story. I'm going to track him down.

    Neil: there's one picture of Willie on the site - google him - he's still active in the civil rights movement. Quite the guy - back when he was around twenty he took on the state troopers, and today he's taking on the USA.

    - there's an American photographer, Spider Martin, who seemed to be at the same place as Lynn when the march started. Some of his images are really similar to Lynn's. Lynn didn't even develop some of his images until just before the show, and was surprised at what was there.

    - the final bunch to be loaded will be really racist. Very hard to look at.

    - finally - none of us expected to sell any of the images. Just the night before the show opened we hung a small sign indicating visitors could order prints. We've sold around 20 so far.
     
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  16. Jeff Rodier

    Jeff Rodier SPFG, Supreme Picture Framing God

    Very cool how this is evolving Ted
     
  17. tedh

    tedh PFG, Picture Framing God

    It gets really interesting as time passes:

    The kids from Canisius College in Buffalo had a front-page mention here:

    http://www.buffalonews.com/city-reg...o-a-contingent-from-canisius-college-20150320, using the photo we have in the exhibit.

    Going to the college paper's web site, here's a really interesting story:

    http://www.canisius.edu/magazine/news-detail.dot?id=7561fbcb-f149-4c2d-991e-54c1ad2a24e9. Be sure to read the short stories by the three guys who wrote memoires of going to the deep south. One is really touching.

    And tomorrow I meet one of the 33 who made the trip.
     
  18. neilframer

    neilframer PFG, Picture Framing God

    Well, it only took 54 years for the "Friendship 9" men who were arrested and sentenced to hard labor for sitting at a "whites only" lunch counter in South Carolina to have their convictions overturned after being convicted in 1961.

    They are now being honored as heroes at the site of the original arrest.

    Maybe we are making some progress, but 54 years later?
     
    Last edited: Apr 16, 2015
  19. Ylva

    Ylva SPFG, Supreme Picture Framing God

    Ted, just stumbled upon this thread and glad I did! This sub forum simply doesn't get the traffic of some of the others, which is why not many people have commented I assume.

    Thanks for posting.
     
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