Ross (1 of 2)Once again, McMillen’s Custom Framing is excited to bring you its featured artist for the spring, 2014 Art Walk Season.

Photographer Tracy Ross will be sharing his latest portfolio of Intimate Landscapes on Friday, May 2, 2014, from 5pm to 9pm, at our store.  The show is definitely one that will make you stop and appreciate the beauty in nature.

Inspired by majestic landscapes, Tracy’s portraits of Northern Michigan are sure to take your breath away; his concentration on texture and color puts him way above your traditional photo of water and land.  These are the things that have inspired him to produce a series that will overwhelm the eye.

We asked Tracy to define the term “intimate landscape”.  A term attributed to Eliot Porter (a pioneer in color landscape photography), the use of the word implies “an emotional and personal context that any one of us can interpret and apply individually”. The end result is the photographer’s creativity, vision and insight, the skill of the photo is molding it’s raw materials into a successful composition.  It’s 13C.CFV.044  600pxsounds easy, but Tracy’s photos make you want to jump into the lakes that he photographs, or slip into the foliage he sees, and take a restful nap.  The color is spectacular, and as a store owner of 27 years, I have not seen a more perfect photograph, or the use of such color.  The exhibit is stunning!

Not framed in the traditional photographic manor (white mat/black frame) adds to the experience of seeing the collection;  a white on white concept with perfect mat proportions helps the eye focus intently on his work.  He has brought the art of Black and White photography into the color realm.

img_logo (1)His reception takes place on May 2nd, and his collection will be featured in the store throughout the summer season.   As always, Willow Vineyard will be our featured wine pour (We love them!) and our world-famous cheese ball selection will be on hand.  Stop in and meet a great photographer.