Photography and Photoshop Classes in Vero Beach, Florida

Interested in learning how to use your dSLR and finally figure out what all those little dials and buttons do? How about learning how to use Photoshop to get the most out of your images? Now is the time!

I will teaching Photography 101 on Monday evenings and Photoshop for Photographers on Wednesday evenings at the Vero Beach Museum of Art beginning September 26, 2016. Both are 10-week classes and run from 6:30-8:30pm.

Please check out my Photography Classes page for all the details.

I am super excited about these new classes and recommend registering ASAP as they tend to fill quickly! Registration for these photography classes is handled by the Vero Beach Museum of Art.

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50 Years, 50 Images: Reflections on Inspiration and the Creative Process

Looking forward to my presentation 50 Years, 50 Images: Reflections on Inspiration and the Creative Process. I’ll be speaking at the Vero Beach Community Center hosted by the Indian River Photography Club. Their meeting starts at 6:30 with a photo contest on the theme “passion”. My presentation begins around 7:30. It’s free and open to the public. Should be a lot of fun!


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Recent Abstract Photos, Video Installation and Ambient Soundscapes Featured in Exhibition at the Center for Spiritual Care

I’m getting very excited for my exhibition opening this Friday evening from 5:30-7:30pm at the Center for Spiritual Care in Vero Beach. The show will include recent abstract photographs and a video installation from my ongoing project titled Seeking the Light. I will also be premiering some brand new ambient soundscapes.

Aric Attas, Seeking the Light No. 82, Arcival Digital Print on Hahnemuhle FineArt Baryta 325 gsm paper, 30 x 20", 2013

Aric Attas, Seeking the Light No. 82, Arcival Digital Print on Hahnemuhle FineArt Baryta 325 gsm paper, 30 x 20″, 2013


Special thanks to Carol Ludwig and Warren Obluck for the invitation to exhibit my work at the Center for Spiritual Care and to Ellen Fischer​ for the wonderful article in Vero Beach 32963

For information:
Linda Monaldi, 772-567-1233

Renowned Artist Aric Attas to Show At Vero’s Center for Spiritual Care

Highly regarded fine art and commercial photographer Aric Attas will open a summer exhibition of recent work at the Center for Spiritual Care with an artist’s reception, at 5 p.m., Friday, August 7. The show, which will run through September 25, is called “Seeking the Light.” The Center is located at 1550 24th Street in Vero Beach.

The multimedia exhibition will include still photos, video and soundscapes. “Aric’s work is full of mystery and profound beauty,” says Carol Ludwig, the Center’s director. “This installation by one of the area’s finest artists promises to be a high point for gallery-goers this year.”

Attas has earned an international reputation for his fine art work. He consistently explores the boundaries of representational and abstract photography and he has won critical praise for his highly original photograms, which challenge existing notions of the photograph.

Attas is well known locally for his teaching at the Vero Beach Museum of Art and his work as director of photography at Vero Home, Life & Design magazine.

Noted for his boundary-expanding experiments, Attas has also created performance pieces. His best-known work in this genre was called “Ions in the Ether.” In it, photographically etched zinc plates were dissolved in acid, copper plating their negatives with a reaction reminiscent of medieval alchemy in its desire to turn simple elements into gold.

Attas received his MFA in photography from the Hartford Art School in 1996. He is a highly sought-after commercial photographer, specializing in architectural, food and product photography. In Vero Beach he operates Aric Attas Creative, a multi-faceted creative studio. He has also been active recently in helping create the contemporary art collective and gallery Project Space 1785.

Here’s a link to the full article by Ellen Fischer Seeking the Light at Center for Spiritual Care Vero Beach 32963.

Please visit my Fine Art Gallery to see previews of some of the photographs I will be showing at the gallery.

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Photography Class In Wynwood Featured On American Canvas

Photography Class In Miami's Wynwood Art District With Aric Attas & Dave Holmes

Photography Class In Miami’s Wynwood Art District With Aric Attas & Dave Holmes


If you’re interested in attending my upcoming Creative Photography Excursion in Wynwood please visit:

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Photography Class Airs On Ovation TV Tonight

After great anticipation I will be appearing on Ovation TV’s new art & culture travel show American Canvas tonight! During the show I explore the street in Miami’s Wynwood Art Distict with host Dave Holmes. We discuss camera techniques and discovering your creative vision. The show also features an amazing flamenco dance group, traditional Cuban food, an Art Deco walking tour in South Beach, the Vizcaya and much more!

Check local listing for channels. Here in Florida Ovation TV is broadcast on channel 255 for Comcast,  274 for Direct TV and  AT&T on 385 SD or 1385 HD.

Here’s a sneak peak and learn more about photography & creativity tonight!

For more about American Canvas on Ovation TV visit:

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Photography Classes To Be Featured On Ovation TV!

I’m very excited to be part of an amazing new “art travel” show called American Canvas. The show explores the art and culture of cities such as San Francisco, Austin and Miami and airs Wednesday evenings at 10pm EST.

As part of the Miami episode I teach the show’s host Dave Holmes how to use a camera to discover his creative vision while exploring the amazing street art and history of Miami’s Wynwood Art District.

From Ovation TV’s press release, “Premiering Wednesday, March 25 at 10 pm ET Dave’s cultural tour of the US continues with a stop in Miami to check out the biggest modern art show in the country: Art Basel. He also takes a food tour of Little Havana, learns how to dance the flamenco, wanders the expansive grounds and gardens of the Vizcaya Mansion, explores Miami’s stunning art deco architecture, checks out KRELwear’s famous knitwear at a custom fitting, and gets a street art photography lesson courtesy of Aric Attas at Wynwood Walls.”

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Here’s the extended trailer for American Canvas

Here’s a clip from the Miami episode of American Canvas featuring Aric Attas with host Dave Holmes, author of Party of One

For those of you interested in discovering your own creativity in Wynwood I’ll be leading a photography excursion to explore Miami’s vibrant street art and culture on Saturday, April 11th. There will also be an Art Walk that night including a food truck circle with approximately 40 or so food trucks! It promises to be an inspiring adventure on many levels!

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Closing Reception For Immediate Delay At Project Space 1785

If you missed last month’s opening of Immediate Delay at Project Space 1785​ you’ll have another chance to see the exhibition at our closing reception this Friday, March 6th from 5pm on.

For more information about my ambient video installation featured as part of the exhibition please visit my earlier blog post Ambient Video + Audio Installation Featured in Fine Art Exhibition @ Project Space 1785, Vero Beach, Florida.

Jared M. Thomas, Augie Ruiz, Aric Attas and James Ruby Barsalou in front of Project Space 1785. Photo by Ben Hager.

Jared M. Thomas, Augie Ruiz, Aric Attas and James Ruby Barsalou in front of Project Space 1785. Photo by Ben Hager.


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Ambient Video + Audio Installation Featured in Fine Art Exhibition @ Project Space 1785, Vero Beach, Florida

I am very pleased to have my fine art photography and a brand new ambient video + audio installation included in the upcoming Project Space 1785 exhibition Immediate Delay. Curated by visual artist/curator James Ruby Barsalou the show will feature contemporary work by 4 Vero Beach artists in an alternative gallery space generously provided by Neli Santamarina.

Join us for the opening on February 6th at 7pm. There will be an acoustic set of music at 9pm by exhibiting artist Jared Thomas.

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Immediate Delay at Project Space 1785

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Photography Classes In Vero Beach Update

Wishing you a Happy, Healthy and Creative 2015! As I mentioned in an earlier post I am super excited to be teaching two photography classes at the Art School at Vero Beach Museum of Art this winter. My Photography 101 class has already filled!

If you are interested pursuing your creativity through photography I highly recommend my Discovering Your Creative Vision class. It’s a lot of fun and you will leave class each week feeling motivated and inspired!

Please check out my Photography Classes page for all the details and register today!

I am also available for private lessons. For more details please contact me.

I look forward to working with you!

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Motivating Quote On Inspiration By Chuck Close

As the new year takes hold here’s a motivating quote on inspiration from artist Chuck Close.

“Inspiration is for amateurs – the rest of us just show up and get to work” – Chuck Close

Self Portrait, 2009, Jacquard tapestry, 103" X 79", image © Chuck Close

Self Portrait, 2009, Jacquard Tapestry, 103″ X 79″, Image © Chuck Close


“Since the late 1960s Chuck Close has been concentrating on portraiture and the human face in painting and photography and is one of the most celebrated artists working today. Close often takes his family and friends as models, making monumental and classical works that are both bold in their simplicity as well as intangible, since the images appear as if they have been viewed through a thick layer of glass or are rippling on the surface of water. In this way, the subjects of his paintings can seem like apparitions, dissolving and resolving when viewed from different distances.

Although Close has employed various painterly styles throughout his career, including an intense neo-realism in the 1970s and a shadowy Pointillism in the 1980s, he is perhaps best known for his more recent works which are made up from a shimmering, fragile grid set on the diagonal. Close’s paintings are all-over images where the background of the picture – the negative space – is as important as the face itself and one cannot exist without the other. Likewise, in Close’s daguerreotype photographs, the background defines the limit of the image plane as well as the outline of the subject, with the inky pitch-black setting off the light, reflective quality of the subject’s face. Close’s method of painting is always indexical, an incremental process whereby associative colours and shapes build up a pictorial syntax and a recognisable figurative whole. Warm colours are set against cold, circles against squares and the organising principles of the grid are constantly broken by minute areas of expressive abstraction.” – White Cube

To see some more inspiring artwork by Chuck Close please visit his website here.

There are many great art books featuring the work of Chuck Close. Here are a few I find particularly interesting to add to your art & photography library:


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