Fall 2022: Group Shows in CA and MN


The Coachella Valley, like Santa Fe, is an artists’ mecca. The nine municipalities in the Valley are home to 370,000 permanent residents and this swells by another 100,000-200,000 during the “season,” the winter months that attract snow birds. There are numerous creative arts centers, collections of studios, and galleries across the valley, extending from Palm Springs to Coachella. Art walks, gallery openings, studio tours abound and I was pleased to be able to participate in two exhibitions happening in October and November this year.

The CREATE Center for the Arts in Palm Desert hosted an 8 week community show of mixed media work by its members as well as an invited group of artists to which I belong. These two old favorites of mine were hung.

The second show, all photographers, was by invitation from the Old Town Artisan Studios in La Quinta. It was called In Focus and lasted only a couple of weeks in October. Here’s what I submitted.

Bunker Hill

Zabriskie Point Sunset on the left and, on the right, A Proper Perspective.


The Praxis Gallery in Minneapolis has continuously changing international photography exhibitions. These shows are juried and cover a wide range of themes. I seem to do best with my black and white images and was happy to be included in the latest Black and White exhibition. The image juried in is below.

Manly Beacon (Death Valley National Park)

A Note About My Books

On the right panel, at the top, you see a block about books of my photographs that I have published over the years. The image shows three early books published using Blurb software and I have added three more to that collection: Monkey Business: Wildlife Sightings on the Osa Peninsula, Superbloom 2019, and The Big Picture: Panoramas. These are all still available from Blurb but the four other books I’ve published, using Zno software, are no longer available. It seems that Zno has updated their software and no longer is willing to archive books made with the old software.

I chose Zno at the time, 2015, because they were the only one offering the lay flat option, the feature that allows for a image to go across two pages without the distortion of the center fold. Since then, other publishers, including Blurb, offer this option. There may be other advantages to Zno but given my recent experience with them I’ll stick with Blurb for future books. I’m sorry for the inconvenience this may have caused.

More Shows, Past and Future and…a new Book!

Past Show (Sept.-Oct., 2018)

I usually only submit images for consideration to local exhibitions because schlepping my images any further than Albuquerque is unacceptable. Packing them off to ship even more unacceptable. When the Praxis Gallery in Minneapolis indicated they would print and frame the 30 images chosen for their The Shape of Things  international exhibition I figured it was worth a try. Of the five images I submitted, Sunnylands I was accepted into the show and went on to win the Juror’s Choice Award.

Sunnylands I_JoanConcetta_Biordi (1528 x 1204)

Sunnylands I

Friends who live in Minneapolis visited the Gallery and took a video and still pictures for me. I can’t put the video on this site but here’s a picture of the main panel of the show. My image is on the upper left. Thanks Liz nd Di!


Praxis Gallery, Minneapolis MN, Sept., 2018 – Oct., 2018


Future Show, December, 2018

The Shades of Gray exhibition of black and white photographs by New Mexico photographers continues to be one of the most popular in this area, if attendance is any measure. I continue to submit entries and am pleased to have two out of three submissions selected this year: LA and Look Up! Here they are.


LA’s Disney Center

Look Up

Look Up!

Exact dates for the show are on the Welcome page of this site. Information about and directions to Expo New Mexico can be found here.

I’ll save the book for the next post but if you want a preview check this out.

What do Martin Beck, Harry Hole, Bernie Gunther and Will Trent have in common?

They, along with…

Harry Bosch, John Rebus and Kurt Wallender  are the main characters in mystery books I have liked best. All but one are currently alive and kicking. All are worth pursuing if you are a mystery book fan and don’t already know them. Even if you are not a mystery book fan you may well enjoy these for their illumination of a culture, a region, a personality,  and current social/political issues. These modern mystery books and their protagonists are a far cry from the stereotypical hard-boiled private investigator series of Hammett, Chandler, and Ross Macdonald. The characters are three dimensional and imperfect, if not clearly flawed; the settings – a real city, region, country- are integral to the story and vividly described; the stories complex and as much, if not more,  a vehicle for exploring issues as a who done it.

Take Bernie Gunther for example…

or, rather, take Phillip Kerr’s Berlin Noir trilogy. My cousin Diana first introduced me to these novels when, in a correspondence, I compared our current political times to 1930’s Germany, the time in which the first two novels are set. I looked up reviews of the books and when I saw Gunther referred to as an x-SS officer, I was sure I could not get behind him. Who could root for an x-SS officer? But when I saw the book, which contains all three novels, at our local library sale I figured for half a buck I could check it out.

I began reading the first book March Violets and did not stop until I had read all three, most unusual for me (I generally take a break from an author after one book; in fact I generally take a break from mystery books after I finish one). First the SS business. Turns out Gunther, a good policeman, with no love for the regime quits the Berlin police force when the Nazis take over but then gets forced to rejoin for a special politically sensitive case and thus becomes a de facto SS-officer.

The recreation off 1930’s Berlin, which certainly does not exist today, was impressive. Kerr must have done a lot of research to get all the streets, buildings, parks, transportation hubs, residential districts, business, even, in the right places. The atmosphere of the city, too, is recreated convincingly. Berliners are cautiously optimistic initially but slowly sink into cynical indifference and by the time of the last novel, A German Requiem, which takes place in 1946, they are barely surviving the ravages of destruction and occupation.

Particularly effective is the inclusion of historical figures as characters in the novels: Heydrich, Himmler, Goring. They are not the focal points and appear only briefly here and there, but because we know so much about them and their ilk, we get a strong flavor of the times. They are like a marinade in which everything is immersed.

In the review cited above, Joan Acocella highlights the violence and cruelty of the time and Kerr’s unwillingness to gloss over it. It may make for hard reading for some, but, like Acocella, I believe it and know those times have not passed.

Check out the others

Here is a list of the protagonists and their authors and a place to start looking for them: