Mentorship Student Portfolios

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Jean Schnell's Mastermind at the Mentorship retreat in 2014 Jean Schnell's Mastermind at the Mentorship retreat in 2014
Student Achievements
A look at student accomplishments during the Mentorship, and Advanced Mentorship
 

Most everyone has started one or more new photographic projects, has become a Lightroom convert (even an expert), is now printing his/her own fine art digital prints, and has written an artist statement. Here are some added highlights:

Karla Bernstein
MV Workshop 2011, 2012; Mentorship 2014; Advanced Mentorship 2014-15

  • Mounted a solo show at Visual Impact Gallery, Danbury, CT
  • Sold fine art prints in Advanced Mentorship show, Alison Shaw Gallery
  • Published Blurb book of her "Close to Home" project
  • Redesigned her website
  • Created a fine art folio of her Wicks Forge project, which was covered by Connecticut Magazine

Doug Burke
MV Workshop 2012; Mentorship 2014; Advanced Mentorship 2014-15, 2016-17

  • Exhibited two photos in juried show at Featherstone Center for the Arts, Oak Bluffs
  • Sold fine art prints in Advanced Mentorship show, Alison Shaw Gallery
  • Developed project photographing coastal scenes, focusing on docks
  • Story about his Chappy Ferry photo in MV Times
  • Created new website

Vincent Chahley
MV Workshop 2013, 2014; Mentorship 2015, Advanced Mentorship 2015-16

  • Won 1st place in MV Magazine's annual photo contest
  • Three of his photos were chosen for the MV Hospital permanent collection
  • Created new website
  • Mounted solo show at MV Film Center: "Ocean Soul", sold a number of fine art prints from the show, and got a writeup in the MV Times

Diane Collins
MV Workshop 2004; Cape Workshop 2012; Mentorship 2014; Advanced Mentorship 2014-15, 2015-16

  • Teaches for the Plymouth Digital Photographers Group
  • Sold fine art prints in Advanced Mentorship show, Alison Shaw Gallery
  • Created new website
  • Included in Cape Cod Art Association student show, and their Street Photography online exhibit

Estelle Disch
Maine Workshop 2013; Mentorship 2014; Advanced Mentorship 2014-15, 2015-16

  • Redesigned her website, and branded her work as Phototransformations
  • Mounted two solo shows: Cambridge YWCA; Karen Aqua Gallery at Cambridge Community Television
  • Named "Artist of the Week" by Cambridge Art Association
  • Included in three juried photo exhibitions
  • Collaborated with Cuban artist Diana Balboa, with finished pieces shown at Balboa's gallery in Cuba
  • Sold fine art prints in Advanced Mentorship show, Alison Shaw Gallery
  • Photos on display at Beetlebung Coffee House in Oak Bluffs, MA
  • Photo used on a book cover
     

Beth Ehlert
Mentorship 2015; Advanced Mentorship 2015-16, 2016-17

  • Sells her prints and photo-related products
  • Created a splash page for her new website

Deb Ehrens
Mentorship 2015

  • Corporate installation at St Anne's Hospital, Fall River, MA
  • Redesigned her website
  • Selected for eight different juried group shows at galleries
  • Had portfolio review at Griffin Museum and 555 Gallery, Boston
  • Became a juried artist member of Cape Cod Art Association
  • Created gallery in her backyard studio for "Art Drive"
  • Started coaching photography students

Peter Esser
Mentorship 2015; Advanced Mentorship 2015-16, 2016-17

  • Started project photographing abstracts in NYC subway
  • Won 3rd place in MV Magazine's annual photo contest 

Claire Ganz
Mentorship 2015; Advanced Mentorship 2016-17

  • Won blue ribbon at MV Agricultural Society Fair, West Tisbury
  • Included in group show at Featherstone Center for the Arts
  • Created new website

Kate Griswold
MV Workshop 2013; Mentorship 2014; Advanced Mentorship 2014-15, 2016-17

  • Had portfolio reviews at Griffin Museum and Jane Deering Gallery
  • Mounted two shows at Suzanne Crocker Gallery, Ipswich, MA
  • Mounted two shows at Hall Haskell House, Ipswich, MA
  • Sold her fine art animal portraits during the holidays
  • Started a very challenging project photographing the wild horses of Cumberland Island
  • Included in group show at Featherstone Center for the Arts
  • Sold a number of fine art prints – some of which raised a significant sum for a charitable cause
  • Sold fine art print in Advanced Mentorship show, Alison Shaw Gallery
  • Created new website

Helen Janson
Mentorship 2015; Advanced Mentorship 2016-17

  • Two photos in group show at several Long Island libraries
  • Started her tumblr page: “A View of the Northfork," helenlawlor

Steven Koppel
MV Workshop 2014; Mentorship 2014; Advanced Mentorship 2014-15, 2015-16, 2016-17

  • Sold fine art print in Advanced Mentorship show, Alison Shaw Gallery
  • Started a major non-profit teaching patients digital photography as a healing tool: EDI Institute
  • Gave a TEDx talk about EDI Institute
  • Created new website
  • He's a featured artist at the Focus Gallery in Chatham, MA
  • TV debut on Chronicle (WCVB Boston, starts at 2:00)

Paula Laverty
Maine Workshop 2009; Mentorship 2015; Advanced Mentorship 2015-16, 2016-17

  • Included in four juried group shows: 1650 Gallery in LA; Small Works show at Ocean House Gallery in Cape Elizabeth
  • Created new website

David Matthews
Maine Workshop 2000, 2001; MV Workshop 2003, 2014; Tuscany Workshop 2004; Oaxaca Workshop 2006; Venice Workshop 2008; Mentorship 2014; Advanced Mentorship 2014-15, 2015-16, 2016-17

  • Created new website
  • Did projects photographing pavement as abstract B&W, color shots of airplane runways, and graphic architectural studies
  • Had a gallery show in Philly, and sold five original prints   

Gwen Norton
MV Workshop 2013; Mentorship 2014; Advanced Mentorship 2014-15, 2016-17

  • Included in juried show for Professional Women Photographers NYC
  • Began project photographing NYC in both color and B&W
  • Sold fine art prints in Advanced Mentorship show, Alison Shaw Gallery
  • Eight of her fine art prints chosen for MV Hospital's permanent collection
  • Created new website
  • Had photo published in MVTimes
  • Won 1st and 2nd place for photography, in All-Island Art Show  
  • Top-seller at the Kelley House Gallery, summer 2016

Lisa Redburn
MV Workshop 2013; Mentorship 2015; Advanced Mentorship 2015-16

  • Redesigned her website
  • Five images selected as finalists in Gala Awards
  • Exhibition of 25 photos at the local Alliance Francaise, in New Jersey
  • Accepted in six juried group shows this year, including the Griffin Museum

Jean Schnell
Cape Workshop 2012; MV Workshop 2013; Mentorship 2014; Advanced Mentorship 2014-15, 2015-16

  • New project and blog on Massachusetts Quaker meetinghouses
  • Created two Blurb portfolio books on meetinghouse project
  • Updated her website
  • Started a professional Facebook page
  • Top seller at our Advanced Mentorship gallery show in 2015
  • Two photos included in juried show for Plymouth Center for the Arts
  • Two photos selected for permanent collection of Martha's Vineyard Hospital
  • Her Marine Hospital photos were featured in MV Arts & Ideas magazine

Max Skjöldebrand
MV Workshop 2011, 2013; Mentorship 2015; Advanced Mentorship 2015-16, 2016-17

  • Mounted solo show at MV Film Center: "Going to the Pictures," chronicling the restoration of two dilapidated movie theatres on the island
  • Mounted solo show at West Tisbury Library: "Lines, Light, Shadows and Reflections"
  • Sold limited-edition prints of his photographs
  • Created new website
  • Started a project on abandoned buildings (photo by Alison, below)

Marian Stanton
Mentorship 2015

  • Shoots environmental portraits for clients
  • Created new website

Laureen Vellante
MV Workshop 2014; Mentorship 2015; Advanced Mentorship 2015-16

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