Visit Monica Estabrook’s Virtual Exhibition “mother•land”

I hope you will take a moment to visit Monica Estabrook’s virtual exhibition entitled “mother•land” by clicking HERE.

Monica Estabrook is an art teacher at Bloomington High School. I’ve known her as a coworker and friend for several years and appreciate her unyielding passion to create art even as she excels at teaching and raising children.

Many weeks ago, Monica invited my Creative Writing students to participate in an art show (“mother•land”) she had scheduled to appear at Heartland Community College. My students were both very excited by the prospect and also genuinely touched that Monica would share the spotlight with them. If you know Monica, however, this generosity would come as no surprise.

The plan was for my students to recite their poems on the opening night of Monica’s exhibition.

As you have probably guessed, the Covid-19 pandemic changed everything. However, the artistic spirit cannot be stopped, nor should it. Monica and Danell Dvorak, the HCC Art Gallery Coordinator, quickly developed a “plan b.”

When you visit the link, you’ll be able to view each of Monica’s photographs individually, and you’ll also be able to view a “walk-through” video as well. At the bottom of the page, you’ll find both text and audio versions of my students’ poems. They were tasked with recording themselves reading their poetry and submitting those audio files to Monica. Due to various circumstances, not all were able to participate, but those poems available are magnificent.

The pandemic has caused great tragedies, bitter disappointments, and mild inconveniences. I can only imagine how upsetting it must be to have an exhibition overshadowed and drastically altered due to the outbreak. But, if you know Monica, you won’t be shocked to learn that she took it all in stride, overcame the difficulties, and even found a new, creative way for her art and my students’ poems to shine.

Show this indomitable spirit your appreciation and visit her art show at this link:


A Few Words About Troy Marcy Photography

I’ve had the honor of following Troy Marcy’s work for several years now, and I can, without hesitation, attest to the fact that this man is a true artist, a student of the craft, and an ethical person.  Furthermore, he’s a good friend.

Troy’s passion for photography is evident with each and every photograph he creates. Many can take a picture, to be sure, but only some have an undefinable ability to produce drama, majesty, and mystery within those boundaries. Troy is one such talent. In particular, his nature and wildlife shots take my breath away on a regular basis.

Consequently, Troy does not relent when it comes to learning new methods. I’ve had many a technological conversation with him concerning his equipment and software, and I’ve understood none of it. He never stops learning, he never stops studying, and he never stops trying to take the perfect picture with the resources available. In fact, he’s been known to labor over a single photograph for hours upon hours in an effort to achieve excellence.

Which leads me to my next point. If you hire Troy Marcy, you will get his best work possible. This is a man who has a passion for photography, an insatiable desire to capture art. He is not out to get rich. He has no desire to fleece clients. His fares are more than reasonable, and his principles are always strong. He truly wants to make his clients happy, which is why he’s been known to go above and beyond for each photograph he takes on a client’s behalf.

As you can tell, I count Troy Marcy among my friends, but that doesn’t guarantee a positive word when it comes to skill or behavior. I am critical and objective when it comes to both art and business, and Troy Marcy excels at each. It is with supreme confidence that I recommend his work and his integrity to you.

Visit his website HERE.

Las Vegas, Nevada – January, 2007

Because my wonderful wife and I are teachers, we have a few nice–and well-deserved–vacations throughout the year.  Last Christmas, we kind of decided to do Vegas a few days before we had to report back to work.  So, January 1, 2007, we headed out.  I’d tell you more, but I think there’s a rule about that sort of thing.  Hopefully Kristen’s photographs will tell a story all its own.

All Photographs Copyright © Kristen Foley 2007  All Rights Reserved