Emerging Artist Series - A year later with Brandon Stanley

Emerging Artist Series - A year later with Brandon Stanley

In August 2021, GALLERY500 debuted our Emerging Artist Series with our inaugural interview of Daytona Beach Photographer Brandon Stanley. Now, a year later, we decided to catch up with Brandon to see where his fine art career is now.
It’s been a year since we first interviewed you for GALLERY500’s Emerging Artist Series. What have you been up to this past year?
 First off, thanks for having me back! This past year proved quite a roller-coaster. Thanks to my girlfriend's occupation, I have had the opportunity to travel to Hawaii and California and a few other locations. During one of those trips, the water housing leaked and destroyed my camera while shooting photos at Sandy's Beach in Oahu.  Unfortunately, this left me without a camera for several months. During that time I mostly lifeguarded and saved for a new camera. Now that I have a new camera, I am back in action.
I know you have traveled a bit. Where is your favorite place you went to?
Each location offers unique scenery and certainly different waves; however, I think only a few locations on earth can compete with Hawaii - so I would have to say that is my favorite.
We have showcased most of your wave photography but you love to photograph more than waves. What other scenes seem to catch your eye?
I am a huge fan of racing (grew up watching Nascar and racing go-karts) both cars and motorcycles. photographing racing scenes allows me to get super close to another passion of mine. I am also a sucker for the occasional nature photo.
How do you think the Emerging Artist Series has affected your career?
 Emerging Artist series gave me a foundation to establish myself from. Not only did it give me the confirmation of my work, but also the confidence to continue photographing waves.
What does an emerging artist mean to you?
Someone special- there are hundreds if not thousands of artists out there so to have a gallery say hey, you are new to the artist world but we see what you are doing means the world.
What advice would you give to up-and-coming artists?
Keep working, push yourself, and know that regardless of whether or not people appreciate your work if you love doing it, don't quit or get discouraged.
You have an upcoming event with Gallery500 coming up. Tell me more.
[I am] really stoked about it. We will be trading artists with another local gallery Frame of Mind for a month.  Artists from FOM will hang in GALLERy500 and vice versa. The opening reception is Saturday, August 6th from 3 - 7 PM at Frame of Mind during the Ormond Beach Art Walk. Later in the month, Gallery500 will host the closing reception at the gallery, August 26th, 5 - 7 PM.
I also hear you will be showing at the ONE DAYTONA Art Festival. What can we expect from that event?
 I will certainly be there! you expect a ton of phenomenal artists from all over...probably my favorite events of the year.
Where can people find your work?
At GALLERY500 of course. My Instagram and Facebook @brandonstanleyphotography contain a majority of my shots-all of which can be ordered through the gallery.

Current Exhibition

Featuring 12 diverse artists and 35 new artworks, GALLERY500's Art in Harmony offers guests insight into Volusia County’s diverse art scene.  August 28th is the final day to view the exhibition. Visit the gallery this month, Tuesdays through Saturdays between 11AM and 8 PM or Sunday Noon - 6 PM to see this themed exhibition in person.


Upcoming Events

Our Summer Swap, a collaboration with Ormond Beach's Frame of Mind begins this month! GALLERY500 photographers Deborah Berry and Brandon Stanley will display select works in Frame of Mind through the month of August while a handful of Frame of Mind’s featured artists will display their pieces here at GALLERY500. The Summer Swap will be on display alongside GALLERY500's current exhibition, Art in Harmony.

The Opening Reception for Summer Swap will occur at Frame of Mind, Saturday, August 6th between 3pm and 7pm. Frame of Mind is located at 23 W Granada Blvd, Ormond Beach, FL 32174. 

GALLERY500 will host the Closing Reception of our Summer Swap on August 26th from 5pm to 7pm. For additional details, please call 386-262-1912 or email aoneal@gallery500.art

The Next Exhibition

Returning for a second year, GALLERY500 is honored to host the contemporary art group, Beaux Arts of Central Florida. From September 9th, 2022 through October 30th, 2022, professional artists from Beaux Arts, such as Peggy Banks, Lillian Verkins, Robert Shirk, William Romero, and Beau Wild, among others, will showcase their artistic expertise at GALLERY500. This year, the theme of the exhibition Very Peri, 2022's Pantone color of the Year. Purplelicious will open this September, with the opening reception to be held on September 9th, 2022, from 5pm to 8pm. This event is open for all to attend.


OneDaytona Art Festival 2022

The 2022 OneDaytona Art Festival is almost here! Guests are welcomed to join us this October 22nd & 23rd for artworks by juried fine artists and non-juried fine craft artisans, live entertainment, and a Wine Walk with ONE DAYTONA restaurants! The 2022 ONE DAYTONA Art Festival will also feature a chalk art competition, hosted by ArtHaus and a student exhibition from Volusia County Schools students. All proceeds benefit VCS Visual Arts Programs and ArtHaus.  
Interested in helping with the festival? If you or someone you know is interested in volunteering, please email jfaber@onedaytona.com.
All interested fine artists and fine craft artisans are encouraged to apply for the ONE DAYTONA Art Festival by October 7th, 2022. You can apply and view more details HERE, through Zapplication. 
The 2021 ONE DAYTONA Art Festival was spectacular, and three of GALLERY500 artists were winners, including Bill and Jon Slade, Jen Kish of Imaginarium Jewelry and Kathleen Lusby

GALLERY500 will host various events during this year's Art Festival, including a book signing with GALLERY500 exhibiting artist Frank Ferrante, who is releasing his coffee table art book, Inspired by Nature, Plein Air Painting and the Prismatic Palette. Be one of the first to pick up his book and have it signed by the artist himself!

Keep an eye on our events page to stay up to date with other events planned during the ONE DAYTONA Art Festival, including artist talks, live art and artist panels, hosted by GALLERY500.


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Until next time...
-Your GALLERY500 Team



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