My First Gallery Showing


As some of you know I am pretty active on Instagram (@yogiab, see the sidebar, and just why are we not instagram friends?) The local Tulsa newspaper, the Tulsa World, has a hashtag, #MyTulsaWorld, that can be used if one wants use it for Tulsa area photos and they publish in the paper (like on real paper) once or twice a week photos with that used the hashtag. They ended up publishing four of my photos and I got to know, via Intagram, anyway a whole lot of talented photographers in the Tulsa area. 

So I got an email from the Tulsa World inviting me to submit two photographs to an exhibit of Instagram photographers in the Tulsa area. So me and 17 others sent out photographs in and then we got invitations to a private reception for the an Invitational Exhibition at Mayfest, Tulsa’s annual arts festival in May. So anyways I was pretty excited. I’ve never had my photographs shown before. You know, except for my Mother in Law. 

Mayfest 2016

Heather couldn’t make it because of a previous engagement with our son so after work I headed down to the venue all by myself. I was pretty nervous.


There were all sorts of people who were mainly looking for the art featured in the gallery. Lots of good stuff there.


I scooped up some free food and drink and found the Instagrammer section. It was very disconcerting to see my photos on display along with other peoples. I would look at it and then circulate around and then come back to you. It was a great feeling but humbling also. 


I picked two photographs that showed two sides. One a peaceful scene at Post Oak Lodge in the Osage Hills north of town and the other action frozen during Tulsa’s riotous Tulsa Tough bicycle races.

Tulsa Mayfest 2016

They asked for a bio so I asked my good friend Mr. Google about bios.They have to be written in the third person and really have to get to the nut of the matter and leave out extraneous words but have a humorous part also. I left out the humorous part. If I had to do it over again I would add Heather and Logan to it.

So anyways it was all kind of fun, and flattering, and humbling. From the faces of the my fellow Instagrammers they were pretty pleased with the thing themselves.

So, thank you Tulsa World for a great opportunity and experience. And thank you dear readers who provide so much support.

And why are we are not Instagram friends again?

9 thoughts on “My First Gallery Showing

  1. Hootin' Anni

    How exciting!!! You Rock Yogi.


    I too had a surprise from the botanical gardens which I posted about today. Similar to your gallery showing.

  2. Driller's Place

    Congratulations!!!! This is just great. I know how you feel about having your photos on display, it is a proud and humbling moment all at the same time. Well, I guess it is official, you have graduated from picture taker to photographer. Well done Yogi.

  3. Ellen

    Congrats brother! You are very talented and it’s well deserved! I’m pretty excited because my art teacher finally thought one of my paintings was good enough to feature on her website.

  4. Barb

    Yay for you! I’ve watched you learn, experiment, and change your style over the years. I often study your shots to learn something for my own photography. Did you wear a suit to the opening???? Bob says he doesn’t want to ever wear a suit again.

  5. Sallie (FullTime-Life)

    Congrats! Your photos most definitely deserve every honor and I am pleased to say I knew you when … (And if I were on Instagram, you would definitely be my first friend, but I don’t know anything about it.)

    I don’t know if they would be good Instagram photos, but it seems to me like your Turkey Mountain posts and photos were very valuable to your city — preserving that wonderful place.

  6. Steve Burnett

    Congrats on getting your work in the show. I enjoyed the photos. I believe a good dose of creativeness compliments a strong work ethic. Good luck.

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