Sandra Louise Dyas Photography


Monday, September 10, 2012

my eyes are not shut

anderson gallery - drake university
september 7 - october 12

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

 OPENING RECEPTION - Anderson Gallery/Drake

This Friday - September 7th - 5pm to 7pm





Friday, August 3, 2012


A new project of mine is to create a new body of work for an up-coming and very exciting exhibition in DesMoines at the Anderson Gallery at Drake University. In addition to the zillions of editing and organizing hours are the costs of printing, matting and framing. This is a BIG SHOW! So... I decided to spend a week and create a new Kickstarter project. If you are new to Kickstarter - it is one powerful network. Reaching out to the world and locally, I am asking YOU to become part of something that will only grow bigger with your help. Thank you, with heaps of love for your support.

                                                         Francisco Antonio Romero, near Iowa City, Iowa

Thank YOU Patrons of My Art! For your pledge to back my new project 

"my eyes are not shut" on Kickstarter!

Sue Johenning    Maxine Payne     Eric Hoffman     Jon Lowenstein 

Kay Kimble     Tim Ferrin     Greg Smith  

Jennifer Knox     Andy Brodie     Stephanie Catlett
David Smucker     gosia     Benji Nichols  

  Charles Drum     Anna Krewer     
Brett Lorenzen     Nathan Olmstead     Tim Slinker
     Jennifer Miller     Janet Green 
I sholterkarall     Jim Haverkamp    Van DeLisle  
Kelly Pardekooper   Patrick Muller    Julie Griffin
Mike Menner    MC -Vesuvius Records

Lisa Jo Lowenberg  dirtybirdiesvintage  

Daniel Smith    Gabrielle     lisa   
Nancy Burkholder   Bryan and Pat Farland 

Miriam Bennett     Anony Mous   Kate D Lewis
Mark Meinhart    JIM Haverkamp   Jennifer Knox 

Josh Fredenburg   Kristen Baumlier   Daniel Smith
Trent Chau      Stephanie Penn   Matthew Smith

Denise Kelly    LeAnn Erickson   Will Breitholtz
Jon Crispin   Matthew Ghabel  

Jack Dyas (my DAD)  
Rene Paine, Queen of the Pooch Palace

Harry Blackwood   Chloe Samuels   Greg Eggers
Katy Stavreva   Joe Tye   Monica   Vickie Allen

Tobin Eckholt   Katy Hoffer   David Olson
Bill Friedman    Cammie Toloui  
Barbara Ann Ernst    Bo Ramsey    
Emily Carter Walsh   Jeff Morgan 
Kate and Max Greenstreet   Susan Hargus
Sara Hoffman     Jocelyn Chateauvert

Tommie Ouverson      Dennis Miller
Patricia Stiles    Sue Becker

Tricia and Brad Stiles   Robyn Schwab
Matt Steele    Vickie LaGrotta   Anthony Jacobs

Louise Rauh   Joe Burkart   Alex Oskie
Anna Henson    Michael Johnson

Antique Photo Art     

Maeve Clark    Anita Wollison    Susan
Chris Renaud    Anne Marie Kennedy

Mary Jedlecka Humston
Jamie Rosenfels
Andy Kropa

You can Pledge YOUR SUPPORT of my work by clicking here to SEE the full project:

EASY ED ; his blog on NO DEPRESSION - what can I say but I love this guy!

Friday, July 20, 2012

New Work at the Anderson Gallery

For nearly four weeks I have been pondering over my photos. Editing. Weeding. Trying to be critical. Looking for a body of my best work. It all takes place on my mac. Aperture. Staring at the screen. Scrutinizing each image. Fine-tuning. Listening to each one of them.

Drake University in Des Moines called me and wanted to know if I was interested in having a solo show. This happened a few years ago. I had applied for a Fulbright and had to push the show into the future as I waited to see if I was chosen for this prestigious grant. The first time I applied I was a finalist! The letter of announcing this made me cry. Ultimately I was not chosen as they needed to eliminate one person because of the economy and lack of funding. I applied again the following year. Again, not chosen. Maybe I need to choose a different Fulbright location.

This September I will be exhibiting a new body of work entitled "my eyes are not shut".
The opening reception is Friday, September 7th, 2012. Very exciting. For me, this opportunity is big. I placed a huge print order yesterday....nearly $1,000 for prints. Now I am researching how to apply for Kickstarter. It looks like a viable way to raise funding.

The new work has been culled from my on-going photographic projects. In January I self-published a tiny book on (the hardback version is really beautiful!) called "my eyes are not shut". This book has served as the template for the up-coming solo show. A new book is currently being envisioned in my head.

I hope you will come to the show at the Anderson Gallery in Des Moines. Or maybe you might consider inviting me to show this work in your college or university gallery?

Tammy and R.L. (Richard) at Walker's Barber Shop in Keokuk, Iowa 2011

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Katy, Queen of Her Garden, Iowa City, Iowa 2011

LENSCRATCH is Aline Smithson's photography blog. Talented and well-known photographer Aline is also a blogger who helps to promote other photographers' work. She has regular calls (free) for photographs which she posts online. Today - January 1st, 2012 - is a new exhibition called YOUR FAVORITE PHOTOGRAPH OF 2011.

The work is really exceptional. There are 5 individual parts - you can reach each part by going to the end of the blog and pressing "Older Posts". My fave photo is of my friend Katy Hoffer. I took it early this fall in Katy's garden. This photograph is part of my Lost in the Midwest series. The photo is in Aline's 3rd part of 5 parts.