Recently I have been experiencing some creative restlessness, but earlier this week I attended the IES Annual Conference where I was reminded of the magic that first attracted me to lighting.
I must apply this revitalized creative energy to my first art (my head is swimming with knowledge and inspiration, but my desk is full of work) so visit the blog again soon for more post-IES Conference musings.
Received this bit of inspiration in my Twitter feed on Sunday via Newark, NJ mayor Cory Booker. I wanted to share it here. I hope it inspires you today, too. Now go discover your inextinguishable light!
When they criticize you, love them for teaching you humility.
When they heap scorn upon you, love them for helping you discover your resiliency.
When they doubt you, love them for giving your dreams greater courage.
When they point out your faults, love them for their accuracy.
When they wound you, love them for showing you your capacity to forgive.
When they try to stop you, love them for making your resolve even stronger.
When they cast you into darkness, love them for helping you discover your inextinguishable light.
And when you stand victorious, when your love has conquered the impossible challenge, invite them to stand with you so they too can see love’s power and possibility.
Lighting upgrade - Foundry Art Centre - St. Charles, MO
The existing lights at the Foundry Art Centre were cute but impractical. The gallery serves as a temporary home to changing exhibits, and the existing lights could not stand up to the wear and tear of being moved, removed, replaced, and changed on a regular basis. What's more, the low voltage rail system had a voltage drop problem, the MR16 lamps consumed 50 Watts each, and they were too hot to be aimed/focused while the lights were on.
Go check it out! The current exhibit, organized by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland, Ohio, will be on display at the Foundry Art Centre through December 14, 2012. The exhibit is free and open to the public.
What have I been doing? I'm glad you asked!
The IES St. Louis Illumination Awards event is upon us! On Thursday, September 20, those most passionate about lighting in St. Louis will gather at the James S. McDonnell Planetarium to celebrate the art and science of lighting and its impact on our community.
I have been the chair of this great event for five years now. We have had casino-themed, baseball-themed, and kids-at-play themed events. This year it will be all about the stars.
The evening will begin with a red-carpet welcome followed by a Planetarium star show and then our own stars will take the stage. We will wrap up with a delicious catered buffet dinner and all guests will go home with over $40 worth of party favors. This night will include our signature light-hearted and delightful approach.
Hope to see you there!
Speaking and special lighting engagements are beginning to fill the Envision Lighting Design calendar. Hope you can make it for one or more of the following:
I am pleased to be speaking about Lighting for the Aging Eye at the upcoming St. Louis ASID Universal Design Expo. Of course *my* eyes aren't aging. Ahem. But in case yours are, or in case your parents' eyes are aging, what can be done to make sure we - I mean they - see better? In addition to lighting this event will include product displays, so it will be a great opportunity to see furniture and tools that can be used to facilitate "Aging in Place."
The St. Louis Section of the IES will be offering an intensive two-day version of the popular IES Fundamentals of Lighting course on April 20-21, 2012. This class is typically a seven-week offering, so if you are anxious to learn all that you can as quickly as you can, this is a great opportunity! I will be presenting the final segment, Module 7. In this module, we will briefly cover additional lighting topics to whet the appetites of students who want to dig deeper into "Important Issues in Lighting." Since this is the final session of the course, I will keep the presentation interactive and the students involved, interested, and awake!
*** May 1, 2012 *** Special lighting project, TBA
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On June 11 at 11:00 I will be presenting a talk at NeoCon in Chicago. Watch for details here and here.
Calling all IES members! The 2012 IES Conference Steering Committee wants your input. Why do you attend the annual conference, or if you do not, why don't you? If you are an IES member, join the Illuminating Engineering Society group on LinkedIn and ENGAGE in the conversation that is happening there right now.
I attend the IES Annual Conference whenever I can. The conference itself is a time to engage. Listen to technical paper presentations. Learn about case-studies. Meet other lighting professionals. Influence our industry. Encourage students and emerging professionals who are just entering the world of lighting. Join a committee. Brainstorm. Take a class. Network. Submit a project for an Illumination Award. Gain perspective - get a bigger picture.
As lighting professionals, we refer to the IES Handbook for recommended lighting levels and other industry standards on a daily basis. I give back to this Society because it gives us the tools that we rely on every day. If architectural lighting is any part of your profession, the IES has already given you much. Imagine how much you might get out of it if you actually engage!
Lisa J. Reed, lighting designer and Principal at Envision Lighting Design, LLC