Donald Satterlee and Michael Dunlavey: Italia Bella

Exhibit Dates: 
Tuesday, Apr. 4 to Saturday, May. 6
Artist Reception: 
Friday, Apr. 7 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm
2nd Saturday Opening: 
Saturday, Apr. 8 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm


Please join us for a special Artists Reception and Fundraiser on Friday, April 7, 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Guests will enjoy an array of Italian appetizers, luscious desserts, wine and beverages and live music.

Tickets ($20) may be purchased online at the Viewpoint Store, or at the door.

There will also be a drawing ($5 per ticket, 5 for $25, 30 for $100). Prizes include: Italia Bella donated prints by Donald Satterlee and Michael Dunlavey and two gift certificates for 3 half-day Viewpoint Workshops of your choice.

In April, Viewpoint presents a stunning exhibit of images by Donald Satterlee and Michael Dunlavey entitled: Italia Bella.

Michael Dunlavey has been enthralled with Italy for a long time. He is drawn to the rich patina, textures, and reflections found at every turn in the backstreets and canals of Venice. Whether shooting intimate details or capturing the power and magnificence of ancient buildings, the contours of century old vinyards, or the landscapes of Tuscany, Chianti, and Umbria, he has created lasting images that convey the haunting beauty of the country. “Searching for something new to shoot on early morning walks energizes all my senses and makes me feel alive.”

Michael retired as President and Creative Director of the Dunlavey Studio in Sacramento. He founded the studio with his wife, Lindy, in 1978. He was featured in Print Magazine as one of four top designers in the United States who create both three-dimensional and two-dimensional designs. The Dunlavey Studio received more than one hundred and fifty national design awards, and their work was featured in Graphis, Communication Arts, Architectural Record, and included in countless books published in the United States, Switzerland, and Japan.

Michael has demonstrated his commitment and deep love for the arts and has an extensive background in art and design. He received his B.A. Degree in Art as well as his Masters Degree in Art from California State University, Sacramento. He sat on the Board of Directors of the Crocker Art Museum Association for eleven years and served on the selection committee that chose the architect for the new Crocker Art Museum Expansion. He also served on the Major Gift Access Committee for the Crocker, which raised over $95 million to build the new wing that opened in 2010. He was a member of the Board of Directors of the Sacramento Region Community Foundation for ten years, during which he served on the Arts Advisory Committee for Advancing Sacramento Arts, which generated a sustained funding stream for small and medium-sized arts organizations in the region. Michael and his wife Lindy reside in Placer County.

Donald Satterlee’s images were taken in Venice, Tuscany, and many small villages around Northern Italy. In 2008 Satterlee started a personal project entitled Fogscapes as a way of expressing a longtime passion for black and white scenic photography. The images of tree lined roads, benches, vineyards, paths and ponds, have been described as “dreamy” & “atmospheric.” The mist seems to remove all color and distant details.

“Shooting photos on a drizzly foggy morning is a very peaceful and ethereal experience. It is my hope that viewing the images conveys that peace and calm.” After researching when Italy was most likely to have fog, Donald made two trips there in January in 2013 and 2014. “There were very few tourists, and securing a room was easy and better yet, several mornings were very foggy.” In an effort to create an “old postcard” feel, many photos have been converted to black and white, split toned, then textures and faint borders composited over the images.

Donald Satterlee has worked as a commercial advertising photographer in Sacramento for decades and has produced many of the images seen in ads, brochures, annual reports and billboards around Northern California. His personal work has shown in the California State Capitol Gallery, Viewpoint Gallery, Beatnik Gallery, Elliot Fouts Gallery, Sacramento Fine Arts Gallery, The ArtHouse Gallery, Lumens Lighting Gallery, Sacramento City Hall, and the California State Fair. Many images are now included in the corporate art collections of both UC Davis Medical Center and Kaiser Hospitals, and have been used by designers as décor in offices as well as being purchased by many collectors. Images have won two Best of Shows and three first places in regional photography competitions as well as eight awards of merit and a Jurors award in the California State Fair photo competitions.


© Donald Satterlee, Luminescence


© Michael Dunlavey, Tattle


© Donald Satterlee, Improv


© Michael Dunlavey, Contours



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