Picturing the Parkway: Celebrating the American River Parkway in Photographs

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

Picturing the Parkway: Celebrating the American River Parkway in Photographs features a juried selection of approximately 60 photographs made within the American River Parkway, exploring its landscapes and riverscapes, its varied wildlife, and the many ways people use and enjoy this “jewel of the Sacramento region”.

Considered the blueprint for urban parks across the U.S., the 4900-acre American River Parkway extends along the Lower American River for 23 miles, from Folsom Dam to Discovery Park at the confluence with the Sacramento River. Combining conservation with scenic beauty, abundant wildlife, and a wide range of recreational opportunities, the Parkway hosts more than 5 million visitors annually.

The American River Parkway is of course not immune to problems in our society, and this exhibit comes at a time when the problem of homelessness is significantly impacting the Parkway, and how to deal with that impact is a contentious political issue. While directly addressing such challenges is beyond the scope of this exhibit, Picturing the Parkway serves as a powerful reminder of what is at stake.

Picturing the Parkway was developed with the support of several organizations dedicated to promoting and preserving the American River Parkway. Viewpoint's closest partners in the year-long project will have information tables at the Second Saturday reception on September 9:
     • American River Parkway Foundation  (arpf.org)
     • American River Natural History Association: Effie Yeaw Nature Center (arnha.org)
     • Save the American River Association (sarariverwatch.org)

In conjunction with the exhibit at Viewpoint, the Viewpoint website features an online gallery of all images submitted for jurying. This online exhibit recognizes the many worthy photographs that could not be included in the print exhibit, and presents an even broader picture of this special place of ours, the American River Parkway.

Picturing the Parkway has been juried by Dave Henry. For 27 years, Dave was a photographer for The Sacramento Bee, during which time he became well known for his writings and workshops on photographing the fall color of the eastern Sierras. He now works for Canon, most recently partnering with Ken Sklute to present online articles and in-person workshops on how to photograph this August's eclipse.

Click here to see an online gallery of all images submitted for this exhibit.

James Berger: Golden Glow on the Parkway

David Dawson: Great Blue Heron Rising

Stephen Fischer: River Grinding Holes

Lewis Kemper: Streaming Clouds #8 BW

Gene McKinnon: Portrait in White

Dianne Poinski: Branches

Thank you to our sponsors!

Kenneth Meyers
Meyers Investment Group of Baird

Platinum Sponsor


Viewpoint Photographic Art Center is the proud recipient of a SMAC Cultural Arts Award grant.

Individual Sponsorships
(Luminance Level & Above)

Diane Tempest

J.B. Jones



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