Viewpoint Exhibit History

Tuesday, August 7, 2018 to Saturday, September 1, 2018

 

Roughly 40% of US households have a gun and there are enough guns  approximately 300 million  to arm nearly every man, woman, and child in the country.

At the core of The Void series is a desire to consider these facts and to create a set of images that speaks to their implications. Each of the images is created from individual bullet holes. While shooting is fundamentally a destructive act, by bringing these holes into the darkroom, enlarging them and then processing and printing the results, Garrett Hansen is able to balance this destruction with creation. The viewer is presented with images that speak to the sublime – they are both attractive and terrifying at the same time. In many ways this reflects our own opinions of guns in America, a country where the debate between rights and controls continues to rage. The Silhouette series engages the broader culture of guns in America. Every week Hansen goes to a local gun range and collects the cardboard backings that are used behind their standard target. The targets depict an unarmed man’s silhouette, a highly common target throughout civilian and police gun ranges. The third component to this ongoing project is comprised of bullets that have been collected from gun ranges. Each bullet, sculpted by impact with a ballistic steel wall, takes on a dramatic new form. The newest component to this ongoing series is entitled Memorial. This work acknowledges and lays bare the heavy price of having a heavily armed civilian population.

Garrett Hansen graduated from Grinnell College, where he studied economics and political science. He completed his MFA in photography at Indiana University and has taught at several universities in the United States and in Asia; he is now an Assistant Professor of Photography at the University of Kentucky. Garrett has had numerous solo and group exhibitions in the United States, Europe, Indonesia, and Japan.

Tuesday, March 6, 2018 to Saturday, April 7, 2018

 

Stephen Johnson is a landscape photographer, designer and teacher. He has been photographing since 1973 and concentrates on landscape projects exploring wild, endangered spaces and human-altered lands, making images that depict a respect for the land and a real-world celebration of our relationship to nature. The Life Form Series comes from Johnson’s lifelong fascination with organic form and design. Not only has he found solace in the natural world, but his respect for all living things has profoundly affected how he has lived his life. Johnson’s photographic work has long reflected this interest and respect. His fascination with sensual organic form knows no limits. The natural beauty that drew him to photography is most profoundly manifested by the very sensuality of natural form itself. Its beauty is deeply emotional, bound up in the basic instinct and desires of our humanness.  According to Johnson “Finding such form in the real world has been my career”.

Tuesday, March 6, 2018 to Saturday, April 7, 2018

 

Stephen Fischer is an outdoor photographer specializing in landscape and wildlife imagery, covering many areas of the American West.  To capture more unique results, he enjoys the challenge of exploring out-of-the-way or less convenient locations, and at all times of the year.   Based out of Sacramento California, some of his work has centered around the natural habitat of the area, while also trying to give others a better appreciation of its beauty.

Savannahs of predominately blue oaks dispersed over bucolic grasslands on gently rolling hills, these lands reflect the state of the California foothills closer to its native form. Providing a quiet solitude and an oasis for wildlife, while isolated from the hustle and bustle of encroaching suburban sprawl, the oak savannahs in California are disappearing at an increasing rate.

Stephen Fischer's exhibit of black-and-white photographs provides a documentation of these lands south of 50 in their undisturbed form as captured ahead of their destruction over the past decade.

Tuesday, February 6, 2018 to Saturday, March 3, 2018

 

In late 2014, Isabel Karl-Herunter, David L. Robertson and Maurice Warniers had their first opportunity to capture photographs together at a workshop near Mendocino, California, organized by Greg Gorman, a highly-respected portrait photographer.  Four months later, David and Mattia Zaldini met at a photography workshop in Venice, Italy, photographing Carnevale.  What was immediately evident was that these four photographers had diverse but coherent approaches to portraiture.

Although these photographers come from Austria, Belgium, Italy and the USA, and approach photography from very diverse directions, they share a common passion for portrait photography presented in black and white.  They prefer black and white images because that removes any distractions and focuses attention on the “hero” of the image.

Tuesday, February 6, 2018 to Saturday, March 3, 2018

 

Born in Iran in 1966 Cyrus Javid lived there until he was 25. He migrated to the United States in 1991 and became a US citizen in 1999.

Mostly a self-taught photographer, Cyrus strives to be better with every photograph.  Line, color, shape, form, texture, balance, movement, pattern, and proportion are integral parts of his images. Through their use, he hopes to create images that are unique, and to offer his viewers a new perspective. Javid loves color images but dreams in black and white.

The images in this exhibition were made a few years ago. Javid’s adventure took him to Casablanca; Rabat, with its green hills by the Atlantic ocean; Fes, with its ancient winding medina; Ouarzazate, the gateway to the Sahara Desert, with its shifting colored sands; the rugged twisted roads of the Atlas Mountains; and finally, the amazing Marrakech, where spice and argon oil souks and snake charmers fill the long winding alleys of Jamaa-el-fna.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018 to Saturday, February 3, 2018


Born in 1957, in Vilafranca del Penedès (Barcelona), Spain, Pep Ventosa has been fascinated with photography from his first camera gift at the age of 10.

Ventosa states, "I use photographs as raw material, like paint, to create new imagery. I like to explore the space between painting and photography. I believe photography is not only a tool to document things but also one that’s part of the rich history of picture making. I’m particularly interested in representing familiar subjects in ways perhaps not seen before."

"We are surrounded by trees, yet we often walk by them without a thought. In this series, I walk in a circle around a tree, shooting it repeatedly along my path, then overlay and refine the shots to discover what became of the the orbit, the tree and its environment in the round. I like the idea of rendering what is sometimes a complex environment into an abstract backdrop, leaving the tree with the leading role."

Tuesday, January 9, 2018 to Saturday, February 3, 2018

 

Judy Molle is passionate about nature and photography. Judy uses the InfraRed Light Spectrum to capture what is usually not visible to the naked eye.

With a sense of adventure, in 1991 Judy became intrigued by the unpredictable nature of the InfraRed spectrum and began experimenting with InfraRed film, quickly mastering her technique with this material. Judy's Copper Duo-Toned Infra-Red images are uniquely one-of-a kind Art Prints.

Many of Judy's photographs are of mysterious landscapes that express and accentuate her love of the natural environment. Using the InfraRed Spectrum, Judy creates unusual images of ethereal places one could only imagine or perhaps reincarnate to.

 

Tuesday, January 9, 2018 to Saturday, February 3, 2018


Dale Green grew up in the San Franscisco Bay Area. He served in the United States Navy as a Hospital Corpsman, earned a degree in Computer Science from CSU Sacramento, and worked for 28 years in Silicon Valley as a software developer and technical writer. Happily retired, he now lives in Rocklin, California.

Road Trip is an exploration of weird Americana, those strange and wonderful things you see along the highway on your way to somewhere else. Green states, "On these trips, I look for incongruous and humorous juxtapositions—a dinosaur attacking a pizza, a Greek statue guarding a truck stop, a sign advertising picnic sites beside a defunct nuclear power plant. I've been asked, 'Did you Photoshop these?'  I reply, 'Nope. You can't make this stuff up.'  And that's one of the reasons I love photography.  With so much strangeness and weirdness out there, I can't wait to get back on the road and take more photographs."

Tuesday, December 5, 2017 to Saturday, January 6, 2018

 

Balance is the theme of the 2017 Twelve exhibit, Viewpoint Gallery’s annual December juried show. In life, balance is the oft sought equilibrium of daily activities from menu planning, exercise, speaker output, tire maintenance, and checkbooks. It is the obviously necessary skill of the tight rope walker, bicyclist, ballet dancer and bowler at the line. As a principle of art and design, balance describes compositional arrangement such as symmetrical, asymmetrical or radial, but in broader understanding, artistic balance indicates the totality of elements working together for meaning and visual impact. Balance itself can be symbolized simply by the placement of the horizon line or by the dramatic tilt of mast and sail against the wind. Balance is in the internal tug of subjects vying for attention within the frame or the quiet push of opposing space or textures. Within the craft of photography balance is tonal range, contrast, and color corrected to match expectation. Yet while balance comforts in its seeming correctness and familiarity, perhaps art is most interesting just at the edge of being out of whack. The principle of balance is open for your photographic interpretation. Any subject and photographic approach is invited for this juried exhibit.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017 to Saturday, December 2, 2017

Ken Meyers is a visual person. He says, “Sometimes I find it hard to put words to my feelings.  I suppose that's one of the reasons that I love photography.” As we have all heard the saying “a picture is worth a thousand words”, no place would be truer for Ken than his visits to the concentration camps. Ken made two separate visits over a few years to Dachau, Auschwitz, Birkenau, as well as other places connected with the atrocities of the holocaust, such as Anne Frank's home and Schindler's Factory.

As Ken photographed these places, he was haunted by black and white movies playing in his head - A mother having her children ripped from her arms, the Nazi's assuring those packed like cattle in the train cars that they were being transported to a new ghetto and that everything would be fine, the bodies piled in mass graves or being burned by the thousands.  Ken adds that he is sickened by the experiments of Josef Mengele and that he cried out in pain and sorrow for his fellow man. “How can any human being do this to another?”

These images are his attempt to pass on to you his vision of these dark places.  Ken strongly urges all to pay a visit to the camps, if given the opportunity.  He believes that, “when you do, you will have an indelible mark  placed on your soul for all that lost their lives in those horrid camps.”

Tuesday, November 7, 2017 to Saturday, December 2, 2017

Airborne, by Kerby Smith

In the world of pristine photographic prints, some people might consider it a heresy to print images on fabric and then sew on top of the image with thread.  Kerby Smith finds it quite liberating. He has been photographing for over 50 years, and has exhibited in a wide range of venues. For most of that time he printed on paper, matted and framed his photographs under glass. But, he was never comfortable seeing the image behind glass. He prefers the up close and personal relationship the viewer gets with the image when there is no glass barrier between them.

Before archival ink jet printers, Smith experimented with printing black and white photographs on canvas with a silver coating. He developed the canvas using garbage cans of developer, stop bath and fixer. He washed the printed canvas with a garden hose running into a plastic barrel. Then he would stretch the canvas for gallery presentation.

Today, in creating his digital images, he begins with a photographic capture which provides a first look at the scene. Then in his digital darkroom, he explores the possibilities of where the image can take himself and the viewer.  Smith says “I want to take the imagery to a place where it will put a smile on the viewer’s face when he or she interacts with it.  I often move a few degrees off reality to create the view I imagine. Sometimes, it is with an extended palette or color range, other times it is simply a change of viewpoint or scale”.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017 to Saturday, November 4, 2017

Fundraising Auction: Nov. 4, 6 to 9 p.m.

The annual auction of fine art photography is the centerpiece of Viewpoint’s fundraising efforts, enabling the organization to continue to build its outreach, education and exhibit programs. This year Viewpoint will feature over 50 photographers from its in-gallery portfolio program. Many of our portfolio artists are well-known and highly collectable with images sold in galleries throughout the country. The exhibit and auction will include an extensive selection, which highlights a variety of photographic styles.

All the images in the exhibit will be auctioned off on November 4th at an elegant affair including appetizers, luscious desserts, wine and beverages. The silent auction will begin at 7 p.m. and conclude by 8 p.m. Ticket are just $10 a person, so please invite all your friends and family—this is a night to celebrate our local photography artists and to support Viewpoint!

© Sharon Bussert

Tuesday, October 10, 2017 to Saturday, November 4, 2017

The Family of Mannequin is a group exhibit by members of “F/8”. These are some of our photographs of mannequins that are current or past residents of Continental Display, a business in Sacramento that sells used furnishings and paraphernalia from department stores and clothing shops that have either closed or replaced their old fixtures. Continental Display has mannequins—lots and lots of mannequins—retired now after years of service, or biding their time between jobs. The mannequins are waiting quietly (at least during the times we have seen them) for repairs and perhaps new homes. However, Continental Display will itself be closing this year, so the fate of the remaining mannequins is at best uncertain. Sadly, the demand for mannequins like these has diminished greatly in recent years.

F/8 is a group of photographers from Davis, Woodland, and Sacramento, formed in 2011. We spend a few quality hours together each month sharing our printed images and critiquing each other’s work, encouraging each other to be better photographers. We are also all members of the Viewpoint Photographic Art Center. The group and its members have participated in many  group, solo, and juried photography exhibits and publications locally, nationally, and overseas.

Current and past F/8 members represented in The Family of Mannequin are: Joseph Finkleman, Rob Floerke, Richard Halliburton, Dennis McCoy, Tim Messick, Anne Miller, Michael Radin, David Robertson, and Rick York.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017 to Saturday, October 7, 2017

 

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.

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.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017 to Saturday, October 7, 2017

 

Mother Earth is a photographic exploration of the natural world through a woman’s eyes. This exhibit is Charlotte Gibb’s latest collection of photographs that celebrate the delicate and ephemeral nature of Mother Earth — her rages, her quiet contemplation, her dignified poses.

Inspired by the constant change of nature, these images depict heartbreakingly beautiful moments, both fleeting and powerful—giant pines weathering a raging snow storm which momentarily reveals a massive wall of granite; ghostly white Aspen trees in the final throes of Autumn; reflections in still water that play tricks on the mind.

Charlotte writes, “This body of work is meant to convey my deep emotional connection to Mother Nature, and to invite the viewer to listen in on my intimate, woman-to-woman, visual conversation with her.”

Tuesday, August 8, 2017 to Saturday, September 2, 2017

The Surrealists believed the creativity that comes from deep within a person’s subconscious is more powerful and more authentic than any product of conscious thought.  They sought a revolution against the constraints of the rational mind.

Lorraine Castillo relies on her intuition when she makes a photograph.  She feels “this ultimately results in images that are a mirrored reflection of my emotions. My subconscious is my compass, seeing for me.” Her series, No Butterflies was created while she was caring for a loved one battling alcoholism. She describes the series as follows: ”Darkness is the uncertain place we all go before light seeps in, and before butterflies can fly.”

Tuesday, August 8, 2017 to Saturday, September 2, 2017

Born in Chongqing, China, Jing Zhou is an interdisciplinary artist, designer, and Associate Professor in New Jersey, USA. Her award winning work, from digital print to animation, from visual design to interactive project, has been widely shown and collected internationally.

As a Chinese woman artist living in the Western world, Jing Zhou is aware of art, literature, philosophy, and mythology from both cultures. Her understanding of Chinese philosophies has shaped her thinking and conduct. The prudent and contrary-minded Taoist beliefs, the attached-to-the-earth reality of Confucianism, and the sudden enlightenment and intuitive insights of Zen are the foundation of her life. On the other hand, Western culture has inspired her and opened new ways of thinking.
Developing a personal visual language that expresses universal ideas, she creates artworks for the stories and aesthetics of each image, and for making visible those concepts which reflect her personal experiences. She wants her viewers to look at her images through magical windows into deep secondary spaces.

She describes her work as “Inspired by nature and multiple cultures, my artwork explores our common humanity, diverse society, and my inner voyage. Creating artwork required me to realize my nature, re-study my culture, and adapt new thinking, which resulted in a new perspective on life. It has also challenged me to constantly solve visual problems, learn new techniques, and explore the splendid human heritage. My images form a visual communication that interacts in several collective dialogues. These dialogues are between eternity and transience, oneness and variety, existence and emptiness”.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017 to Saturday, September 2, 2017

Ten Eyes is a group of Sacramento women photographers who began meeting monthly in 1983 to show new work and to critique each other’s work with the goal to grow as photographic artists. Originally five in number (hence the name Ten Eyes) the group has grown to include more women who share a passion for creating photographic art. Informal in nature, the monthly meetings are also opportunities to share information and experiences on all matters photographic. A passion for and committed support of the art of photography are the underlying elements that bind the group together.

The members of the group strongly support each other’s creative explorations and individual artistic development. The group celebrates the women of Ten Eyes’ distinct styles and approaches to photography. While some work in black and white and in color, hand coloring and alternative processes are also mediums of choice. All have incorporated digital processes into their workflow. 

Ten Eyes – Independent Expressions is a collection of small portfolios of new work from each member. While the images shown in this exhibit illustrate the group’s individual interests and styles, independence of expression is the group’s underlying common theme. 

The women of Ten Eyes are: Liz Welsh Abad  •  Roberta Bailey  •  Karen Connell  •  Anita Frimkess Fein  •  Dolores Frank  •  Francine Moskovitz  •  Judy Yemma

 

Wednesday, July 5, 2017 to Saturday, August 5, 2017

The annual Viewpoint Members’ Exhibit, a long-time tradition at Viewpoint, is always exciting for the quality and range of photographic art it showcases. Because it gives all Viewpoint members an opportunity to showcase one image of their choosing, the exhibit highlights the diversity of techniques, approaches, and personal visions in our photographic community.

Over the years, the Members’ Exhibit has reflected the general shift from traditional to digital techniques, but Viewpoint members continue to explore methods such as traditional black-and-white darkroom printing, alternative processes such as platinum/palladium and van dyke printing, hand coloring, digital compositing, and hybrid traditional/digital processes as methods for their creative expression through photography. The overall quality of the work makes the Members’ Exhibit an inspiration for photographers and a testament to the vitality of Viewpoint Photographic Art Center.

 

 

Tuesday, June 6, 2017 to Saturday, July 1, 2017

Jane Olin’s childhood years were spent in Steilacoom, a tranquil village overlooking Puget Sound in Washington State. Her introduction to photography came in high school where she fell in love with the darkroom experience. To her regret, she did not pursue an arts education and it was many years before she rediscovered her passion for photography. During the interval, she traveled widely for business. Japan, of all countries she visited, had the most profound impact, and its aesthetics and its Zen Buddhism resonated deeply with her.

The cultural emphasis on beauty found in nature, and in simplicity, in the imperfect, the transient, and the values of grace and subtlety suited her own. She maintains a mindfulness practice today, and present moment awareness is imbedded in her photographic process.

Like the Surrealists before her, Olin has a deep respect for the fortunes of chance.  So when a strong impulse to photograph an ordinary scene of dried plants falling against a wall came over her, she followed her intuition. The resulting images became the genesis of her new series On the Edge of Chance.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017 to Saturday, July 1, 2017

Jerry Berry’s inspiration for these images comes from his interest in Zen, Asian culture, and painting.  Koi have been an inspiration for artists for millennia; especially in the Asian traditions. The beauty of color, form, and movement of these fish bring much joy to the viewer. Berry’s interpretations of Koi have been developed based on his growth as a photographer and artist.  He says that “as photographers we are taught that our camera is the perfect tool to capture the ‘defining moment’ and is unequaled at reproducing finely focused images of sharpness and detail. We subsequently strive to perfect our craft with this in mind.” 

He feels that the story of time and motion could be lost if the photographer freezes an image defining that moment. The spontaneity of movement and life can be lost when it is defined as an instant of time by the fast shutter speed of a camera. By allowing his camera to capture a longer portion of time/life and letting the koi become his brush stroking the canvas of his camera sensor; he blends the strengths of photographic art with those of a painter. Alan Watts in The Way of Zen, best describes Berry’s approach to his subjects as he describes Zen in the following passage: “…for Zen there is no duality, no conflict between the natural element of chance and the human element of control.”

Tuesday, June 6, 2017 to Saturday, July 1, 2017

What happens to us when we travel?  If we are lucky, we become transformed.  We do this by leaving the comfort of our home and making ourselves available to unfamiliar cultures and amazing new landscapes.  The adventure and the challenge of putting ourselves, however temporary, in another place or way of being, can transform any person who makes themselves available to such opportunities.  It can often invigorate our own way of seeing just how wonderful, precious and often times sad, life can really be.

Anna Skacel writes: “As a photographer, I am interested in expanding my horizons on this level.  There are few things more gratifying than stripping away the expectations of the day and replacing them with the unknown experiences of being immersed in another society’s existence… As a photographer, and fellow human being of planet Earth, I feel that if I can help to open up people’s eyes and minds to the amazing and different things that surround us, then I have managed to do some good in this world.  If I can pique the interest of the viewer as to what is happening in other cultures, and as a result, influence them is seeing the world as one diverse but amazing planet, then I have had a good day!

Tuesday, May 9, 2017 to Saturday, June 3, 2017

From the time she was a child, Susan Turner has enjoyed being with people different from her. It thus strikes her as perfectly natural that she spent most of the period from 1982 to 2009 living and photographing in Papua New Guinea, a large, distant country with more than 800 languages. Her personal endeavor during this time was to record, in the most honest and beautiful way she could, the daily and ritual life of this beautiful, diverse, and fascinating place.

Ms. Turner was inspired by participating in the lives the local people—tending gardens, fishing, caring for children, helping to settle disputes, and contributing to bridewealth payments and mortuary feasts. She lived in villages for long periods, returning to some year after year, and was adopted into several cultural groups. This close relationship to the people was always satisfying to her, as well as the only way to photograph as a member of the group, rather than as a casual observer.

Susan says of her experience, “Whatever depth and significance my pictures may have is largely due to the patience and generosity of friends and adopted relatives, who graciously accepted me into their lives.”

Albert Camus said that writers are obligated to speak for those who cannot speak for themselves. Susan believes this is true for all artists, and in particular for the photographers who work among people with few, if any, means of expressing themselves to the outside world.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017 to Saturday, June 3, 2017

For this year's Student Exhibit, Viewpoint offers a juried exhibit titled Street Stories. Street Photography is all about telling a story. “The decisive moment” was a phrase coined by Henri Cartier-Bresson, one of the earliest practitioners of street photography. “The decisive moment” is when everything comes together in a perfect moment, and you hit the shutter. The essence of street photography is about documenting everyday life and society on the streets.

 

 

Tuesday, April 4, 2017 to Saturday, May 6, 2017

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: Bella Italia 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.”

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. “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.

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