Viewpoint Exhibit History

Tuesday, June 8, 2021 to Saturday, July 3, 2021


This series of 25 images focuses on a specific aspect of the Urban Landscape, exteriors of multiple grouped buildings, mostly commercial, with minimal surrounding context. These compositions intend to transform stark geometries into abstract surfaces revealing new and unexpected perspectives. The mathematical relationships among the buildings, the collisions of lines, the confusions of space and depth, the visual interactions of several structures at once, all are spellbinding.

Richard Greene's background as a musician has him interpreting architectural forms and their intersections as music, full of harmonies, counterpoint, fugue and cross rhythms, all captured in steel, brick, glass and concrete. Often this subject is shot as far back as possible to get the whole object in the frame. His abstractive approach hopes to create a temporary optical illusion of captivating lines and patterns, the image being only part of the world it extends into after the eye leaves the photo. His favorite images are the ones that at first the viewers don’t quite know what they are seeing.

Tuesday, June 8, 2021 to Saturday, July 3, 2021


"Clouds in the Church," by Time Messick

After many years photographing building exteriors and interiors at Bodie, Tim Messick felt there wasn't much new or different to capture there. Then he realized that by embracing the window reflections he had been struggling to exclude from his images, he could bring surprising new depth and complexity to his compositions. That was a breakthrough for Messick, not just in image-making, but also in how he explores and experiences the place.  Now he looks for reflections to include in his images deliberately — by carefully composing them in-camera, then balancing light, shadow, and contrast in post-processing. He hopes that these moody "found collages" — with multiple layers of foreground, background, and reflection — may provoke a different kind of reflection, on the past, present, and future of this once famously boisterous mining town.

Tuesday, May 4, 2021 to Saturday, June 5, 2021


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Tuesday, May 4, 2021 to Saturday, June 5, 2021


Marco Pinter’s work explores the underlying mechanisms of perception, creating situations of conflict between our higher level consciousness and lower level perception. He typically uses materials that explore a fusion of physical movement with visualizations in the virtual world. He finds inspiration in dance and sculpture, but also in cognitive psychology, neuroscience and mathematics.

In installation form, Mr. Pinter works with robotic sculpture and computer graphic forms. At the same time, he pursues similar themes in performance through the use of dancers, sensors and projected forms. This process becomes cyclical, wherein his observations of public participants with an installation, on the one hand, and his experience with performers and audience, on the other, create a feedback loop of cross-influence in his ongoing exploration.

With his work, through a dialog between dynamic material forms (live participants and/or sculpture) and virtual forms (e. g. via screens and projections), he seeks to challenge our cognitive perceptions of what is real and what is imagined. Ideally, this may inspire a viewer to reflect on the illusory realities which our senses create, and how those constructs impact perception and behavior.





Tuesday, April 6, 2021 to Saturday, May 1, 2021

OPEN SHOW Sacramento Alumni catalog for sale HERE

OPEN SHOW Sacramento is a unique presentation platform for photographers, by photographers. The event comes together through an Open Call for photography projects that includes a body of work, which has been completed or is in process. Once submitted, the program coordinator, Juliet Haas selects five presenters to share their work. 

This exhibit represents images from the Alumni of the past 11 OPEN SHOW Sacramento presentations over a three-year period of time. Each of the 44 photographers will be exhibiting one image representing their current work or project.

Image by: Iva Bartley

Tuesday, April 6, 2021 to Saturday, May 1, 2021


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Tuesday, March 9, 2021 to Saturday, April 3, 2021


Kirk Keeler’s Ten Years in Yosemite is an intimate look at the photographs of a staff photographer at The Ansel Adams Gallery, living full-time in one of the World’s most visited national parks.  This is an exhibit of photographs taken by an insider; a vantage point few photographers – not to mention people – get to experience.

Tuesday, March 9, 2021 to Saturday, April 3, 2021


In this exhibit Jeff Redman shares his love of carbon transfer printing. The development process is very sensitive resulting in a uniquely subtle print with a three-dimensional quality.

If you've never experienced the beauty of a carbon print, plan an in-gallery visit for this exhibit. The work is a study in nuance. 

Tuesday, February 9, 2021 to Saturday, March 6, 2021


Thirty years of photographic arts advocacy, exhibits, workshops, field trips, lectures, community outreach and education. It takes a village, as they say, and Viewpoint’s strength has always been in the passion of the people who choose to donate their time, resources and support to make it all happen.

Join us as we celebrate a milestone anniversary with this very special invitational exhibit showcasing the work and statements of Viewpoint volunteers over the past 30 years.

Image by Victoria Ruderman, long time volunteer and supporter

30th Anniversary Updates

Tuesday, January 5, 2021 to Saturday, February 6, 2021



Ethiopia, home of the oldest humanoid fossil #AL-288, aka "Lucy", is known as the "Cradle of Mankind". Ed Asmus' adventurous journey to the Omo Valley in southwestern Ethiopia included an armed bodyguard, a Land Cruiser stuck in the mud, and a rapid departure from one village due to tribal conflicts.

Tuesday, January 5, 2021 to Saturday, February 6, 2021



In the exhibition, One World, Many Faces, Rachel Rosenthal presents images of people from across the 60 countries she has had the great fortune to visit. Rosenthal’s goal is to illuminate the soul within, connect us to another's culture and locale, and make human nature tangible. In a world that has recently contracted, she believes that it is critical that we acknowledge and appreciate our shared humanity.


Thursday, December 10, 2020 to Saturday, January 2, 2021


There will be no Artist's Reception or 2nd Saturday gathering offered this month. The gallery will be open Thursday - Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. 

Hindsight 20|20 is the theme of the 12th annual juried show, TWELVE. During a year of unexpected upheaval and startling adjustments at every level of society, Viewpoint asked photographers to present subjects from any time period, genre or medium that visually interpreted the theme. Juror Sharmon Goff selected a thoughtful and evocative exhibit from over 250 photographs.

Winning Images:

1st Place: Anita Rama, Digging Into the Past

2nd Place: Gene McKinnon, American River Complex Fire

3rd Place: Susan Scholey, Comet and Sunflowers

Honorable Mention Awards:

Gerry Limjuco, Fleet Week

David Nasater, Mature Beauty

Diane Tempest, Home School.

All images may be viewed in the online gallery and store following the exhibit opening.

Juror’s Statement: Sharmon Goff

I want to thank Viewpoint Photographic Art Center for inviting me to jury the exhibition, Twelve: Hindsight 20|20. Looking at stunning photographs is, for me, an irresistible pleasure.

Choosing pieces for inclusion in the show was difficult, since there were many compelling and beautiful photographs from which to select and limited space to display the work -- almost 70% of the prints had to be declined. Often calls for submission for this type of exhibit result in a predictable narrow range of work. It is too easy for photographers to become bogged down in photographic minutiae and the mechanics of digital techniques. While craft, technical understanding and skill are all essential, that is only the beginning of creating a powerful image. The work offered for consideration for this show reflected an unexpected level of innovation, breadth and variety of imagery. Unfortunately this meant that many of the pieces submitted by talented and creative artists could not be included

The most challenging part of the judging process was selecting those works for awards. Unfortunately, there were far fewer awards than photographs worthy of selection. Some of the photographers whose work was selected clearly treasure the pleasure of capturing a moment in time, an expression, a gesture, or the glow of light on a surface. But other artists started with a single photograph and used digital tools to create remarkable multilayered pieces with digital expertise and extraordinary vision. The most effective and cogent photographs are imaginative, have emotional impact or a compelling concept. The best images draw the viewer to explore the space within or the ideas they generate. The work almost demands to be examined.

By its nature the jury process is not kind. If your work was not selected for inclusion, please remember this show reflects one person’s perspective at a given point in time. Do not let this one decision keep you from pursuing your unique vision.

Image credit: 1st Place: Anita Rama, Digging Into the Past

Thursday, November 12, 2020 to Saturday, December 5, 2020



Gary Wagner's Iceland project has come from many years of photographing the landscape and having taken thousands of images of the land, sea and mountains over the past forty years. After researching Iceland’s terrain Wagner felt confident that its landscape would work well with his image style and be an exciting location for creating art.

Iceland is often referred to as a, “Photographers Paradise” and that is exactly how he found it when he arrived at this island country located just below the Arctic Circle. Arriving at the summer equinox provided almost 24 hours of daylight for capturing images of this spectacular location. On several nights he was out past midnight with the sun was still present on the horizon and he said he found the light perfect for image making. 

Landscape, seascapes and the world around him is the studio he uses for his photographic work.  He finds freedom, and inspiration to create his interpretations of the natural elements and scenic vistas that come to his view at these locations.

Thursday, November 12, 2020 to Saturday, December 5, 2020



Photograph of black necked stilts in water with reflection by David WongIn the exhibition, The Art of Birds, David Wong presents photographs of birds not just as beautiful animals in the avian world but as creatures naturally displaying artistic form and function whether in dynamic flight or in posed portraits. Wong shoots his birds in extremely high-frame rates of capture, looking for the minute changes in poses of the head, eyes, wings, and body position which gives the viewer the most artistic view of the bird or birds as they move through space. If Wong captures a beautiful photograph of a bird sitting on a branch, he considers that merely a nice snapshot instead of creating an impactful bird story. The way a particular bird is posed against its background or captured in its movement is as important to a successful bird photograph as are the details and colors of its wings and body. Sometimes Wong photographs his subjects with minimal detail to highlight the bird’s form, suggesting brush strokes in a portrait that a muralist might paint. Other times he considers the artistic relationship of the bird to the background and the composition even more important than the avian subject itself.

Thursday, September 10, 2020 to Saturday, November 7, 2020



Shell SliceThis year, Viewpoint will present its annual Collector’s Edition: Exhibit & Auction as an Art Sale Fundraiser both online and in-gallery. As many of our supporters know, this fundraiser is important to Viewpoint as it assists us with end-of-year expenses. Money raised during the exhibit will help us continue to pay rent and keep our current programming moving forward into 2021. We hope you will take a moment to review the Art Sale procedures (click READ MORE below), and participate by purchasing an image from the comfort of your home.

The 45 images in the exhibit include a beautifully curated selection from Viewpoint Portfolio Artists as well as a dozen "masters" prints or collector images. Pricing varies widely so there is something for everyone.

Please consider participating in this year's Art Sale Fundraiser to help Viewpoint and to introduce some beautiful new art into your living space.

Image Credit:  Gay Kent © Shell Slice

Special THANK YOU to all the Portfolio Artists who donated a print to the sale--we couldn't do it without you! 


Thursday, September 10, 2020 to Saturday, November 7, 2020


"Bridal Veil Mist" by Franka GablerFranka M. Gabler has been drawing her inspiration from subtle, moody, often intimate landscapes – compositions somewhere between detail/abstract and the wider view, beyond a mere record of a particular location. Such compositions allow for extracting unique scenes from otherwise well-known places, and often stimulate a viewer to think further.

The light and atmosphere in her photographs create sentimental and ethereal feeling. Photographing in misty and foggy conditions allows for making interesting compositions and interpretations by concealing distracting elements and revealing the essence.

Thursday, August 6, 2020 to Saturday, September 5, 2020


Domenico Foschi’s images in Tarnished Promises reflect both combined intent and chance. Foschi started Tarnished Promises as a need to express emotions that were tied to his childhood, a time in life when possibilities are infinite, and the world is an exciting playground full of promise. Once trauma entered Foschi’s young life, however, his outlook on the world became stained. Modern science informs us that trauma physically changes pathways in the brain with lasting consequences that can reshape perspective. Foschi’s images reveal what happens as the promise of a wondrous and rich life is tarnished. He wanted Tarnished Promises to be uncomplicated in form and content, as if a child had clicked the shutter of the camera. Simple compositions that give the objects photographed a kind of personification and/or anthropomorphism became an important component in the execution of his project. It was through an accident in the darkroom that Foschi discovered a way to convey feelings that he could not have expressed in any other way. In one of his darkroom sessions, while working on another project, he spilled potassium ferricyanide on one of his toned prints. Foschi was amazed to see how it changed the grays to reddish and rusty hues, displaying some caustic like effects on paper. It was this moment that gave way to the beginning of this project. It was time to tarnish his prints.

Thursday, August 6, 2020 to Saturday, September 5, 2020


"Trouble in Paradise," by Bree Lamb

In the series, A House, A Home, Bree Lamb isolates ubiquitous household objects as a way to investigate traditions of domestic American life. Lamb’s observations are rooted in her own personal indulgences, expectations, and questions, as well as how she sees herself existing within this larger system. Lamb is interested in revealing some of the complex layers of this shared cultural vernacular through pairing the familiar with the unexpected and creating anticipation that is never quite resolved. The interventions and commercial style of capture re-contextualize the objects as a way to challenge traditional domesticity, to pose questions about social conventions, expectations and stereotypes, and to highlight consumption and convenience as staples of American popular culture.

Thursday, August 6, 2020 to Saturday, September 5, 2020


“The tree which moves some to tears of joy is in the eyes of others only a green thing that stands in the way. Some see nature all ridicule and deformity, and some scarce see nature at all. But to the eyes of the man of imagination, nature is imagination itself.” Many have tried but, few can put it better than William Blake. John Sikita’s love affair with trees began like most, as a child. There wasn’t a tree not climbed within his neighborhood, and there was always some kind of construction going on high up amongst the branches, leaves, and squirrels. It wasn’t until he got his first look at a Sequoia though, that he really understood that trees are to be celebrated, not conquered. And this is when he first trained his lens on them. John finds that minimalist compositions suit him best giving order to what sometimes, can be construed as utter chaos. “That, coupled with changes in seasons, and or weather can really transform Mother Nature into a work of art,” says John.

Thursday, July 9, 2020 to Saturday, August 1, 2020

The Members' Exhibit officially opened on July 9th featuring 100 images. The diversity and artistic quality of this year's entries is outstanding.

We hope you will come by and check it out for yourself during our new gallery hours: Thurs., Fri. & Sat.--12 noon to 5 p.m.

Each year Viewpoint Photographic Art Center celebrates the outstanding artistic talents and creativity of its members by hosting an annual Members' Exhibit. The exhibit will showcase the wide variety of photographic interests among the members.

Image: Strings Attached © Kelley Palmer


Tuesday, June 9, 2020 to Saturday, July 4, 2020


"Black Stairs Casa Batll," by John Hennessy

This work is a personal exploration of the work of Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí. Guadí was the principal practitioner of a architectural period known as Modernisme. Hennessy’s goal is not to catalog this work but to react to it and enjoy it.

Gaudí, who died almost 100 years ago, worked in Catalonia, mostly in Barcelona. Modernisme largely died with him except for a large church which is not yet finished. Many did not mourn Modernisme; others pine for it. Millions visit Barcelona just to see it.

Gaudí’s work is very organic with many obvious references to bones, plants etc. Those who lived in his houses (some still do) must need an infusion of Dramamine to stay upright. The floors are the only things remotely in a plane. Gaudí’s work is bizarre or whimsical or gaudy or eccentric or genius. You pick.

Tuesday, May 5, 2020 to Saturday, June 6, 2020


OVERVIEW: Throughout its history, picture making technology has made photographic equipment increasingly faster, smaller, lighter and more portable. But no picture technology can compare to the cultural impact of the smartphone placing a camera in the hands of people all over the world.

For this juried competition, over 70 photographers from six states submitted their cell phone creations for Phoneography: Beyond the Selfie. Juror Betty Sederquist reviewed over 300 images to select a diverse exhibit that will  entertain, amuse, impress, and inspire viewers with the artistry of the phoneographers. 

1st Place: Mule Drivers Carry Supplies, Anita Rama
2nd Place: X Marks a Great Photo Spot,  Hayata Takeshita
3rd Place: Fisherman at Dusk,  Victoria Ruderman
Honorable Mention: Enter,  Greg DeLory
Honorable Mention: Blossoms, David Ruderman
Honorable Mention: Phantom Bell of St. Francis, David Ruderman


© Anita Rama

Monday, April 6, 2020 to Saturday, May 2, 2020


When photography began its shift from chemical/metal-based processes to digital, Jeff Redman began to fear that manufacturers like Kodak and Ilford would stop making the common black and white papers he had used for decades. So, Jeff began to consider adopting one of the more “hand-made” processes that had been used in the early days of photography. After a bit of research he came to love the look of the few “carbon prints” he was able to see in museums and collections and began to seek information about the process.

A mutual friend introduced Jeff to Vaughn Hutchings, who kindly spend a day teaching him the basics of the carbon process. Under Vaughn’s tutelage Jeff made three very nice small prints that day. He went home and began trying to make carbon prints in his own environment. Jeff states that It would be almost four years before he made another “very nice small print”.

In Jeff’s ongoing efforts to make engaging, compelling, and beautiful images he has grown to love the “look” of carbon transfer prints. Their lush tonalities, their openness, and the surface “relief” they have that imparts a subtly three-dimensional “feel.”

Thursday, March 26, 2020 to Sunday, April 26, 2020


Thanks to the Crocker Art Museum's amazing staff, the student exhibit is up on their web site!

Guiding Sunset by Sanchez Robinson

Viewpoint's 2020 Student Exhibit, Voices: Speaking with Your Photographic Eye, is a collaborative effort with the Crocker Art Museum and Viewpoint Photographic Art Center and is part of Photography Month Sacramento taking place throughout the month of April.

The exhibit features 68 images selected from over 300 total submissions. Student entries came from 11 high schools and colleges in Sacramento County as well as four neighboring counties. Exhibit juror, Tom Blackburn, selected the images as well as the award winners, who will be announced at a special reception on April 19th at the Crocker. The reception is open to students, their families, friends and faculty as well as Viewpoint members. Students selected for the exhibit will also receive a one-year membership to Viewpoint. 

© Sanchez Robinson

Read more about Viewpoint's Student Program.

Tuesday, March 10, 2020 to Saturday, April 4, 2020


Starlings over Ararat,  by Osheen HarruthoonyanA Circle of Bluebirds re-imagines the history of the artist's family in Armenia and Italy through three different lenses: a telescope, a microscope, and the artist's imagination. Photographs of the sun, Saturn, and the north star are infused with other-worldly images overlaid onto landscapes as themes of love, happiness and connection absent from the stories of Harruthoonyan's past create visions of a new earth.

On this other earth, bluebirds, an ancient symbol of love and happiness, take the place of distant stars. A young girl swallows a star, and, butterflies weave through constellations and space dust. The Van Allen belt, a protective field between the realms of astronomy and biology, is the invisible circle holding the artist's vision together. In this belt, the creation, destruction and re-creation of energy is constantly occurring - not unlike the memories of the places where our families are born, and reborn, throughout generations.

While it cannot be seen with the naked eye, when the movement of this energy is translated into auditory waves, it sounds like a circle of birds chirping - proving that it is, perhaps, only our limited mentalities or methods that keep us from experiencing the new worlds awaiting just beyond the stories that defined our past.




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