Viewpoint Exhibit History

Tuesday, March 5, 2019 to Saturday, April 6, 2019


Special Presentation--FREE
Adventures in Mongolia, by Kerik Kouklis
Talk, Slide Show and Documentary Film Screening

Wed. March 27 at 6:30 p.m., Viewpoint Photographic Art Center

Join exhibiting photographer, fledgling film maker and Viewpoint Board President Kerik Kouklis for a night celebrating Mongolia. Kerik will share stories and images from his expeditions. He will also screen a 30-minute documentary he produced in 2017, “Mongolia in Winter”. 

THE EXHIBIT: For as long as he can remember, Kerik Kouklis has liked to make stuff. He discovered early on that he really like to make photographs. Taking pictures and making prints has been part of Kerik’s life ever since his dad set up a basement darkroom for him when he was twelve. Kerik would spend hours experimenting (and he says mostly failing) to make something interesting. But every once in a while, something good would result, leading him to continue my pursuit of the next good picture, the next good print.  Kerik has never been in the “image is everything” camp of photography. It’s important to him that the image takes the form of a physical object – something that can be touched, or held, or maybe even hung on a wall.

Kerik states that his job is to deliver the message, the mood, the thought, the emotion. The image is the starting place, and printmaking is the language. He makes all his prints in his darkroom, using hands-on processes — wet plate collodion, platinum/palladium and gum bichromate. These experience-based processes allow him to shape the way an image is interpreted – and they bring him the satisfaction of creating something with his own hands. To Kerik, that physical connection between maker and object confers value on both.

Tuesday, March 5, 2019 to Saturday, April 6, 2019


For more than two decades Michael E. Gordon has obsessively explored, hiked, climbed, and photographed over our remarkable American deserts, seeking profound experiences, sage wisdom, and utter silence. He states, "It’s here where I am most balanced while in direct contact with earth, wind, and creative fire. I am enthralled by the charismatic and highly evolved life found here, possessed by prickly dynamic forms and radiant desert light. My images evoke the quiet stories of my subjects and titillate with the unspeakable essence of the vast Mojave, Great Basin, and Sonoran Deserts. These ancient landscapes provide thousands of square miles for my explorations, meditations, and creations."

The images in this exhibition were made with a 4x5" large format view camera and film and high resolution D-SLR. All prints are made with pigment inks on cotton rag and are finished exclusively with archival materials.

His love for and commitment to the preservation of imperiled California landscapes is a cornerstone of his work. He has served on the Board of Directors for the San Gorgonio Wilderness Association and Mojave National Preserve Conservancy. His photographs have been instrumental in the campaigns of The Wilderness Society, Campaign for America’s Wilderness, Pew Charitable Trusts, National Parks Conservation Association and others, and have helped to shape wildfire management, renewable energy policies, and to advance Federal Wilderness and National Monument designation and expansion. In early 2015, Michael was a featured on-camera Death Valley expert in an NHK Japan full-length documentary film.


Tuesday, February 5, 2019 to Saturday, March 2, 2019

Lloyd Fergus, who recently passed away at the age of 99, was one of the founding members of Viewpoint.  Over many years, Lloyd dedicated thousands of hours of his time as a docent at the gallery. When Viewpoint was located in the Sacramento Museum and Archives Collection Center (SAMCC), Viewpoint’s “rent” was paid by its members working on projects for SAMCC. No one paid more rent for Viewpoint than Lloyd.  In recognition of his service to Viewpoint, Lloyd was later designated an Honorary Life Member by the Viewpoint Board.

Lloyd’s images typically came from his travels in the western United States and Canada.  He worked in all formats from 35mm to 8” x 10”, and typically printed in black and white with selenium toner to finish each piece.

"When working in the field I have no preconceived idea of what to photograph," he said. "I do not work to make a series, or a theme-connected group. Each photograph must be able to stand by itself and be complete.”



Tuesday, February 5, 2019 to Saturday, March 2, 2019


Svalbard, Norway is a small, remote island group north of the Arctic Circle. It is one of the coldest, wildest and most pristine places remaining on the planet for life to call home. Yet today, as local ecotourism is escalating, its climate is rapidly deteriorating due to global climate change. This collection of images tells a pictorial story of love and pending loss. Svalbard is an experience in contrasting realities of simplicity, complexity, active geology, life’s challenges and primitive beauty captured within these unique photographs, that are rich with depth, information and meaning. Photography has the power to bring unknown worlds within reach of the viewer, and by doing so inspire care and protection for far away places such as this unique, frozen world, and for those places closer to home. Jim’s images and perspectives help us to explore both our world and our role within Earth’s shared surroundings.




Tuesday, January 8, 2019 to Saturday, February 2, 2019


With each snap of the shutter Larry Brenden allows the world to see his love of nature and the natural world. Larry works to promote emotion in his photographic work...wonder, love, pain, peace and joy. Larry also brings a sense of adventure to his photographs by not documenting iconic sites but by allowing color and light guide him to photographs off the beaten track. “Finding the Spirit” was born from his sense of adventure and the draw of wild places. This series has been created using two types of photographic style; the more traditional style of landscape photography which utilizes a camera on a tripod with tack sharp precision, and a non-traditional style that involves movement of the camera in brush type strokes much like a painter with a canvas.

With today’s world of a constant cacophony of confusing stimulation, Larry finds harmony and peace visiting untamed locations.  The process of finding photographs can be spiritual or meditative with a “letting go” and surrendering to his surroundings. He many times finds his best photographs by becoming one with the energy of wild places.  Being drawn to the quality of light and color, Larry allows the composition to unfold and lets the spirit of his surroundings and his love of nature create the composition.  “Finding the Spirit” images have been captured in such faraway places as Iceland or New Zealand and locally such as literally in his back yard in Lincoln, California.

Tuesday, January 8, 2019 to Saturday, February 2, 2019


Zen Water, by Kellie KleinMeditations on Water, is a series of digital color photographs that investigate bodies of water as a metaphor for human emotions.  The work is a study of the universal temperament of water, and the environmental effects of light, color, and perception. Kellie Klein’s photographs investigate the visceral and meditative facets of water, by examining the serene, turbulent, and dynamic characteristics of lakes, rivers, and seas, with the majority of the work focused on Lake Michigan.

Whether a lake, an ocean, or the clouds in the sky, water is presented as a metaphor for human disposition.  Just as the Gales of November affect the Great Lakes, Klein’s photographs remind us that individuals undergo equally tempestuous experiences.   Throughout the work, water is conveyed as something that is as yielding, as restless, or as tranquil as the human mind.  To emphasize the emotional qualities in the photographs, Klein presents us with long exposures and minimalist points of view.  The sky, the quality of light, and clouds amplify the atmosphere, offering viewers a timeless moment of inner reflection.

Tuesday, December 4, 2018 to Saturday, January 5, 2019

Milky Way over Dunes, Death Valley by Susan Scholey

In celebration of the holiday season, Viewpoint presents its 10th annual juried show, TWELVE. This year's exhibit title and theme is Work of Art, which brings attention to the entire process of creating a photograph. It comes as no surprise to photographers, but there is a good deal more to making a well-crafted, meaningful photograph than a good camera with the right lens. Such photographs involve the preparation for “being there” as well as choosing the right place, the right time, right framing, right ISO, right shutter speed, and right aperture. Even these speak only to the initial capturing of the image. The interpretations that follow are partners in the making process, the work. The editing decisions of post processing are an enormous part of the work whether at the computer or in the darkroom. Nor is making a final print the end of the work. Now there are decisions about the size, color and style of the mat, plus where to sign and how to title the work. All these things and much more go into making an artful photograph that is an expression of the photographer’s idea. After all of it, the final word or last decision might be to share the photograph with others.

Twelve will be presented in both the Main Gallery and the Step Up. There are over 90 works of art to experience. This year's judge was Richard Murai, Assitant Director of the Center for Photographic Art located in Carmel, California. 

Milky Way over Dunes, Death Valley by Susan Scholey
Tuesday, November 6, 2018 to Saturday, December 1, 2018


Washi (wa = Japanese, shi = paper) is paper that uses local fibers such as Gampi, Mulberry (Kozo) or Mitsumata, is processed by hand, and made using traditional techniques. Its unique features are its varied texture, thickness, strength, soft translucency and absorbent qualities. In the late 1800s, 100,000 families were making washi; now, there are about 350 remaining.

Arun has developed a love for this paper, and also for Chinese & Japanese landscape paintings. Without the talent to paint, he uses the camera to compose minimalist images using the principles of Chinese landscape painting such as creating depth with layers and mist, and the use of empty or negative space. Finally, matching each image to a particular washi paper, taking into account its texture, thickness, and absorbent qualities creates an expressive print.




Tuesday, November 6, 2018 to Saturday, December 1, 2018


Karen Connell states that she has always been fascinated with how people personalize their environment and personal spaces using color, natural materials and artifacts to create a sense of serenity, harmony and joy. Her work has always attempted to capture those feelings and share them with her viewers. These black and white flower studies are the current incarnation of a progression of work exploring this theme. Connell believes that flowers are integral to any positive human environment.    She says, "I marvel at how just the sight of flowers can make me feel happy.”

In this series of flower studies, she has distilled the essence of how flowers affect us by emphasizing line and light and eliminating the distractions of color. “I am filled with wonder at the magical impact of light on these flowers” she muses.

Her work has often been described as “painterly” and this work, while in black and white, continues that esthetic. She printed the images on Japanese mulberry paper to further enhance the impact of the images. “This paper adds layers of texture and depth to the two-dimensional images to make them much more expressive and conveys that sensibility I am trying to achieve in my work” she comments.

Tuesday, October 9, 2018 to Saturday, November 3, 2018


This year’s fine art photography exhibit includes a number of rare and valuable prints as well as newer works by regional artists. Some of the prints have been in Viewpoint's collection for years, donated by the original photographers and rarely make an appearance except for special occasions such as this. The exhibit presents a unique opportunity to view a wide range of fine art photography spanning over 50 years.


Tuesday, October 9, 2018 to Saturday, November 3, 2018


Growing up Patti Garcia had only one doll, she called him Tony. He was her best friend in a world of little materials or possessions. She left Tony behind when her parents moved to the USA and even though she was gifted with many new toys, her doll was still her best toy. She since has left dolls and other playthings behind and has found a new meaning for these creatures. Dolls capture a time of innocence, a time of simple games. But they also have a mystery about them, “they have been misunderstood in a world of suspicion”, says Garcia, they have a sense of the past, an almost eerie and scary feel of souls living in them. This is what captivated her when she first started to photograph them. She has now been shooting images of dolls for more than ten years. They all live in a box, no one has seen them, only Patti finds them as treasures to her collection. “I would like to share these images with the rest of doll enthusiasts and artists who can see what I see” shares Garcia.

Tuesday, September 4, 2018 to Saturday, October 6, 2018

The entry period for this very special exhibit is May 1 through July 29, 2018. The Exhibit will run from Sept. 4 through Oct. 6, 2018.

The Gladding, McBean & Co. factory, in the Placer County town of Lincoln, has operated continuously since 1875. Starting as a clay pipe manufacturer, “the pottery” soon expanded its product line and by the end of the 19th century was producing the architectural terra cotta that continues to ornament buildings in major cities across the U.S. and beyond. From 1987 to 2011, Gladding, McBean was the site of Feats of Clay, an annual ceramics exhibition that introduced thousands of visitors to the factory. Between 1996 and 2011, in workshops organized by Gene Kennedy, nearly 300 photographers explored, documented, and interpreted Gladding, McBean, a working factory as well as an icon of California’s industrial heritage. This juried exhibit celebrates that extraordinary opportunity and the photographic legacy it has given us.



Tuesday, September 4, 2018 to Saturday, October 6, 2018


There is nothing Farrell Scott loves more than capturing what happens behind the scenes to bring food to our tables. Whether it's documenting a busy kitchen or a working farm, she is only too happy to be in the middle of it all and seize the action. At the same time, when she’s in the studio creating a still life of a chocolate layer cake with ganache or a cheeseburger dripping with barbecue sauce, Scott has found how she communicates best with the world.

For the past several years, Scott has been working with a restaurant group designing their establishments from top to bottom. What she’s witnessed, time and time again, is the passion and full dedication of the people that bring beautiful, local food to the dining table. The story of their food is told repeatedly - just look at the millions of food images posted daily. But what’s their story? The Executive Chef that is an avid bow hunter, the Chef de Cuisine who has a wicked golf game or the Sous Chef that grows food and edible flowers. Scott wanted to find out about who was creating the amazing meals she was experiencing. Thus came about her first deep dive into portrait photography to bring you - Chefs Off Line.

Scott, a native of Sacramento, is a commercial photographer specializing in the art of food, agriculture and architecture. To challenge herself photographically, she enjoys exploring the waterways of Sacramento and Yolo creating night images any time of year while disregarding the weather.

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

The Currents series, by Beth Young, is borne of a reverence for the life blood that sustains us all: water. This series examines the various forms it takes as it circulates throughout the Earth, from clouds and mist in the atmosphere, to ocean waves and thundering waterfalls' to calm reflections. Throughout this process, water changes it’s state of being several times: ever-changing, refracting light, carving through stone, timeless, sensual, always steadfast.

“Dripping water hollows out stone, not through force but through persistence.” - Ovid







Tuesday, July 10, 2018 to Saturday, August 4, 2018


Viewpoint Photographic Art Center presents its annual Members Exhibit throughout the month of July. The strength of this annual exhibit is both the artistic quality and the diversity of the images submitted

The show includes over 90 images by Viewpoint members in a variety of styles and themes. The collection ranges from alternative process, to black and white, digital and time-lapse photography. The art of photography is constantly evolving as the science of the art continues to explore what is possible. The Members Exhibit brings this eclectic range of technicalskill and artistry together in one large and visually impressive exhibit.

(Image: Richard Adams©Moon Over Mono Lake)



Tuesday, June 5, 2018 to Saturday, July 7, 2018

Douglas Vincent works to convey fleeting moments that resonate as metaphors for guiding his life — subtlety, simplicity, the sublime.  The canvas of his inspiration is the American West, its brush strokes of wilderness and agriculture. He values intimacy of place, returning frequently to locations where time and communion have deepened his understanding of both place and self.

Douglas has disciplined himself to explore without a camera. The ability to see photographs is a mysterious balance of curiosity, receptivity, and experience. The acuteness of his receptivity, a discipline of letting go, can often be elusive and frustrating.  The process is a meditation, a "non-effort" in becoming fully present and immersed in his surroundings. When inspiration is found, it necessitates careful consideration of subject and light. Returning, under optimal conditions, to make the intended photograph can take minutes, a day, sometimes years. Or not at all. While intended photographs are sometimes lost, Douglas believes this approach enables him to create intimate meditative photographs that evoke both a sense and transcendence of place and subject.

Tuesday, June 5, 2018 to Saturday, July 7, 2018

Architecture and Abstraction explores architectural lines, symmetry, and textures. The images are primarily black and white. Some, however, have regions of red to produce an intriguing and striking black/white/red scheme, similar to that found in aposematism, i.e., a warning coloration used by some living species. Many images feature symmetry. In asymmetrical images, some elements are encouraged to begin and end in the corners—as though a complete story is being told. At other times, the discrete shapes have dissolved into something amorphous and abstract, leaving ambiguous impressions behind.

Gary E. Karcz’s photography interest began when he was a young teenager.  At that time, he took photos for his school’s yearbook and his city’s newspaper.  This interest persisted through his different jobs: retail sales, construction, IT support, and an educator.  He now devotes more time to photography, as an art form, primarily focusing on architecture and architectural abstractions.

Tuesday, June 5, 2018 to Saturday, July 7, 2018


Jerry Kapler’s current photography endeavors have included creating conceptual images which tell a story. He begins with his own original digital images and scans of older black and white negatives from the 1960s and 70s, which have been colorized in Photoshop. His ideas are expressed in individual images or with three to five images, which create a narrative.

When generating a new piece, Jerry’s goal is to create a surreal environment that will evoke emotion in the viewer. Even though the subject matter may contain religious or death elements, the initial underlying motivation is to see how these individual elements create a final interesting result. In essence, he enjoys putting together images that surprises both himself and the viewer. His strongest influences have been the surrealist Maggie Taylor and René Magritte as well as numerous medieval artists.



Tuesday, May 8, 2018 to Saturday, June 2, 2018


Emerge from the Aether is a collection of wet plate collodion images comprised of portraits and still lifes Dan Herrera has made over the past three years.  In an age of megapixels, camera phones, and a perpetual stream of digital images, Dan’s exhibit invites the viewer to slow down and experience storytelling within the scope of historical photographic printing methods to a time when photography was still in its infancy.  This approach to slowing down and having his hand present in all stage of the process produces unique prints that are both rich in content and physical surface quality, blurring the lines between photographic realism and painterly illusion.  The aesthetics of working this way are used as a means to absorb the viewer in a narrative futuristic and nostalgic.

Tuesday, May 8, 2018 to Saturday, June 2, 2018

It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.  ~Henry David Thoreau

In this series, Wendy Baker combines her passions for travel and architectural and portrait photography to create visual stories evoking a feeling of mystery.

Her dreamlike images always begin with a sense of place.  She then adds her photographs of models, clothing, and other elements.  She states, “I love to travel.  I’m captivated by the idea of magical journeys—whether to far-off lands or deep into the self.  My goal is to create a feeling of fantasy — transitioning from the known to the unknown by using beautiful light, muted colors, symbolic details and compositions with strong leading lines.“  She often adds touches of archival glitter to her printed pieces before framing.   

As the owner of a commercial photography business based in the Sacramento area, she is constantly developing new skills.  She loves everything about the creative process.  From getting up before dawn in a new city to capturing the perfect light, to sitting at her computer combining the elements she’s gathered into a unique visual story, one that she hopes will spark the viewer's imagination.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018 to Saturday, May 5, 2018


Please join us at Viewpoint for a very special Artists Reception for the Sacramento After Dark exhibit on April 13 from 6 - 8:30 p.m.

Guest are invited to join in a kick-off celebration for Photography Month Sacramento with a special Artists’ Reception and to get a preview of the new exhibits with photographers in attendance.

There will be a selection of wines, craft beer, light appetizers and an array of desserts to enjoy.

$15 per person (18 and under free).  Purchase tickets HERE

This unique exhibit was inspired by the Instagram page #sacafterdark which is curated by Vicky Thompson. The curatorial committee at Viewpoint reviewed hundreds of images from this page and selected 80 for the exhibit. The Viewpoint curatorial members were impressed by the beauty and artistic quality of the images. The exhibit includes landscapes, abstract images, portraits and more all captured from sunset to the early dawn hours. The collection of images creates a wonderfully atmospheric exhibit.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018 to Saturday, May 5, 2018


Please join us for a Viewpoint Fundraiser at the Luther Gerlach Artist Reception!

This dual-purpose event offers the opportunity for both our members and general public to enjoy a special artists’ reception and to get a preview of the new exhibits with photographers in attendance.

Guests will enjoy a selection of wines and craft beer, light appetizers and an array of desserts.

$15 per person (18 and under free). Purchase tickets HERE

Viewpoint is privileged to present internationally renowned photographer Luther Gerlach and his mammoth wet-plate collodion photography. The past meets the present in this intriguing photographic process created with wet chemicals, glass and tin plates. Luther Gerlach is one of the photographers responsible for the resurgence of this method in contemporary art. He demonstrates these processes for the J.Paul Getty Center. He travels the world in a converted darkroom bus for mammoth plates and created the only existing see-through, functional camera and darkroom chamber where small plates are shot and processed before your eyes.

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.


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