Viewpoint Exhibit History

Tuesday, October 4, 2016 to Friday, November 4, 2016

Silent Auction Party: Saturday Nov. 5, 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Details and tickets here.

Featuring an exhibit of carefully selected prints from Viewpoint’s personal collection as well as donations by some of the country's most noted photographers.

The October exhibit at Viewpoint Photographic Art Center in the Main Gallery will include an extensive display of the prints available for purchase at Viewpoint's annual Art Auction Fundraiser and Exhibition—entitled Collectors Edition 2016. Prints from local, regional, national, and international photographers will be exhibited, bid on, and sold in this year’s Auction.

Visit the Auction Event Page for full details on this event, including a link to the on-line Store, which houses the gallery of images that will be for sale at the event on November 5th from 6 p.m. 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.

Artists who have prints included in this year’s auction include: Wynn Bullock, Roman Loranc, Ruth Bernhard, Mark Citret, Charles Farmer, Gordon Hutchings, Gene Kennedy, Roberta Bailey, John Hennessy, Ryuijie, Joan Gentry, John Wimberley, and many more. All images will be online in the Viewpoint Store by mid-September.


Tuesday, September 6, 2016 to Friday, September 30, 2016

Malcolm Easton's project Keepsakes of Strangers derives from his visits to estate sales at homes of the recently deceased. He focuses on the humbler possessions left behind. These objects—typically stained, dusty or patched—carry hints of their connections to the everyday lives of their owners. Malcolm selects some of these things to be photographed. Working with natural light in his studio, he finds that illumination can bring new life to items that might otherwise seem outworn. He also explores juxtapositions that allow objects to relate to each other in unexpected ways. These inspirations lead him to create small monuments, temporary memorials to the people who handled these objects and kept them close for many years. Using sunlight reflected by a hand-held mirror, he photographs his subjects in isolation. In so doing he intends the images to have one foot in the world of light and another in the void. His intention is to address themes of loss and transformation.

Tuesday, September 6, 2016 to Friday, September 30, 2016

The concept for Judy Yemma's project, Farm to Studio, is built on her interest in creating studio portraits of organic subjects.  Flowers were first.  Currently, her interest is in photographing plant-based edibles in unique and unexpected compositions.  More than mere food items in the produce department or in her garden, she finds fruit and vegetables to be complex and beguiling.  "When I look, I see their personalities. I see their relationships to human qualities.  Fruits and vegetables have remarkable lines, color, texture, and character—offering possibilities for conveying emotional qualities (including humor) and for compositions out of the ordinary."

Tuesday, September 6, 2016 to Friday, September 30, 2016

At the age of 91, Francine Moskovitz looks back over her 40 years as an enthusiastic photographer and says, “My journey has been adventurous. I’ve gone from underwater cameras, to single lens reflexes, to digital cameras.” Her work has included painting and sandwiching slides, weaving photographs with Mylar, producing double images with a reflective glass pane, and presently, manipulating and combining digital images. This exhibit follows a photographer’s path from the 1970s to the present, with excerpts from numerous portfolios.

Francine Moskovitz became involved with photography first by joining her husband in scuba diving.  She loved the undersea world and reveled in trying to capture on film the corals and tropical fish. From the ocean she moved to a swimming pool and after much experimenting, ended up photographing nudes, “which brought me my first attention as a photographer!”

Around the time she moved past underwater photography, Photoshop became available, and it opened up a whole new range of possibilities for her.  “Since then,” she says, “every photograph I do is re-worked in Photoshop—sometimes a little, sometimes changed into a new image, or completely re-made into a composite of several photos. Working on photographs at the computer for several hours a day has become a way of life for me.”

Tuesday, August 9, 2016 to Friday, September 2, 2016

In August 2016 the U.S. National Park Service turns 100. This exhibit celebrates 100 years of the beauty and diversity brought to us by our National Park system. For this exhibit we focus on California, with inspirational work by three photographers. Each artist will display some of their finest landscape work for a captivating exhibit of several of California's National Parks. Our coast and ocean and the Point Reyes area are represented by Geoff Delanoy's exhibit, Point Reyes—Fugitive Landscapes. Our mountains are represented by Darvin Atkeson’s images of Yosemite in his exhibit, Capturing Yosemite. California's desert will be represented by Michael E. Gordon in his exhibit, Desert Study.


Monday, August 8, 2016 to Friday, September 2, 2016

In celebration of the National Park Service's 100-year anniversary, Viewpoint Photographic Art Center has invited all high school and college students of photography and students in Viewpoint Workshops to submit photographs taken in national or state parks or other protected lands for an exhibit in the Viewpoint Step Up Gallery. 

This exhibit, entitled National Treasures, runs from August 9 through September 3, 2016. It will coincide with an exhibit in Viewpoint's Main Gallery featuring images from Yosemite National Park, Point Reyes National Seashore, and Death Valley National Park by three prominent photographers.


May 7 Entry period begins
July 16 Entry period ends at 5:00 p.m.
July 18 Entries juried for acceptance
July 19 Photographers notified of acceptance by Viewpoint
July 30 Accepted entries due at Viewpoint

August 9 National Treasures exhibit opens at noon
August 12 Members and Artists Reception, 6:00 to 8:30 p.m.
August 13 Second Saturday Reception, 5:30 to 9:00 p.m.

September 3 Exhibit closes at 5:00 p.m.
September 6 First day to pick up unsold prints
December 10 Last day to pick up prints.

► Entrants may still DOWNLOAD THE PROSPECTUS for additional important details on submitting  images, print sizes, labeling, selling  work and the agreement between the artist and the Gallery.

Thank you for your participation!

Tuesday, July 5, 2016 to Friday, August 5, 2016

The annual Members' Exhibit provides an opportunity to both acknowledge the valuable contributions of our membership, and to exhibit their truly outstanding artwork. This year will be no exception as Viewpoint presents 100 images by its membership. Both the Main Gallery and Step Up Galley will be dedicated to the exhibit. All artwork submitted is new to the gallery and exhibits a wide range of style, format and execution.


Tuesday, June 7, 2016 to Friday, July 1, 2016

Helmut Schillinger: A Different View of Haiti
Helmut Schillinger arrived in Haiti with a naive sense and desire for tropical allure and adventure. He got more than he wished for, the good as well as the bad. Many of his European values were turned upside down, but the misery and poverty that he encountered were often balanced by a natural beauty and a different kind of wisdom that he was taught by the largely illiterate rural population. Schillinger says, "I let you the viewer of my images decide whether what I found and photographed contributes to the view of a still largely African world. Someone said once that Haiti today still has more of the original African lifestyle than Africa now."

Jane Schreibman: Littoral Legacies
Jane Schreibman's photographs were taken by the Arabian Sea, where it touches the shores along Mumbai — here the masses give way endless space.  The sea is thick with dreams; they float on the water, churn through the waves, and end up as mysterious objects on the shore, packages wrapped in palm leaves, bouquets of orange marigolds, or fragments of the Gods. Young girls wander the sands looking for golden cloths and bracelets released to the sea as the Goddesses disintegrate, strange entities emerge from the tides. Walking along this shore is haunting.


Tuesday, June 7, 2016 to Friday, July 1, 2016

Cathy Summa-Wolfe: Hummingbirds: A Flash Ahead of Creation

Cathy Summa-Wolfe's photographs of hummingbirds were taken over several months, always at sunset, on the porch of her ranch home in the hills of San Juan Bautista, California. "After observing their antics for several weeks," says Cathy, "I noticed that the hummers were often more animated as night fell, when they fought each other to get to the last drops of nectar. Most often depicted as spritely flower garden companions, hummingbirds have a distinctly darker and somewhat menacing side. Beautiful and fierce, these tiny flying jewels soon became compelling subjects. I have printed them on metallic paper, to capture their natural iridescence, and in large format, so that the viewer might have a more intimate experience with them."

Larry Brenden: Expressions

Larry Brenden’s ‘Expressions’ are more about feeling the image than about seeing it. By pushing the boundaries of photography they are meant to express a mood or feeling rather than show a subject with infinite detail. Expressive images use the camera in non-traditional ways that can give the images a painterly or abstract quality. Some of the effects used to create the photographs include camera motion with slow shutter speeds, multiple exposures, special lenses, and selective de-focus techniques. The images are printed using minimal adjustments in Lightroom and Photoshop.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016 to Friday, June 3, 2016

Wildlife photographer Douglas Herr seeks partnership with the animals he photographs. He spends the time needed to allow an animal to become comfortable in his presence. This allows the animal to relax and often allows him to use use shorter lenses than are customary for wildlife photography. This in turn allows in the photograph a sense of the animal's preferred habitat. In the ideal photograph, the animal is fully aware of and comfortable with his presence.

Tuesday, April 5, 2016 to Friday, June 3, 2016

Q: How do you turn $5,000 into $10,000?
A: Through a generous anonymous donation!

Viewpoint has been given $5,000 and challenged to match it. This will bring a total of $10,000 to Viewpoint. This match offer will run to the end of the Weston exhibit, which closes June 4th. You can donate online or at the gallery.

Thank you for supporting Viewpoint and the art of photography!

Edward Weston once wrote:

My work-purpose, my theme, can most clearly be stated as the recognition, recording and presentation of the interdependence, the relativity if all things – the universality of basic form . . . In a single day’s work within a radius of a mile, I might discover and record the skeleton of a bird, a blossoming fruit tree, a cloud, a smokestack; each of these being only a part of the whole, but each – in itself – becoming a symbol of the whole, of life.

This unequaled vision of photography resonates throughout Edward Weston’s work and that of his family who continue an artistic legacy that remains vibrant today.

In the work of Brett Weston, we see a deep contemplation of form and through his classic sharp focused contrast we are witness to a master of abstraction.

In the photography of Kim Weston we see generations of photographic acumen and tradition and a versatile style which becomes adaptable and transcendent to every subject, nude, and setting.

In the images of Zach Weston we are able to witness a new perspective in abstraction formed from the intuitive Weston ability to present a subtle story in profound ways which honor his family’s legacy yet looking intently to the future.



Tuesday, April 5, 2016 to Friday, May 6, 2016

In the past two decades, Adrienne Sher has divided her time, artistically, between photography and theatre.  "I find that the two disciplines complement each other very well," she says. "Theater is verbal, collaborative and interactive with the public.  Working in the darkroom or at the computer is quiet, solitary and meditative.  I find the more I learn about photography, the more I exchange ideas and techniques with other photographers, the more engrossed I become, and passionate to learn more."

Sher is particularly drawn to vintage cameras and archaic film formats, small and large.  "I love alternative processes, hand printing, wet paper, the smell of the chemicals, the brushes and glass rods." The images in Underwater are an attempt to capture some of the romance of the hand-processed print using digital tools. All of the images in Underwater are Archival Pigment Inkjet Prints.

Wednesday, March 9, 2016 to Friday, April 1, 2016

The title of Mark Howell’s exhibit, Brief Encounters, alludes to how he usually photographs and to how his photography shifted when he began using digital equipment and processes. For a couple of decades, starting in the early ‘90s, he photographed with 4x5 view cameras (and sometimes a medium format camera) using black-and-white film, and made prints in his home darkroom. “It was a great way to make pictures,” Mark says, “but it involved a lot of labor and a lot of limits.”

Generally, Howell’s photographic process has always begun with wandering around looking for pictures. “With digital cameras, however, my wandering is less burdened and the pictorial possibilities are more varied; the image capturing is less studied, more reactive. I wind up enjoying brief encounters with a wide range of subjects that intrigue or move me. Sometimes, in retrospect, the encounters are facile; sometimes they're of only middling interest. But I'm grateful for them anyway.”

“And every now and then, I manage to turn a brief encounter into a picture that delights or moves me enough that I want to share it. The prints in this exhibit are some of my favorite Brief Encounters from the last four years.”

Wednesday, February 10, 2016 to Friday, April 1, 2016

Today, mistaking plastic debris for food in the Pacific gyre is a common occurrence resulting in the death of countless albatross each year. Plastic is often designed for "single-use" (think straw, cup, bottle) but, by its nature, every molecule ever developed is still with us today. The paradox of beauty, created from artifacts recovered from the remains of dead albatross, generates a message that can more sustainably inform the viewer. We live in a disposable society — what we throw away, we ultimately consume. Before we seek to change what we dislike, we must consider the consciousness and intention that has created what we see.

In the Main Gallery during both February and March, Viewpoint presents Jerry Takigawa's unique and important project, False Food. The plastic artifacts used to create these images were gathered from the remains of an albatross found on Midway Atoll. False Food calls attention to this environmental issue through an ironic aesthetic. It’s a way of taking a global problem and finding a way to make it personal.


Wednesday, February 10, 2016 to Saturday, March 5, 2016

Dennis Scott’s fascination with photography started when he was around 12 years old, with a Kodak Brownie camera, and grew from there. Photography combines both his artistic and mechanical talents, just as his profession, architecture, does. “To produce high-level photographs requires me to travel somewhere where I can leave the daily to-do list back home and concentrate on photography. For me, it can be as close as Harlow’s nightclub in Midtown Sacramento and as far away as South Africa. Presently, my commitment is mostly expressed in environmental portraiture, and journalistic photography related to nature and architecture."

The images in Angkor Views come from a body of work undertaken at Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom, Bayon, Beng Mealea, Preah Khan, and Ta Prohm, a World Heritage Site, in the Siem Reap Region of Cambodia. The work represents Scott’s feeling for the antiquity, craftsmanship, and architecture of the temples created by the Khmer people during the 10th through 12th centuries. “I wanted to capture the mood of the unique architectural spaces through the use of selective perspective and tonality in the prints.”

Wednesday, January 6, 2016 to Saturday, February 6, 2016

Viewpoint is delighted to present an extraordinary retrospective exhibit celebrating fifty years of photography by John Wimberley.

Wimberley says that selecting the images to include in this exhibit wasn't an easy task. "Rather than choose one image from each year, or those fifty which have been most well-received, I opted for an eclectic collection of what I consider to be my best work. My criterion of selection was based primarily on each photograph’s quality of relationship between physical description and spiritual resonance."

"In terms of a human life, fifty years is a considerable period of time," he says. "In terms of a spiritual journey, it's both long and extremely short. As I look back over the decades since I first purchased a camera on April 6, 1966, that duality becomes very striking. Photography has lost absolutely none of its excitement and gratification: whenever I photograph is still like the very first time. I have decades of experience yet am forever a beginner. As I move past the half-century mark, I feel that I’ve only just begun to make photographs."


Wednesday, December 9, 2015 to Saturday, January 2, 2016

The digital photographic revolution leaped forward with the introduction of Adobe Photoshop twenty-five years ago. Today Photoshop is the essential tool in digital darkrooms around the world. Almost every image in print, on the web or in galleries is edited in Photoshop or Photoshop Lightroom. The edits range from rudimentary cropping, spotting, sizing, increases in contrast and sharpening to sophisticated restoration and retouching, high dynamic range processing, and elaborate collages.

This year Viewpoint’s annual juried exhibit TWELVE: Photoshopped! invited submissions that had been processed in Photoshop or Photoshop Lightroom. Any subject and photographic approach was accepted: portraits, landscapes, abstractions, macro; restoration to documentary, astrophotography to underwater, still life to street life, photojournalism to photomontage. The single limitation for submissions was that all images must have been edited in Photoshop, Photoshop Elements or Photoshop Lightroom.  The juror for this year's exhibit is photojournalist, picture editor, and freelance photographer Charr Crail.

Winners will be announced at the Artists' Reception on Friday, December 11!

Wednesday, December 9, 2015 to Saturday, January 2, 2016

This month's Step Up Gallery ​exhibit is a collection of images taken by members of the Viewpoint Gallery Installation Crew (the Hangin' Crew). The images vary in subject, style, and media, as well as treatment and presentation, therefore these photographs reflect the unique individual views of the various crew members.

Each person on the crew is a member of Viewpoint Photographic Art Center and together they volunteer one to three days a month to take down the previous show, box it up, prepare the walls by patching and painting, then lay out, mount, label and light the next​ ​exhibit in time for the Members' Reception and the Second Saturday Art Walk.

The Installation Crew Members come with varying backgrounds, knowledge and experience in photography and few have had prior experience in gallery installations. Most of the members are just people who want to help, who are willing to learn from others, and who take great care with the work of the Viewpoint's exhibitors. Some members have been part of the Crew for only a few months while others have enjoyed hang​ing exhibits​ for many years. They have realized that preparing Viewpoint exhibits is fun​,​ and for the most part​,​ a social event as well as a work party.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015 to Saturday, December 5, 2015

Viewpoint is pleased to present a retrospective of internationally renowned photographer, Kerik Kouklis, featuring his hand-made images which he has created over the past 25 years. The work is provocative, stunning, and inventive. 

Kerik Kouklis is a fine art photographer who has been involved in creating hand-made photographs since his father set up a darkroom in the basement when he was 12. Born and raised in California with a background in music and 30 years as an environmental geologist under his belt, Kerik combines a contemporary eye with 19th century processes to produce work that is uniquely his own.  Working in a variety of formats from small digital cameras to large view cameras, Kerik uses both film and digital negatives to create his prints. He is known as a skilled practitioner and teacher of the platinum/palladium and the combined gum-platinum processes.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015 to Saturday, December 5, 2015

Roberta Bailey's Imperfect Perfection: Floral Portraits celebrate Nature’s lifecycle. For her, "they capture the evolution of flowers from buds into mature blossoms and flowers past their prime and that I have dried. I strive to highlight their unique beauty at each stage." After being intrigued with floral portraits created by an enlarger, Roberta came up with the idea of using her flatbed scanner for a similar look. "At the time, I knew of no one who was using a scanner to capture fine art digital photos, so I had to develop my own process through trial and error." Scanners have a very high resolution because they are engineered to enlarge slides and negatives with exceptional detail so they are well suited for close-up images.

When even using the same floral subject she can create vastly different images just by experimenting. "I am never sure of what will appear.... it is frustrating and exhilarating." She says, "I am surprised that I love some of the images that I have been creating, as they are not what I thought I liked, or I would have thought them weird. My evolving artistic vision and acceptance is exciting."

Tuesday, October 6, 2015 to Saturday, November 7, 2015

In the Main gallery in October, Viewpoint Photographic Art Center presents Ishi and the River of Time, photographs by Byron Wolfe. In an extraordinary set of large-scale composite photographs, Wolfe investigates the appearance of Ishi, the legendary Yahi Indian who emerged from the wilderness near Oroville, California August 28, 1911 — marking the final days of “stone age” California. Wolfe’s photographic composites explore this significant anthropological event in California’s cultural history. Drawing upon archival photographs and contemporary views of historical sites, Wolfe reconstructs the memory and traces of Ishi in time.  Using the power of digital photography, Wolfe enlivens and finesses Northern California history and the Ishi story that has been slowly transformed from “America’s last wild Indian” to America’s most misunderstood Indian.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015 to Saturday, November 7, 2015

The October exhibit in the Step Up Gallery will feature the work of Viewpoint student photographers.  Working in partnership with the Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission (SMAC), Viewpoint Photographic Art Center has challenged students of photography to explore and photograph Sacramento’s public art.  The result is a series of images, which capture Sacramento’s public art in both playful and dramatic compositions utilizing a variety of techniques and styles. In addition to student’s images, the exhibit will include information on Sacramento’s extensive public art collection as well as personal statements by each of the exhibiting artists.


Tuesday, September 8, 2015 to Friday, October 2, 2015

Landscape photographer Geoff Fricker has selected images from his book, Sacrament: Homage to a River, to exhibit as large format, black and white prints. The book documents the natural and cultural forces influencing the Sacramento River region. Fricker's images capture the river’s powerful and often ephemeral nature and explore the watershed’s importance in California’s economy and environment. The images reveal how all Californians, from farmers and ecologists to fishermen and household consumers, have a vested interest in the watershed’s future.

Growing up on the bluffs of the American River, Geoff Fricker developed a fascination for human presence in the land and the stories surrounding the river. He now lives in Chico and uses photography as a way to further understand the voices behind narratives on the Sacramento River watershed. Being naturally curious about his community, he has used photography as a vehicle for investigating stories and celebrating their beauty. The images in this exhibit are essentially about the often slow but always certain voice of the river to press its natural meander against our history to control it. For him, these photographs are a way to slow the pace and contemplate water — to reflect on our connection to the land and the contradictions of our condition with it.

Tuesday, September 8, 2015 to Friday, October 2, 2015

The September exhibit in the Step Up Gallery features New Traditions in Landscape — photographs by Alan Barnard. The tradition of landscape photography is closely tied to the desire to record and preserve the natural world for future generations. However, in this era of increasing environmental degradation, the validity of travel-based landscape photography—with its requisite carbon footprint—is being called into question. Among environmentally-conscious landscape photographers, a new mantra of "shoot locally, share globally" is beginning to emerge.

Tuesday, August 4, 2015 to Friday, September 4, 2015

Jim West has had the opportunity to travel to Europe more than a dozen times over the last 25 years. During that time, he has built a body of work that has been published in many venues, but has never taken the time to do a photography exhibition. The images in this Summers in Europe show represent his vision of what Europe feels like to him. They are an eclectic mix from many countries, including Italy, Greece, and France. As a photography educator, he uses these images to teach from and to share with his students as a tool to help them improve. Jim hopes that you enjoy these images as much as he enjoyed taking them.


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