Viewpoint Exhibit History

Tuesday, June 4, 2013 to Friday, July 5, 2013

In June, Viewpoint Photographic Art Center presents in its main gallery the photographs of László Bencze in an exhibition titled Onsite: Men of Mining.

“Mining companies get a bad rap in the press,” says László. “No one wants a mine in their back yard. On the other hand everyone wants computers, TV sets, cars, cameras, washing machines, cell phones and all the other good stuff of modern culture. And just about all of that good stuff begins life somewhere in the ground.

“The people of mining work hard, safe, and honorably, taking pains to cause as little damage to the environment as possible and remediating that which is inevitable. I have enjoyed my assignments onsite and have come to admire these dedicated workers, craftsmen, and artisans who transform dirt into the raw material of civilization.

Tuesday, June 4, 2013 to Friday, July 5, 2013

Viewpoint Photographic Art Center presents the exhibit Ancient Textures of the Sevier Orogeny by Viewpoint member Ron Williams in the Step Up Gallery in June.

The Sevier Orogeny was a mountain-forming event that affected North America along the western slope of the Rocky Mountains during the Jurassic and Cretaceous periods. Sevier refers to the Sevier River, whose headwaters originate in the Zion National Park region. Millions of years of tectonic action, erosion of carving rivers, volcanic episodes, and glacial scraping have created these fascinating surreal landscapes. “This body of work,” says Ron, “focuses on the hidden beauty in close-ups of textures in the geologic detail”. Very little photo manipulation was applied to these images shot along Highway 9 just east of the Mt. Carmel Tunnel in Zion National Park.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013 to Saturday, February 2, 2013

In January, Viewpoint Gallery honors Gene Kennedy with a retrospective exhibition that he intriguingly calls 44 Years of Real Estate Photographs.

“For many years, I have struggled to find a single phrase that describes what I do photographically,” Kennedy states. “From nature photography to landscape photography to architectural photography to environmental documentary photography to humorous photography to Gladding McBean photography — nothing covers it all. Recently, as I turned my career energies in a new direction ... I stumbled onto that elusive phrase.”

 

Wednesday, May 6, 2009 to Friday, June 5, 2009

How do visual images convey a sense of place? From the jungles of the Amazon rainforest to the icy glaciers of Antarctica to the festive streets of Venice, three Viewpoint photographers define place through color, form and gesture.

Larry Brenden brings us a world that few have experienced: Antarctica, a continent completely surrounded by ocean with a desert climate which receives less than 3 inches of precipitation annually. "Though isolated by geography, the Antarctic continent is not isolated from the ravages of Global Warming and water conservation. This environment, one of the last pristine frontiers, is extremely vulnerable to our daily decisions about energy and waste." Many travelers expect white snow and black rocks; when in fact the clean air and unpolluted environment contribute to a kaleidoscope of colors.

Dolores Frank plunged into the festive world of the Venetian carnavale, an annual celebration with roots in many traditions, from the Latin feast of Saturnalia to the Greek feast of Dionysian cults celebrating the start of spring. "People come from all over the world to display their extravagant costumes and masks. For those who choose not to adorn themselves, there are many celebrations planned which show the heart of Venice. It is a happy time with thousands of people celebrating."

David L. Robertson explored a slice of the Brazilian rainforest in 2007, venturing upriver in canoes around the town of Manaus. "In the villages, the houses would often contain a dozen or more occupants. At night, hammocks would be strung from hooks in the ceiling to accommodate all of the evening residents." Robertson came away from his experience with a renewed sense of the diversity of cultures around the world.

Three visual artists in three evocative settings. Join us for a visual exploration of place.

Arthur Drooker presents a powerful visual meditation on the cultures, conflicts and conquests that forged the New World. Covering significant ruins in Mexico, the Caribbean, Central America and South America, this exhibit offers a unique pictorial survey of the geographical, architectural and historical diversity that defines the Americas.

Lost Worlds highlights ruins that are acknowledged world wonders, little known gems and outright surprises. They include monumental temples of Mexico’s Mayan civilization, a former king’s palace on the island of Haiti, colonial churches ravaged by earthquakes in Guatemala and iconic Inca citadels in Peru’s Sacred Valley, some of the 33 sites that Drooker visited in sixteen countries. His luminous images, shot with a specially adapted digital infrared camera, expose crumbled walls, weathered facades and overgrown flora in ways most viewers have never seen.

 

José Luis Villegas is a working photojournalist, currently with the Sacramento Bee. This project, "Save the Music", is the story of keeping music alive. Blues music. Music born in slavery. The music that begat rock n’ roll. The music touched by God and the devil. The music that lives within rap and soul, but is dying on its own.

This is the story of America’s purest music at a cross roads, a time when the Prophet’s of soul are dying and only the great B.B. King can claim mass acceptance. For the rest, a living and an audience can be found in Europe. While in America, the voices of slaves and Negro spirituals grows ever fainter, the culture of the south fades away.

Charles Brown - Monterey, California. 1991

Photographer Lewis Kemper has photographed the natural beauty of North America and its parklands for more than three decades. In travels around the world, he hones an ongoing love affair with light, harkening back to the words of the famed naturalist, John Muir, who, over a hundred years ago, said “Light, I know not a singular word fine enough for Light… holy, beamless, bodiless, inaudible floods of Light.” Kemper believes those words have summed up his life as a photographer. “Light is still important to me whether I am photographing nature or working on one of my “Photo Etchings,” a style I developed with digital techniques.”

Referring to the photographs in the show, Kemper says: “Notice the importance of the light in these images ... the light defines the image!”

Twelve is a juried show held annually in December. The theme of this year's exhibit is The Face of It. The exhibit explores interpretations and descriptions of the myriad subjects that captivate the photographer’s eye and imagination. In all the world of possible subjects, photographers choose one over others. What is that subject? Who or what is the face? The photographers represented in this exhibit show us their interpretations in many different forms of photography.

A city street, a construction site, pristine nature—all fall into view in the work of photographer Mark Citret. Citret has explored deeply the question of exactly what constitutes a "landscape." He suggests that "a landscape is to human experience what a stage set is to a play." In Citret’s eyes and in his photographs, construction sites, cafes, motels, trees, industrial sites, parks, and more, all present themselves as "landscapes" equally fascinating and beautiful.

The Edifice Europa exhibit includes images by three photographers who each portray European architecture in a distinctive manner. Linda Fitch is a traditional black and white photographer who photographs primarily at night, exploring the dark spaces we rarely stop to observe and seeking out remote places where time stands still. Jodie Hooker depicts French cathedrals in painterly "hand made" gum prints using artist’s papers and watercolor pigments. Steve Nieslony photographs castles, churches and courtyards "off the beaten path" to convey the lesser known beauty of village Europe.

In Viewpoint’s Step Up Gallery in March, Jorge Santana presents Cuba Today: Street Photography. The photographs in this exhibit were taken during a travel-study trip to Cuba in March of 2012. This was the sixth such trip to Cuba that Santana had led as a professor of Hispanic language and culture at California State University, Sacramento. “The images reflect some of the scenes of Cuba today,” says Santana. “It is a kaleidoscope of life on the forbidden island, centering on Havana and surrounding neighborhoods.”

Northern California native and award-winning photographer, artist Gail Parris, was raised in the country, where she acquired an enormous appreciation of nature and its beauty.  Always seeking a creative outlet she has passionately pursued photography (along with other forms of art), since her parents first gave her a camera as a child.  She has taken numerous photography and art classes.  Largely an outdoor photographer, she seeks to explore the intricacies of nature and her surroundings.

Rick Kattelmann’s Sichuan Sampler is a collection of images made on travels through the Sichuan region of China. “Photography is a means of enhancing my memory of the visual imagery of life,” Kattelmann says. “Every day, we are fortunate to observe millions of scenes. A fraction of those scenes impress with us with their beauty, information, mystery, and other attributes. Photography allows us to create a record of some of those scenes and then, if we wish, to modify those recordings to emphasize whatever appealed to us at the time of capture.”

From October 5 to November 5, Viewpoint’s Step Up Gallery will feature photography by many of the docents and volunteers who are essential to the ongoing success of the the Viewpoint Photographic Art Center. The center is almost completely operated by volunteers, who labor all year to manage, plan, curate, install and watch over 22 exhibitions of photographic art by artists both local and internationally known.

Like a mini Members’ Exhibit, this show promises to surprise and excite with its diversity and quality. Its goal is to reward the volunteers for their efforts and also to honor them for their dedication to Viewpoint.

 

 

Viewpoint Photographic Art Center is pleased to present the exhibit Cuba: Opening Doors by Jan Lightfoot in its Step Up Gallery in September. The genesis of this exhibit began with a recent opportunity to travel and photograph in Cuba. Lightfoot found that, for an outsider, “Cuba transports one back in time, to a place that can only be imagined.”

“Cuba remains shrouded in mystery for most Americans,” says Lightfoot. “Life in Cuba is hard; most people wake up everyday wondering if they will have anything to eat that day. In the faces of many, hope is gone, and in others you see nothing else but hope. Time itself, for the people of Cuba, became one of the enduring issues to strike me, and I have tried to convey that.”

Donald Fried became fascinated with photography 45 years ago, as a student of architecture, living in Chicago.  From his early days photographing people in Lincoln Park Zoo, bus depots, and other urban settings around Chicago, to later work in portraiture and documenting western landscapes, Fried's photography reflects his lifelong interests in social inquiry and human impact on the environment.

Donald Fried has dedicated his first solo exhibit to autism research. All exhibit proceeds will be donated to the U.C. Davis MIND Institute, 2825 50th Street, Sacramento, 95817.

Viewpoint member Jim Klein of Lincoln will present work at the Step Up Gallery at Viewpoint in March, 2012. The photographs are the result of travel to Utah, a place universally known for its ancient and dramatic landscapes and also its much newer remains of man’s presence.

Klein cites John Szarkowski, famed photographer, critic and historian, who, in his book The Photographer’s Eye, “included Time as one of the defining aspects of photography as an art medium. But his consideration of time had more to do with how much of time was captured by the camera’s shutter than how time is conveyed by the image.”

The two sets of images in this exhibit, a deserted motel on Highway 70 near Moab and abstracts of rocks from Utah’s National Parks, depict the effects of time, and, in another perspective, timelessness.

 

Viewpoint Gallery is pleased to present a solo exhibition of internationally renowned photographer Linda Connor. Her photographs depict the relationship between the culturally sacred and natural world while illuminating her connection to and deep respect for her subjects. With her large format camera, Connor travels extensively, exploring sites that evoke mystery and spirit. These explorations of ancient and sacred locales reflect her interest in how diverse cultures manifest the holy.

 

In October of 2008 over 200 students of all ages joined together to document the economic, educational and cultural transformation occurring in Oak Park, Sacramento’s oldest suburb. The cameras used ranged from high end digital to plastic film cameras from the Dollar Store. Many of the students were from the neighborhood. Between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4 p.m., more than 20,000 pictures were made. More important, though, were the connections made.

Jean Ross shares her intimate images from India, taken on a six-week trip that included the more familiar sights of Rajasthan, including the camel fair at Pushkar, and Varanasi, as well as the less traveled eastern states. Ross says, “India is like no place else on earth. It is a travelers’ and photographers’ paradise with unrivaled diversity of landscape and culture; wonderful food and kind people; amazing history and monuments and all the comforts and discomforts of modern day life.”

Sunset Sillouette, Bharomodeo

Larry Brenden searches the Western United States to find compelling natural landscape images. His work conveys greater intimacy than typical landscape photographs and explores nature’s gorgeous color palette. Brenden says:  “I am always looking, but more specifically, I am looking to photograph light, color, and form. To me, photography is all-consuming. A demanding discipline which entails my senses, intellect, and emotion, it is at once my passion and my spiritual base.”

“Using the camera as a tool, my intention is to quietly unveil nature’s secrets with integrity and capture an image true to the scene as first observed. Through the lens I seek to reveal the grandeur of the natural world, uncover her subtleties, show her impressive power, and expose her delicate side. Often, I examine a scene and decipher symmetrical patterns in the seemingly chaotic environment. Recording light and form is at once a fascination and a mystery. It is my goal to present well-crafted, un-doctored, aesthetic prints of the world’s beautifully wild places both to preserve and with full intent to protect.“

A former design engineer in the computer industry, Larry has spent the last decade as a respected photographer of the natural scene.

Click here to download the 2012 Auction Contribution Form

The April exhibit at Viewpoint displays the wonderful prints available for purchase in the 2012 Viewpoint Fine Print Auction and Fundraiser. Many well known photographers are featured in this year's the exhibit, along with many other talented Viewpoint members and supporters.

Prints may be purchased now through May 4 in the Online Silent Auction and/or on Saturday, May 5th at the Live Auction. Visit the AUCTION PAGE for the Catalog, the Online Auction, Instant Purchases, Pre-Bidding for the Live Auction, and additional information. 

There is a place in our minds where we experience the inspiration of creative art; there is another realm where we ponder the rational calculations of science. But what happens when we put these insights together? We grasp the tangible beauty of the world.

Three accomplished photographers explore the intersections of art and science in this exhibit. Bob Fera and Mike Mayda point their cameras to the heavens to capture astonishing images of faraway galaxies; Terry Nathan follows the curving arcs of tiny whiffs of smoke and connects them to the seminal ideas of Isaac Newton. Together these three artists invite us to ponder the scientific dimensions of art, and the artistic insights of science.

Over the years, field trips sponsored by Viewpoint Gallery have inspired photographers to interpret, study, record, and reinterpret static and dynamic elements of the natural and manmade worlds that partially define Northern California.

This exhibit presents distinctive features belonging to sites of historical significance, recorded alongside spontaneous beauty captured in outdoor environments. The destinations for these excursions have included Preston Castle in Ione, Knight Foundry and Machine Shop of Sutter Creek, Bodie State Historic Park in Mono County, the Cosumnes River Preserve near Galt, and Mare Island Historic Park (a former Naval base and shipyard) in Vallejo.

Viewpoint Photographic Art Center is pleased to present the exhibit Searching for Wabi Sabi by Bruce MacDougall in its Step Up Gallery in October.

The photographs in Searching for Wabi Sabi “represent my effort at coming to terms with what life dumped in my lap the morning of April 29, 2010,” says MacDougall. “My daughter Molly was murdered that day.”

Wabi sabi is a Japanese aesthetic that values objects and images reflecting the transience and imperfection that characterize our existence; it eschews the idealized, the formal, the ornate. “My daughter Ruby introduced me to wabi sabi,” MacDougall recalls, “in the hope that I would find some level of acceptance of Molly’s death within the tenets of wabi sabi: nothing is permanent; nothing is finished; nothing is perfect.”

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