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.

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.”

The July exhibit at Viewpoint is the annual Members' Exhibit, featuring Viewpoint members' finest work from right here in Sacramento and around the globe. Come see what our members are up to!

 

 

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.

Joseph Finkleman’s Fragile and Passing Patterns of imagery will be featured in the Step Up Gallery at Viewpoint Photographic Art Center during the month of June and the first week of July. Finkleman makes mostly abstract paintings with the brush we know as photography.

“This show, like much of my work, eliminates a great deal if not all context. I find in this work an interesting question. We will look at something and state that 'this' is a picture, and 'that' is not a picture. There is a boundary line, maybe more accurately, a boundary layer there and I try to place the 'this' is a picture as closely as possible to the boundary of 'that' is not a picture, in order to examine why is 'this' a picture and 'that' is not.”

The April exhibit at Viewpoint displays the amazing prints available this month in the 2011 Viewpoint Fine Print Auction and Fundraiser. This year’s featured photographers include Bruce Barnbaum, Tim Baskerville, Ruth Bernhard, Larry Blackwood, Howard Bond, Nan Brown, Ray Carofano, Martha Casanave, Mark Citret, Charles Cramer, Charles Farmer, Joan Gentry, Mark Howell, Geir Jordahl, Lewis Kemper, Michael Kenna, Gene Kennedy, Don Kirby, Machiko Kurita, Margaretta Mitchell, Richard Murai, Dianne Poinski, Ron Reeder, Merg Ross, Ron Rosenstock, Dominic Rouse, Ryuijie, John Sexton, Jock Sturges, Jerry Takigawa, John Wimberley, and Huntington Witherill. Many other Viewpoint members and supporters are also represented.

Prints may be purchased April 6 through May 6 in the Silent Online Auction and/or on Saturday, May 7th at the Live Auction. Visit the AUCTION PAGE for the Catalog, the Online Auction, and additional information.

 

Clockwise from top left: John Wimberley, Lewis Kemper, Michael Kenna, Frank Francis.

Clockwise from top left: John Johnson, Ron Rosenstock, Charles Traub, Merg Ross.


 

Viewpoint Photographic Art Center is pleased to present the work of sister and brother Brittany Murphy and Camden Hosea-Small in the Step Up Gallery beginning January 11, 2012. Both of them are presenting new visions in still-life photography, Murphy finding and bringing out the beauty in everyday objects, Hosea-Small exploring the sensual qualities of the smoke rising from burning incense.

Murphy uses darkness and a black backdrop, with a flashlight for “light painting” to visually erase portions of an object while illuminating others. Hosea-Small uses a narrow-beam strobe to sidelight smoke trails, also against a black backdrop.

Jonathan Mumby is a traditional landscape photographer – he exposes black and white film in a large view camera. Strongly influenced by the works of Ansel Adams and Brett Weston, he finds that lugging a heavy camera for many miles to make an exposure makes the photograph more satisfying.  "I feel I don't just take the photograph – I earn it." The American western landscape is his favorite subject.

 

The 2010 Viewpoint Member's Exhibit showcases the extraordinary diversity and quality of work created by Viewpoint members. The breadth of the show is enormous, with photographs ranging from abstracts to architecture, people to landscape, and still life to documentary. The techniques used to make the prints range from antique alternative processes to traditional gelatin silver printing to the ubiquitous blossoming of the digital methods of today. There is truly something for everyone!

 

Gary McLaughlin: Bottles, Buenos Aires

 

Viewpoint’s March exhibit showcases The Anasazi Project by husband-and-wife photographers Don Kirby and Joan Gentry.

Cliff dwellings in the Four Corners region sheltered and protected the Anasazi people towards the end of their 1500-year presence in the region (200 BC to 1300 AD). Sited high on canyon walls in spectacular alcoves, the ruins seem to radiate the energy and mystery of this vanished culture. Kirby’s and Gentry’s long-term photographic exploration of the Anasazi began with “a disappointing photograph” of one of the ruins, but curiosity about a culture capable of such achievement took hold, and three years of study led to a growing respect for the Anasazi’s energy, perseverance, and artistry. Kirby and Gentry have now photographed in Anasazi country for over twenty years, making photographs that “attempt to express this great respect.”

Viewpoint Environmental Art Fair

Viewpoint Gallery is joining with nonprofit nature conservation and educational groups to host the Viewpoint Environmental Art Fair for the opening of Robert Glenn Ketchum's November exhibit, co-sponsored by KVIE public television.

There will be live music, a silent auction, and booths by our nonprofit partners in the adjacent courtyard (details below). Viewpoint Gallery will also launch new membership options with fine art images by Lewis Kemper, Roman Loranc, and John Wimberley, and silk scarves featuring photographic designs by Robert Glenn Ketchum. Silent auction items will include fine art prints, guided raft trips, canoe tours, coffee table books, dinner vouchers, and more.

"You shall enter the living shelter of the forest.
You shall walk where only the wind has walked before".
                                     – Nancy Newhall, 1959

Iconic symbols of majestic form, evocative of age and fortitude, trees solicit emotive responses. Whether provoking conservation movements, inspiring artistry, or simply impressing the viewer, they have historically symbolized strength, power, and beauty.  Growing in lush rainforests, chaparral woodlands, and mountainside rock outcroppings, trees in their myriad forms permeate many inhabited regions of the Earth, and consequently, are revered, studied and harvested.  And, their presence is recorded.  Tree: Observed presents visual interpretations by four American photographers working in distinct topographical and geographic regions.  From the East Coast to the country’s westernmost point of Hawaii, each photographer, employing his or her chosen photographic medium and technique, has eloquently interpreted these natural icons.

Viewpoint’s 4th annual December juried exhibition is Twelve: Square, a selection of photographs exploring the particular challenges and properties of the square format.

“I considered the use of the frame to be of utmost importance when curating this year’s Viewpoint exhibition,” writes exhibit juror Byron Wolfe, eminent photographer and Professor of Communication Design at California State University, Chico. “I looked for pictures where the photographer’s compositional approach recognized the unique properties of the square.”

“There’s something special about squares,” Wolfe observes. “At first, their perfect symmetry and equally measured sides convey stability and equilibrium, but as soon as you start to fill them up with things, their balance becomes delicate and tenuous. Suddenly, composing within a square is more akin to a man carefully poised on high-tension wire. Nudging subject matter around the edges of a square has the potential to create tension or energy, and the use of internal space in the square can create emphasis or a settled stability.”

Step Up Gallery at Viewpoint presents the work of Grass Valley photographer Frank Francis, whose focus is the people of remote countries around the world.

For the last 25 years, Frank Francis has had a consuming interest in photography. His work has its source in the remote reaches of the world, on extended trips to the mountains, deserts and rivers of Africa, India, the Middle East, the Himalayas, Mongolia and Myanmar. Traveling mostly alone, the goal has been to explore the places and people of those remote places and photograph that which is quickly passing.

 

 

 

The April exhibit at Viewpoint displays the wonderful prints available for bidding and purchase in the 2013 Viewpoint Photographic Art Auction. Many well known photographers are featured in this year's auction exhibit, along with many other talented Viewpoint members and supporters.

Viewpoint Gallery will present the work of Christopher Rauschenberg in an exhibition called Paris: Walking with Atget. For these photographs, Rauschenberg revisited Paris locations photographed by the French photographer Eugene Atget in the early 20th century, rephotographing the same views at the end of the 20th century to reveal what had changed and what had not. Paris: Walking with Atget includes 40 of Rauschenberg’s silver prints, many of them paired with copies of Atget’s original images.

Viewpoint Photographic Art Center presents the work of Ivan Sohrakoff in the Step Up Gallery at Viewpoint during the month of August. A Woodland photographer, Sohrakoff has been photographing for 17 years but has been photographing color landscapes with a passion since late 2009. Sohrakoff’s exhibit is called “The Lines of Landscape.” From man-made bridges to natural rock formations, the lines of landscape guide our eyes around the world. Sometimes elegant, sometimes blunt, these lines can manifest themselves as obvious vanishing points or as subtle elements that help lead a viewer through the scene.

 

 

Viewpoint Photographic Art Center proudly presents the work of Jon Sousa, a California photographer who shares for the first time one of four portfolios based on his travels in the States and abroad.  With thirty-five years of photography experience as a photo educator at the high school and community college level, as well as having owned and operated Jon Sousa Photography doing portrait work, Sousa now turns his attention to his personal vision. In this body of work, The Human Touch, Sousa’s images incorporate the relationship between his favorite model and evocative architectural settings. 

Fifteen North American photographers celebrate the new decade immersed in the remote cultures, ancient temple architecture, stunning landscapes, and UNESCO World Heritage sites of Cambodia and Myanmar, Southeast Asia’s second largest county (formerly known as Burma).  Under the direction of photographer and educator Rick Murai of Penn Valley, California, and in partnership with Myths and Mountains, each participant on this excursion captures unique and personal interpretations of urban and rural historical sites and cultural landmarks defining these Southeast Asian countries.  Phnom Penh, Cambodia’s politically charged capital, and Tuol Sleng Prison and the Killing Fields – sobering testaments to the Khmer Rouge – are visited, as is Yangon, the former capital of Myanmar.

 

 

Entries for Twelve: Parallels have been selected.  Congratulations to our winners and all the photographers whose work is in the exhibit, and a big Thank You to everyone who submitted images! The winners are:

1st Place: James Gilmore, Memory and Metaphor
2nd Place: Eric Baral, Cell Phone Diptych 2
3rd Place: Gordon Reynolds, Johns
Honorable Mention: Dan Herrera, The Carapace
Honorable Mention: Diane Tempest, Parallel Shoes
Honorable Mention: Roberta Neidigh, Five Trees

Viewpoint Gallery’s annual juried exhibit Twelve encourages photographers to interpret an idea suggested by the theme of the show. This year’s theme “Parallels” alludes to the year 2011 itself with its obvious numeric parallel. But it also invites photographers to conjure connections and relatedness within the photographic frame. Entries for Twelve: Parallels will contrast, compare, illuminate, suggest, capture, and express photographers' varied approaches to this theme. In addition to single images, Twelve: Parallels will feature multiple images in diptychs, triptychs and polyptychs.

Ten Eyes is a group of Sacramento women photographers who began meeting monthly in 1983 to show and critique each other’s work. Originally five in number, the group has grown to include more women who share a passion for creating photographic art. This exhibition is a collaborative effort to present images taken by each member of the Ten Eyes group of places visited and objects acquired during their travels.
       
The women of Ten Eyes exhibiting are:

Liz Welsh AbadDolores FrankVictoria Ruderman
Karen ConnellFrancine MoskovitzIlse Spivek
Anita Frimkess FeinShirley PlantJudy Yemma

 

Chris Schiller has been photographing the American West for over 20 years.  He seeks out places and views rarely or never photographed before. He uses his camera as another way to explore the places he visits, bringing his images a sense of discovery and delight. In this exhibit of superbly crafted images, Chris Schiller looks at the movement of water in all of its manifestations, both in the present and the past. 

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