Viewpoint Exhibit History

Tuesday, October 8, 2013 to Friday, November 1, 2013

In Stu Levy’s Grid-Portraits, several negatives are contact-printed in a grid arrangement to create “a space and time scan,” function both as environmental portraiture and as explorations of how we perceive complex imagery. Referring to the phrase Henri Cartier-Bresson famously used to characterize his photographic ideal, Levy states, “this work gives a new meaning to ‘The Decisive Moment’, for the lattice-window view presents a maze of scrambled time and recombinant architecture.”

“Perception involves the visual synthesis of incremental spaces at finite points of time,” Levy explains. “These photographs of artists and craftspeople explore and challenge our perceptive processes by testing the limits of discontinuity, in both space and time, which our brains will accept in reading an image.”

Tuesday, October 8, 2013 to Friday, November 1, 2013

In the Step Up Gallery in October, Viewpoint Photographic Art Center presents the photography of Garrett Cotham in an exhibit titled On Trail: Images from Hiking Trails of the American West.

The images in On Trail are part of a large, ongoing project that reflects Garrett’s desire to explore the natural world, especially wild and undeveloped areas. “I have become an avid hiker,” he states, “and often find myself exploring these places alone, developing a sense of wonder, awe, and tranquility as I take in these scenes. I try to evoke a sense of quiet and solitude in my photographs, as well as inspire viewers to explore and learn as much about our world as possible. I hope that viewers will feel as though they are in the places that I depict in my photographs, experiencing the actual location with their own senses, and developing their own memories and emotions of that place.”

Tuesday, September 10, 2013 to Friday, October 4, 2013

Gary Cawood began his ongoing body of photographs, Excavation, in 2006. “Since the natural landscape is considered expendable in our culture, the surface scars we create seemed like an intriguing subject to explore,” he explains. “I selected sites that were excavated long ago, and at first I focused on the surprising forms and colors created by erosion. Soon I began adding throwaways to the compositions. Like the land, much of the stuff we buy is considered disposable and makes its way to sites like these. I utilized the scarred landscape as a context for the stuff we abandon.”

In the latest images in the evolving project, Cawood finds himself drawn to “the castoffs of the landscape itself rather than man-made stuff. By focusing more on the natural elements, the recent work emphasizes the ability of the landscape to recover and reinvent itself, even as we continue to disrupt its inherent balance.”

Tuesday, September 10, 2013 to Friday, October 4, 2013

Viewpoint Photographic Art Center is pleased to present the exhibit Moods of Venice by Robert Hubbell in its Step Up Gallery in September.

“Ah, Venice, that magical place,” sighs Bob. “My romantic heart beat as I strolled her alleys and plazas. I enjoyed her architecture, the glories of her art, the dignified decay of her weathered buildings, the romance of her nights, and the exuberance of her past.”

In 2011 Bob spent two weeks in Venice, much of it simply wandering, trying to absorb and photograph what he saw. “Different aspects of the city generated different responses,” he says, “from the cliché of gondolas moored near San Marco Square to the giant billboard dominating the Bridge of Sighs. I was intrigued by reflections in the canals. Brightly colored like the billboard, they are reminiscent of Venice’s glory days, when whole buildings were covered with murals, and extravagance was a way of life. The twilight hours add still another mood to the city, as the colors become muted and the ghosts of the past begin to whisper.”

Tuesday, August 6, 2013 to Friday, September 6, 2013

In August, Viewpoint Photographic Art Center presents the photographs of Dale Crandall-Bear in an exhibition called Marking Time: A Journey through Ancient Lands.

“In the spring of 2008,” says Crandall-Bear, “I embarked on a long-anticipated journey into distant time. I sought an encounter with the ancient past – beyond the youth of my own country and beyond the ‘middle age’ of Europe. I found what I was looking for in the deserts of Egypt, in the back alleys of Damascus, and on the barren plains of Anatolia. The images in this exhibit are the photographic impressions of that journey.”

Tuesday, August 6, 2013 to Friday, September 6, 2013

During the month of August, Viewpoint Gallery presents Images of Indian Valley—Photographs by Erik Weber in the Step Up Gallery.

Erik Weber is a documentary photographer, or as he prefers to call himself, a "visual historian". After living most of his life in San Francisco, he moved to Indian Valley, a remote, secluded part of Plumas County, California, where logging, ranching, mining and farming has been the way of life from the time the valley was settled in the 1850s to the present. Minimally touched by outside influences, it offered Weber an opportunity to make images of a way of life much different from the one he had known.

Weber spent the first years in Indian Valley learning how to live in the mountains with few city conveniences and getting to know the local customs, folks and critters. With so much to photograph, and knowing the limits of his visual energy, he decided to to confine his photography to Indian Valley. He felt it was important to document what he found here before it disappeared.

Tuesday, July 9, 2013 to Friday, August 2, 2013

The annual Viewpoint Members’ Exhibit, a long-time tradition at Viewpoint, is always exciting for the quality and range of photographic art it showcases. Because it gives all Viewpoint members an opportunity to showcase one image of their choosing, the exhibit highlights the diversity of techniques, approaches, and personal visions in our photographic community.


Tuesday, July 9, 2013 to Friday, August 2, 2013

The annual Viewpoint Members’ Exhibit, a long-time tradition at Viewpoint, is always exciting for the quality and range of photographic art it showcases. Because it gives all Viewpoint members an opportunity to showcase one image of their choosing, the exhibit highlights the diversity of techniques, approaches, and personal visions in our photographic community.


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 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.

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.

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.


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.”

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.


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.

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 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.





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