Viewpoint Exhibit History

Wednesday, December 11, 2013 to Saturday, January 4, 2014

The 2013 theme for the fifth annual December juried exhibit is Twelve: Natural Magic. The title conjures the16th century Italian thinker Giambattisa della Porta's, writings on the nature of light. Because of his studies with projected light, della Porta was arrested for sorcery during the Inquisition! Since this is Twelve in 2013, Natural Magic carries the mystic of the number 13 clothed in the magical qualities of light, the wellspring of photography. Each year the Twelve show is characterized by creative and skillful interpretations of the theme of the exhibit. With Natural Magic, this well-established tradition continues as the interpretations appeal both to the eye and the imagination.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013 to Saturday, December 7, 2013

In November, Viewpoint’s Main Gallery features three photographers – David Ashcraft, Jimmy Fike, and Magnus Stark – who have three very different approaches to making photographic art.

David Ashcraft is a Californian whose work fits comfortably in the tradition of West Coast photography. He studied with many of the iconic West Coast photographers, including John Sexton, Richard Garrod, Alan Ross, and Henry Gilpin. His subject matter centers on the hallowed West Cost themes of the natural landscape, closely observed details, and abstractions.

Jimmy Fike’s exhibit comprises selections from his series, J.W. Fike’s Photographic Survey of the Wild Edible Botanicals of the North American Continent. “Within my system,” Fike explains, “the plant is excavated, arranged in the studio, photographed, then illustrated digitally in such a way as to render the edible parts in color while the remaining parts, less emphatically, read as photograms.

Magnus Stark, who was born in Sweden and resides in Bangor, Maine, makes film-based images without using a camera. “Like a chemist in a lab, I experiment with the raw film by sometimes treating it with a variety of common organic substances, before exposing it to extreme elements. What happens to film if you pop it in the microwave? Submerge it in a hot tub? Stick it in the freezer? And what happens if you do that for an hour, a week, a month or a year?”

Wednesday, November 6, 2013 to Saturday, December 7, 2013

Study. Learn. Teach. Share. Take. Give. The ten photographers in Wider Circles studied at Sierra College and then expanded the circle outward, each making a life while making a living in photography. The exhibit includes work by Tim Engle, Chris Fraser, Jeff Gros, Drew Herrmann, Michael Kirby, Gene Rodman, Jon Sadler, Daryl Stinchfield, Tee Taylor, Kathy Walker and Rebecca Gregg. Today they are studio owners, assistants, freelancers, commercial photographers, photojournalists, artists and professors. The show is a small sample both of their work and of the professionals who are engaged in the dynamic lifelong process of being students of photography.

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.

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 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.”

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

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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.

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.

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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