Viewpoint Exhibit History

Photographers Ruth Henderson and Richard Ashby come together from different approaches to amaze, confound, and astound us, with their images of flowers. Brilliant, compelling imagery abounds, and forms both precise and mysteriously obscured dazzle us.

Richard Ashby, using a variety of orchid specimens, seems to have created an alternate universe. We find ourselves wandering in it while we marvel at this extravaganza of shape and color. Ruth Henderson, using her combination of multiple light sources, slight camera motion and brief time lapse, compresses what amounts to a tiny motion picture into a single image, all in camera.

Dark on Light, the January 2011 exhibit at Viewpoint Gallery, is the poetic exploration of two photographers both working in black and white.
 
Paul Rider’s “Drawn to the Light” images are abstract studies of light and shadow on paper, transformations that are contemplative and calming. The light strikes the curving paper revealing tension on the torn edges and palpable texture. Rider sees these as symbolic of world tension and conflict yet also envisions them as representative of hope and peace.

Larry Blackwood’s “Opus Corvus” is a study of ravens and crows with dark and mysterious overtones. He captivates the viewer with an unspoken narrative of movement, grace, and survival. There are overtones not unlike a gothic novel in this timeless environment and beautiful photographs.

 

In March 2012, Viewpoint Photographic Art Center is presenting something different. An internationally supported photography website will be featured, presenting the works by 15 photographers who serve or have served as gatekeepers for the vast collaboration known as 1X.

1X (1x.com) is an online photo gallery and social network. 1X differs from most other photo sites in that every photo displayed has been handpicked by a group of curators. The images on display at the Viewpoint Gallery during the month of March are selected works of past and present curators, including Viewpoint member Jerry Berry.

Only through the Internet could a group of photographers from different regions of the world get together and collaborate, become friends and curate world images for a site such as 1x.com. Jacob Jovelou and Ralf Stelander, from Uppsala, Sweden, have brought together these photographers by inviting them to evaluate images to publish on the front page of their website, 1X. With the basic premise of the site’s mission, Searching for the Sublime, these passionate photographers bring their varied viewpoints and often conflicting opinions to discussions on the relative strengths and weaknesses of each individual photograph submitted for publication on 1X.

The Live Photographers Society was organized over thirty-five years ago by Lloyd Fergus and others in the Sacramento area with the purpose to meet and share photographs, food, and conversation. The practice continues to this day. The group’s name was inspired by the movie, The Dead Poets Society. Five members of The Live Photographers Society are participating in this exhibit: George Erdosh, Lloyd Fergus, David Lindquist, Paul Mohr, and Gilbert Todd.

Photography’s very name is light. Photographers have long known the magic of mysterious shadows, dust-speckled light beams, whirls of spinning artificial light, the simple elegance of reflection, and the powerful moods created by contrast.

The December 2009 exhibit is Viewpoint’s first annual juried show. Photographers from throughout northern California submitted their interpretations of the theme, The Play of Light, exploring photographic interpretations of captured, held, and translated light. Close to 400 photographs were entered from approximately 90 photographers; 96 images will be exhibited, some in our new adjoining gallery.

In the third of a consecutive series of exhibits featuring color photographs of nature, Viewpoint Gallery presents the work of Rex Naden in the Step Up Gallery. After thirty-five years in the semiconductor industry, he now spends full time as a photographer of the natural landscape.

 

In November, Viewpoint’s Step Up Gallery features Rhonda Campbell’s exhibit exploring the cultural and psychological aspects of our ubiquitous doppelgangers from the retail environment: mannequins.

Campbell relates that this series began “with a simple photograph I took (and not a very good photograph at that),” a photograph that led her to understand that what she was photographing in storefront windows was “more than just mannequins; they’re life as we wish it to be.” She began looking closely at mannequins in her travels. “The more I looked, the more I found.” She found questions: “Does life reflect the mannequins or do they reflect life? Do they mock us or set standards?” And she found insights: “People are the same the world over. We all have the same dreams of glamor, sophistication, confidence, humor, and purpose. Mannequins give us that freedom to dream, if only for a few seconds.”

Viewpoint Gallery presents the work of two regional photographers whose focus is the landscape of the Sacramento area and Central Valley.

Stephen Fischer photographs along the American River Parkway, a beltway of undeveloped land on both sides of the river. It provides a natural sanctuary from the nearby hustle and bustle of the Sacramento metropolitan area. It is also a byway and habitat of the natural world that coexists within our developed environment and passes through and thrives along this photographic wonderland: nature’s corridor. Fischer’s photographs are in color and are seen primarily in the early and late hours of the day.

Gerry Tsuruda's beltway consists of the white lines, asphalt, and gravel of the ordinary and ubiquitous “roadway,” this landscape photographer’s most frequent path to successful pictures. Tsuruda has realized that most of his better images were taken from a spot along the side of the road or other easily accessible area nearby. This is certainly contrary to the romantic notion of the landscape photographer, but not indicative of a drop-off in the quality of seeing. Whereas Fischer’s images are in color, Tsuruda works in the monochromatic palette of black-and-white photographic tones.

From Where I Stand is a group exhibit of photography students from ten high schools in Sacramento, California, and the surrounding region. Working with both traditional and digital media, the one hundred photographs in the exhibit demonstrate the energetic, experimental and fresh perspective of these young artists. Clearly the points of view are individual, as the title of the exhibit suggests, yet the subjects and attitudes reflect the common concerns and experiences of today’s young student artists. The photographs illustrate technical competence in night exposures, portraits, landscape, motion studies, digital high dynamic range, black and white, and color images.

 

Viewpoint Gallery presents two exhibits in the Main Gallery during the month of August: Vaudeville by Dan Herrera, and Glass Works by Gary Shallcross.

In VaudevilleDan Herrera’s stated purpose is to create “beautiful images that engage us in mysterious narratives, at once futuristic and nostalgic.” The series combines Herrera’s childhood love of building dioramas with his fascination with contemporary science fiction. Herrera initiates each image by constructing a miniature set of found objects. “Through a series of laborious and anachronistic processes,” Herrera says, he “combines photographs of these carefully lighted sets with digital images of people and life-size props.” He uses 19th-century printing techniques in the final development steps, adding gestural effects that enrich his explorations of distinctions between photographic realism and painterly illusion.

In Glass WorksGary Shallcross has photographed common pieces of glassware so that “the beauty of the shapes of these ordinary objects is amplified through the refractory characteristics of the glass that can only be realized through the photographic medium. The light source not only illuminates the glass but becomes subject matter itself.”

Viewpoint Gallery presents the works of local photographers Dianne Poinski and Donald Satterlee in an exhibition titled “Visions of Translucence,” during the month of September.

Translucent: permitting light to pass, but diffusing it so that objects on the opposite side are not clearly visible

Photographers Satterlee and Poinski bring their work together for this exhibit, combining the translucent effects of light as well as a similar vision. While the subject matter of their pictures may differ, it is the quality of subtle tonality, luminosity in nature, texture and simple but striking compositions that pull all the elements together to create an emotional viewing experience.

The Gladding McBean ceramic factory in Lincoln, California, is a living museum of architectural ornamentation from the last century and a quarter, sitting as silent witness while the factory continues to produce exterior cladding and decoration for new and old buildings using the same techniques employed here more than 100 years ago. A walk through the pottery is truly a journey into the past.

An exhibition of documentary photographs by David Bacon and Kathya Landeros about immigration to the United States from Mexico and Central America.

An experienced photographer, journalist, and former labor organizer, Bacon's stunning work of photographs and oral history documents the new reality of migrant experience: the creation of transnational communities. He takes us inside these communities and illuminates the ties that bind them together, the influence of their working conditions on their families and health, and their struggle for better lives.

Landeros, herself from a family of immigrants from Central Mexico, proposes that "If one can accept that the history of migratory policy toward Mexico has been complicated as we negotiate between our demands for labor and our need for cultural sovereignty, then we can acknowledge that the migrant communities that have developed in Mexico are a manifestation of these complexities."

Kathya Landeros: Sandra’s Quinceañera paid for with remittances
from the United States, Guanajuato, Mexico, 200
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Viewpoint Photographic Art Center is pleased to present the “Intentional Photographs” of Gene Crowe in an exhibit called Small Things, in the Step Up Gallery.

Crowe been working with digital images that he calls Small Things: found objects, macro images, still life, parts, and the manipulation of light on different surfaces. This project actually began in the early 1960’s when he began exploring extremely close focusing. He has been developing skills with different cameras and printing methods ever since.

Viewpoint is pleased to present the wildlife photographs of Michael Corlew in the Step Up Gallery. Corlew is an accomplished photographer of birds ands animals, sharing with the world his images from International trips to Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Italy, Peru, Bolivia, Kenya, Tanzania, and with stateside trips to Alaska, Arizona, California, Florida, Colorado, Massachusetts, Vermont, Maine, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Utah, Montana, Idaho, Michigan, Nevada, Oregon, Washington, and Wyoming.

 

At a time when the Sacramento area has enjoyed one of its finest autumn seasons, photographer Jerry Berry reminds us with his images where the real fall action happens: New England.

“California has a wide range of landscapes within its borders,” says Berry. “But when it comes to the spectacular variety of colors of the fall season, the New England states have no equal.... I hope that the Impressions I have chosen to display will provide the viewer a taste of what they may encounter on a trip to this area at this time of year. And for those that are personally familiar with this special time and place, I hope it takes them home."

 

In July 2012, eminent photographer and educator Rick Murai led a Viewpoint-sponsored photography workshop in Peru. Participants enjoyed an exciting two-week adventure photographing the stunning landscape, colorful people, and rich cultural traditions of the Peruvian Andes. Locations visited included Lima, Cuzco, Sacred Valley (featuring the Virgen del Carmen festival), Machu Picchu, and Lake Titicaca. The workshop provided a totally immersive experience, with ample time for intense exploration, individual instruction, image sharing, and quiet introspection.

This exhibit presents images made on that trip. Exhibiting photographers include Henry Greene, Auburn Wendover, Adrienne Sher, Barbara Summers, Mirella Santana, Bruce Gregory, Jeri Lazaro, and Rick Murai.

Cindy Schatz examines the lives of residents at Pine Tree Gardens, a residential care facility in Davis, California, for people with mental illnesses.

John Trotter explores the lives of patients at Sierra Gates, a brain injury treatment facility in Sacramento, California.

Viewpoint Gallery presents Charles Cramer's photographs of the natural scene. A master printer, first in Dye Transfer, and more recently, in digital processes, he is drawn to photograph primarily by the light and only secondarily by the subject.

"I search for that special kind of light that can transform the ordinary into the extraordinary. The end goal of my photography has always been to make beautiful prints. I have spent a large part of the last 30 years refining my skills not just photographing the natural scene, but learning how to make the best possible prints from these images."

This exhibition is composed of 20 large color photographs by Reno, Nevada, artist Dean Burton. Burton, whose photography was recently featured in the exhibitions Altered Landscapes: Photographs of a Changing Environment (Nevada Museum of Art) and Brought to Light (Crocker Art Museum), has created a body of work that expands and comments on contemporary photographic practices and traditions. In doing so, he uses a single, horizontal viewpoint and a wide range of techniques to explore the unexpected and otherwise unexamined. In Burton’s hand, the minute and mundane are transformed into images fully evocative of the zones of earth, water, and sky. Images from his series of Airscapes offer additional equivalents to our reading of the photograph as a landscape. All are “straight,” un-manipulated images, printed with the sensitivity to tone and contrast made famous by iconic 20th century photographers of the West.

Viewpoint Gallery presents its first Cell Phone Only Exhibition during the month of October. Recently, the cell phone has become the most ubiquitous type of camera in history, used by some of the most visually sophisticated, technically savvy, and globally connected image-makers ever. This international, juried show attempts to provide some idea of the breadth and creativity being achieced with these small, portable additions to the exciting history of photographic tools.

 

Photos by Sean Duggan, Jean Ross, David Ruderman, and Annette Allen


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.

Two bottles, two hues, a bit of imagination and with a touch of passion this creative expression soon begins to take on a life of its own...

Viewpoint Gallery is pleased to present the photographs of Dawn Blanchfield in an exhibition called The Price of Enlightenment in the Step Up Gallery at Viewpoint.

Dawn Blanchfield’s The Price of Enlightenment is a series of black-and-white photographs that explores provocative subjects ranging from religious topics to social and political commentary of both the past and present. “I use seemingly innocuous objects, a minimalist composition, and dramatic light and shadow to express specific or abstract ideas.” says Blanchfield. “These images are the result of my internal struggle with religion, science, and mythology; death and spirituality; human nature and inherent evil."

 

"After the Bubble" presents two photographers' observations of how recent job losses and home foreclosures have affected communities in California and Arizona.

Jeffrey Goggin's photographs are from his project "Superior After Dark," He shows us the effects of a copper mine closure in Superior, Arizona, where the population has fallen by more than 60 percent and its per capita income is now among the lowest in the state.

Douglas Smith's images are from his project "Scenes From Surrendered Homes.” These photographs portray homes in the Central Valley of California where the effects of recent economic turmoil appear in almost all neighborhoods.

 

 

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