Viewpoint Exhibit History

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

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.

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!”

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.”

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.

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.

 

 

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.

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