Past Exhibits

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  • Anita Rama: Conversation With Cactus

    Exhibit Dates: 
    Wednesday, Aug. 11 to Saturday, Sep. 4
    Artist Reception: 
    Sunday, Aug. 15 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm
    2nd Saturday Opening: 
    Saturday, Aug. 14 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm

     

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    Anita Rama’s imagery reflects the beauty and connection that she feels with the natural world. For this project, Rama honed in on the details of individual cactus plants. Focusing on color, shape, and water marks, she engaged in an intimate conversation with her subjects and created a series of abstract images that provide a remarkably aquatic vision of the desert landscape.

  • Anne Miller: Colorscapes

    Exhibit Dates: 
    Wednesday, Aug. 11 to Saturday, Sep. 4
    Artist Reception: 
    Sunday, Aug. 15 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm
    2nd Saturday Opening: 
    Saturday, Aug. 14 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm

     

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    Anne Miller’s photographs transform extracts of our everyday world into an explosion of abstract color. Drawing upon her interest in computing and photography, she reimagines fabricated objects and organic materials. Guided by shape, color and texture, Miller creates vivid works that invite the viewer to admire their beauty and contemplate their complexity.

  • Henry Paine: 50 Years of Black & White Botanical Visions

    Exhibit Dates: 
    Wednesday, Aug. 11 to Saturday, Sep. 4
    Artist Reception: 
    Sunday, Aug. 15 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm
    2nd Saturday Opening: 
    Saturday, Aug. 14 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm

     

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    Henry Paine has been influenced strongly by the black and white photography of Ansel Adams, Edward Weston and Brett Weston, but it was Don Worth’s stunning images of succulent and other plants that he first saw in 1973 that opened his eyes to their beauty. Since that time he has been fascinated with photographing plants himself. In 1980 he began making yearly trips to the Huntington Botanical Gardens in San Marino, CA where he spent many hours primarily in the Desert Garden with occasional forays into the more lush areas of Huntington Estate.

  • 2021 Annual Members' Exhibit

    Exhibit Dates: 
    Wednesday, Jul. 7 to Saturday, Aug. 7
    Artist Reception: 
    Sunday, Jul. 18 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm
    2nd Saturday Opening: 
    Saturday, Jul. 10 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm

     

    This year, Viewpoint's annual Members' Exhibit open call closed early due to popular demand. In years past the show came very close to a full house, but this year it closed before the June 19th deadline becasue the entry count had been achieved. The annual open calll is for the first 100 member entries, giving each member the opportunity to select their favorite piece of work to share with the community. Its encouraging and exciting to see such a strong response to this very popular exhibit.

    So please, take an afternoon in July to come to the gallery and check out the diversity and photographic range of Viewpoint members' work.

     

    Spin: Agnes Alfano

  • John Hennessy: Impressions of Antoni Gaudí

    Exhibit Dates: 
    Thursday, Jun. 10 to Saturday, Jul. 3
    2nd Saturday Opening: 
    Saturday, Jun. 12 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm

    This work is a personal exploration of the work of Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí. Guadi was the principal practitioner of a architectural period known as Modernisme. My goal is not to catalog this work but to react to it and enjoy it.

    Gaudi, who died almost 100 years ago, worked in Catalonia, mostly in Barcelona. Modernisme largely died with him except for a large church which is not yet finished. Many did not mourn Modernisme; others pine for it. Millions visit Barcelona just to see it.

    Gaudi’s work is very organic with many obvious references to bones, plants etc. Those who lived in his houses (some still do) must need an infusion of Dramamine to stay upright. The floors are the only things remotely in a plane. Gaudi’s work is bizarre or whimsical or gaudy or eccentric or genius. You pick.

    John Hennessy states his goal is to reduce a subject to its essence, or make a new thing of it. Correctly or completely showing a man-made object or a scene is not as interesting to him as using a subject’s structure, texture and space to emphasize one or two crucial elements.

  • Richard Greene: Urban Landscapes-Abstract Architectural

    Exhibit Dates: 
    Thursday, Jun. 10 to Saturday, Jul. 3
    2nd Saturday Opening: 
    Saturday, Jun. 12 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm

     

    This series of 25 images focuses on a specific aspect of the Urban Landscape, exteriors of multiple grouped buildings, mostly commercial, with minimal surrounding context. These compositions intend to transform stark geometries into abstract surfaces revealing new and unexpected perspectives. The mathematical relationships among the buildings, the collisions of lines, the confusions of space and depth, the visual interactions of several structures at once, all are spellbinding.

    Richard Greene's background as a musician has him interpreting architectural forms and their intersections as music, full of harmonies, counterpoint, fugue and cross rhythms, all captured in steel, brick, glass and concrete. Often this subject is shot as far back as possible to get the whole object in the frame. His abstractive approach hopes to create a temporary optical illusion of captivating lines and patterns, the image being only part of the world it extends into after the eye leaves the photo. His favorite images are the ones that at first the viewers don’t quite know what they are seeing.

  • Tim Messick: Reflecting on Bodie

    Exhibit Dates: 
    Thursday, Jun. 10 to Saturday, Jul. 3
    2nd Saturday Opening: 
    Saturday, Jun. 12 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm

     

    "Clouds in the Church," by Time Messick

    After many years photographing building exteriors and interiors at Bodie, Tim Messick felt there wasn't much new or different to capture there. Then he realized that by embracing the window reflections he had been struggling to exclude from his images, he could bring surprising new depth and complexity to his compositions. That was a breakthrough for Messick, not just in image-making, but also in how he explores and experiences the place.  Now he looks for reflections to include in his images deliberately — by carefully composing them in-camera, then balancing light, shadow, and contrast in post-processing. He hopes that these moody "found collages" — with multiple layers of foreground, background, and reflection — may provoke a different kind of reflection, on the past, present, and future of this once famously boisterous mining town.

  • CELEBRATING 30 YEARS: Viewpoint at the Crocker Art Museum

    Exhibit Dates: 
    Thursday, May. 13 to Sunday, Aug. 1

     

    In recognition of the 30th Anniversary of Viewpoint Photographic Art Center, the Crocker Art Museum is exhibiting sixty-eight photographs created by Viewpoint members. The photographs illustrate a range of interests, spectrum of subjects, variety in techniques, and creative explorations of photographic print media among Viewpoint members.

     

    Images L to R: Casey LeClair "Renaming Renderville" | Marc Vayssieres "Hanging On the Wall" | Gary Wagner "Swirling Seas"

  • Davidjohn Lotto: A Retrospective in Platinum/Palladium

    Exhibit Dates: 
    Thursday, May. 6 to Saturday, Jun. 5

     

    Once in a while we all meet people who change our lives significantly. Davidjohn Lotto is one of those people. His energy, attention to detail, artistic vision and depth of soul have touched so many. His art is inspired by all of these elements that show so clearly in his body of work. As he was driven by his passion for these things and a need to heal and process the events in his life he channeled these things into his art.

    Buddhism, psychology and early life experiences each informed him deeply. His understanding and appreciation for beauty in all its forms can clearly be seen as he worked with the photographic iconography of figure, form, and landscape. They also show up in his use of vintage and modern techniques of wet plate, platinum, brass Petzval lenses, digital manipulation and handmade papers.

  • Marco Pinter: Less Ephemeral

    Exhibit Dates: 
    Thursday, May. 6 to Saturday, Jun. 5

     

    Marco Pinter’s work explores the underlying mechanisms of perception, creating situations of conflict between our higher level consciousness and lower level perception. He typically uses materials that explore a fusion of physical movement with visualizations in the virtual world. He finds inspiration in dance and sculpture, but also in cognitive psychology, neuroscience and mathematics.

    In installation form, Mr. Pinter works with robotic sculpture and computer graphic forms. At the same time, he pursues similar themes in performance through the use of dancers, sensors and projected forms. This process becomes cyclical, wherein his observations of public participants with an installation, on the one hand, and his experience with performers and audience, on the other, create a feedback loop of cross-influence in his ongoing exploration.

    With his work, through a dialog between dynamic material forms (live participants and/or sculpture) and virtual forms (e. g. via screens and projections), he seeks to challenge our cognitive perceptions of what is real and what is imagined. Ideally, this may inspire a viewer to reflect on the illusory realities which our senses create, and how those constructs impact perception and behavior.

  • OPEN SHOW Sacramento: Alumni Collection

    Exhibit Dates: 
    Thursday, Apr. 8 to Saturday, May. 1

     

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    OPEN SHOW Sacramento is a unique presentation platform for photographers, by photographers. The event comes together through an Open Call for photography projects that includes a body of work, which has been completed or is in process. Once submitted, the program coordinator, Juliet Haas selects five presenters to share their work. 

    This exhibit represents images from the Alumni of the past 11 OPEN SHOW Sacramento presentations over a three-year period of time. Each of the 44 photographers will be exhibiting one image representing their current work or project.

    Image by: Iva Bartley

  • Student Exhibit 2021: Photographing in 2020: Light and Dark

    Exhibit Dates: 
    Thursday, Apr. 8 to Saturday, May. 1

     

    As part of the annual exhibit schedule, Viewpoint once again presents its student show which highlights the work of dedicated students of photography throughout our region. This year's exhibit includes 32 images by 27 students. Just under 50 students entered the juried competition, many entering several images for consideration. Not only does the exhibit offer an important forum for our region's emerging photographic artists, but the process itself teaches students about the competitive world of online applications and exhibit interface. 

    Read more about the exhibit from student program director Diana Proctor and juror Farrell Scott.

    Image: Insomnia 02 by Elisa Fernandez

  • Kirk Keeler: Ten Years in Yosemite

    Exhibit Dates: 
    Tuesday, Mar. 9 to Saturday, Apr. 3

     

    OPENING WEEKEND: ARTISTS IN THE HOUSE on Saturday, March. 13 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Please stop by the gallery and say "hello!" Safety protocol fully in place.

    Kirk Keeler’s Ten Years in Yosemite is an intimate look at the photographs of a staff photographer at The Ansel Adams Gallery, living full-time in one of the World’s most visited national parks.  This is an exhibit of photographs taken by an insider; a vantage point few photographers – not to mention people – get to experience.

  • Jeff Redman: Still Beguiled by the Ordinary

    Exhibit Dates: 
    Tuesday, Mar. 9 to Saturday, Apr. 3

     

    OPENING WEEKEND: ARTISTS IN THE HOUSE on Saturday, March. 13 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Please stop by the gallery and say "hello!" Safety protocol fully in place.

    In this exhibit Jeff Redman shares his love of carbon transfer printing. The development process is very sensitive resulting in a uniquely subtle print with a three-dimensional quality.

    If you've never experienced the beauty of a carbon print, plan an in-gallery visit for this exhibit. The work is a study in nuance. 

  • Viewpoint: A 30 Year Legacy

    Exhibit Dates: 
    Tuesday, Feb. 9 to Saturday, Mar. 6

    Thirty years of photographic arts advocacy, exhibits, workshops, field trips, lectures, community outreach and education. It takes a village, as they say, and Viewpoint’s strength has always been in the passion of the people who choose to donate their time, resources and support to make it all happen.

    Join us as we celebrate a milestone anniversary with this very special invitational exhibit showcasing the work and statements of Viewpoint volunteers over the past 30 years.

    Image by Victoria Ruderman, long time volunteer and supporter

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  • Ed Asmus: Portraits From Another World

    Exhibit Dates: 
    Tuesday, Jan. 5 to Saturday, Feb. 6

     

    Ethiopia, home of the oldest humanoid fossil #AL-288, aka "Lucy", is known as the "Cradle of Mankind". Ed Asmus' adventurous journey to the Omo Valley in southwestern Ethiopia included an armed bodyguard, a Land Cruiser stuck in the mud, and a rapid departure from one village due to tribal conflicts.

     
  • Rachel Rosenthal: One World, Many Faces

    Exhibit Dates: 
    Tuesday, Jan. 5 to Saturday, Feb. 6

     

    In the exhibition, One World, Many Faces, Rachel Rosenthal presents images of people from across the 60 countries she has had the great fortune to visit. Rosenthal’s goal is to illuminate the soul within, connect us to another's culture and locale, and make human nature tangible. In a world that has recently contracted, she believes that it is critical that we acknowledge and appreciate our shared humanity.

     

  • TWELVE: Hindsight 20|20

    Exhibit Dates: 
    Thursday, Dec. 10 to Saturday, Jan. 2

     

    There will be no Artist's Reception or 2nd Saturday gathering offered this month. The gallery will be open Thursday - Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. 

    Hindsight 20|20 is the theme of the 12th annual juried show, TWELVE. During a year of unexpected upheaval and startling adjustments at every level of society, Viewpoint asked photographers to present subjects from any time period, genre or medium that visually interpreted the theme. Juror Sharmon Goff selected a thoughtful and evocative exhibit from over 250 photographs.

    Winning Images:

    1st Place: Anita Rama, Digging Into the Past

    2nd Place: Gene McKinnon, American River Complex Fire

    3rd Place: Susan Scholey, Comet and Sunflowers

    Honorable Mention Awards:

    Gerry Limjuco, Fleet Week

    David Nasater, Mature Beauty

    Diane Tempest, Home School.

    All images may be viewed in the online gallery and store following the exhibit opening.

    Juror’s Statement: Sharmon Goff

    I want to thank Viewpoint Photographic Art Center for inviting me to jury the exhibition, Twelve: Hindsight 20|20. Looking at stunning photographs is, for me, an irresistible pleasure.

    Choosing pieces for inclusion in the show was difficult, since there were many compelling and beautiful photographs from which to select and limited space to display the work -- almost 70% of the prints had to be declined. Often calls for submission for this type of exhibit result in a predictable narrow range of work. It is too easy for photographers to become bogged down in photographic minutiae and the mechanics of digital techniques. While craft, technical understanding and skill are all essential, that is only the beginning of creating a powerful image. The work offered for consideration for this show reflected an unexpected level of innovation, breadth and variety of imagery. Unfortunately this meant that many of the pieces submitted by talented and creative artists could not be included

    The most challenging part of the judging process was selecting those works for awards. Unfortunately, there were far fewer awards than photographs worthy of selection. Some of the photographers whose work was selected clearly treasure the pleasure of capturing a moment in time, an expression, a gesture, or the glow of light on a surface. But other artists started with a single photograph and used digital tools to create remarkable multilayered pieces with digital expertise and extraordinary vision. The most effective and cogent photographs are imaginative, have emotional impact or a compelling concept. The best images draw the viewer to explore the space within or the ideas they generate. The work almost demands to be examined.

    By its nature the jury process is not kind. If your work was not selected for inclusion, please remember this show reflects one person’s perspective at a given point in time. Do not let this one decision keep you from pursuing your unique vision.

    Image credit: 1st Place: Anita Rama, Digging Into the Past

  • Gary Wagner: Iceland: Forces of Nature

    Exhibit Dates: 
    Thursday, Nov. 12 to Saturday, Dec. 5
    Artist Reception: 
    Friday, Nov. 13 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm
    2nd Saturday Opening: 
    Saturday, Nov. 14 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm

     

    Gary Wagner's Iceland project has come from many years of photographing the landscape and having taken thousands of images of the land, sea and mountains over the past forty years. After researching Iceland’s terrain Wagner felt confident that its landscape would work well with his image style and be an exciting location for creating art.

    Iceland is often referred to as a, “Photographers Paradise” and that is exactly how he found it when he arrived at this island country located just below the Arctic Circle. Arriving at the summer equinox provided almost 24 hours of daylight for capturing images of this spectacular location. On several nights he was out past midnight with the sun was still present on the horizon and he said he found the light perfect for image making. 

    Landscape, seascapes and the world around him is the studio he uses for his photographic work.  He finds freedom, and inspiration to create his interpretations of the natural elements and scenic vistas that come to his view at these locations.

  • David Wong: The Art of Birds

    Exhibit Dates: 
    Thursday, Nov. 12 to Saturday, Dec. 5
    Artist Reception: 
    Friday, Nov. 13 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm
    2nd Saturday Opening: 
    Saturday, Nov. 14 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm

     

    Photograph of black necked stilts in water with reflection by David WongIn the exhibition, The Art of Birds, David Wong presents photographs of birds not just as beautiful animals in the avian world but as creatures naturally displaying artistic form and function whether in dynamic flight or in posed portraits. Wong shoots his birds in extremely high-frame rates of capture, looking for the minute changes in poses of the head, eyes, wings, and body position which gives the viewer the most artistic view of the bird or birds as they move through space. If Wong captures a beautiful photograph of a bird sitting on a branch, he considers that merely a nice snapshot instead of creating an impactful bird story. The way a particular bird is posed against its background or captured in its movement is as important to a successful bird photograph as are the details and colors of its wings and body. Sometimes Wong photographs his subjects with minimal detail to highlight the bird’s form, suggesting brush strokes in a portrait that a muralist might paint. Other times he considers the artistic relationship of the bird to the background and the composition even more important than the avian subject itself.

  • 2020 COLLECTOR'S EDITION: ART SALE FUNDRAISER

    Exhibit Dates: 
    Thursday, Sep. 10 to Saturday, Nov. 7

     

    A WORD ON THE FUNDRAISER:

    Shell SliceThis year, Viewpoint will present its annual Collector’s Edition: Exhibit & Auction as an Art Sale Fundraiser both online and in-gallery. As many of our supporters know, this fundraiser is important to Viewpoint as it assists us with end-of-year expenses. Money raised during the exhibit will help us continue to pay rent and keep our current programming moving forward into 2021. We hope you will take a moment to review the Art Sale procedures (click READ MORE below), and participate by purchasing an image from the comfort of your home.

    The 45 images in the exhibit include a beautifully curated selection from Viewpoint Portfolio Artists as well as a dozen "masters" prints or collector images. Pricing varies widely so there is something for everyone.

    Please consider participating in this year's Art Sale Fundraiser to help Viewpoint and to introduce some beautiful new art into your living space.

    Image Credit:  Gay Kent © Shell Slice

    Special THANK YOU to all the Portfolio Artists who donated a print to the sale--we couldn't do it without you! 

     

  • Franka Gabler: With Open Senses

    Exhibit Dates: 
    Thursday, Sep. 10 to Saturday, Nov. 7

     

    "Bridal Veil Mist" by Franka GablerFranka M. Gabler has been drawing her inspiration from subtle, moody, often intimate landscapes – compositions somewhere between detail/abstract and the wider view, beyond a mere record of a particular location. Such compositions allow for extracting unique scenes from otherwise well-known places, and often stimulate a viewer to think further.

    The light and atmosphere in her photographs create sentimental and ethereal feeling. Photographing in misty and foggy conditions allows for making interesting compositions and interpretations by concealing distracting elements and revealing the essence.

  • Domenico Foschi: Tarnished Promises

    Exhibit Dates: 
    Thursday, Aug. 6 to Saturday, Sep. 5

     

    Domenico Foschi’s images in Tarnished Promises reflect both combined intent and chance. Foschi started Tarnished Promises as a need to express emotions that were tied to his childhood, a time in life when possibilities are infinite, and the world is an exciting playground full of promise. Once trauma entered Foschi’s young life, however, his outlook on the world became stained. Modern science informs us that trauma physically changes pathways in the brain with lasting consequences that can reshape perspective. Foschi’s images reveal what happens as the promise of a wondrous and rich life is tarnished. He wanted Tarnished Promises to be uncomplicated in form and content, as if a child had clicked the shutter of the camera. Simple compositions that give the objects photographed a kind of personification and/or anthropomorphism became an important component in the execution of his project. It was through an accident in the darkroom that Foschi discovered a way to convey feelings that he could not have expressed in any other way. In one of his darkroom sessions, while working on another project, he spilled potassium ferricyanide on one of his toned prints. Foschi was amazed to see how it changed the grays to reddish and rusty hues, displaying some caustic like effects on paper. It was this moment that gave way to the beginning of this project. It was time to tarnish his prints.

  • Bree Lamb: A House, A Home

    Exhibit Dates: 
    Thursday, Aug. 6 to Saturday, Sep. 5

     

    "Trouble in Paradise," by Bree Lamb

    In the series, A House, A Home, Bree Lamb isolates ubiquitous household objects as a way to investigate traditions of domestic American life. Lamb’s observations are rooted in her own personal indulgences, expectations, and questions, as well as how she sees herself existing within this larger system. Lamb is interested in revealing some of the complex layers of this shared cultural vernacular through pairing the familiar with the unexpected and creating anticipation that is never quite resolved. The interventions and commercial style of capture re-contextualize the objects as a way to challenge traditional domesticity, to pose questions about social conventions, expectations and stereotypes, and to highlight consumption and convenience as staples of American popular culture.

  • John Sikita: About Trees

    Exhibit Dates: 
    Thursday, Aug. 6 to Saturday, Sep. 5

     

    “The tree which moves some to tears of joy is in the eyes of others only a green thing that stands in the way. Some see nature all ridicule and deformity, and some scarce see nature at all. But to the eyes of the man of imagination, nature is imagination itself.” Many have tried but, few can put it better than William Blake. John Sikita’s love affair with trees began like most, as a child. There wasn’t a tree not climbed within his neighborhood, and there was always some kind of construction going on high up amongst the branches, leaves, and squirrels. It wasn’t until he got his first look at a Sequoia though, that he really understood that trees are to be celebrated, not conquered. And this is when he first trained his lens on them. John finds that minimalist compositions suit him best giving order to what sometimes, can be construed as utter chaos. “That, coupled with changes in seasons, and or weather can really transform Mother Nature into a work of art,” says John.

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