Past Exhibits

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  • Gail Parris and Raven Victoria Erebus: Avian Studies

    Exhibit Dates: 
    Wednesday, Mar. 5 to Friday, Apr. 4
    Artist Reception: 
    Friday, Mar. 7 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm
    2nd Saturday Opening: 
    Saturday, Mar. 8 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm

    In its main gallery for March, Viewpoint Photographic Art Center presents the art of Raven Victoria Erebus and Gail Parris in an exhibition titled Avian Studies. While all of prints in the exhibit begin with photographs of birds, both artists employ sophisticated image-processing and printing techniques to create pictures with an intent much different from the description that is the dominate feature of “straight” photography.

    “Beauty is all around us,” avers Raven Victoria Erebus; “it’s ordinary and stunning, secretive and fleeting, cold and struggling, singing down the sun.” In The Language of Birds, Erebus demonstrates the depth of her commitment to that beauty.

    In The Artistry of Birds, Gail Parris emulates the look and feel of Japanese and other woodblock prints, attempting to capture the "spirit" of the bird in a way similar to Inuit stone prints. She photographs the birds against simple backgrounds, or uses various techniques to deemphasize the backgrounds when digitally processing the images.

  • Bhutan 2013

    Exhibit Dates: 
    Wednesday, Mar. 5 to Friday, Apr. 4
    Artist Reception: 
    Friday, Mar. 7 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm
    2nd Saturday Opening: 
    Saturday, Mar. 8 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm

    In September 2013, eminent Northern California photographer and educator Rick Murai led a Viewpoint-sponsored photography workshop in the Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan. Participants in the Sacred Festivals of Bhutan workshop enjoyed a fascinating twelve-day adventure documenting the stunning landscape, ancient architecture, and warm and gracious people of what many consider to be the Last Shangri-La. From photographing the daily activities in the cities and villages around Paro, Thumphu, and Bumthang, to mingling with the attendees at two colorful sacred festivals, the workshop provided a totally immersive experience with ample opportunity for discovery, image sharing, and introspection. This exhibit presents a selection of images created during the workshop.

  • Max Whittaker: In the Shadow of the Sun and Jim Klein: Wheatland Snapshots

    Exhibit Dates: 
    Wednesday, Feb. 5 to Saturday, Mar. 1
    Artist Reception: 
    Friday, Feb. 7 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm
    2nd Saturday Opening: 
    Saturday, Feb. 8 5:30 pm to 9:00 pm

    In February, the Viewpoint’s main gallery features two photographers who seek to bring attention to parts of California that are generally overshadowed by the state’s urban culture, technology and entertainment industries, and spectacular geography. Both challenge us to look at and think about aspects of our society that we might know or care little about.

    Photojournalist Max Whittaker's project In the Shadow of the Sun is a rebuttal to the typical representation of California as a land of wealth and beauty.” California “isn’t just Hollywood and Silicon Valley, Yosemite and Napa,” Max asserts. “It’s also the state with the highest rate of poverty in the nation.”

    Jim Klein's project Wheatland Snapshots is inspired by Eugène Atget’s lifelong documentation of Paris, as well as by the work of later photographic documentarians such as Walker Evans, Robert Frank, and Stephen Shore. As his subject he chose Wheatland, a small town between Lincoln and Marysville. “I roamed the town with my camera,” he says, “in an attempt to capture its unique nature, spirit, and culture,” to “make a pictorial statement about the town and its people.”

  • Gary Wagner: Sierra Mountain Wilderness

    Exhibit Dates: 
    Wednesday, Feb. 5 to Saturday, Mar. 1
    Artist Reception: 
    Friday, Feb. 7 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm
    2nd Saturday Opening: 
    Saturday, Feb. 8 5:30 pm to 9:00 pm

    Gary Wagner's exhibit, Sierra Mountain Wilderness is in the Step Up Gallery during February. “Wilderness, nature, and the world around me is the studio I use for my photographic work,” says Wagner. “I find freedom and inspiration to create my interpretations of the natural elements and scenic vistas that come to my view at these locations.”

    “The wilderness landscape is an exciting and challenging environment to work in, for it is constantly changing with the light of the day and the changing seasons. On many occasions I have revisited my favorite locations repeatedly throughout the year and found them to be completely different ... the leaves on the trees, the depth of water in the streams, or the light striking the rocks. This environment and the many faces it reveals bring me endless excitement for creating my art.”

  • Robert Mackler: Urban Art, Extractions; James Canning: Exploring Visual Mystery

    Exhibit Dates: 
    Wednesday, Jan. 8 to Saturday, Feb. 1
    Artist Reception: 
    Friday, Jan. 10 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm
    2nd Saturday Opening: 
    Saturday, Jan. 11 5:30 pm to 9:00 pm

    In January, Viewpoint’s main gallery features Robert Mackler and James Canning, two artists who use contemporary photographic tools and techniques to create striking abstract images.

    Over the past forty years, Robert Mackler’s photographic activities have been divided between scientifically-oriented botanical studies and fine art images. Most of the latter would be classified as abstract, though Mackler prefers Ansel Adams' term "extractions" because the images are small, carefully isolated portions of the visual environment. “The aleatory nature of discovering beautiful images in an urban setting is very exciting,” Mackler states. “What formerly seemed irritating and unnecessary blight now generates fascination.”

    A visual artist who has worked in many media, James Canning has always enjoyed photography and began creatively modifying his photographs long before Photoshop was invented. He discovered early on that patterns within nature are not only beautiful by themselves, but suggest structures and shapes that evoke other worlds as well. “Nature is filled with patterns we recognize and many that we don't,” Canning says. “Sometimes we seek patterns that may not be there; often we fail to see those that are, and we certainly see them where there aren't any!”

  • Bobbi Mercouri: Seeing Past Your Brain’s Filters

    Exhibit Dates: 
    Wednesday, Jan. 8 to Saturday, Feb. 1
    Artist Reception: 
    Friday, Jan. 10 5:30 pm to 9:00 pm
    2nd Saturday Opening: 
    Saturday, Jan. 11 5:30 pm to 9:00 pm

    Viewpoint Photographic Art Center is pleased to present the exhibit Seeing Past Your Brain’s Filters by Bobbi Mercouri in its Step Up Gallery in January.

    Bobbi Mercouri seeks to make photographs that transcend the medium’s ability to record a realistic interpretation of a scene. Mindful of scientific studies of perception and how the human brain filters visual information, she crafts images to communicate her feelings about what she photographs. “There’s magic in the light,” she says, “and magic in the details.” By finding and featuring the magic, she hopes “to enable the viewer to see past the brain’s filters and experience her personal creative vision, the emotional content of each piece.”

  • Twelve: Natural Magic

    Exhibit Dates: 
    Wednesday, Dec. 11 to Saturday, Jan. 4
    Artist Reception: 
    Friday, Dec. 13 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm
    2nd Saturday Opening: 
    Saturday, Dec. 14 5:30 pm to 9:00 pm

    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.

  • Twelve: Natural Magic

    Exhibit Dates: 
    Wednesday, Dec. 11 to Saturday, Jan. 4
    Artist Reception: 
    Friday, Dec. 13 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm
    2nd Saturday Opening: 
    Saturday, Dec. 14 5:30 pm to 9:00 pm

    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.

  • The Order of Things

    Exhibit Dates: 
    Wednesday, Nov. 6 to Saturday, Dec. 7
    Artist Reception: 
    Friday, Nov. 8 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm
    2nd Saturday Opening: 
    Saturday, Nov. 9 5:30 pm to 9:00 pm

    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?”

  • Wider Circles

    Exhibit Dates: 
    Wednesday, Nov. 6 to Saturday, Dec. 7
    Artist Reception: 
    Friday, Nov. 8 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm
    2nd Saturday Opening: 
    Saturday, Nov. 9 5:30 pm to 9:00 pm

    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.

  • Stu Levy: Grid-Portraits

    Exhibit Dates: 
    Tuesday, Oct. 8 to Friday, Nov. 1
    Artist Reception: 
    Friday, Oct. 11 4:30 pm to 7:30 pm
    2nd Saturday Opening: 
    Saturday, Oct. 12 4:30 pm to 8:00 pm

    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.”

  • Garrett Cotham: On Trail

    Exhibit Dates: 
    Tuesday, Oct. 8 to Friday, Nov. 1
    Artist Reception: 
    Friday, Oct. 11 4:30 pm to 7:30 pm
    2nd Saturday Opening: 
    Saturday, Oct. 12 4:30 pm to 8:00 pm

    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.”

  • Gary Cawood: Excavation

    Exhibit Dates: 
    Tuesday, Sep. 10 to Friday, Oct. 4
    Artist Reception: 
    Friday, Sep. 13 4:30 pm to 7:30 pm
    2nd Saturday Opening: 
    Saturday, Sep. 14 4:30 pm to 8:00 pm

    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.”

  • Moods of Venice—Photographs by Robert Hubbell

    Exhibit Dates: 
    Tuesday, Sep. 10 to Friday, Oct. 4
    Artist Reception: 
    Friday, Sep. 13 4:30 pm to 7:30 pm
    2nd Saturday Opening: 
    Saturday, Sep. 14 4:30 pm to 8:00 pm

    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.”

  • Marking Time: A Journey through Ancient Lands


    Exhibit Dates: 
    Tuesday, Aug. 6 to Friday, Sep. 6
    Artist Reception: 
    Friday, Aug. 9 4:30 pm to 7:30 pm
    2nd Saturday Opening: 
    Saturday, Aug. 10 4:30 pm to 8:00 pm

    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.”

  • Images of Indian Valley—Photographs by Erik Weber

    Exhibit Dates: 
    Tuesday, Aug. 6 to Friday, Sep. 6
    Artist Reception: 
    Friday, Aug. 9 4:30 pm to 7:30 pm
    2nd Saturday Opening: 
    Saturday, Aug. 10 4:30 pm to 8:00 pm

    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.

  • 2013 Viewpoint Members' Exhibit

    Exhibit Dates: 
    Tuesday, Jul. 9 to Friday, Aug. 2
    Artist Reception: 
    Friday, Jul. 12 4:30 pm to 7:30 pm
    2nd Saturday Opening: 
    Saturday, Jul. 13 4:30 pm to 8:00 pm

    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.

     

  • 2013 Viewpoint Members' Exhibit

    Exhibit Dates: 
    Tuesday, Jul. 9 to Friday, Aug. 2
    Artist Reception: 
    Friday, Jul. 12 4:30 pm to 7:30 pm
    2nd Saturday Opening: 
    Saturday, Jul. 13 4:30 pm to 8:00 pm

    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.

     

  • Onsite: Men of Mining—Photographs by László Bencze

    Exhibit Dates: 
    Tuesday, Jun. 4 to Friday, Jul. 5
    Artist Reception: 
    Friday, Jun. 7 4:30 pm to 7:30 pm
    2nd Saturday Opening: 
    Saturday, Jun. 8 4:30 pm to 8:00 pm

    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.

  • Ancient Textures of the Sevier Orogeny: Photographs by Ron Williams

    Exhibit Dates: 
    Tuesday, Jun. 4 to Friday, Jul. 5
    Artist Reception: 
    Friday, Jun. 7 4:30 pm to 7:30 pm
    2nd Saturday Opening: 
    Saturday, Jun. 8 4:30 pm to 8:00 pm

    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.

  • Gene Kennedy: 44 Years of Real Estate Photographs

    Exhibit Dates: 
    Wednesday, Jan. 9 to Saturday, Feb. 2
    Artist Reception: 
    Friday, Jan. 11 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm
    2nd Saturday Opening: 
    Saturday, Jan. 12 5:30 pm to 9:00 pm

    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.”

     

  • Larry Brenden, Dolores Frank and David L. Robertson: A Sense of Place

    Exhibit Dates: 
    Wednesday, May. 6 to Friday, Jun. 5

    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.

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