Exhibits Coming Soon

Susan Turner: Papua New Guinea: Themes from Village Life

Exhibit Dates: 
Tuesday, May. 9 to Saturday, Jun. 3
Artist Reception (Member Event): 
Friday, May. 12
6:00 pm to 8:30 pm
2nd Saturday Opening (General Public): 
Saturday, May. 13
5:00 pm to 9:00 pm

From the time she was a child, Susan Turner has enjoyed being with people different from her. It thus strikes her as perfectly natural that she spent most of the period from 1982 to 2009 living and photographing in Papua New Guinea, a large, distant country with more than 800 languages. Her personal endeavor during this time was to record, in the most honest and beautiful way she could, the daily and ritual life of this beautiful, diverse, and fascinating place.

Ms. Turner was inspired by participating in the lives the local people—tending gardens, fishing, caring for children, helping to settle disputes, and contributing to bridewealth payments and mortuary feasts. She lived in villages for long periods, returning to some year after year, and was adopted into several cultural groups. This close relationship to the people was always satisfying to her, as well as the only way to photograph as a member of the group, rather than as a casual observer.

Susan says of her experience, “Whatever depth and significance my pictures may have is largely due to the patience and generosity of friends and adopted relatives, who graciously accepted me into their lives.”

Albert Camus said that writers are obligated to speak for those who cannot speak for themselves. Susan believes this is true for all artists, and in particular for the photographers who work among people with few, if any, means of expressing themselves to the outside world.

Student Exhibit: Street Stories

Exhibit Dates: 
Tuesday, May. 9 to Saturday, Jun. 3
Artist Reception (Member Event): 
Friday, May. 12
6:00 pm to 8:30 pm
2nd Saturday Opening (General Public): 
Saturday, May. 13
5:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Street Photography is all about telling a story. “The decisive moment” was a phrase coined by Henri Cartier-Bresson, one of the earliest practitioners of street photography. “The decisive moment” is when everything comes together in a perfect moment, and you hit the shutter. The essence of street photography is about documenting everyday life and society on the streets.

For this year's Student Exhibit, Viewpoint offers a juried exhibit titled Street Stories. The exhibit will run from May 9 to June 3, 2017.  The submission period opens on March 1, 2017 and closes at 5:00 pm on Saturday April 8, 2017. There are no entry fees and students may submit up to 3 images.  Cash awards will be offered for this exhibit: 1st Place: $150, 2nd Place: $100, 3rd Place: $75.

Check out the Call for Entries page and the Prospectus for full details.

Jane Olin: On the Edge of Chance

Exhibit Dates: 
Tuesday, Jun. 6 to Saturday, Jul. 1
Artist Reception (Member Event): 
Friday, Jun. 9
6:00 pm to 8:30 pm
2nd Saturday Opening (General Public): 
Saturday, Jun. 10
5:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Jane Olin’s childhood years were spent in Steilacoom, a tranquil village overlooking Puget Sound in Washington State. Her introduction to photography came in high school where she fell in love with the darkroom experience. To her regret, she did not pursue an arts education and it was many years before she rediscovered her passion for photography. During the interval, she traveled widely for business. Japan, of all countries she visited, had the most profound impact, and its aesthetics and its Zen Buddhism resonated deeply with her.

The cultural emphasis on beauty found in nature, and in simplicity, in the imperfect, the transient, and the values of grace and subtlety suited her own. She maintains a mindfulness practice today, and present moment awareness is imbedded in her photographic process.

Like the Surrealists before her, Olin has a deep respect for the fortunes of chance.  So when a strong impulse to photograph an ordinary scene of dried plants falling against a wall came over her, she followed her intuition. The resulting images became the genesis of her new series On the Edge of Chance.

Jerry Berry: The Chi of Koi and Smoke

Exhibit Dates: 
Tuesday, Jun. 6 to Saturday, Jul. 1
Artist Reception (Member Event): 
Friday, Jun. 9
6:00 pm to 8:30 pm
2nd Saturday Opening (General Public): 
Saturday, Jun. 10
5:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Jerry Berry’s inspiration for these images comes from his interest in Zen, Asian culture, and painting.  Koi have been an inspiration for artists for millennia; especially in the Asian traditions. The beauty of color, form, and movement of these fish bring much joy to the viewer. Berry’s interpretations of Koi have been developed based on his growth as a photographer and artist.  He says that “as photographers we are taught that our camera is the perfect tool to capture the ‘defining moment’ and is unequaled at reproducing finely focused images of sharpness and detail. We subsequently strive to perfect our craft with this in mind.” 

He feels that the story of time and motion could be lost if the photographer freezes an image defining that moment. The spontaneity of movement and life can be lost when it is defined as an instant of time by the fast shutter speed of a camera. By allowing his camera to capture a longer portion of time/life and letting the koi become his brush stroking the canvas of his camera sensor; he blends the strengths of photographic art with those of a painter. Alan Watts in The Way of Zen, best describes Berry’s approach to his subjects as he describes Zen in the following passage: “…for Zen there is no duality, no conflict between the natural element of chance and the human element of control.”

Anna Skacel: Faces of Ethiopia

Exhibit Dates: 
Tuesday, Jun. 6 to Saturday, Jul. 1
Artist Reception (Member Event): 
Friday, Jun. 9
6:00 pm to 8:30 pm
2nd Saturday Opening (General Public): 
Saturday, Jun. 10
5:00 pm to 9:00 pm

What happens to us when we travel?  If we are lucky, we become transformed.  We do this by leaving the comfort of our home and making ourselves available to unfamiliar cultures and amazing new landscapes.  The adventure and the challenge of putting ourselves, however temporary, in another place or way of being, can transform any person who makes themselves available to such opportunities.  It can often invigorate our own way of seeing just how wonderful, precious and often times sad, life can really be.

Anna Skacel writes: “As a photographer, I am interested in expanding my horizons on this level.  There are few things more gratifying than stripping away the expectations of the day and replacing them with the unknown experiences of being immersed in another society’s existence… As a photographer, and fellow human being of planet Earth, I feel that if I can help to open up people’s eyes and minds to the amazing and different things that surround us, then I have managed to do some good in this world.  If I can pique the interest of the viewer as to what is happening in other cultures, and as a result, influence them is seeing the world as one diverse but amazing planet, then I have had a good day!

Members' Exhibit 2017

Exhibit Dates: 
Wednesday, Jul. 5 to Saturday, Aug. 5
Artist Reception (Member Event): 
Friday, Jul. 7
5:30 pm to 9:00 pm
2nd Saturday Opening (General Public): 
Saturday, Jul. 8
5:30 pm to 9:00 pm

Each year Viewpoint Photographic Art Center celebrates the outstanding artistic talents and creativity of its members by hosting an annual member’s exhibit.  All current Viewpoint members are invited to submit one of their photographs for display.  New work that has not been displayed previously at Viewpoint or other galleries is preferred.  Submissions are not limited to a particular theme or form of photography. The exhibit will showcase the members’ wide variety of photographic interests.

Please visit the CALL FOR ENTRIES PAGE to download the Prospectus for full details on how and when to submit your image for this exhibit.

 

Lorraine Castillo: No Butterflies

Exhibit Dates: 
Tuesday, Aug. 8 to Saturday, Sep. 2
Artist Reception (Member Event): 
Friday, Aug. 11
6:00 pm to 8:30 pm
2nd Saturday Opening (General Public): 
Saturday, Aug. 12
5:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Details to come.

Jing Zhou: Ch’an Mind, Zen Mind

Exhibit Dates: 
Tuesday, Aug. 8 to Saturday, Sep. 2
Artist Reception (Member Event): 
Friday, Aug. 11
6:00 pm to 8:30 pm
2nd Saturday Opening (General Public): 
Saturday, Aug. 12
5:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Details to come.

Ten Eyes: 6 Artists

Exhibit Dates: 
Tuesday, Aug. 8 to Saturday, Sep. 2
Artist Reception (Member Event): 
Friday, Aug. 11
6:00 pm to 8:30 pm
2nd Saturday Opening (General Public): 
Saturday, Aug. 12
5:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Details to come.

Picturing the Parkway: Celebrating the American River Parkway in Photographs

Exhibit Dates: 
Tuesday, Sep. 5 to Saturday, Oct. 7
Artist Reception (Member Event): 
Friday, Sep. 8
6:00 pm to 8:30 pm
2nd Saturday Opening (General Public): 
Saturday, Sep. 9
5:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Considered a blueprint for urban parks across the U.S., the 4,900-acre American River Parkway extends along the Lower American River for 23 miles, from Folsom Dam to Discovery Park at the confluence with the Sacramento River. Combining conservation with scenic beauty, abundant wildlife, and a wide range of recreational opportunities, the Parkway hosts more than 5 million visitors annually. The Parkway also provides a wealth of photographic opportunities in all seasons of the year.

The exhibit will be open to all photographers and all photographic techniques. Visit the Call for Entries for this exhibit for details on how to submit (Entry Period: May 1 to July 29, 2017).

Charlotte Gibb: Mother Earth

Exhibit Dates: 
Tuesday, Sep. 5 to Saturday, Oct. 7
Artist Reception (Member Event): 
Friday, Sep. 8
6:00 pm to 8:30 pm
2nd Saturday Opening (General Public): 
Saturday, Sep. 9
5:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Details to come.

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