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Insiders View: Portfolio Artists Exhibit & Auction

Exhibit Dates: 
Tuesday, Oct. 10 to Saturday, Nov. 4
Artist Reception (Member Event): 
Friday, Oct. 13 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm
2nd Saturday Opening (General Public): 
Saturday, Oct. 14 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Fundraising Auction: Nov. 4, 6 to 9 p.m.

The annual auction of fine art photography is the centerpiece of Viewpoint’s fundraising efforts, enabling the organization to continue to build its outreach, education and exhibit programs. This year Viewpoint will feature over 50 photographers from its in-gallery portfolio program. Many of our portfolio artists are well-known and highly collectable with images sold in galleries throughout the country. The exhibit and auction will include an extensive selection, which highlights a variety of photographic styles.

The Family of Mannequin

Exhibit Dates: 
Tuesday, Oct. 10 to Saturday, Nov. 4
Artist Reception (Member Event): 
Friday, Oct. 13 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm
2nd Saturday Opening (General Public): 
Saturday, Oct. 14 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm

The Family of Mannequin is a group exhibit by members of “F/8”. These are some of our photographs of mannequins that are current or past residents of Continental Display, a business in Sacramento that sells used furnishings and paraphernalia from department stores and clothing shops that have either closed or replaced their old fixtures. Continental Display has mannequins—lots and lots of mannequins—retired now after years of service, or biding their time between jobs. The mannequins are waiting quietly (at least during the times we have seen them) for repairs and perhaps new homes. However, Continental Display will itself be closing this year, so the fate of the remaining mannequins is at best uncertain. Sadly, the demand for mannequins like these has diminished greatly in recent years.

F/8 is a group of photographers from Davis, Woodland, and Sacramento, formed in 2011. We spend a few quality hours together each month sharing our printed images and critiquing each other’s work, encouraging each other to be better photographers. We are also all members of the Viewpoint Photographic Art Center. The group and its members have participated in many  group, solo, and juried photography exhibits and publications locally, nationally, and overseas.

Current and past F/8 members represented in The Family of Mannequin are: Joseph Finkleman, Rob Floerke, Richard Halliburton, Dennis McCoy, Tim Messick, Anne Miller, Michael Radin, David Robertson, and Rick York.

Ken Meyers: Remembering the Shoah: Images from Dachau, Auschwitz and Birkenau

Exhibit Dates: 
Tuesday, Nov. 7 to Saturday, Dec. 2
Artist Reception (Member Event): 
Friday, Nov. 10 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm
2nd Saturday Opening (General Public): 
Saturday, Nov. 11 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Ken Meyers is a visual person. He says, “Sometimes I find it hard to put words to my feelings.  I suppose that's one of the reasons that I love photography.” As we have all heard the saying “a picture is worth a thousand words”, no place would be truer for Ken than his visits to the concentration camps. Ken made two separate visits over a few years to Dachau, Auschwitz, Birkenau, as well as other places connected with the atrocities of the holocaust, such as Anne Frank's home and Schindler's Factory.

As Ken photographed these places, he was haunted by black and white movies playing in his head - A mother having her children ripped from her arms, the Nazi's assuring those packed like cattle in the train cars that they were being transported to a new ghetto and that everything would be fine, the bodies piled in mass graves or being burned by the thousands.  Ken adds that he is sickened by the experiments of Josef Mengele and that he cried out in pain and sorrow for his fellow man. “How can any human being do this to another?”

These images are his attempt to pass on to you his vision of these dark places.  Ken strongly urges all to pay a visit to the camps, if given the opportunity.  He believes that, “when you do, you will have an indelible mark  placed on your soul for all that lost their lives in those horrid camps.”

Kerby Smith: Imaginary Realism: Photo Quilts

Exhibit Dates: 
Tuesday, Nov. 7 to Saturday, Dec. 2
Artist Reception (Member Event): 
Friday, Nov. 10 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm
2nd Saturday Opening (General Public): 
Saturday, Nov. 11 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Airborne, by Kerby SmithIn the world of pristine photographic prints, some people might consider it a heresy to print images on fabric and then sew on top of the image with thread.  Kerby Smith finds it quite liberating. He has been photographing for over 50 years, and has exhibited in a wide range of venues. For most of that time he printed on paper, matted and framed his photographs under glass. But, he was never comfortable seeing the image behind glass. He prefers the up close and personal relationship the viewer gets with the image when there is no glass barrier between them.

Before archival ink jet printers, Smith experimented with printing black and white photographs on canvas with a silver coating. He developed the canvas using garbage cans of developer, stop bath and fixer. He washed the printed canvas with a garden hose running into a plastic barrel. Then he would stretch the canvas for gallery presentation.

Today, in creating his digital images, he begins with a photographic capture which provides a first look at the scene. Then in his digital darkroom, he explores the possibilities of where the image can take himself and the viewer.  Smith says “I want to take the imagery to a place where it will put a smile on the viewer’s face when he or she interacts with it.  I often move a few degrees off reality to create the view I imagine. Sometimes, it is with an extended palette or color range, other times it is simply a change of viewpoint or scale”.

TWELVE: Balance

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

 

Balance is the theme of the 2017 Twelve exhibit, Viewpoint Gallery’s annual December juried show. In life, balance is the oft sought equilibrium of daily activities from menu planning, exercise, speaker output, tire maintenance, and checkbooks. It is the obviously necessary skill of the tight rope walker, bicyclist, ballet dancer and bowler at the line. As a principle of art and design, balance describes compositional arrangement such as symmetrical, asymmetrical or radial, but in broader understanding, artistic balance indicates the totality of elements working together for meaning and visual impact. Balance itself can be symbolized simply by the placement of the horizon line or by the dramatic tilt of mast and sail against the wind. Balance is in the internal tug of subjects vying for attention within the frame or the quiet push of opposing space or textures. Within the craft of photography balance is tonal range, contrast, and color corrected to match expectation. Yet while balance comforts in its seeming correctness and familiarity, perhaps art is most interesting just at the edge of being out of whack. The principle of balance is open for your photographic interpretation. Any subject and photographic approach is invited for this juried exhibit.

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