Exhibits Coming Soon

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.”

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.

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

The Surrealists believed the creativity that comes from deep within a person’s subconscious is more powerful and more authentic than any product of conscious thought.  They sought a revolution against the constraints of the rational mind.

Lorraine Castillo relies on her intuition when she makes a photograph.  She feels “this ultimately results in images that are a mirrored reflection of my emotions. My subconscious is my compass, seeing for me.” Her series, No Butterflies was created while she was caring for a loved one battling alcoholism. She describes the series as follows: ”Darkness is the uncertain place we all go before light seeps in, and before butterflies can fly.”

Jing Zhou: Visual Meditations

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

Born in Chongqing, China, Jing Zhou is an interdisciplinary artist, designer, and Associate Professor in New Jersey, USA. Her award winning work, from digital print to animation, from visual design to interactive project, has been widely shown and collected internationally.

As a Chinese woman artist living in the Western world, Jing Zhou is aware of art, literature, philosophy, and mythology from both cultures. Her understanding of Chinese philosophies has shaped her thinking and conduct. The prudent and contrary-minded Taoist beliefs, the attached-to-the-earth reality of Confucianism, and the sudden enlightenment and intuitive insights of Zen are the foundation of her life. On the other hand, Western culture has inspired her and opened new ways of thinking.
Developing a personal visual language that expresses universal ideas, she creates artworks for the stories and aesthetics of each image, and for making visible those concepts which reflect her personal experiences. She wants her viewers to look at her images through magical windows into deep secondary spaces.

She describes her work as “Inspired by nature and multiple cultures, my artwork explores our common humanity, diverse society, and my inner voyage. Creating artwork required me to realize my nature, re-study my culture, and adapt new thinking, which resulted in a new perspective on life. It has also challenged me to constantly solve visual problems, learn new techniques, and explore the splendid human heritage. My images form a visual communication that interacts in several collective dialogues. These dialogues are between eternity and transience, oneness and variety, existence and emptiness”.

Ten Eyes – Independent Expressions

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

Ten Eyes is a group of Sacramento women photographers who began meeting monthly in 1983 to show new work and to critique each other’s work with the goal to grow as photographic artists. Originally five in number (hence the name Ten Eyes) the group has grown to include more women who share a passion for creating photographic art. Informal in nature, the monthly meetings are also opportunities to share information and experiences on all matters photographic. A passion for and committed support of the art of photography are the underlying elements that bind the group together.

The members of the group strongly support each other’s creative explorations and individual artistic development. The group celebrates the women of Ten Eyes’ distinct styles and approaches to photography. While some work in black and white and in color, hand coloring and alternative processes are also mediums of choice. All have incorporated digital processes into their workflow. 

Ten Eyes – Independent Expressions is a collection of small portfolios of new work from each member. While the images shown in this exhibit illustrate the group’s individual interests and styles, independence of expression is the group’s underlying common theme. 

The women of Ten Eyes are: Liz Welsh Abad  •  Roberta Bailey  •  Karen Connell  •  Anita Frimkess Fein  •  Dolores Frank  •  Francine Moskovitz  •  Judy Yemma

 

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: June 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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