Sacred Festivals of Bhutan and the Three Kingdoms of Myanmar, Cambodia and Laos

In the Step Up Gallery, June 10 – July 4, 2015

The June exhibit in the Step Up gallery presents Sacred Festivals of Bhutan and the Three Kingdoms of Myanmar, Cambodia, and Laos. The exhibit includes images by twelve photographers who joined Northern California photographer and educator Rick Murai on two Viewpoint-sponsored travel workshops to southeast Asia during the past year.

Participants photographed the Sacred Festivals of Bhutan in October, 2014 and the Three Kingdoms of Myanmar, Cambodia and Laos in January, 2015. They enjoyed a fascinating journey documenting the stunning landscape, ancient architecture, and the warm and gracious people of these diverse Asian countries. They had access to diverse subjects in local markets and villages and amid renowned UNESCO World Heritage sites. They were also able to mingle with devotees at monasteries, temples and sacred festivals. This exhibit represents a visual diary of their experiences and discoveries during their journey.

Twelve artists are contributing to this exhibit:  Louise Berry, Peter Berry, John Bridge, Tom Easton, Jim Faria, Don Goldman, Nicolle Goldman, Diane Hovey, Kevin Levesque, Vicki Rich,  Dennis Scott, and Adrienne Sher.


Still Looking After All These Years: Gordon Hutchings

In the Main Gallery, June 10 – July 4, 2015

Gordon Hutchings has been making photographs for “nearly 60 years now.” That is a long time and this exhibit shows that Gordon is indeed “Still Looking After All These Years.” 

In the 1960s when Hutchings began making photographs, all photography was film-based and “wet.”  Gordon continues to process his 8 x 10, 5 x 7, and 4 x 5 sheet films using the Pyro film developer he created and to print his images on traditional silver-gelatin papers. He says he simply prefers the materials and processes with which he is familiar.

Which is not to say that the way Gordon works has remained unchanged over the years. Those of you who have previously seen and appreciated Gordon’s work may notice a difference in these works. Gordon has recently begun changing his printing technique. As he explains his new approach to printing “I used to take days or weeks working and reworking every inch of my prints. Now I take a more impressionistic approach.”

Almost all of the works in this exhibit are from recently made negatives, hand printed on gelatin-silver paper and shown here for the first time.  Expect to be surprised.




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