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Juried show Archives - John Vias

“As It Happened” Exhibition at Gary Francis Fine Art Gallery

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I’m excited to be showing in Alameda for the first time, with a group of other Bay Area photographers, in “As It Happened” at Gary Francis Fine Art Gallery in Alameda. The show runs August 7 through September 7, 2014.

As It Happened Exhibition, Gary Francis Fine Art Gallery, AlamedaI hope to see you at the gallery, at 1419e Park Street, for the opening reception on August 8.

From Gary Comoglio, owner of Gary Francis Fine Art Gallery:

“This group exhibition of Bay Area photographers investigates themes that explore basic and complex images of mundane objects, inner feeling states and personal dialogs with self, the unique forms and shapes created by the interplay between natural elements and man-made structures, and everyday scenes and distinctive portraits of life in the Bay Area. The fine art photographers throw the spotlight on our daily experiences that are often omnipresent, necessary, and overlooked. Through their ongoing exploration, surprising and creative images are made conscious, allowing the artist and viewer to be more connected to the richness of life, experience, and surroundings.

“Artists included: Sam Breach, Susanna Corcoran, Amber Crabbe, Christine Federici, John Fitzsimmons, RW Hawkins, Melvin Hoagland, Josie Iselin, George Kaplan, Tim Losch, Vanessa Marsh, Pernilla Persson, Leo Van Munching, Charity Vargas, John Vias, Brett Walker, Shoshana Zambryski-Stachel.”

Another Show at Collector Art Shop

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I’m flattered and pleased to be included in another Collector group show. Collector is an art shop in Berkeley’s Elmwood neighborhood, on College at Ashby (with a new popup store at the San Francisco airport!). They carry all kinds of gorgeous 2D wall art, prints, cards, jewelry, ceramics, and more. Really nice stuff chosen by really nice people.

Reception: Friday, March 14, 6–8 p.m. Say hello, check out the art, and enjoy the live music and food and drink. Hope to see you there!

The framed work they’ve chosen will be up until March 20. A selection of my matted pieces are available too. It’s a cool store. Go check it out.

Excellent Use of Government Funds

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I must say, Alameda County has extraordinary taste in art. For the second time, my work was chosen from a slew of work submitted.

Already, you can experience a huge 32″×40″ print of Overpass 1 in the county recorder’s office in Oakland. This time around, two pieces, Tracks in Field and Silos, were chosen from among 2,300 pieces submitted for consideration. Hmm, does that make me a one-in-a-thousand artist?

Anyway, thank you, selection panel! And congratulations to the other 31 artists whose work was chosen.

Windowed Wall Selected for “Glimpses in Time” International Exhibit

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Windowed Wall, one of my newest night photographs, was juried into this year’s “Glimpses in Time” exhibit at the Joyce Gordon Gallery. The exhibit opens Friday and runs through July 30. As always, it features dozens of photographs from artists across the US and around the world, so there will be plenty of fantastic photography to see (and, ahem, collect).

I hope to see you at the free reception, which will be this Friday, July 2, 6–9 p.m. Refreshments will be served. The show runs through July.

My work has been juried into all four annual “Glimpses in Time” exhibits. The juror this time around was Linda Connor, professor of photography at the San Francisco Art Institute, where she’s taught since 1969.

“Glimpses in Time” is always a tribute to a late photographer, and this year we’re honoring Imogen Cunningham. She was a peer of Alfred Stieglitz, Edward Weston, Dorothea Lange, and others, and her influence on the art form is still felt today.

The Joyce Gordon Gallery is at 406 14th St. (at Broadway) in Downtown Oakland, steps from the 12th St. BART station. You can catch the exhibit Thursdays and Fridays, 9 a.m.–6 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays, 1–4 p.m.

Wall and Hedge Selected for “Glimpses in Time” Tribute Show

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Wall and Hedge was selected for “Glimpses in Time,” an annual juried photography exhibition, this year in honor of Manuel Alvarez Bravo, at the Joyce Gordon Gallery in Oakland. I’m very pleased to have been included in the show for the third year in a row. Almost 154 entries were submitted from across the US and five foreign countries.

A public reception will be held Friday, July 3, 2009, 5:30 p.m.–9:30 p.m., coinciding with Oakland Art Murmur. The Joyce Gordon Gallery is at 406 14th St., Oakland, just steps from the 12th St. BART station. The show runs through this month.

The juror was Rene de Guzman, senior art curator at the Oakland Museum of California.

Manuel Alvarez Bravo was a Mexican photographer best known for his sometimes dream-like, sometimes political, surrealistic work. I encourage you to learn more about his contributions to the arts. And come see the show!

“Glimpses in Time” Award Winners in New Show

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As you may know, Shiny Door earned a Juror Award in the “Glimpses in Time” exhibit at the Joyce Gordon Gallery in Oakland. Now Joyce is hosting a show to honor the award winners of that show. The award-winning images will be there, plus two additional pieces from each artist. I’ll have two new brand new prints you haven’t seen before. So come on out and check out this show of award-winning artists.

A reception will be held Friday, September 5, 2008, 5:30 p.m.–8:30 p.m., coinciding with Oakland Art Murmur. The show runs through September 29. The Joyce Gordon Gallery is at 406 14th St., Oakland, just steps from the 12th St. BART station.

Shiny Door Wins Award in “Glimpses in Time” Tribute Show

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Shiny Door was awarded a Juror Award and selected for “Glimpses in Time—A Juried Photography Exhibition in Honor of James Van Der Zee” at the Joyce Gordon Gallery in Oakland. I’m thrilled to have been included in the show and to be recognized for “outstanding technical and creative talent”—for the second year in a row! Only 82 pieces were chosen from almost 400 entries submitted from 29 states and nine countries.

A public reception will be held Friday, August 1, 2008, from 5:30 p.m.–8:30 p.m., coinciding with Oakland Art Murmur. The Joyce Gordon Gallery is at 406 14th St., Oakland, just steps from the 12th St. BART station. The show runs through August.

The juror was Stephen Wirtz, owner of the prestigious Stephen Wirtz Gallery in San Francisco. This is the second time Mr. Wirtz has juried my work into a show, and the second time he granted me a Juror Award.

James Van Der Zee was a photographer best known for his work during the Harlem Renaissance, photographing such notables as Marcus Garvey and Bill “Bojangles” Robinson. I encourage you to learn more about his contributions to the arts.

Burned-Out Building Selected for Juried Annual 2008

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Burned-Out Building was selected for this year’s Juried Annual exhibition at Pro Arts Gallery. This is the second consecutive year my work has been included in the Juried Annual, and I’m especially pleased because only 71 pieces were chosen from over 1,000 entries.

The juror was Laura Hoptman, senior curator of the New Museum in New York. Before joining the New Museum, Laura Hoptman has served as curator for contemporary art at the Carnegie Museum of Art, and as assistant curator in the drawing department of New York’s Museum of Modern Art. The New Museum is the only one in New York dedicated solely to the exhibition of contemporary art.

January 31 (Thursday), 6–8 p.m.: A reception will be held on Thursday evening at Pro Arts. Food and drink will be provided. These receptions are fun—come mingle with the artists and other art lovers!

February 16 (Saturday), 1 p.m.: Please join me for a special event at Pro Arts. Many of the us artists represented in the show will speak about our art. This is an ideal opportunity to see the show, meet the artists, and hear how we were inspired to create our work. Questions from the audience are encouraged so bring some!

Large Boat Winch Wins Award in International Photography Show

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Large Boat Winch was awarded a Juror Award in “Glimpses in Time—A Juried Photography Exhibition in Honor of Gordon Parks” at the Joyce Gordon Gallery in Oakland. I’m honored to have been included in the show and to be recognized for “outstanding technical and creative talent.” From among the great many entries submitted from as far away as Australia and South Korea, only 66 pieces were chosen.

A public reception will be held Friday, August 3, 2007, 4–8:30 p.m., coinciding with Oakland Art Murmur. The Joyce Gordon Gallery is at 406 14th St., Oakland, CA 94612. The exhibition lasts through August.

The juror was Stephen Wirtz, owner of the prestigious Stephen Wirtz Gallery in San Francisco. This is the second time Large Boat Winch has been juried into a show. The first time was for Pro Arts’ “New Visions: Introductions 2006.”

Gordon Parks wore many hats—photographer, activist, musician, poet, novelist, film director, and more. If you’re not already familiar with him, I encourage you to learn more about his contributions to the arts and the civil rights movement.