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“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.

SLATE Gallery’s Autumn Collection: Focus on Photography

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If you are a fan of Oakland Art Murmur or Saturday Stroll, Oakland’s gallery crawls, you already know SLATE contemporary gallery. SLATE focuses on abstract art, and this show collects some of my work along with that of eight other photographers: Roy Berkowitz, Richard Koci Hernandez, Hap Leonard, Christopher Nickel, Silvia Poloto, Diane Rosenblum, Hiroko To, and Elizabeth Williams. Plus, my friend Vicky Mei Chen will show her silkscreen and collage work in the Hall Gallery.

This is a show you will want to see. In fact, why not come to the reception and say hello. And please bring your family and friends!

Reception: Friday, September 6, 5–6 p.m.
Art Murmur: September 6 and October 4, 6–9 p.m.
Third Thursdays: September 19, 6–8 p.m.
Exhibition: August 22–October 5, 2013
Where: SLATE contemporary gallery, 473 25th St., Oakland

Exhibit and Reception at Domain

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My work has been chosen by a trio of Bay Area art consultants for a three-month exhibition at Domain, a luxury apartment building at 1389 Jefferson St. (at 14th St.) in Downtown Oakland. The exhibit runs through January 22, 2012. Join me for a reception on Thursday evening, December 15, 5–8 p.m. There will be food and drink and merriment. Come out and meet other art lovers, and be sure to say hello.

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.

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.

Nocturnes . . . in Berkeley?

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Seven members of The Nocturnes, a collective of night photographers, will be exhibiting our work at The LightRoom in Berkeley.

A reception will be held on Saturday, July 19, 2–6 p.m. The public is invited.

“The eye, by long use comes to see even in the darkest cavern: and there is no subject so obscure but we may discern some glimpse of truth by long poring on it.”

George Berkeley (Irish philosopher, 1685–1753)

Tim Baskerville, photographer, educator, and founder of The Nocturnes night photography group, has gathered together a few of who he calls “the usual suspects” to explore, interpret, and reveal the seldom-seen nocturnal beauty of Berkeley and neighboring East Bay locales in an exhibit titled “Nocturnes . . . in Berkeley?” The work of seven artists will be presented at the LightRoom from July 14 through August 22, 2008.

The gallery and studio is located at 2263 Fifth St., Berkeley. LightRoom hours are 9 a.m.–6 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m.–2 p.m. on Saturdays. For more information, you may call the LightRoom at 510-649-8111.

“Nocturnes . . . in Berkeley?” is a night photography exhibit featuring work by artists living, working, teaching, or photographing (or all of the above) around Berkeley and nearby East Bay communities. It marks a shift in focus for The Nocturnes group (formerly San Francisco-based) to East Bay and North Bay locales. Established in 1991, The Nocturnes collective has for many years focused on presenting night photography that investigated various San Francisco districts and neighborhoods such as Potrero Hill, the Presidio, Fort Mason Center, and the Embarcadero. It is with great pleasure that some of the more active Nocturnes turn their sights (and camera lenses) toward Berkeley and the greater East Bay.

The work of the artists ranges from detailed studies of the industrial West Berkeley neighborhood known as Ocean View by Berkeley photographer John Vias (my Overpass 1 image was chosen to represent the show) to quieter, almost pastoral images done on the UC Berkeley campus by Charity Vargas and Tim Baskerville, and on to waterfront scenes, taken from or looking toward Berkeley, by Mark Jaremko.

The artists participating are Tim Baskerville, Denise Fuson, Sherry Glassman, Mark Jaremko, Joe Reifer, Charity Vargas, and John Vias.

The title of the exhibit comes, of course, from a long-running ad campaign from the late 1960s by the Berkeley Farms Corporation. The tagline ran: “Farms in Berkeley?” to which one hears a cow respond “Moo-o-o-o.” And, as incongruous as it would seem to find farms in present-day Berkeley (although the Ocean View district was once an agricultural area), it should come as no surprise that The Nocturnes have found beauty, mystery, and transformation amid Berkeley’s darkened streets.

Focus on Emerging Photographers at Joyce Gordon Gallery

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The Joyce Gordon Gallery in Oakland is hosting a new exhibition called Insights: Focus on Emerging Photographers. Four 16″×20″ prints of my night photography will be framed and hanging for your perusal through July 18. The other photographers in the show are Traci Bartlow (Oakland), Rameen Gasery (Oakland), Judy Seidel (Berkeley), Melanie Sims (London), Greame Weston (London), Pat Willard (Redwood, Calif.), and Babak Gholamhossein (Oakland).

Come meet me at the opening reception on Friday, June 6, 7–9 p.m., the same night as Oakland Art Murmur.

An artist talk will take place on Sunday, June 8, at 3 p.m. Unfortunately, because I’ll be at my studio that day participating in East Bay Open Studios, I won’t be at the talk.

All events are at the Joyce Gordon Gallery at 406 14th St., Oakland. Exit the 12th St. BART station at 14th St. on Broadway—the gallery is just a few doors down.

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!