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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.

Studio Nocturne Show at Fort Mason Center

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I’m happy to be included again in this year’s Studio Nocturne, an exhibition of work by 10 night photographers, and part of San Francisco Open Studios this weekend.

The show will again be held in Building “A” at Fort Mason Center in San Francisco, where dozens of other artists also will be exhibiting. Hours are 11 a.m.–6 p.m. It’s always a fun show, so come on out, introduce yourself, and show your support for the arts!

“Preview to a Nocturne” Exhibition at Calumet Photo

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This preview show (which I named—clever, huh?) affords you an opportunity to see some of the work that will be on display at Studio Nocturne (Oct. 13/14 at Fort Mason Center, details to follow). Calumet Photographic is at 2001 Bryant St. (at 18th St.), San Francisco. Hours for the show, which is upstairs, are Monday–Friday 8 a.m.–6 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m.–5:30 p.m., through September 29. I was there for the hanging, and there’s some nice work up. It’s worth a look.


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As a preview for East Bay Open Studios, four artists—Sally Landis, Michael Cutlip, Bart Trickel, and I—were selected for an exhibition at Oakland International Airport. If you’re flying in or out of Oakland, look for our work in Terminal 1, through August 17.

Exhibition, Reception at MobiTV

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My work has been selected for a three-month exhibition at MobiTV, a tech company in Emeryville. The exhibition itself is closed to the public, but you can see my work, and that of the other three artists, at the free reception on March 16, 4:30–7:00 p.m. MobiTV is at 6425 Christie Ave., Emeryville, on the fifth floor. It’s right off the Eastshore Freeway (I-80/580) at the Powell exit. (You may want to come before 6:00, when the building’s doors get locked, so you won’t have to wait for someone to let you in).

We’ll enjoy good food, drinks, live music, and spectacular views of San Francisco and the bay. One of the other artists in the show, Zach Pine, will encourage employees to create nature sculptures. And all of the artists will give short talks about their work. Come on out and join the fun!

Winter Dreams Holiday Sale at Transmissions Gallery

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Transmissions Gallery, at 1177 San Pablo Ave. in Berkeley (a bit north of Gilman St.) and convenient to the freeway, is holding its first holiday sale and exhibition, through Christmas Eve.

Be sure to come to the opening reception on Thursday, November 16, 5–9 p.m. There will be fun, refreshments, cool people to talk to, 11 of my prints, and many pieces from other artists, so stop by, have a look, and say hello.

Studio Nocturne at Fort Mason Center

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I’m happy to be included again in this year’s Studio Nocturne, an exhibition of work by 13 night photographers, part of San Francisco Open Studios.

The show will be held in Building “A” at Fort Mason Center in San Francisco this weekend, where many other artists will also be exhibiting. Hours are 11 a.m.–6 p.m. It was a fun show last year and promises to be just as good this year, so come on out, say hello, and show your support for the arts!

Night Photography Exhibition at Embarcadero Center

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Several of my fellow night photographers in the Nocturnes collective are participating in this San Francisco Open Studios preview exhibition. For the fourth time, members of the Nocturnes will be showing our work at Fort Mason Center on weekend three of Open Studios. Our work will be on display through January 28. Details to follow.

Night Photography Exhibition at San Mateo City Hall

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This show collects the work of several of my fellow night photographers.

This is the first I’ve exhibited in the South Bay, so hey, South Bay people, if you haven’t made it up to San Francisco or the East Bay lately, now until September 7 is your chance to see some night photography close to home. San Mateo’s City Hall is at 330 West 20th Ave. and is open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.–5 p.m.