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Bergeman photo wins Director's Choice in Washington exhibition
By: John Ritchie  on: Thu 09 of March, 2017 19:37 PST  (66 Reads)
Rich Bergeman's pinhole photograph "Stranded No. 1," (left) was awarded the Director's Choice award in the 40th National Photography Exhibition at the Larson Gallery in Yakima Washington. The exhibit, juried by Julia Dolan,the Minor White Curator of Photography at Portland Art Museum, will feature 69 works by 48 artists from around the country.
The exhibition begins Thursday, March 9th and will be on display until April 15th with an opening reception March 9th from 5-7 PM.

Larson Gallery (external link)
Yakima Valley College
1015 S. 16th Ave
(16th & Nob Hill Blvd)
Yakima, Washington
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Herman pic in High Desert Museum's 'Legendary Landscapes'
By: Rich Bergeman  on: Tue 14 of Feb., 2017 17:24 PST  (152 Reads)
Herman Krieger's "Winter Ridge" photograph is part of a new exhibit of "Legendary Landscapes" at the High Desert Museum in Bend. The show features views of the High Desert and Great Basin, along with the stories behind how these places got their names. "We selected entries by curatorial review based on several factors including the quality of the photography and the story behind the given name," says the show's curator. "Together, the selections reflect the diversity of landscapes in the High Desert region. It is our hope that 'Legendary Landscapes' will inspire visitors to explore more of the region and delve deeper into its natural and cultural history."

Herman's photograph, "Summer Storm Over Winter Ridge," was taken from the vicinity of Summer Lake toward Winter Ridge in Central Oregon. Both Summer Lake and Winter Ridge, which rises 3,000 feet above the dry lake bed's western side, were named by Capt. John C. Fremont, who explored this area in 1843 on a mapping expedition. Approaching the rim of the escarpment, which you can see in the distance of Herman's photo, Fremont was struck by the “sudden and violent contrast” between the snow-covered ridge where they stood, “stiffening in a cold north wind,” and the “glow of the sun in the valley below.”

The photo is part of Herman's series, "The Big Country: Panorama of Southeastern Oregon," which you can see on his website (external link): www.efn.org/~hkrieger/panorama.htm.

"Legendary Landscapes" runs through Sept. 30.
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Phil and John in S.F. night show
By: Rich Bergeman  on: Sat 11 of Feb., 2017 00:09 PST  (176 Reads)
Two of our own, John Ritchie and Phil Coleman, currently have photographs on exhibit in the foggy city by the bay. They are part of "Nocturnes & Noir," an exhibit juried by noted photographers Michael Kenna and Helen Garber at the Harvey Milk Photo Center in San Francisco. They are two of 32 artists with work in the show, out of 70 artists from around the country who submitted. Quite and honor.

The show strives to combine two styles of night photography--the peace, serenity and romanticism of the nocturne, and the darkness and edginess of the noir. For a more developed description of this theme, click the 'more' button below and you can read what the jurors had in mind (and you can decide for yourself which school John's and Phil's images fall into.)

The exhibit runs through April 2 at the Harvey Milk Photo Center, 50 Scott Street, San Francisco. There is an opening reception Saturday February 11th from 5:30 to 8pm. Here's a link to the exhibit page (external link):


'Dispossessed' by John (at left); and 'On a Mission' by Phil
Walt shows color landscapes in Eugene
By: Rich Bergeman  on: Sun 15 of Jan., 2017 11:46 PST  (184 Reads)
Walt O'Brien, one of the PAG's Eugene members and owner of O'Brien Photo Imaging, has a big show at the UofO Law School titled “Natural Landscapes of the American West,” featuring 36 color photographs of natural scenic areas in Oregon, California, Utah, New Mexico and Arizona. The show will be on display through July 7 this summer in the 2nd floor Atrium Gallery of the Knight Law Center, located at 1515 Agate St., Eugene (across from the track stadium). The gallery space is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.

A public reception with refreshments will take place on Friday, March 3, 2017 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. 

“Natural Landscapes of the American West” showcases both film and digitally captured photographs.  Most are printed using archival pigments while others are original darkroom prints. This is the first exhibition of Walt's collected color work. by O’Brien. “Creative color work is difficult in that results are often too close to reality," Walt said. "The challenge is to include feeling about the scene that translates to an internal response in the viewer.”  As far as Dominick Vetri, professor emeritus and curator of art for the School of Law, is concerned, Walt has met the challenge with this show. “Walt O’Brien’s enchanting scenes of the dramatic landscapes of the American West are tremendously evocative. We are excited to bring these stunning images of the West’s canyons, mountains, streams, lakes, and ocean views to Oregon Law while showcasing the talent of a local photographer,” he said. To view Walt’s Website go to  http://www.waltobrien.com


"Magic Tree, Canyon de Chelly" and "Sand Fences, Waldport" by Walt O'Brien
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Newport Marine Heritage Center hosts show by PAG photographers
By: Rich Bergeman  on: Sun 18 of Sept., 2016 22:13 PDT  (479 Reads)
“Low Tide Landscapes," an exhibit by nine members of the Willamette Valley PhotoArts Guild, will be on view at the Newport Maritime Heritage Center through April 2, 2017. The show features three to four prints each by Rich Bergeman, Dave McIntire, John Ritchie, Craig Hanson, Kat Sloma, Kurt Norlin, Bill Laing, Jack Larson, and Phil Coleman. (shown clockwise, from top left)

The photographs explore the hidden landscape between land and sea that is exposed during minus tides, and are done in a wide variety of photographic media, including pinhole, iPhone, and infrared, as well as straight and manipulated digital photography. According to the artists' exhibit statement: “We are a group of photographers who like to play on the exposed beaches, headlands and bays along the Oregon Coast during low tides, particularly during extreme minus tides. Like most photographers, we’re always looking for new things to see in the world around us and new ways to see them. One place that never disappoints is the coast at very low tides. When the sea recedes far enough it unfolds a strange new terrain to explore, an alien land that lies hidden under the waves and out of sight most of the time. Sweeping views of sand and surfline stretch out between sea stacks and beyond grassy dunes. Uprooted sea palms and kelp lie stranded on the beaches. Curious miniature landscapes emerge within the tidepools and along basalt ledges. It’s a combination of seascape and landscape, and a photographer’s dreamland.”

The Newport Maritime Heritage Center is located at 333 SE Bay Blvd and is open Thursday through Sunday, 11am to 4pm. Info at oregoncoasthistory.org/museums-exhibits/maritime-center (external link).

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How to Comment on Other Member's Galleries
By: Bill Laing  on: Fri 13 of March, 2015 17:17 PDT  (3948 Reads)
Most members welcome feedback on the images they post in their personal PAG galleries. Click on "Read More" below to learn how to leave a comment.
About the PhotoArts Guild
By: Rich Bergeman  on: Sat 17 of July, 2010 10:00 PDT  (11640 Reads)
The PhotoArts Guild was born back in 1985 when five local photographers gathered at a local restaurant to critique photographs, share information and encourage each other's growth as image makers. It soon grew to about 20 members, and in 1988 the group became an affiliated guild with the Corvallis Art Center. Currently about 40-50 photographers belong to the PAG. Meetings are held monthly on the third Thursday of every month (except August and December) at 7pm in the OSU Center for the Humanities on 8th and Jefferson. For information on the PAG's goals, membership and history, click 'more'
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