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Thu 21 of June, 2018 16:25 PDT
Four PAG members pay homage to trees at Argyle Winery
By: Rich Bergeman  on: Tue 12 of June, 2018 22:19 PDT  (37 Reads)
"Trees of the Northwest," a photo exhibit that includes work by PAGers Lorraine Richey, Rich Bergeman and Walt and Sandi O'Brien, is on view at the Argyle Winery tasting room through July 11. The exhibit was organized by the LightBox Photographic Gallery of Astoria and features work by 30 members of Lightbox and/or the Portland Photographers Forum.

A wine-tasting reception will be held on Sunday June 24 from 2-4pm at the winery, located in downtown Dundee (691 Highway 99W). The reception is open to the public and PAG members are encouraged to attend, taste some bubbly and enjoy the photographs.

Photos by (from left): Lorraine, Walt, Sandi and Rich
June Meeting, Thursday 6/21/18: Photographer Jonny Armstrong
By: Vicky Hollenbeck  on: Mon 04 of June, 2018 23:37 PDT  (71 Reads)

Our next meeting takes place on Thursday, June 21st, 7-9 pm at the OSU Center for Humanities.

This month's program will feature a presentation by Jonny Armstrong, who specializes in wildlife 'portraits' as he calls them.

Jonny is a professor in the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife at OSU, who uses photography as a way to engage the public and communicate science. Armstrong captures intimate portraits of wild animals using homemade camera trap systems and off-camera lighting. He strives to showcase rarely seen animals, such as Pacific fisher, ringtail cat, and mountain lion. Though most of Armstrong's camera trap sets end in failure, since 2011 he has photographed predators ranging from lynx to leopards and his work has been featured by Slate, Outsize Magazine, and Armstrong's favorite photography website, Armstrong will describe his approach to nature photography and share images from his successes and failures.
Jack's Exhibit 'The Healing Gift of Trees' at Timberhill Athletic Club
By: Vicky Hollenbeck  on: Fri 01 of June, 2018 16:19 PDT  (98 Reads)

Jack Larson is showing 12 photographs at Timberhill Athletic Club, 2855 NW 29th St, Corvallis, through the month of June (ending June 30th). The exhibit is titled The Healing Gift of Trees. Jack's artist statement:

People have always gone into the forest for healing and renewal. Now we have scientific evidence for what people have experienced. The forest activates the vagus nerve, which is responsible for inducing calm and regeneration. Spending just one day in a wooded area increases the number of natural killer cells in the blood by almost 40% on average. People in a hospital room which looks out on a garden or trees heal faster than those who look at a wall; plus, they need less pain medication. If you want to know more about this, I recommend that you read , “The Biophilia Effect,” by Clemens Avery. He goes into not only how forests promote greater health, but provide rejuvenation, inspiration, and spiritual sustenance. If you want to understand trees better, read, “The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate — Discoveries from a Secret World,” by Peter Wohlleben. And if you really want to get serious, go to this site,

When I was a pre-schooler back in the late 1930s, I began my life-long journey into forests. It was love at first sight, and that love has intensified over the past almost 80 yrs. My dog and I would venture alone into these magical places. It was in the forest that I felt the most safe, the most whole, and the most alive. And I still feel that way. When I am in a forest, I am at peace and I am filled with wonder, joy, and profound gratitude.

Photography has enabled me to see more deeply. And it has allowed me to express what I feel concretely and artistically. Furthermore, it is a mystical experience for me, which is pure gold for one who is in essence a “nature mystic.” ~Jack

"Wabi Sabi Tree" by Jack Larson

Four Guild members juried into TAC's AOA show
By: Rich Bergeman  on: Thu 31 of May, 2018 17:09 PDT  (100 Reads)
PAGers Kat Sloma, Rich Bergeman, Kurt Norlin and Walt O’Brien are among 32 artists selected for this year’s Around Oregon Annual juried exhibit at The Arts Center. The show opens June 1 and runs through July 13, with a reception and awards presentation schedule for Thursday, June 7, from 5:30 to 7:30pm.

Juror Andries Fourie Fourie selected artworks, that showcase a variety of different media, including about a dozen photographs and photographically derived artwork, along with paintings, installation, sculpture and some media “not so easily categorized,” according to TAC curator Hester Coucke. In his juror’s statement, Fourie wrote: “I am thankful to all the artists who submitted work and gave me the opportunity to see the world through the lens of their temperaments and experience. One of the reasons we value art is that it serves so many purposes.  It can examine the idea of beauty, explore the nature of perception, communicate ideas or emotions, or even evoke pleasure.  Art is a house with a thousand doors.” To read his complete statement, click the ‘read more’ link below.

From left, photos by Kat, Rich, Kurt and Walt
'High Desert Dreams' at the High Desert Museum
By: John Ritchie  on: Wed 09 of May, 2018 06:22 PDT  (152 Reads)
Rich Bergeman's "High Desert Dreams" exhibit is on display at the High Desert Museum in Bend, OR from May to October.

“High Desert Dreams: The Lost Homesteads of the Fort Rock Basin” chronicles a nearly forgotten chapter in Oregon history, when hundreds of pioneers flooded the high desert in the early 1900s, only to abandon their homesteads within a decade, leaving the landscape littered with deserted cabins, idle windmills and hollowed-out towns.

Over the decades since then, nearly all evidence of that era has gradually disappeared. Enough remnants remain into the 21st century, however, to allow the photographer to bring the story back to life through more than 25 black-and-white images of decaying homesteads and vanished town sites.

The exhibit will be on display from May 12 to October 14, 2018. There will be a panel discussion on Thursday, May 17th from 6-7 PM.

High Desert Museum
59800 S. Hwy 97
Bend, OR 97702
Hours: 9am - 5pm daily (external link)

"Burchard Homestead" by Rich Bergeman
Walt and Rich in ArtWorks Northwest
By: Rich Bergeman  on: Wed 02 of May, 2018 14:42 PDT  (186 Reads)
The eighth annual ArtWorks Northwest Exhibit opens May 4 in Roseburg, and it includes photographs by Walt O'Brien and Rich Bergeman. This is a regional juried exhibit of works by artists in all media from throughout the Pacific Northwest. Walt and Rich's photographs are among the 55 pieces selected from more than 600 submissions by juror Andries Fourie, former professor of art at Willamette University and currently Curator of Art at The High Desert Museum in Bend.

The exhibit is on view in the Hallie Brown Ford Gallery at the Umpqua Valley Arts Center, located at 1624 W. Harvard Ave. in Roseburg. An opening reception is scheduled for Friday May 4 from 5 to 7pm.

The show runs through June 29.

from left: "Along Highway 50, Nevada" by Walt; and "Woodland Meadow" by Rich
How to Comment on Other Member's Galleries
By: Bill Laing  on: Fri 13 of March, 2015 17:17 PDT  (5596 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  (13687 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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