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Four guild members selected for TAC's Around Oregon Annual Exhibit
By: Rich Bergeman  on: Mon 29 of May, 2017 10:15 PDT  (3 Reads)
This year's Around Oregon Annual juried exhibit at The Arts Center in Corvallis opens June 2 with work by 40 artists, including four PhotoArts Guild members--Kurt Norlin, Kat Sloma, Rich Bergeman and Herman Krieger. Juror Terri Sund, owner of Imogen Gallery in Astoria, made the selections from over 400 submissions from around the state, and incorporated an unusually large number of photographers for this 15th annual all-media show. Sund explained how she made her selections in her Juror's Statement:

"I went about the selection process by trying to isolate what I felt showed technical skill. It is crucial to me that an artist is confident with their chosen medium, exhibiting a technical proficiency and evidence of control. I also wanted to convey, as a full body of work, imagery and medium that spoke of the great diversity of the state of Oregon. Included are works that speak of place, people and landscape, even medium--there is one piece included, where pigment literally came from the soils of Oregon. It was also a goal to include work that displayed a level of sincerity in communicating with the viewer. As a viewer I look to be engaged by subject matter. The use and choice of medium to convey not just the obvious through beauty of landscape, or narrative qualities of composition, but also providing a hint as to who the maker is. What is important to that individual as the artist, what experiences led them to create the finished piece being presented?"

An opening reception for the exhibit will be held Friday, June 2, from 5:30 – 7:30 pm; Brown Bag artists' talk will be held the following week on Thursday, June 8, from 12 - 1 pm; and a reception for the monthly Corvallis Art Walk will be held the following Thursday, June 15, from 4 – 8 pm. The exhibit runs through July 8.


"Behind the House" by Kurt; "Abandoned Wasp's Nest" by Herman; "Low Tide at Seal Rock" by Rich; and "Inexpressible" by Kat.

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John, Mike and Phil in LaSells Exhibit
By: Rich Bergeman  on: Mon 29 of May, 2017 10:01 PDT  (1 Reads)
PAGers John Ginn, Phil Coleman and Mike Bergen have work in the Fish and Fish Habitat Exhibit in the Giustina Gallery of the LaSells Stewart Center on the OSU campus.  John and Phil are showing photographs, while Mike has a watercolor in the show.

The exhibit runs from Thursday, June 1, 2017 to Sunday, July 2 with a reception on Thursday, June 8, from 6:30pm to 8:30pm.


"Perch" by Mike Bergen, "Fish Day at Osborn" by John Ginn, and "The Sea's Bounty"by Phil Coleman
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Portland Spring Show includes work by two PAGers
By: Rich Bergeman  on: Wed 17 of May, 2017 10:10 PDT  (47 Reads)
The Portland Art Museum's Rental Sales Gallery opens its annual Spring Show this Friday, May 19, with a reception from 5 to 8 p.m. Shelley and Rich have two pieces each in the show, which includes 244 works by member artists. You can see some of the pieces on display at the gallery's blog site here (external link).

The RSG is located behind the Portland Art Museum in the Elliott Tower at 1237 SW 10th.

"Roy's on Route 66, Amboy, California" by Shelley, and "Juniper Post and Approaching Storm, Fort Rock Basin, Oregon" by Rich


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Last Stand for 'Low Tide Landscapes'
By: Rich Bergeman  on: Sat 29 of April, 2017 23:53 PDT  (78 Reads)
The PAG's traveling “Low Tide Landscapes” show makes its last stop at LBCC's South Santiam Hall Gallery in a show that opens May 8. A reception and artists' discussion will be held from 12-1 p.m. on Wednesday May 24 in the gallery.

The exhibit, which explores the hidden terrain that is exposed along the Oregon Central Coast during extreme minus tides, has taken on a life of its own after debuting at the Unitarian Fellowship Hall in the spring of 2015. Since then, variations on the original show--including several new works and additional photographers--were shown in galleries up and down the Coast, including the Lincoln City Cultural Center (May-June, 2016), the Newport Maritime Center (Sept. 2016-April 2017) and the Coos Art Museum in Coos Bay (Dec. 2016-Feb. 2017).

In the final exhibit at LBCC, every photographer who participated in at least one of the earlier shows will be represented--a total of 18. They include Rich Bergeman, Mike Bergen, Phil Coleman, Shelley Curtis, Allan Doerksen, Herman Krieger, Bill Laing, Jack Larson, Dave McIntire, Mark Meyer, John Morris, Kurt Norlin, John Ritchie, Bob Ross, Denise Ross, Kat Sloma and Dan Wise.

The exhibit puts a wide variety of photographic styles and techniques on display. Some of the photographers see grand views through traditional camera lenses; some focus more on detail and texture; others create transcendent and painterly views with unusual techniques, such as aerial, infrared, iPhone, and pinhole cameras.

The show runs through June 2 at the SSH Gallery, which is open from 8am to 5pm weekdays.

"Strange Forest" by Phil Coleman

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Four guild members in LaSells 'Portals'
By: Rich Bergeman  on: Sat 29 of April, 2017 23:41 PDT  (74 Reads)
Jack Larson, Margie Kinch, Mike Bergen and Phil Coleman have several pieces each hanging in the May show at OSU's LaSells Stewart Center at 26th and Western Blvd. The exhibit is organized by the Corvallis Art Guild, of which these PAGers are also members. Jack and Phil are exhibiting photographs, while Margie and Mike are showing their paintings. The show theme is "Portals--Gateways to the World," which encompasses everything from actual openings, like doors and windows, to metaphorical passages to other worlds.

An opening reception is planned for May 9, beginning at 6:30pm. The show runs through May 30, 2017.

From left: "Deep Into Old Growth Forest" by Jack; "Red Parlor" (watercolor) by Margie; "OSU Women's Building" (oil) by Mike; and "Meditators, Tegensburg, Germany" by Phil


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Denise and Walt in Lightbox Photographer Viewing Drawers
By: Rich Bergeman  on: Wed 05 of April, 2017 17:32 PDT  (113 Reads)
Congrats to Walt O'Brien and Denise Ross for landing their portfolios in the drawers at Lightbox Gallery in Astoria, where they will be available for viewing over the next 12 months. In April, their prints will be let out of the drawers for a month-long stint on the walls in the 2nd floor gallery. LightBox uses its eight portfolio drawers to honor the "complete photographer by recognizing those that pursue the art of fine printing." 

Walt's images are from his book: "Early Photography by Walt O'Brien 1960-1969", and the series of 10 prints in the drawers is entitled "Diverse Cultures: Encounters While Growing Up in the Texas Panhandle." Denise's prints are all from handmade film and printed on handmade silver gelatin paper. They are from her extended study of the Yaquina Lighthouse, which she says "began out of need for a convenient location to test handmade film and dry plates.  Over the years, it became much more than a "location" to me.  I fell in love with the moods of the headland, its wildlife, its structures, and the people who visit.  Going deep into one magical place has been reward beyond simply camera and materials."

LightBox Photographic Gallery and Fine Printing, is located at 1045 Marine Drive in Astoria and is open Tuesday - Saturday from 11 am - 5:30 pm. You can see Walt's and Denise's portfolios now through next April. Here's the website: http://lightbox-photographic.com


Photos by Denise Ross and Walt O'Brien
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Phil, Rich and Jeff in Blue Sky NW Photographers Viewing Drawers
By: Rich Bergeman  on: Sat 01 of April, 2017 14:31 PDT  (110 Reads)
Two guild members--Phil Coleman and Rich Bergeman--along with friend-of-the-guild Jeff Hess, have been juried into the 2017-18 Pacific Northwest Photography Viewing Drawers at the Blue Sky Gallery in Portland. The new crop of 60+ drawers photographers will be available for viewing through March 31, 2018.

Blue Sky's Pacific NW Photography Viewing Drawers program features 10 original prints each by more than 60 artists from Alaska, British Columbia, Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Montana. All work is available for sale and for visitors to peruse during open gallery hours, which are 12-5 Tuesday through Saturday. Opened in 1975, Blue Sky Gallery is the largest photographic gallery in the city, as well as one of the oldest cooperative photo galleries in the entire country. The gallery is located at 122 NW 8th Ave. More info at blueskygallery.org.

Phil is showing a portfolio of infrared images, Rich is showing a selection of prints from his "Lost Homesteads" project, and Jeff is showing a group of prints from his water motion work.


From left, photos by Phil Coleman, Jeff Hess and Rich Bergeman


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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  (306 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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Walt shows color landscapes in Eugene
By: Rich Bergeman  on: Sun 15 of Jan., 2017 11:46 PST  (314 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.

“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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How to Comment on Other Member's Galleries
By: Bill Laing  on: Fri 13 of March, 2015 17:17 PDT  (4117 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  (11888 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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