Two exhibitions kick off the fall season at the Palos Verdes Art Center, 5504 W. Crestridge Rd., Rancho Palos Verdes.
Opening with a reception from 5 – 8 p.m. Friday, October 9, 2009 are Off the Wall and Photography. Both run through Sunday, November 1.
After the opening, the galleries will be open from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and 1 – 4 p.m. Sundays. There is no admission charge.
Photography literally means “writing with light.” Typically, this involves a light-tight container (camera) with an image-forming device (lens), a means of allowing a controlled amount of light to enter (shutter) and a way to record the image produced by the lens (film or, more likely today, a digital memory chip).
Curator Phil Lohmann has selected the work of 32 area photographers for this Norris Gallery exhibition. Many of their prints were made with traditional silver-based film and chemically-processed printing paper. Others were created with non-silver chemistry, such as compounds of platinum and palladium paper coatings or hand-applied, iron-based coatings (cyanotypes).
However, the majority were created using the latest digital recording and printing methods. Some images were taken with digital cameras; others were digitized by being scanned electronically from film negatives.
“An important aspect in looking at photographs is to perceive and appreciate the image as it impresses the viewer without regard to the details of how it was created,” said Lohmann. “That is, one should not be pre-occupied with concern as to whether the image was created by chemistry (film) or by electronic means (digital) or by a combination of both.“The photographs should be seen solely for their emotional impact, be it positive or negative.”
Photographers in the show are Don Adkins, Jim Bardos, Paul Blieden, Ellen Cantor, Amy Cantrell, Mark Comon, Susan Einstein, Craig Fucile, Ron Hedstrom, Rich Henke, Judy Herman, Marguerite Hossler, Jerry Kotler, Jim McKinniss, William Mouradian, Joseph Orsillo, Michael Orona, Tashia Peterman, Andrew Reynoso, Peter Rose, Melanie Shatto, Beth Shibata, John A. Stewart, Mark Tanner, Roger Thering, Earl Veits, Jana Wallace, Jack Waltman, Joyce Weiss, Walt Wenzel, John Wessel and Bob Young.
In the Beckstrand and Walker Galleries, Off the Wall, an annual Palos Verdes Art Center Exhibitions Committee fundraiser, features the art that the artists themselves choose to show, unmediated by a juror or curator. For a nominal fee, artists have rented wall or pedestal space in the Art Center’s galleries. Any art in good taste was accepted, resulting in an eclectic mélange of mostly excellent work in all mediums and styles.
The Palos Verdes Art Center, a non-profit community organization, has provided the South Bay with visual arts exhibition, education and outreach programs since 1931.
For more information about these exhibitions visit the art center at
5504 W. Crestridge Road
Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275-4998
Phone: (310) 541-2479
Fax: (310) 541-9520
By Jim McKinniss