The Josephy Center for Arts and Culture in Joseph, Oregon is honored to present a juried, prized exhibit of the wild landscape photography from Northeast Oregon (including Wallowa, Baker and Union counties) opening reception is Saturday, August 1 at 7 p.m., doors open at 6:30 p.m. The exhibit is the first of its kind in Wallowa County and will have three judges present for the award selection on Saturday. Each of three judges: Kendrick Moholt, David Paul Bayles and Dan Thornton will speak on Friday, July 31 at 7 for our ‘Live and Up Front’ artist lecture series. Both events are free but donations are welcome.
Narrowing the selections from the incredible variety and quality of entries proved to be a daunting task for the three judges: Kendrick Moholt, David Paul Bayles and Dan Thornton. “Originality, artistic quality and technical excellence were the main, but not the sole criteria, used to select the final works for the exhibition. Other factors, such as adherence to submission guidelines and, also contributed to their decision. Moreover, we tried to include a variety of landscapes and artistic styles” commented judge and curator Kendrick Moholt. This year, out of 40 photographers and 170 images, a total of 12 photographers works – 29 images were chosen for the exhibition.
Northeast Oregon has been featured in the “Seven Wonders of Oregon” advertising campaign to enhance Oregon’s tourism and promote beautiful places in Oregon. With this in mind, the Josephy Center would like to celebrate the area. The exhibit also comes at an opportune time to commemorate the 50th year of the Wilderness Act. Northeast Oregon is home to many highly talented photographers who explore the wild landscape of Northeast Oregon. Each photograph will demonstrate the wild landscape of the region, from its river canyons to its bench grass prairies to Eagle Cap Wilderness. Our goal is to capture the diversity and beauty of wild NE Oregon (Wallowa, Baker and Union Counties). Sharing the region through these photographs will allow a person to see the aesthetic quality and artistic skill that’s involved in capturing the area’s beauty in a wide array of geological settings: Hells Canyon National Recreational Area, Wallowa Lake, Zumwalt Prairie, Eagle Cap Wilderness, and the Wallowa Mountains. Three judges have been invited to review all the selected images: Kendrick Moholt of Lostine, Oregon, Daniel Thornton of Seattle, Washington, and David Paul Sayles of Corvallis, Oregon. Prizes will be $750 for first place, $500 for second, $250 for third, and honorable mentions at $100.
This special exhibit is made possible by Ann Werner and the OCF-Werner-Ellithrp Fund.
As a part of the wild landscape theme, the Josephy Center will be hosting three photography classes: a two day workshop on Adobe Lightroom with Dan Thornton – August 3and 4 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. class is $95, Photography with Kendrick Moholt – a one day workshop that covers your DSLR camera, the basics of art photography on Friday, August 7 and a three day workshop, “Refresh and Refine Your Photography” with Karyl Kolb August 14-17 for $125. Call or register online at www.josephy.org.
We will also host two “Brown Bag” discussions regarding the wild landscape on August 11 and 25 at noon. The gallery hours are from 10 to 5:30 Monday through Friday and noon to 4 p.m.on Saturdays.
CALENDER OF EVENTS:
Friday, July 31 at 7 p.m. – Live and Up Front with Photographers: Daniel Thornton, David Paul Bayles and Kendrick Moholt – judges for the Wild Landscape show will discuss their photography and careers.
Saturday, August 1 at 7 p.m. – Opening Reception for the Wild Landscape Exhibit. Judges will announce winners.
Monday & Tuesday August 3 & 4 – Class – Lightroom for Beginners with Daniel Thornton from 5:30-7 p.m. both evenings – $95
Friday, August 7 from 12-5 p.m. – Art Photography Basics with Kendrick Moholt
Tuesday, August 11 at noon – Brown Bag on Wild Landscape
Friday, August 14-Sunday, August 16 – 9-5 p.m. with lunch break – Refresh and Refine your Photography with Karyl Kolb
Tuesday, August 25 at noon – Brown Bag on Wild Landscape.
Exhibit ends September 2
ABOUT THE JUDGES:
David Paul Bayles
David Paul Bayles left Los Angeles in the mid seventies for the Sierra Nevada mountains to work one season as a logger. He fell in love with the physicality, the camaraderie and the dangerous work. One season became four as he worked setting chokers, bumping knots and skinning cat. To this day he struggles to answer how he could love trees and forests even as he loved the work that brought them down. In a larger sense it is not his question alone. We are a culture that consumes and often abuses and destroys Nature in so many ways, even as we profess our love for her.
His personal projects have always been close to home and part of his daily life as a commercial photographer. Urban Forest was created while living and working in southern California. The Falling Forest was created while revisiting an earlier part of his life. And now with Working Forest and Living with Land, he is photographing the landscape that surrounds his home in the Coast Range of Western Oregon.
His photographs are in public and private collections and have been published in numerous magazines; including the collection of the Portland Art Museum. His one monograph to date, Urban Forest – Images of Trees in the Human Landscape was selected by the Christian Science Monitor as one of the seven best photography books of 2003.
Kendrick, a photographer, field zoologist and botanist, has worked for more than thirty years in North America, South America, Antartica, Australia, Europe, Asia and Africa.
Artist statement: All aspects of my life, work or play, reflect the fact that I am first and always a natural historian. My family, wild places and the creatures that live in wild places are the true sources of pleasure in my life. My photographic images reflect a view of the world through the eyes of an untamed natural historian.
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Daniel Thornton is a Emmy™ nominated filmmaker and photographer. Dan’s photo work moves between editorial and fine art. He particularly likes looking at obscure opportunities in natural and urban landscapes. His work has appeared in the Seattle Times, The Seattle Post Intelligencer, Roll Call magazine, Sound on the Sound music magazine, Seismic Sound magazine, PBS, The Scotsman and in galleries around the Pacific Northwest.
cover image by Larry Olson.