South Santiam Hall Gallery

Low Tide Landscapes: Willamette Valley PhotoArts Guild

Rich BergemanSeal Rock By Rich Bergeman

Eighteen photographers use a wide variety of photographic styles and techniques to explore the hidden terrain that is exposed along the Oregon Coast during low tides, particularly during extreme minus tides that occur in the spring and early summer. Some of 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.

Formed in 1985, The PhotoArts Guild is one of the oldest continuing fine art photography groups in the state. It is an affiliated guild with The Arts Center in Corvallis and currently has a membership of about 50. The guild's purpose is to promote and support the appreciation of fine art photography within the community, and to provide members with an educational and social environment in which to learn from each other.

Exhibiting photographers include Corvallis residents Rich Bergeman, Mike Bergen, Shelley Curtis, Allan Doerksen, Bill Laing, Dave McIntire, Mark Meyer, John Morris, John Ritchie, Kat Sloma, Craig Hanson and Jack Larson; plus Albany residents Bob Ross, Dan Wise and Kurt Norlin; as well as Phil Coleman of Philomath, Denise Ross of Newport, and Herman Krieger of Eugene.

Coos Tidal FlatCoos Tidal Flat by Bob Ross

A reception will be held in the SSH Gallery Wednesday, May 24th from 12 to 1 p.m with the Willamette Valley PhotoArts Guild in attendance and speaking. The reception is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be provided.


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