Dawn Surratt 06-19-19

Dawn Surratt, Art and Death; The Human Universals

Portland Art Museum Photography Council’s
Brown Bag Lunch Talk Series

Wednesday, June 19th, 2019, Noon - 1pm (calendar)

Portland Art Museum
The Miller Gallery, Mark Building
1219 SW Park Avenue, Portland, OR 97205
503 226 2811
Cost: Free to the public (people are welcome to bring their lunch)

The Juncture
Working as a hospice social worker shaped Dawn Surratt’s worldview, her values, and her visual perspective. Please join her as she speaks about her experience of making art after working with dying people for over 22 years.

Poor Bunny Foo Foo

Dawn Surratt earned a B.A. in Studio Arts from the University of North Carolina in Greensboro and a Bachelor and master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Georgia. Her years of work with dying patients in hospice settings is the backbone of her imagery. Surratt’s photographs, with photo-based book structures, installations, and objects are visual meditations exploring concepts of grief, transition, healing and spirituality.

Her work has been widely shown and is held in private and permanent collections across the United States. She is a 2016 Critical Mass Finalist and a 2018 nominee for the Royal Photography Society’s 100 Heroines.

She is a full-time artist living in rural North Carolina with her husband.

Deb Stoner 07-31-19

Deb Stoner, Still Life Garden Photographs

June 1 through July 31, 2019

On Friday July 12, 2-4pm, Deb will be demonstrating her scanner technique in a drop by session in the Scholar's Study, surrounded by her large scale still life photographs. Entrance is included with admission.
https://lansugarden.org/things-to-do/events/art-demonstration2/ (calendar)

Lan Su Chinese Gardens
239 NW Everett St
Portland, OR 97209
Open every day 10am-7pm

Lan Su Members Free, otherwise entrance fee is $12.95 Adults;
$11.95 Seniors; $9.95 Students; Children five and under are free

And here's a tip: if you live in Clackamas or Washington County, and have a library card, investigate their Cultural Pass program, good for entrance at many places including Lan Su Gardens. (Multnomah County has this program as well, but their summer passes are already used at this point.) Thank you to our fantastic tri-county library system!


Deb Stoner’s work in still life photography involves making complex visual constructs using the flora and small fauna of specific places. She is drawn to imperfections in the natural world and seeks tiny ephemeral events to choreograph in real time. Composed on a flatbed scanner, the work becomes a rich and beautiful visual narrative as Deb examines highly magnified details of natural forms.

Here's what Deb says this exhibit is about:

"Working from flowers from places like Lan Su Garden is such a joy. The lotus blossom photograph came about after I asked about being able to cut a stem to work with. Mandy, the gardener in charge, invited me to Lan Su Garden's greenhouse where there were several still blooming. She said that I’d have to work quickly as the petals on the blossom would fall off soon after being cut. The additional challenge with a flower as large and heavy as the lotus is working against gravity as it lays on the scanner glass while I work. There are no secrets really, just a careful arranging of the beautiful flora, working quickly to capture it before the whole thing falls apart, or more accurately, before it loses turgor and collapses onto the scanner glass. During November during Lan Su's chrysanthemum festival “Mumvember”, I arrived at the greenhouse to see hundreds of chrysanthemums all in pots, arranged by variety, but to me, arranged by color and shape. Overwhelmed, I asked Mandy to cut me a dozen or so small flowers in various stages of bloom that I then took home to photograph. Beautiful! Many thanks to the generosity of Lan Su Garden as they shared their flowers, or as I like to think of them, art materials."

On Friday July 12, 2-4pm, Deb will be demonstrating her scanner technique in a drop by session in the Scholar's Study, surrounded by her large scale still life photographs. Entrance is included with admission.


Deb Stoner holds an MFA in Applied Design from San Diego State University, a BS in Geology from UC Davis, and a decades long teaching career at Oregon College of Art and Craft. Recently she presented lectures on photography to the Yuma Symposium, the Portland Art Museum, the SPE NW Regional Conference; had solo photography shows in 2019, 2017, 2016 and 2015; numerous group shows; work in the permanent public art collections at University of Oregon, OHSU, PCC, and Portland International Airport; is the recipient of grants, an Oregon Arts Fellowship, and a recent residency; and sells work to enthusiastic collectors.

Washington State Photographers 08-31-19

Photo Shoot Fundraiser for Washington State Photographers

Chase The Light!
Presented by Photographic Center Northwest
June 8-9, 2019
Register: www.pcnw.org/chasethelight
A $20 donation covers registration, image submission, one image printed for exhibition, and supports PCNW's programs.

Chase The Light is a weekend of photographic exploration for residents of Washington State June 8-9, 2019. Every single participant who submits will have one photograph selected for inclusion in a pop-up exhibition at PCNW on June 15. We are pleased to share that all of those photographs will also have extended visibility in an outdoor regional showcase in partnership with Friends of Waterfront Seattle and The FENCE beginning in late summer!

PHOTO SHOOT -- JUNE 8-9, 2019
The photo shoot adventures commence on Saturday, June 8 through Sunday June 9. Participants in WA state, with all types of cameras, make photographs within that 48 hour window.

SUBMIT -- JUNE 10, 2019
A panel of industry professionals review submissions and select one image from each participant. All selections will be featured in our online slideshow, printed at PCNW for the exhibition June 15 and included in an extended outdoor regional showcase in partnership with Friends of Waterfront Seattle and The FENCE.

CELEBRATE -- JUNE 15, 2019
A community party on Saturday, June 15 at PCNW celebrates participants and features an exhibition and slideshow of Chase The Light photographs. Make a donation that evening and go home with a unique Chase The Light print.

Beginning in late summer, Chase The Light selected images will be included in an extended outdoor regional showcase in partnership with Friends of Waterfront Seattle and The Fence.

Blue Sky Gallery 06-30-19

Mark Aghatise, Study One

June 6–30, 2019
First Thursday opening reception: June 6, 6:00–9:00 PM
Artist talk: Thursday, June 6, 5:00 PM (calendar)

Blue Sky Gallery
122 NW 8th Avenue
Portland, Oregon 97209 USA
Tuesday - Sunday, 12 - 5 pm
First Thursday 6 - 9 pm
All Blue Sky events and programs are free and open to the public.

What Lies Underneath, 2017
In Study One, Mark Aghatise manipulates photographs to examine “the bifurcation of self that occurs in contemporary urban life.” Upon moving to New York City, Aghatise became distinctly aware of the tendency for people to split into public and private personas, and of their desire, or need, to create and market a perfect outward version of themselves. At the same time, he was grappling with similar questions regarding himself, his body, and his feelings of dysmorphia in relation to it.

Aghatise found an avenue for this self-examination through his work as an editorial photographer. He writes, "Through photographing other black bodies, I began to better understand my own and ultimately how to contort and queer the space it inhabits." Regarding his process with his subjects, he states, “I analyzed during our shoots whether there was a difference in their public self that they would bring to set and the private self that would reveal itself by the end of the session. Noting the differences, I worked to use tactile manipulations of their image to reflect what I perceived in each of them. I wanted to craft a more cohesive image, reflecting the layers.”

Mark Aghatise is a London-born, New York-based artist. His work explores the processes of deconstructing and constructing images of the black male figure. Movement, repetition, and the failure of both are central to his photographic studies and endeavors. His work interrogates our current cultural understanding and relationship to photographs and photography as a medium. Through a design-oriented lens, Aghatise scans, rips, and distorts images to question and stretch our perception of reality within a photograph to make audiences conscious of their perspective and gaze.

Blue Sky Gallery 06-30-19

Gioncarlo Valentine, The Soft Fence

June 6–30, 2019

First Thursday opening reception: June 6, 6:00–9:00 PM
Artist talk: Saturday, June 8, 3:00 PM (calendar)

Blue Sky Gallery
122 NW 8th Avenue
Portland, Oregon 97209 USA
Tuesday - Sunday, 12 - 5 pm
First Thursday 6 - 9 pm
All Blue Sky events and programs are free and open to the public.

Gioncarlo Valentine, Mikey, DZ, and Buff, 2018
“When I hear Black men say they don’t cry, is this genuine? Has hardness forced the tears from them permanently? Are they able?... How many men in our community are flailing beneath the weight of their performances, and what are the real life consequences?”

In The Soft Fence, Gioncarlo Valentine explores what is beyond the wall of performative hypermasculinity within Black culture. Having grown up queer and femme-presenting, Valentine’s work is influenced by his desire to understand the experiences of straight men in his community and the standards of masculinity imposed on them. These photographs are “a series of questions about access, performance, proximity, Black manhood, and Black brotherhood,” in which Valentine asks viewers to question where the performance begins and ends, and what preconceived ideas they may have about his subjects.

Gioncarlo Valentine (b. 1990) is an American documentary/portraiture photographer and writer currently based in New York. Valentine hails from Baltimore City and attended Towson University in Maryland. His work focuses on issues faced by marginalized populations, most often focusing his lens on the experiences of Black/LGBTQIA+ communities. Valentine was named a 2018 En Foco Photography Fellow and was a member of the 2018 class of Skowhegan's School of Painting and Sculpture. He is a contributing photographer for The New York Times and has had his work published in Propublica, The Fader, Essence, THEM, Harpers Bazaar, and Newsweek, among other publications.

Central Gallery 08-03-19

Rachel Wolf, Unconditional

June 4, 2019 - August 3, 2019
Opening Reception: Friday, June 7, 5-8pm (calendar)

Central Gallery
The Chehalem Cultural Center
415 E Sheridan, Newberg, OR 97132
Gallery Hours: Tuesday - Saturday, 9am-6pm

The art of alchemy is the transmutation of matter, a process wherein something is changed from one state to another in order to achieve a higher or more valuable form. My work takes from the alchemists this idea of transmutative elevation, which in my projects is achieved through color and chemical action.

My principal method of working involves directly exposing photographic materials to light and chemicals. These essential matters become the tools, subjects and direct chemical process that create the final image. I choose to return to these irreducible elements, the invisible tools of analogue photography, in order to produce a new, tangible photographic subject. Taking the camera away from photography doesn’t remove the possibility for an image, instead it provides space for proposing images for an un-lensed, visual world.

Rachel Wolf specializes in camera-less photography, alternative/antique processes, and immersive environments through light-based installations. Rachel is an educator and speaker in the field of photography. She has exhibited her work nationally, including New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Cincinnati, Seattle, and Portland. Recently her work was acquired into the City of Portland’s public art collection and she has been the Artist in Residence at Rose Villa in Milwaukee, OR. Rachel is a founding member of FO(u)RT Collective, a multi-disciplinary arts collective that creates/curates exhibitions and events. Originally from Anchorage, Alaska, Rachel earned her BA from Hampshire College and her MFA from Pacific Northwest College of Art. Rachel currently resides in Portland, OR.

LightBox Photographic Gallery 07-10-19

The Plastic Fantastic Show X

June 8 - July 10, 2019
Artists’ Opening Reception: Saturday, June 8, 5-8pm (calendar)

LightBox Photographic Gallery
1045 Marine Dr.
Astoria, OR 97103
(503) 468-0238

Sara Musashi, Two Suns
LightBox Photographic Gallery celebrates its 10th anniversary with the opening and artists’ reception of The Plastic Fantastic Show X on Saturday, June 8, 2019 from 5-8pm.

The Plastic Fantastic Show X exhibits images shot using toy, plastic, pinhole, box or homemade cameras. The show is held every year to celebrate the gallery’s anniversary! This method of photography has gained popularity because of the freedom possible using cameras with less than perfect optics and control resulting in unpredictable and sometimes extraordinarily beautiful results. A large number of photographers from around the world shoot images primarily with these basic cameras, creating unique photos that are captured on film.

Becky Ramotowski of Taos, New Mexico juried the exhibit. Becky is the founder of World Toy Camera Day. She has been a photo enthusiast since the age of six when she was given her first camera, an Imperial Mark XII, to take on a road trip across the southwestern USA. Her “official” interest in toy cameras came in 2002 after seeing quirky photos made with Holgas and Dianas at a photo lab in Texas where she bought her first Holga.

“The very first photo I made with my Holga was one I really liked of a statue of “Nike of Samothrace” in a run-down park in San Antonio, Texas. It was the flawed statue and the run-down park full of weeds and abandonment that lured me in and set the hook for using toy cameras. The photo was vignetted and not quite perfectly focused. Toy cameras communicate a freer sense of photography that feels natural and relaxed at relaying an idea. They aren’t perfect but are addictive and amazing in what they can do in creative hands”.

Congratulations to the photographers accepted into The Plastic Fantastic Show X

C B Adams • Lilyan Aloma • Helene Barrette • Stephanie Bethel
Kerry Bishe • Amelia Bjesse-Puffin • Maureen Bond • Larissa Burke
Ronald Butler • Claudia Cebrian • Elisabeth Dare • Ellen Davis
Christine Eagon • Eddie Erdmann • Joanna Epstein • Liv Ferguson
Brian Franczyk • Alexa Frangos • Bob Gervais • J. M. Golding
Julie Hamel • Karen Hillier • Kerry Jeffrey • George Johnson
Barbara Justice • Elissa Killian • Jocelyn Matthewes • Bill Moy
Sara Musashi • April Rocha • Denise Ross • Paul Sharratt • Steven Taddei
Ian Thompson • Jacqueline Walters • Bonni Wahlquist • Kristin Ware
Michael Weitzman • Patrick Whitaker • Mike Yoder • Yelena Zhavoronkova

This year Sara Musashi from West Hollywood, Ca. received the juror’s top award for the image, “Two Suns”, Bob Gervais of Portland, Or. received the juror’s second award for “Janitzio, Mexico”, and Claudia Cebrian from Miami Fla.. received the Juror’s third award for “Mermaid”.

LightBox opened in Astoria on June 13, 2009 when Chelsea and Michael Granger established the venue to educate in the photographic arts. Having hosted over 125 exhibits since opening, LightBox has become an important Northwest photographic resource, exhibiting national and regional artists’ with exhibits of fine photography, conducting artists’ presentations and workshops, all as part of their goal to provide a center for the promotion of creative and alternative photography on the North Coast of Oregon.

The Plastic Fantastic Show X runs from June 8th until July 10th. LightBox offers memberships as a way of becoming part of the community of supporters that help to further the mission of the gallery. LightBox provides fine art reproduction, restorations, photographic printing, and other photographic services. LightBox is located at 1045 Marine Drive in Astoria, hours are Tuesday - Saturday 11 - 5:30. Contact LightBox at 503-468-0238 or at info@lightbox-photographic.com, and visit lightbox-photographic.com for more info and to enjoy past, current and upcoming exhibits.