Rich Bergeman - 09-13-19

Rich Bergeman, The Land Remembers

Aug. 2 Sept. 13, 2019
Opening reception Friday, Aug. 2 from 5-9pm
First Friday Live Reception, Sept. 6 from 5-9pm
Gallery Talk, Saturday, Sept. 7, at 1:30pm (calendar)

Grants Pass Museum of Art
229 SW G Street
Grants Pass, OR 97528
Open Tues-Sat 10am-5pm

Grave Creek
In “The Land Remembers,” Corvallis photographer Rich Bergeman revisits the terrain of Southern Oregon's Rogue River Wars of 1851-56 and retells the story through a series of 35 black-and-white infrared photographs.

Despite being one of the bloodiest and longest-running of Oregon's Indian conflicts, the Rogue River Wars are largely forgotten today. Fighting between local tribes and incoming miners and settlers festered and flared up multiple times between 1851 and 1854 before erupting into all out war involving the U.S. Army in 1855-56. It ended with the forced removal of the Rogue Valley and South Coast tribes to reservations at Siletz and Grand Ronde, in what descendants today memorialize as Oregon's own “Trail of Tears.

Rather than document exact sites from the war years, Bergeman said his goal was “to bring the historic conflict back into our collective consciousness through a reflective study of the landscape that played host to such tragic events over 160 years ago.”

An Oregonian since 1976, Bergeman is a retired instructor of journalism and photography for Linn-Benton Community College in Albany. The 70-year-old photographer has been exhibiting his work at various venues in the Northwest and beyond since the 1980s. Over the past two decades he has focused primarily on portraying forgotten Northwest histories through photographs of what’s been left behind. His photographic portfolios can be seen at, and in book form at

Katharine T. Jacobs 07-17-19

Katharine T. Jacobs, Fixation: New Work about a New Life

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

Wednesday, July 17, 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)

Photographer and fine artist Katharine T. Jacobs will discuss how art making and photography have helped her keep her head above water. After the birth of her daughter, a devastating diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis, and leaving an abusive marriage, her conceptual work has evolved over the past two years. Katharine uses photography as art therapy to communicate her struggles and her humanness. Come and hear the layers of her process and the details of her life.

Earlier this year I participated in an eye study for Multiple Sclerosis research. During a particularly difficult part of the four-hour, tedious testing session, the ophthalmologist complimented me on how efficient I was, stating, , “Wow you are so great at fixating”. This seemingly meaningless compliment had a profound effect on me.

Previously,the term “fixate” had only been used negatively by partners in response to my need for more details. Having spent the last 8 years in an emotionally and verbally abusive relationship, I was often gas lit out of my questions and concerns. “Stop fixating!” on this or that became a common statement in my relationship. I came to believe that I was the problem, that my inquisitive nature and craving for knowledge was and unattractive quality that needed to be stifled. So, I tried to control my urges to pry, and I fixated in silence.

I make large format film portraits that reflect my life experience. Many of my portraits were made in response to my symptoms and struggles living with Multiple Sclerosis. Additionally, images were subconsciously and consciously made throughout the dissolution of my marriage and single motherhood. My portraits are inspired by love and loss, physical and emotional pain, coping with living with a chronic illness and craving intimacy after years of abuse.

My background in Craft influences me to make work with intention. I employ a variety of traditional and alternative photographic techniques to showcase skill while still embracing the element of the handmade. Nearly every element of my practice is derived from concept and enriched with vulnerability. For these reasons my photography and my practice are unique and intimate.

Originally from the rural foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, Katharine T. Jacobs began her education at California College of the Arts in Oakland, California, where she learned to shoot with a large format camera and discovered Polaroid type 55 film. In 2007 she moved to Portland, purchased her own 4×5 camera and started photographing friends, family and countless strangers while attending Oregon College of Art and Craft. Her focus in street photography and large format shooting inspired her journey across the United States and the production of American Strangers, her largest body of work to date.

While living in Portland, she co-founded Jailhouse Studios and actively participated in Lyceum, the photography collective.

Katharine now lives and works in Mokelumne Hill, California, and is a graduate student at San Jose State University.

The Brown Bag Lecture Talk series is a presentation of the Portland Art Museum’s Photography Council and is generously sponsored by Pro Photo Supply.

About the Photography Council

The Portland Art Museum Photography Council offers its members unique opportunities to learn more about the history of photography with Julia Dolan, Ph.D., the Museum’s Minor White Curator of Photography. Council membership dues support the acquisition of photographs for the permanent collection. The members’ annual print share meeting, private tours with Dr. Dolan, an annual art acquisition meeting, and special invitations to lectures by renowned photographers are just some of the benefits of Council membership.

The Portland Art Museum Photography Council’s Brown Lunch Talk series, conceived in 2009 by Past Council President Jim Leisy as a means of introducing the Portland photography community to the wealth of talent and creative energy in our region, has become one of the Council’s most popular public events. Since its inception, the BBLT has offered over sixty monthly presentations by regional and visiting photographer/artists that are free and open to everyone interested in photographic arts and process.

LightBox Photographic Gallery 08-06-19

The Members Summer Showcase

July 13 - August 6, 2019
Artists’ Opening Reception: Saturday, July 13, 5-8pm (calendar)

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

Rachel Wolf, River
LightBox Photographic Gallery hosts the opening and artists’ reception of The Members Summer Showcase on Saturday, July 13, 2019 from 5-8pm. The Members Summer Showcase exhibits work produced by the supporting Members of Lightbox Photographic Gallery. Thirty-nine photographers will be showing work in this exhibit.

Thank You to the LightBox Members contributing work to this exhibit

Mike Demkowicz • Robert DiFranco • Eddie Greenly • George Johnson
Joni Kabana • Peter Karnig • Ann Kendellen • Laura Kurtenbach
Julie Moore • Walt O`Brien • Michael Puff • David Schaerer • Jon Lingel
Kathleen & Terry Thompson • Mickey Anderson • RL Potts • Sam Blair
Eleanor Gorman • Jim Congleton • Roger Dorband • Jim Fitzgerald
Rich Bergeman • Friderike Heuer • Ken Hochfeld • Bob Levine
Donald MacDonald • Jody Miller • Chester Ng • John Ritchie
Denise Ross • Rachel Wolf • David White • Byron Will • June S. Reyla
George Willse • Mark Wiltrakis • Ryan Gillespie • Logan Clark

We thank our LightBox Members for the support and community interest which allows us to continue our mission.

We have opened the walls of the gallery to the members for the Month of July.

Last month LightBox celebrated their 10th Anniversary. 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 The Members Summer Showcase runs from July 13th until August 6th. 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, and visit for more info and to enjoy past, current and upcoming exhibits.

Blue Sky Gallery 07-20-19

Jim Lommasson: Book Talk and Signing
What We Carried: Fragments and Memories from the Cradle of Civilization

Saturday, July 20, 3:00-4:30 PM (calendar)

Blue Sky Gallery
122 NW 8th Avenue
Portland, Oregon 97209 USA
(Free and open to the public)

Jim Lommasson will discuss his new book, What We Carried: Fragments and Memories from the Cradle of Civilization, a collaborative photography and writing storytelling project with Iraqi and Syrian refugees who have fled their homeland because of war.

Jim will read participant’s stories, discuss the making of the book, and sign copies of What We Carried.

Jim began working on his What We Carried project in 2010 while completing his Exit Wounds: Soldiers’ Stories – Life After Iraq and Afghanistan traveling show and book about returning solders from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Lommasson invites Iraqi and Syrian refugees who have fled to the U.S. to write their own personal stories directly on Lommasson’s photographs of objects that they carried with them on their long and complicated journeys to America. The stories speak to much more than the object. The luminous inner life of these ordinary things are a testament to the unspeakable anguish of a life left forever behind. Ordinary objects become sacred objects.

What We Carried has received national and international attention. The traveling What We Carried exhibition is currently on view at The Ellis Island National Immigration Museum through September 2, 2019.
What We Carried: Fragments and Memories from the Cradle of Civilization will be available for purchase at the event.

To see more about What We Carried:

Joseph Meacham - 08-02-19

Joseph Meacham, EFFIGY: Ghosts of Asbury Park

June 29 – August 2, 2019 (calendar)

Camerawork Gallery
301 N. Graham Street, Portland, OR 97227
Located in Lorenzen Conference Center - Legacy Emanuel Medical Center Campus.
9am - 6pm, Monday-Saturday, Sunday, 10am-4pm
Free off street parking available, Stair and elevator access, TriMet Routes 4, 24 and 44
Event is free and open to the public

Rarely seen images of Asbury Park, from the mid-1970s by New Jersey artist and photographer Joseph Meacham, reemerge after more than four decades in his personal archive. ”EFFIGY: Ghosts of Asbury Park” includes 15 images of the collection never shown on the West Coast, and is a personal metaphor embracing a close look at the tough times this shore town saw following the race riots of 1970 and the economic, political and social malaise of 1970’s America.

About his 1970s photographs from Asbury Park Meacham notes, “The place had become a ghost town, but no one told the ghosts. I would return again and again with my old camera to what remained of this sideshow of a city. I felt like the only one eating stale popcorn in the bleachers; watching the actors that couldn’t make eye contact—and I could not look away. I’m happy that today these images stand in stark contrast to the vibrant, creative community Asbury Park has become.”

Joseph Meacham grew up working and photographing in and around Asbury Park. As an adolescent he worked building surfboards in a factory that was also home to Bruce Springsteen and members of his bar band “Steel Mill”. In the 1970s he studied photography with Ray K. Metzger at what’s now the University of the Arts in Philadelphia and later received his MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, MI. Mr. Meacham has exhibited work and lectured throughout the United States and spends time between New York City, Philadelphia and his home in New Jersey.

Nancy Floyd 07-28-19

Nancy Floyd, Weathering Time

July 3–28, 2019
First Wednesday* opening reception: July 3, 6:00–9:00 PM
Artist talk: Saturday, July 27, 3:00 PM (calendar)
*Blue Sky will be closed on Thursday, July 4th

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.

Protest 1984/1998/2016, 2017
"I am interested in the aging female body, the passage of time, and loss. I use photography and video to address the ways in which lens-based media can connect deeply with experience and memory. I wish to make art that delights, while also leaving space for contemplation."

Nancy Floyd has been photographing herself almost daily since 1982, often posing alone but sometimes with family and friends. On days when she doesn’t make an image, she advances the film in her camera by one frame on her monthly roll of film. In its entirety, Weathering Time consists of 2,500+ black-and-white photographs that document the artist’s personal journey from her early adulthood to the present, while also reflecting the cultural, technological, and physical changes affecting others in Floyd’s generation over the past 37 years. She writes, "As time passes, births, deaths, celebrations, and bad days happen. Pets come and go, fashions and hairstyles evolve, typewriters, analog clocks, and telephones with cords disappear; film gives way to digital, and the computer replaces the darkroom."

Nancy Floyd has been an exhibiting artist for over thirty years. She has received numerous grants and awards including a 2016 CUE Art Foundation Fellowship, a 2015 Society for Photographic Education Future Focus Project Support Grant, and a 2014 John Gutmann Photography Fellowship Award. Temple University Press published her first book, She’s Got a Gun, in 2008. Floyd’s work has been exhibited in numerous venues including Solomon Projects, and Flux Projects (Atlanta, GA); the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center; White Columns (New York, NY); and the California Museum of Photography (Riverside, CA). Since 2009, her work has been part of the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art Archive at the Brooklyn Museum in New York. Floyd has exhibited her current project, Weathering Time, at Whitespace Gallery in Atlanta, and the CUE Art Foundation Gallery in New York City. Floyd holds an MFA from the California Institute of the Arts in Valencia, California. She lives in Bend, Oregon.

Barbara Peacock 07-28-19

Barbara Peacock, American Bedroom

July 3–28, 2019
First Wednesday* opening reception: July 3, 6:00–9:00 PM
Artist talk: Wednesday, July 3, 5:00 PM (calendar)
*Blue Sky will be closed on Thursday, July 4th

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.

American Bedroom is a cultural and anthropological study of Americans in their most private and intimate spaces: their bedrooms. In these large-scale environmental portraits, photographer Barbara Peacock captures a range of living conditions and ways of life that make up the current American experience. However, these images are more than photographic documents of a historical moment. As Peacock notes, “These [are] portraits of individuals, couples, and families that reveal the depth of their character and spirit.”

Barbara Peacock is a fine art and commercial photographer based in Portland, Maine. She studied fine arts at Boston University and photography and filmmaking at The School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts. She is a 2017 Getty Editorial Grant Winner for her project American Bedroom. Peacock published her first monograph, Hometown, in 2015, which is a thirty-year photographic study of her small New England hometown.