Blue Sky - 11-3-19

Blue Sky Ahead: Founders
Featuring photography by Ann Hughes, Christopher Rauschenberg,
Craig Hickman, Robert Di Franco, and Terry Toedtemeier

October 3–November 3, 2019
First Thursday opening reception: October 3, 6:00–9:00 PM

Panel discussion moderated by Lois Leveen with
Christopher Rauschenberg, Craig Hickman, Prudence Roberts, and Robert Di Franco: Saturday, October 5, 1:00 PM (calendar)

Blue Sky turns 44 years old in October! To celebrate this considerable legacy, Blue Sky is launching Blue Sky Ahead, a two-part exhibition series.

In October, Blue Sky will dedicate both galleries to the current and past photographic work by founders Ann Hughes, Christopher Rauschenberg, Craig Hickman, Robert Di Franco, and Terry Toedtemeier.

Please join us in November for the second half of the series — Blue Sky Ahead: Futures — which will highlight the future of photography in Oregon as seen through the eyes of six emerging photographers chosen by Blue Sky's founders: Ebenezer Galluzzo, Emma Kisiel, Jamila Clarke, Nolan Streitberger, Sam Wrigglesworth, and Troi Anderson.

Ann Hughes
Ann Hughes was born in 1948 in St. Maries, Idaho, and currently lives in Portland, Oregon, where she graduated from Portland State University with a Bachelor of Science degree. A photographer and graphic designer, Hughes co-founded Blue Sky Gallery in 1975, where she also exhibited numerous times and regularly designed the legendary exhibitions posters during the early years of the gallery. Her photography can be found in private collections and in the Portland Art Museum’s photography collection.

Christopher Rauschenberg
Christopher Rauschenberg received his BA from The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington. His work has been exhibited at the Griffin Museum of Photography, the Chicago Cultural Center, the International Center of Photography in New York, and the George Eastman House in Rochester, NY, among many other major institutions. An exceptionally active leader in the Northwest arts community, he taught at Marylhurst University in Lake Oswego, Oregon for many years and co-founded Nine Gallery and the photography nonprofit Photolucida in Portland, Oregon, in addition to co-founding Blue Sky Gallery in 1975.

Craig Hickman
Craig Hickman grew up in the Northwest, where he became friends with fellow Blue Sky cofounders in high school and beyond. Hickman earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Portland State University and a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Washington, Seattle. He taught photography at The Evergreen State College and later taught art courses focused on the computer as an art medium at the University of Oregon, where he is now Professor Emeritus after 31 years. He is also the creator of Kid Pix, a computer drawing program for children, which he initially developed for his son, Ben.

Robert Di Franco
Robert Di Franco has been a working artist since 1973. He received a Bachelor of Arts from Brown University and a Master of Fine Arts from the University of California, Davis. In 1975 he co-founded Blue Sky Gallery. Di Franco has taught photography at Cincinnati Art Academy, the Pacific Northwest College of Art, Marylhurst University, and The Evergreen State College. His work has been exhibited at numerous venues nationally and internationally and it is housed in the collections of the French National Archives, The Portland Art Museum, The Rainier Bank Photography Collection, Oregon State Capitol Collection, the Seattle Arts Commission, Seattle Art in Public Places Program, The Washington State Arts Commission, the Portland Metropolitan Arts Commission, and the Hallie Ford Museum of Art. In 2015 his photographs were exhibited at the Portland Art Museum in the Blue Sky, The Oregon Center for the Photographic Arts at 40 retrospective exhibition.

Terry Toedtemeier
Lifelong Oregonian Terry Toedtemeier (1947–2008) was a dedicated photographer, photography teacher, and the Portland Art Museum’s first curator of photography. A self-taught photographer who studied geology in college, Toedtemeier began experimenting with the medium during the 1970s, focusing on his friends and colleagues as subjects. By the 1980s he attracted wider critical attention through his landscape images, which were influenced by his deep understanding of both the photography traditions of the American West and the land’s underlying geology. He traveled throughout Oregon, paying particularly close attention to the Columbia River Gorge, the coastline, and the arid southeast, enthralled by the diversity of terrain contained within the state’s borders. Digital and color photographs created shortly before the end of his life demonstrate Toedtemeier’s ever-present willingness to experiment and see anew through the camera’s lens.

Street Vision 11-15-19

Street Vision Photographs by Blake Andrews, Lisa Gidley, George Kelly, Gary Gumanow and James Han

Sept. 30 - Nov. 15, 2019
Reception and Gallery Talk, Thursday, Oct. 24, 5-6:30 pm (calendar)
South Santiam Hall Gallery
Linn-Benton Community College
6500 SW Pacific Blvd.
Albany, OR 97321
Open 8-5 Weekdays

from top left, Gary Gumanow, James Han, Lisa Gidley, Blake Andrews, George Kelly
Five Oregon photographers who create art from the fleeting moments of urban life will exhibit their work at Linn-Benton Community College's South Santiam Hall Gallery, 6500 SW Pacific Blvd., Albany, from Sept. 30 to Nov. 15, 2019.

Eugene photographer Blake Andrews will join Portland photographers Lisa Gidley, George Kelly, Gary Gumanow and James Han in an exhibit that explores the landscape of street photography in the new century.

Street photography has enjoyed a global resurgence in popularity over the last two decades, according to guest curator Rich Bergeman, a Corvallis photographer and retired LBCC instructor. He said his goal with the exhibit was to bring contemporary urban photography to the mid-valley, where it's not often seen or practiced.
“Street photography can be controversial in this age of privacy and political correctness,” he said. “But it can also bring us sparkling slices of time--candid, unguarded moments that are ironic, insightful, witty and surrealistic.”

Each of the five photographers in the show gathers his and her pictures from life on the streets, but each captures their art in different ways--some in color, some in black-and-white; some with traditional film cameras, some with iPhones.

Andrews, a well-known photographer in the Eugene area, has been actively photographing for 25 years. He primarily shoots 35mm film, but for this show will be exhibiting colorful images from the Oregon State Fair shot with an iPhone 6 in pano mode.

Gidley, who says she's been “wandering down various sidewalks with a camera since about 2002,” is showing recent work from New York City. In a break from the street photography tradition of small cameras and black-and-white film, she frequently photographs in color with a bulky medium-format camera.

Kelly also often uses color film and medium-format, but the prints he chose for this show are 35mm black-and-white images taken in Portland, Paris and Los Angeles. He is a self-taught photographer who first took up the camera in 1985.

Gumanow is a native New Yorker who first moved to Portland in 1997, then to Texas, and back to Portland in 2015, and is “happy to be home again.” The work in the LBCC show is from a series of black-and-white images he calls “Houdini Escaping San Francisco.”

Han is comparatively new to photography, having gotten serious about it in 2017, but now he carries a Leica M6 with him every day. He has lived in Portland since 1997, after moving from Seattle to become a mortician.

The South Santiam Hall Gallery is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays.

Nick Carulli 10-31-19

Nick Carulli

Reception: Saturday September 28th,2019  6-10 PM  (calendar)

Visual Expressions Gallery
2115 SE 192nd Ave. Suite 110
Camas Wa,98607

Nick Carulli, a long time northwest photographer and gallery owner presents his new show of photographic images infused onto aluminum, sizes ranging form 8x10 inches to 40 x 60 inches. These prints are spectacular, with depth and quality of HD television.

Please bring friends and join others in viewing his latest images. Wine and light snacks will be available. Please join him for an opening reception on Saturday September 28th,2019 6-10 PM

Mary Virginia Swanson 10-15-19

Mary Virginia Swanson, – THE LIFE OF A PROJECT – From Concept to Audience

October 15, 5:30 – 7:30pm (calendar)

Portland Art Museum – Whitsell Auditorium
1219 SW Park Ave, Portland, OR 97205
(503) 221-1156
Purchase tickets here!
$20 - $50
students are fee

When an idea for a project crystallizes and the passion to produce new work consumes us, artists begin a journey unlike any other. Understanding your desired audience and the impact of your project are critical to achieving the expectations and results you desire.

Internationally acclaimed photography consultant, Mary Virginia Swanson, will walk us through recommended steps to ensure your project has the strongest possibility of sponsorship, exhibitions and publications. Topics Include:

• Developing project concept and defining audience.
• Identifying / establishing relationships with sponsors, collaborators and venues.
• Researching / testing production materials appropriate to desired audience.
• Defining marketing strategies to share work in production with industry professionals.
• Expand presence to print, web and social media platforms through which to share the project content.

MARY VIRGINIA SWANSON is an educator, author and entrepreneur in the field of photography, and a respected advisor to artists and arts organizations. Unique in our field, her broad background includes exhibiting, collecting, licensing and marketing photographs and affords her a range of perspectives on making and marketing art. Ms. Swanson counts among her consulting clients a range of internationally respected artists and institutions.

Swanson co-authored with Darius Himes the acclaimed Publish Your Photography Book: Revised & Updated (2014) and continues to stay current on the growing market for photobooks, reflecting both the relative ease of self-publishing and the rise of the collectible photographic artists book.

Swanson received the Focus Award for Lifetime Achievement in Photography from the Griffin Museum in Boston in 2013, the 2014 Susan Carr Award for Education from the American Society for Media Photographers (ASMP) and was named 2015 Honored Educator by the Society for Photographic Education.
Swanson frequently serves as a judge on contemporary photography and photobook competitions, a portfolio reviewer at industry events, presents lectures and conducts workshops on professional practices.

Swanson is based in Tucson, AZ, her website is and Instagram feed can be found at @maryvirginiaswanson


Karen Klinedinst 10-25-19

Karen Klinedinst, The Emotional Landscape

September 28 – October 25, 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, ADA accessible
Event is free and open to the public

Baltimore, Maryland photographer, Karen Klinedinst notes, “All of us have a deep connection to certain places. We see these places not as they are but idealize them through our memories. In The Emotional Landscape series, I capture my deep connection to the natural landscape.

“I draw my inspiration from the 19th century landscape painting of The Hudson River School. Like the Hudson River School painters, I interpret the landscape and how it affects me emotionally and spiritually. My approach is not about capturing reality but creating a neo-Romantic world reflective of my memory and imagination.

“Walking is an integral part of my creative process and forms my point of view. All of the landscapes in this series were captured while hiking through the natural landscape. The act of walking allows me to experience the nuances of light, weather and time. It forms my conversation and connection with the landscape. Like a painter, I manipulate these images through the layering of textures and colors to express my emotional response to a landscape that exists only in my memory.”

About the Artist Karen Klinedinst is a Baltimore-based artist using photography to explore themes of place, nature and the environment. She is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) in Baltimore.

Her landscapes have been exhibited at Massoni Art Gallery, Fleckenstein Gallery, South x Southeast Photo Gallery, Adkins Arboretum, Maryland Art Place, Soho Photo Gallery, The Center for Fine Art Photography, Griffin Museum of Photography, and the Biggs Museum of American Art. Her work is in the collection of the National Park Service.

Klinedinst was a 2004 Platte Clove Artist-in-Residence at the Catskills Center for Conservation and Development, and a 2006 National Park Service Artist-in- Residence at Acadia National Park in Maine. In 2015 she was awarded an Individual Artist Award from the Maryland State Arts Council.

She teaches workshops at the Creative Alliance in Baltimore, Johns Hopkins University’s Odyssey Program, and at her Baltimore studio.

Alternative Visions 11-5-19

Alternative Visions Exhibit

September 14 - November 5, 2019
Artists’ Opening Reception: Saturday, September 14, 5-8pm (calendar)

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

Jurors Award #1, Angel O'Brien, "Never Fall in Love on a Monday”

LightBox Photographic Gallery opens Alternative Visions with an artists’ reception on Saturday, September 14, 2019 from 5-8pm. The prints in Alternative Visions represent a large variety of processes, ranging from cyanotype, gum, platinum/palladium, silver gelatin, Van Dyke brown, carbon transfer, photogravure, wet plate, tintype, ambrotype, lith, casein, chemigram, lumenprint, and wet plate collodion. The handmade print, taken into so many directions, is obviously alive and well.

We are honored to have Christina Z. Anderson, one of the nations’ finest photographic educators as juror for this Exhibit and keynote Speaker of the Symposium

“The alternative process “movement” which began around the 1960s was largely a return to 19th century hand coated processes as an alternative to corporately controlled gelatin silver paper. Today there has been a conflation of gelatin silver, C-prints, 19th century processes, and printmaking into the alternative process genre. Even digital means of image capture are now a part of this practice with some processes such as image transfer or palladium over ink jet which use digital printing in part. The hallmark of the field is that the end result is a hands-on, handmade print.” ~ Christina Z. Anderson

Photo Club PDX 10-20-19

Photo Club PDX and Rob Woodcox, The Power WithIn You

3-Day Workshop
October 18-20 (calendar)

Various Locations around Portland
$300 - $450

During this three day weekend with Rob, you will indulge in inspiration, practice guided lighting and camera techniques, gain vision, master intermediate and advanced editing techniques and perfect your composites. You will have the opportunity to pair these photographic skills with business and social media tips from Rob’s years of online and real-world success. Beginning, intermediate and experienced photographers are welcomed in this course. The course work paired with the vibrant and eclectic energy of Portland, this could mark a powerful change in your journey. 

Discover and LEARN.
It's Time for an Adventure!
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Vera Saltzman 09-27-19

Vera Saltzman, O Human Child
August 31st - September 27th, 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

Award winning Canadian photographer, Vera Saltzman, notes, “My impetus for the series “O Human Child” came out of a desire to better understand the place I currently find myself, rural Saskatchewan. I turned to W.O. Mitchell’s 1947 novel, Who Has Seen The Wind, hoping his words would help me gain a sense of the Saskatchewan identity. Through stories of everyday events, Mitchell writes of a young boy trying to make sense of life, death, and God and addressing universal themes in an authentic Canadian “prairie voice”.

“As I read Mitchell’s novel I began to question what life is like for children living in small prairie communities today. How do community and landscape shape their personal identity and sense of place? In a time when the online world has opened up for communication, learning, and entertainment, when family farms morph into commercial operations, and rural communities shrink with migration to urban areas, how will their childhood landscape impact them as adults?”

Her exhibit, “O Human Child” showcases portraits of children who live in rural Saskatchewan of a similar age (between ages 4 and 11) to those in Who Has Seen the Wind. The children are photographed in their own environments: in small towns or rural communities, on First Nations Territory and farms. In creating this series, Saltzman is taking a contemporary look at children growing up in rural Saskatchewan, considering how the tensions and complexities of childhood today both contrast and mirror those of Mitchell’s time.

Saltzman’s technique for posing her subjects was to recall historical portraits of unsmiling children—perhaps news or social documentary portraits—taken in austere situations. The children are looking directly into the camera, clear eyed, and invite the viewer to reflect on the issues today’s youth grapple with in rural Saskatchewan. Vera describes one scene where Kennedi is standing in front of the town school that has been closed due to low enrolment figures, and it’s perhaps this—her sparse environment and lack of opportunity, her navigation from a child in the moment to a young lass who must think about her future—that defines this stoic defiance. It’s a beautiful portrait, celebrating the strength of youth, but not without melancholia, for which the black and white treatment is a perfect metaphor. Life marches on relentlessly, but progress can seem to be stagnant sometimes.” * *Life Framer, Photography Platform and Awards

The title of the exhibition comes from the refrain of the 1886 W.B. Yeats poem “The Stolen Child”. The poem is about the fairy tales we tell children to shield them from the harshness of the world—in this case the loss of a younger sibling.

Come away, O human child!
To the waters and the wild
With a faery, hand in hand,
For the world’s more full of weeping than you can understand.

Canadian photographer Vera Saltzman focuses her attention on issues of identity and the development of a “sense of place,” the passage of time, and the fragility of life. She currently lives in Fort Qu’Appelle, Saskatchewan.

Saltzman received two Applied Arts Awards for creative excellence. Her series “O Human Child” was a finalist for the internationally recognized Julia Margaret Cameron Award and a Top 200 Finalist in the Photolucidia Critical Mass Awards. Images from the series have been shown at the 5th Biennial of Fine Art & Documentary Photography, Barcelona, Spain and at The Fence 2018, Calgary, Canada. Also, from the series the image Samuel is currently touring with the Fotofilmic18 Exhibition to Vancouver, Los Angeles and South Korea.

Her images have been published regionally, nationally and internationally including Ottawa Magazine, Black & White Photography Magazine, British Journal of Photography, Photo Life, Seites, The Hand and Shots. The Creative Quarterly: The Journal of Art and Design selected her work for their Top 100 publication. Her work has also been included in a number of online sites including Lenscratch, The Atlantic and Square Magazine. Saltzman’s works are part of the permanent collections of the Saskatchewan Arts Board, the Art Gallery of Moose Jaw and Canada’s capital city of Ottawa. Vera Saltzman is represented by Slate Fine Art Gallery in Regina, Saskatchewan.

Josh Smith 09-29-19

Josh Smith, The First Years

September 5–29, 2019
First Thursday opening reception: September 5, 6:00–9:00 PM
Artist talk with Josh Smith: Friday, September 6, 12:00 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.

Josh Smith documents the changes—both monumental and subtle, internal and external, and positive and negative—that come with parenthood in his series The First Years. Acting as a “family historian,” he uses photography as a tool to examine a new way of being and to explore the many contradictions that can exist within a family. Smith’s intimate black-and-white photos of his wife and two sons “serve as place markers for intangible moments of elation, fear, and confusion.”

“The unremitting demands of parenthood contained joy, tenderness, vulnerability, frustration, and fear all at once. The weight of being fully needed by our children afforded us a sense of purpose, but also denied us our autonomy and individuality. As we worked to understand our intricate new roles as parents, our relationship shifted, resulting in a new connection, but also a sense of estrangement.”

Josh Smith was born in Springfield, Missouri. He earned his MFA in photography from the San Francisco Art Institute, and has been living and working in the Bay Area since 2004. Throughout his career he has explored various photographic projects, with his most recent being a body of work exploring the dynamics of family. Smith has exhibited widely within the Bay Area and beyond, including at Stanford University, the a.Muse gallery in San Francisco, and SF Art Market. Smith is a photography instructor at Marin Academy and resides in Pacifica, California with his wife and two sons.

Jennifer Thoreson 09-29-19

Jennifer Thoreson, Testament

September 5–29, 2019
First Thursday opening reception: September 5, 6:00–9:00 PM
Artist talk with Jennifer Thoreson: Thursday, September 5, 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.

“I like to know and feel the moment where people fall apart, and saturate my work in it. I am seeking the moment of relief, and relishing in the moments just before it occurs.”

Jennifer Thoreson’s series Testament is an exploration of resilience, dependency, the burdens we carry as human beings, and the yearning for release. Set in a house that Thoreson rented for a year, the images manifest psychological struggles as vast, crawling sculptural masses, which the artist fabricated using materials such as wool, linen, clay, and human hair. Conceived through a spiritual lens, the photographs borrow symbolic language from the Bible. They take particular inspiration from Matthew 11:28, a verse that reads: “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”

The content of Thoreson’s images reflects her curiosity about human nature. She states, “I am attracted to vulnerability, to peeling back a skin that reveals something precious, dark, and tender. I am drawn to moments where people are on an edge, barely laced together, befriending disaster, remembering something, or exposing something.”

Jennfer Thoreson is a photographer and installation artist currently based in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Her artistic process includes fabricating abstract objects, arranging architectural spaces, and staging furnishings and models to create deeply personal and engaging pieces. Thoreson plays many roles, including photographer, teacher, lecturer, and mother. Her work has been shown in collections both nationally and internationally. Through her art, she invites the viewer into a process of self-renewal as she explores the intricacies of human relationships and the ways that brokenness can give way to redemption and healing.

Gregory Sullivan 09-27-19

Gregory Sullivan, Pollution of Night
Open/Close: Now - September 27th, 2019

Pushdot Studio
2505 SE 11th Avenue, Suite 104
(in the Ford Building, enter on Division Street)
Portland, OR 97202
Mon-Fri. 8:30am to 5:00pm, free admission

“Pollution of Night” is series of images from Gregory Sullivan’s recent exploration of the light that illuminates a city at night. In it he examines the interaction of different light types, color temperatures and intensities throughout light industrial areas of Portland, OR. This mixture contributes to the ‘glow’ of the city. Light pollution functions to safeguard people and property and allows for safer navigation of cities at night. But as a consequence, it also blocks out the night sky and further distances us from the natural world. An experienced outdoor photographer, in this series Greg applies his landscape aesthetic to abandoned cityscapes to stunning result.

Gregory Sullivan is a Portland, OR based photographer. He began studying photography in 1990 at Pitzer College in Claremont, CA and subsequently earned his AA in Photography from Mt. Hood Community College in Portland, OR. He has had solo exhibitions in California and Oregon. In 2018 he self-published a magazine, also titled “Pollution of Night,” featuring images from this series.

Philip Bowser -09-30-19

Philip Bowser, Mood Lighting

September 7th - September 30th, 2019
Opening Reception: September 7th, 1 - 3pm (calendar)

Cafe Eleven
435 NE Rosa Parks Way
Portland, OR 97211
(about a block East of the intersection of Rosa Parks and 99E)

Cafe Eleven, a Portland coffee shop that regularly features works by local artists, will show a series of photographs from Philip Bowser’s “Mood Lighting” series during the month of September, 2019. These photographs feature qualities of light that set a mood or induce feelings, which minimizes the importance of the object illuminated. The series was recently seen in the Portland Photographers Forum Community Drawer in the Park blocks, and portions of the series have been on display at the ASmith gallery in Johnson City, Texas, the Black Box gallery in Portland, and the Lakewood Arts Festival in Lake Oswego.

An opening reception will be held from 1~3pm on 9/7/2019 at the cafe on 435 NE Rosa Parks Way, Portland, OR 97211. (It’s about a block East of the intersection of Rosa Parks and 99E.) Please stop by to chat with the artist over coffee and snacks.

For more information prior to the reception, contact the artist at During the show, direct inquiries to

Astoria Workshops - 09-28-19

Two Astoria Workshops with Joni Kabana

Workshop #1
September 28, 2019
Astoria Walkabout: Capturing Editorial Content: 10am - 3pm (calendar)
Location: Astoria

This workshop will focus on the creation of editorial photography. Based upon her assignments with magazines and the travel/tourism industry, Joni will help you create photographs that appeal to these organizations. She will review each participant’s goals and set assignments accordingly, ending the workshop with a class review of the day’s work.

Workshop #2
September 28, 2019
Nighty Light: Nighttime Photography: 5pm - 9pm (calendar)
Location: Astoria

This workshop will focus on photographing in very low light conditions. The class (co-taught with filmmaker and photographer Jeff Daly) will be held in the Astoria Underground where we will play with light in a variety of ways (long exposure, light painting, use of blur, etc.).