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Newsletter Issue No. 2, April 4, 2011

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Photographer of the American Southwest

Newsletter Issue No. 2  April 4, 2011

Well, it's been a month since my last writings, and quite a few exciting things have happened during that time. First, my image, "Ranchos Church at Night", was chosen for an exhibit at The Meadows Gallery at the Center for the Visual Arts, in Denton, Texas. The show will run from April 28th through June 3rd. It is the 43rd Annual Visual Arts Exhibition, sponsored by the Visual Arts Society of Texas (VAST). The exhibition juror, Benito Huerta, chose my image as one of 63 accepted works from the 168 artists and the 430 national entries. Being a show exhibiting all types of 2D and 3D art, increased my excitement of the inclusion.

Secondly, two of my images, "Saloon Wall Skull", and "Native Omaha, Anthony Parker" were accepted into the 1st Annual Rodeo Weekend Western Art Show at the Bonsack Gallery, in Oakdale, California. The show will be hanging at the gallery from April 1st through April 28th. The gallery is located at 13480 Orange Blossom Road, in Oakdale. This is the first year the show was offered to public participants, in the 17 years of it's existence. It had been previously known as the Annual Oakdale Western Art Show, and had always been held in conjunction with the Annual Oakdale PCRA Rodeo. This is the 60th year for the rodeo. A big thank you to Debi Bonsack for my inclusion.

Also, the web site presenting all of the winning and finalists images for the 2nd Annual Earth Through a Lens Exhibition is now available for viewing. Check out the website for all of the category winners and finalists images. The original images will be hanging at two locations in the Palm Springs area from March 15th through April 30th at the Rancho Mirage Library and from April 4th through April 30th at the Hyatt Regency Suites Hotel in Palm Springs. The opening reception will be on April 4th from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at the Hyatt Regency Suites Hotel. My image "Lonely Oak" was chosen as one of the finalists in the Deforestation category.

I am writing this newsletter from my favorite place in the whole world....Taos, New Mexico. Our drive over took us to some new places in Southern New Mexico. Check out my News & Travel Section below for images and story..


March 2011 - "Images of the Week" review

Native Omaha

Week of March 1st, 2011
Native Omaha-Anthony Parker
San Marcos, New Mexico

Harbor Lighthouse

Week of March 7th, 2011
Oceanside Harbor Lighthouse
Oceanside, California

storm and windmill
Week of March 14th, 2011
Summer Storm and Windmill
Bonanza Ranch, Santa Fe, New Mexico

roberts cottages
Week of March 21st, 2011
Robert's Cottages
Oceanside, California

ready to be saddled
Week of March 28th, 2011
Ready to be Saddled
San Marcos, New Mexico
Introducing this Month:   Craig Varjabedian
Craig Varjabedian is a world renowned photographer, with numerous published books and awards to show proof of his outstanding body of work. He is a recent recipient of  the Wrangler Award, presented for Outstanding Photography Book from the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City. This together with a long list of other accomplishments, are listed below, as copied from his web site. Craig is also the  Owner/Director of Eloquent Light Photography Workshops, out of Santa Fe, New Mexico, that is celebrating their 25th anniversary. If any of you are so inclined, I would highly recommend participating in one of Craig's-Eloquent Light workshops. The following is from his web site:

Craig Varjabedian's photographs of the American West illuminate his profound connection with the region and its people. His finely detailed images shine with an authenticity that reveals the inseparable ties between identity, place, and the act of perceiving. For Varjabedian, the art of photography is a receptive process driven by openness to the revelation each subject offers, rather than the desire to manipulate form or catalog detail. He achieves this intensely personal vision by capturing and suspending on film those decisive moments in which the elements and the ineffable spirit of a moment come together in exceptional and often startling ways.

In recognition of the significance and power of his images, Varjabedian has been awarded grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, the McCune Charitable Foundation, and the New Mexico Humanities Council. His photographs have been exhibited and collected by museums around the country including the William Benton Museum of Art, the Baltimore Museum of Art, the Albuquerque Museum of Art & History, the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center and the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas at Austin.

ABQ museum

In 1991 Varjabedian received an Emmy Award for his collaboration with award-winning filmmaker Karl Kernberger on the PBS documentary En Divina Luz: The Penitente Moradas of New Mexico. Photographs from this project were published in a book by the same name, with an essay by Pulitzer-nominated author Michael Wallis (1994). His next book, By the Grace of Light: Images of Faith from Catholic New Mexico (1998), came out of the bonds he developed with the people and communities of the Morada Photographic Survey. Recent books of his photographs, published by the University of New Mexico Press include Four & Twenty Photographs: Stories from Behind the Lens (2007), Ghost Ranch and the Faraway Nearby (2009) which received the prestigious Wrangler Award for Outstanding Photography Book from the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum and Landscape Dreams: New Mexico in Photographs and Words (2012) created and published to coincide with New Mexico's Centennial of Statehood celebrations.

Craig Varjabedian is represented by the Gerald Peters Gallery in Santa Fe, the Afterimage Photograph Gallery in Dallas and the Joseph Bellows Gallery in La Jolla.

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News & Travel:

FJ at White Sands

Our recent trip to New Mexico has taken us to some new places in the southern part of the state. The picture above is the FJ parked on the side of the park access road in White Sands National Monument (yes, that is the road we are on). I plan to go back there in the near future. The light at mid-day takes all of the shadows away that are needed to see the contrasts in the dunes, so sunrise and sunset times are probably going to be the best photographic times to be there. Probably a few less people there also. We also spent some time in Lincoln County (home of Billy the Kid). The town of Lincoln is a well preserved old west town, with many of the original buildings still in use. The main road goes right though town, so you don't even have to get out of the car to see the place. We stayed in Ruidoso one night, which was centrally located to all of the areas we wanted to explore. Great mountain town. There is skiing in the winter, the Ruidoso Downs horse racing track, and a beautiful hotel and casino. It was only a few miles in any direction to Fort Stanton, Hondo, Lincoln, Capitan (home of the original Smokey the Bear), Picacho, and San Patricio, to name just a few of the places we checked out in one afternoon. The next day we traveled from Ruidoso to Santa Fe along the back roads through places called Carrizozo, White Oak, Corona, Duran, Clines Corners, Villanueva, Pecos, to name a few. Below are a couple more images. One from Carrizozo, and the other a roadside ruin in Duran.

carizozo building
Carrizozo, NM - Colorful Building

Duran Ruin
Duran, NM Ruin
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