After not much action over the winter, suddenly I have three exhibits at once!
Low Tide Landscapes
In collaboration with seven other members of the Willamette Valley PhotoArts Guild, we have a show called "Low Tide Landscapes" on display at the Unitarian Fellowship in Corvallis OR. I have three photographs in the show, including "Moon Wash," a 30-second exposure under the full moon.
The show is on exhibit from May 20th to June 30th. There is a reception on Friday, June 12th 2015 from 5:30 - 7 PM.
A Life in Art
In another collaboration, eight writers from Linn Benton Community College teamed up with eight photographers to interview eight elders - people ranging in age from 82 to 102 - to produce a combined written and photographic portrait for each subject.
My subject was Dick Weinman, a local retired professor, radio personality, and fascinating individual. Dick produces a blog entitled "The Thin Edge of Dignity" about life in an assisted living facility, viewable here: http://states.aarp.org/tag/dick-weinman/
Over the course of a month, "my" writer (Denzel Barrie) and I interviewed Dick a number of times, scheduled several photo shoots, and produced a framed piece. This piece is on display with the other seven at the Linn Benton Benton Center in Corvallis. The exhibit runs through the month of June.
This has been a fantastic project and I've really enjoyed working with both Denzel and Dick.
I've been juried into the Corrine Woodman Gallery in the Arts Center in Corvallis for a display of artistic couch photographs. I've taken an interest in the photographic possibilities of the "Couch Season" - the end of the university year, when students flee town, leaving their old couches at the curbside for the city to take care of. I will have nine couch photographs on display until June 27th. Also on display will be Alexis Spakoski's ceramic tiles. We will give a shared gallery talk at noon on Thursday, June 11th.
Visit the Arts Center for more information: http://theartscenter.net/exhibit/story-behind-john-ritchie-alexis-spakoski/
UPDATE: The local newspaper, the Corvallis Gazette Times, interviewed me about this show and published a front-page article on it! The article can be read here: http://www.gazettetimes.com/news/local/couch-patrol-finds-competition-at-the-arts-center/article_b52c3fa5-4693-5704-8514-cacd25505384.html