The Timberline Art Gallery Photography and Gourd Exhibit opened this week featuring six Mountain Area artists.
The photographers are Andrew Erickson, Wendy Denton, and Karen Tillison, and the gourd artists include Gretchen Lee, Jacqueline Kurtt, and Vivian Helena.
The gallery is open daily 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., and the exhibit will be on display through June 29.
Photographer Erickson strives to give people a ‘wow’ moment when they see his work.
“To that end, I visit world-class vistas when the light is just right, and I use modern processing techniques to give you details and color that can’t be achieved with a single photograph,” Erickson said. “I print big, bold images that give you a window to our fantastic world.”
Photography has been a lifelong journey for Tillison since childhood when she received her first camera.
“I have been fortunate to travel all over the world and photograph breathtaking scenery, the people, and the wildlife on all seven continents,” Tillison said.
Tillison’s work depicts her recent travels in India and a Nomad crossing the Sahara Desert in Morocco in 2014.
Photographer Dent explains that over the last 30 years she has often used her camera as her conduit with the world.
“It’s my way of connecting while remaining separate - my images have usually had intensely personal meaning,” Dent said. “Today I am interested in the marginalized. My birds are often objects of discomfort for some because they have, for the most part, been hit by cars. For me, photographing them is my tribute, my altar, my way of honoring their presence in our lives.”
About Timberline Gallery
The Timberline Co-Op Fine Art Gallery has been serving the Mountain Area since 1985. It is the oldest established fine arts gallery in Eastern Madera County.
Seeing the need for a permanent gallery, 30 members founded and incorporated The Guild of Mountain Artists which owns and operates Timberline Gallery as a not-for profit co-op. The member artists began displaying and selling their art work out of Timberline’s present location at 40982 Highway 41 in what is now known as Gallery Row.
Historically Timberline has served as an incubator for the arts, and has attracted four other fine arts galleries to the Gallery Row location
The Mountain Area has long been a mecca for artists who have been drawn by the natural beauty of the Sierra Nevada. Prior to the opening of the Timberline Gallery they displayed their work in local offices, banks, restaurants and Yosemite Western Artists Shows.
“Cooperating with other area nonprofit organizations to enhance the cultural richness of our mountain community has been a constant tradition of The Guild of Mountain Artists,” said Zig Zee, president of the guild. “Our members are award winning artists in juried competitions. Many have their work in corporations and international collections. A number have been featured in national art magazines. Timberline artists work in a large variety of art media which includes oils, watercolor, acrylics, pastels, mixed media, colored pencil, glass mosaics, ceramics, jewelry, wood carving, sculpture, fiber art, gourds and baskets.”
Details: Timberline Art Gallery, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. daily, 40982 Highway 41, Oakhurst, (559) 683-3345, www.timberlineartgallery.com.