In March 2018, Arts Visalia is pleased to exhibit Randall Ranger. Randy is a black and white film photographer. In this exhibition, entitled Silver Light: Fifty Photographs, Randy focuses on photography as the search for exciting light revealing form, texture, and shape. Randy states, “When I’m photographing, the last thing I need is a camera. I wander about with my eyes and mind, free of preconceived ideas. My best photographs summon me, demanding their creation.” Randy’s interest in photography began in high school with a couple of basic photography classes. He became more involved in photography in the 1980s. After finding 35mm and medium format lacking, in 1993, Randy began to use a large format view camera which proved to be the best tool for his work. “View cameras require quiet deliberation which, for me, results in superior photographs. His films and fine prints are taken and developed transitionally in his own darkroom, which today, is a hard commodity to find in the field of photography.
The exhibition runs from February 28th to March 30th. The opening reception will be held on First Friday, March 2nd, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and is sponsored in part by Bueno Beverage, Jack & Charlie’s, the Vintage Press Restaurante, the Southern Pacific Depot Restaurant, and Valley PBS’s Articulate with Jim Cotter. Arts Visalia will host an Artist Talk on Saturday, March 3rd at 2:00 p.m. Come enjoy an art conversation with Randall Ranger!
For April, Arts Visalia will be exhibiting the Biennial Baskets and Gourds Show & Workshop. The exhibition is entitled Containers of Our Culture and is a culmination of basket, gourd, and handweaving artists. This is their 7th Biennial Conference held at the Elks Lodge Mill Creek Conference Center on April 28th-29th. There is a wide variety of talent from across the country which include artists and speakers such as Toni Best, Judy Burkett, JoAnn Kelly Catsos, Gloria Crane, Kristy Dial, Cookie Hanson, Mary Hettmansperger, Bonnie Kennedy, Sam McKinney, Margaret Mathewson, Marilyn Moore, Vicky Nickelson, Polly Adams Sutton, Don Weeke, and Jennifer Wool. There will be two opening receptions held for the exhibition: First Friday, April 6th from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and Friday, April 27th from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. to kick-start the conference. To register for classes held at the conference visit www.calgourd.com.
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Art classes for children and adults are ongoing at Arts Visalia. There is something for everyone this spring. If Randall Ranger’s work inspires you to learn about photography, Ron Holman will be teaching an adult class called DSLR Basics and Beyond on Saturday, March 24th. This particular workshop focuses on learning about the settings of your own camera and other tips for photography basics. Please download registration forms for classes and workshops from our website artsvisalia.org, or stop in and pick up the spring schedule at the gallery! For more information and class descriptions, please go to artsvisalia.org, call us at 559-739-0905 or visit us at the gallery, 214 East Oak Avenue, Visalia, California 93291.