2009 - Through A Lens: Energy, Contrasting Elements

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Charles Cramer

After spending seven years of college studying classical piano, Charles Cramer visited Yosemite National Park, and soon realized he wanted out of those tiny practice rooms! Realizing the similarities between interpreting music and interpreting a negative, he soon became enamored with making prints. Thirty years later, he is recognized as a master printmaker in both darkroom-based dye transfer printing, and now in digital processes. Cramer has photographed extensively in Yosemite, and in 1987 was selected by the National Park Service to be an artist-in-residence. His prints are available internationally through many galleries, and his work has been published by National Geographic Books, Sierra Club, and the Yosemite Association. He has taught digital imaging for the Ansel Adams Gallery Workshops, Palm Beach Workshops, Anderson Ranch, The Lepp Institute, and others. He has been profiled in PhotoTechniques, PhotoVision, and View Camera Magazines. He is also included in the book "Landscape: The World's Top Photographers," published in 2005.

His work can be seen at: www.charlescramer.com

Janet Jones

Janet Jones is a San Francisco artist working in a variety of media, incorporating printmaking, painting, collage, assemblage, photography and digital techniques. She is a graduate of the California College of Arts and Crafts, now known as the California College of the Arts, and has exhibited extensively and won numerous awards. Her work is in corporate and private collections in the United States and Europe. She has been invited to jury exhibits for San Francisco Women Artists, the Oakland Art Association, the Central California Art League and the California State Fair. She is a past editor of The California Printmaker and is represented in the Achenbach Collection at the California Palace of the Legion of Honor. She is one of 40 artists worldwide to be featured in the Lark Publications book, "Masters: Collage", to be released in 2010.

Her work can be found on her website

Michael Collopy

Photographer Michael Collopy is one of the preeminent portrait photographers of our time and has gained worldwide recognition for his commissioned portraits of hundreds of public figures. His portfolio includes portraits of world leaders such as Pope John Paul II, Mikhail Gorbachev and Margaret Thatcher and entertainers like Ella Fitzgerald, Mick Jagger, B. B. King and Luciano Pavarotti. Collopy's photos have been published worldwide in numerous books, magazines and newspapers. A San Francisco native, Collopy is a self-taught photographer whose enthusiasm for the arts led him to meet and spend time with such luminaries as Ansel Adams and Richard Avedon.