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The Power of Photography Celebrated during Art Center’s Summer of Photography

The public is invited to celebrate the creative and expressive potential of photography during the Palo Alto Art Center’s Summer of Photography program beginning in June.

“The Summer of Photography series of events will kick off and celebrate two exhibitions, Michael Light: Planetary Landscape and Kija Lucas: Collections from Sundown,” says Art Center Director Karen Kienzle. “Photography is an important art form and we are delighted to be able to introduce the public to the joys of photography through workshops and other related educational events.”

The Summer of Photography will begin with an exhibition by Bay Area artist Kija Lucas, who presents an intimate portrait of her grandmother, a Palo Alto resident, in her exhibition Collections from Sundown at the Palo Alto Art Center, May 27-July 9. Using photographs of notes and collections of personal belongings, Lucas explores the ways in which Alzheimer’s disease has shaped her grandmother’s understanding of the world around her and how that understanding affects those caring for her.

The Palo Alto Camera Club will host a free exhibition featuring a wide range of photographic art from their members in the Art Center’s Community Gallery from June 12-July 12. Founded in 1935, and co-sponsored by the City of Palo Alto Division of Arts and Sciences, the club is a group of amateur and professional photographers interested in working together to enhance and broaden their photographic skills and artistic vision. 

The Palo Alto Art Center is pleased to present the Michael Light: Planetary Landscape exhibition, June 27-August 27. Michael Light is a photographer and bookmaker based in Northern California, who has been focused for the last two decades on the environment and “how contemporary American culture relates to it.” This exhibition will present an integrated examination of Light’s work and will feature the premiere of new work commissioned by the Palo Alto Art Center.  Included will be examples of Light’s aerial examinations of the varied landscapes of the American West, along with selections of early archival projects focusing on the moon exploration of the Apollo and Gemini missions (Full Moon), and the photo archive of atmospheric (above ground) U.S. nuclear testing between 1945-1962 (100 Suns).

Michael Light will also present a free lecture at the Art Center on his work and artistic process on June 25, 3 p.m.

A free Friday Night at the Art Center event takes place on June 16, 7-10 p.m., to celebrate the launch of our exhibition, Michael Light: Planetary Landscape, June 17-August 27. The photography-themed event will feature an opportunity to meet the artist and preview the exhibition as well as a free photo booth, artmaking projects, creative food, and specialty cocktails.

A free digital photography workshop with local photographer Curt Fukuda will take place at the Art Center on July 27 and August 3, 7-9 p.m. In this two-session class, Curt will teach participants how to use the controls on their camera or smart phone, and what adjustments to make after photos have been taken.

 A Cyanotype Workshop with Ann Holsberry will be held at the Art Center on July 30, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. In this all-day class, participants will create images with objects, drawings, or photo negatives, using sunlight to expose prints. Students will have the opportunity to make several prints, and there is a materials fee for this workshop.

A free workshop on preserving family photos will be held at the Art Center on August 17, 7-9 p.m. In this workshop instructor Curt Fukuda will teach participants how to preserve, archive, and share family photos, as well as how to scan, retouch and upload photos.

Registration is available for these classes at

A free Photography Family Day will be held at the Art Center on August 6, 2-4:30 p.m. Parents and their children will be able to experiment with photographic techniques and create unique artwork during this special event.

Children’s Fine Art Camps during the summer will also provide opportunities for children and teens to learn about photographic techniques and explore the medium as a tool for expression and creativity. In addition, an Instagram photo competition will engage the Art Center’s online community, and winning photographs will be exhibited in the Art Center’s Community Gallery space.

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Last Updated: Mar 27, 2015