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June 7 - July 8, 2017

Honoring Trees

Prints of most of these images are available for purchase. Please inquire.
All photographs are the copyright of the individual artists and may not be reproduced without their permission.

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Christopher Petrich /
Of The Sky -- Late Evening
Contrail Over Nebraska Cottonwoods
E311 Freeway – Emirates Road | Dubai, UAE.
Robert Harding Pittman /
E311 Freeway – Emirates Road |
Dubai, UAE
Russ Rowland / City Bloom
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Vitor Schietti /
Tree of a Lucid Dream
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Robert Treat / Volcan#4
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Kurt Westbrook /
Atlas of Trees
Who's Home
Fred Zafran / Who's Home
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Valerie Cargo /
Tree Interrupted,
Inside Looking Out
Chinese Tallow

Mark Collins / Chinese Tallow

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Corinne DiPietro / Insomnia (Diptych)
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Corinne DiPietro /
Twig | Winter Solstice (Diptych)
Processed with Blackie
Shāna Einhorn /
May The Long Time Sun
Shine Upon You
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Kathleen Fischer /
Mesquite Trees and Sundog
Frank Fuerst / Bones and Sinew
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Steve Goff / Tree of Life #5 i>
Norm Halm /
Dead Joshua Tree, Las Vegas Nevada
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Bill Harbin / Sugar Maple
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Karen Hillier / Law, Texas
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Ken Hochfeld /
The Forest's Lyrical Imitation
of My Emotional Confusion
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Kam Jacoby /
Door County, Wisconsin
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Alan Leder / Fog and Light
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Cary Loving / Sway
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David Massolo /
Trees at Versailles
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Pete McCutchen /
Forrest Mandala 3
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Ansel Oommen /
Quercus Cerris (turkey oak)
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Zia Ayub / Untitled
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Sue Bailey
Japanese Snow
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David Bartlett / Louisville
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Lee Bass / Hidden Pines
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Lee Bass / The Lovers
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Alan Berkson / Library Tree
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Heather Binns / Tie One On
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Scott Bolendz /
Last Stand (Beach of Ghosts Series)
Doomed Trees
Angela C. Brown /
Three Plus Four
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Nancy Stalnaker Bundy /
Tangled Shelter
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August Arikawa /
Izanagi Shrine - Awaji Island, Japan
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Robert Atwater /
Waiting For Leaves.
Santa Catalina, Panamá
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Matté / Realm of Light III
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Jan Bell / Trees in Morning Fog
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Teresa Bleser / Protected
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Scott Bolendz /
Untitled (Autumn Waters series)
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Michael Bufis / Morning Fog
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Steven Castro /
Oak Tree Study
Lorraine Castillo /
Come Inside
Donald S. Clark /
Lake Bijou, Composition #3
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Katy Lopez / Alone
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Barbara Ford Doyle /
Barrier Beach Erosion #1
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Pierre and Cathy Dutertre / Fright
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Dennis Fritsche / Getting a Foothold
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Patricia Galagan /
Juniperus Mortuus
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Terri Garland /
Song Birds, near Baton Rouge, LA
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Tod Gunter / Twisted
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Aubrey Guthrie / Balboa Park
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Rob Haff / Majestic
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Debra Harder / Italian Cypresses
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Sheryl Hess / Tree Huggers
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Karen Hillier / 3-Up
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Ken Hochfeld / Mystery's Joy
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Patricia Howard /
Palm Trunk Cocoyoc
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Jodie Hulden / Invitation II
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Priscilla Kanady /
A Concert of Commonality
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Lonnie Landrey / Civil Twilight
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Melissa Lazuka / First Blooms
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Catherine Leung /
Divine Nature #05
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Travis Lovell / Country Road
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Deborah Gray Mitchell /
Phoenix Mountain, China, #3
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Peg Palaskas /
Cayman Wind in the Palms I (Spring)
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Amy Parrish / Untitled
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Shweta Poddar / Magic Tree
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Jennifer Pritchard / Crooked Tree
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Mary Rhodomoyer /
Through the Wood, Marker I, 2015
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Mary Rhodomoyer /
Through the Wood, The Curtis Loop, 2014
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Les Schmidt / Armament
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James R Schlessinger /
Brothers Island Windthrow
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Vitor Schietti / Ipe's Soul
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Robert Treat / Volcan#3
Joan Zachary /
Inner Soul Revealed
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Teresa Zafon / Lonely
You within/within you
J.M. Golding /
You within/within you

Juror's Statement

In his book The Practice of the Wild, poet and essayist Gary Snyder points out that “wild” is most often defined by what it is not. So, it is undomesticated, untamed, uninhabited, uncultivated, uncivilized. What if, he writes, we instead define it by what it is? Through this lens, “wild” becomes: self-propagating, flourishing, pristine, exuberant, original, self-reliant, ecstatic, free. Seen in this more positive light, nature has agency and power – a sense of dynamism that reminds us to take note, to honor the wild places we’re still lucky enough to have.

The images selected for this exhibition are poetic, evocative, and deeply interpretive. They masterfully capture some of the spirit of their subjects, rather than simply telling us what things look like. This attention to mood and emotion brings the scenes alive and inspires us to care. I hope the exhibit serves as an invitation to celebrate the wild beauty of trees and to contemplate what we stand to lose in the relentless drive for environmental dominion. As Edward Abbey so poignantly reminds us, “Love of wilderness expression of loyalty to the earth, the earth which bore us and sustains us, the only paradise we shall ever know, the only paradise we ever need, if only we had the eyes to see.” 

- Laura Valenti

About the Juror

Laura Valenti is a photographer, curator, educator, and arts director. She works as Outreach Director at Photolucida, a nonprofit that works to build connections between photographers and the gallery and publishing worlds. She also worked for many years as Program Director and co-Curator at Newspace Center for Photography. She teaches online courses that focus on helping photographers identify sources of inspiration and reach photographic goals. She also lectures about photography and the creative practice. Laura enjoys working with emerging photographers to develop their skills as well as their creative voice.

Laura also curates photography exhibitions around the country and internationally, including recent exhibits at the Center for Fine-Art Photography, Photographic Resource Center, and RayKo Photo Center. She recently curated "Place: Framing the Oregon Landscape," a major northwest landscape photography exhibition for the Oregon Historical Society. A documentary portraiture exhibition Laura curated was shown at the last Lishui International Photography Festival (China).

Laura frequently serves as a juror for photography competitions in the U.S. and abroad including for Center's Director's Choice Awards, Photo District News, The Oregonian, Critical Mass, Rangefinder Magazine, LightBox Photographic, and more. She has also served as a reviewer at various portfolio review events, such as Houston FotoFest, Review Santa Fe, and Photolucida, as well as a number of international reviews. 

In addition to her photography work, Laura is also a longtime student of Zen. She has a deep interest in the intersection of mindfulness, spirituality, and the creative practice. She lived in Asia for fifteen years and now calls beautiful, rainy Oregon home. Her degree is from Reed College.

Learn more about Laura's photography, teaching philosophy, and online creativity programs on the Huffington Post, or visit her website

Call for Entries

This is a call for images that celebrate trees in all their forms, all their locations, and all their seasons. All methods of capture and processing are welcome.