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In the seemingly endless bright blue skies of California, a cloud is a surprise. I stop sometimes when I see one and marvel at it and wonder how it got here. This, from someone who grew up in upstate New York in a place where lake effect snow is a given and no one asks what a Nor’easter is. I’m also a person who lived in a place where the ocean froze, OK, more than one place where the ocean froze, one of those places being northern Maine where the fog was more opaque than the fog that comes tearing over the hills of San Francisco in June. All this is to say that when I was jurying this landscape show, I found myself drawn to clearing summer storms, wandering clouds, frozen vistas, trees broken by a sideways snowy wind, all the drama of weather that twenty years in the West has withheld from me. But the West also brought another kind of drama, a landscape with towering mountains, jagged cliffs, blazing deserts, scorched earth, and endless skies. Perhaps my selections for this show are a merging of my past and my present, my nostalgia for the East and its brutal winters and wet, humid summers, and my love for the West with its grand places.
I had a lot of difficulty whittling down my gallery selections to just 40 and the online annex gallery to just 50. Really, I felt strongly about both sets of images, and in my dreams, there would be a space large enough to exhibit all of them and I could be taken on a journey from the most gritty industrial landscapes to the most sublime natural landscapes. Selecting just two images for awards was also a challenge. There were a handful of artists who submitted multiple images or bodies of work that I would have liked to include in their entirety. This not being possible, I award two of these artists the Juror’s Award and the Director’s Award respectively. One, Jim Ferguson, for his humorous and unique way of looking at the land, the other, Susan Scott, for the silence that is anything but quiet in her landscapes. I hadn’t seen either of these artist’s images before and these were exciting discoveries for me.
Congratulations to all the artists. It’s a phenomenal show with many pictures that I wish I’d taken myself! Keep letting the land call to you, especially in this unprecedented time. Now would be a great time for a John Muir quote, but perhaps a walk in the woods will suffice.
— Ann Jastrab
The best antidote to self-isolation: Landscape!
Wide open spaces, urban environments, with people or without, traditional, contemporary, minimalist — however you see the world outside, we’d like a taste of it!
All capture and post-processing methods are welcome.
We are so pleased to welcome Ann Jastrab back to jury this landscape exhibition. Ann will select 40 images for exhibition in our Middlebury, Vermont gallery and another 40 for our Online Gallery. All 80 images will be reproduced in the exhibition catalog.
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Ann M. Jastrab is the Executive Director at the Center for Photographic Art (CPA) in Carmel, California, which evolved from the renowned Friends of Photography established, established by Ansel Adams, Wynn Bullock and Cole Weston in 1967. While respecting these West Coast traditions, CPA is also at the vanguard of the future of photographic imagery. Before going to CPA, Ann was the gallery manager at Scott Nichols Gallery in San Francisco where she incorporated contemporary artists with the living legends photography.
Ann also worked as the gallery director at RayKo Photo Center in San Francisco for 10 years until their closure in 2017. She has curated many shows in the Bay Area while simultaneously jurying, curating, and organizing numerous exhibitions for other national and international venues outside of San Francisco. She has reviewed portfolios for a multitude of organizations including the Seoul International Photography Festival in Korea, Fotofest, Photolucida, GuatePhoto, PhotoNola, Review Santa Fe, Medium, Palm Springs Photo Festival, Filter, PhotoAlliance, and Lishui International Photography Festival in China as well as being a juror for Critical Mass.
Besides being a curator, Ann Jastrab, MFA, is a fine art photographer, master darkroom printer, and teacher as well.
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