The public is invited to see the nature photography exhibit titled “Two Views: The Beauty Around Us” featuring photographers Jeri Burzin and Michael Hansen, Feb. 2 – 19 at the Porterville College Art Gallery. The public is also invited to the reception to meet the artists, from 5- 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 12.
Sailing in the Caribbean in the early 90’s sparked Jeri Burzin’s interest in photography years ago. Workshops in Yosemite and Sequoia National Park and training through the CSU Summer Arts program increased her knowledge and passion for photography.
“‘Designs in Nature’ are often the subject of [my] work and the desire to show how the commonplace may become the unusual continues to be a motivating force,” Burzin said.
Burzin is a Board Certified Educational Therapist and founder and director of Main Gallery, a group of artists who exhibit their work throughout the community. Her work is in many private collections and has been shown in numerous venues including the Ansel Adams Gallery and Yosemite Museum, Stellar Gallery, Fresno City Hall, Visalia Convention Center, Café 225, Arts Visalia, Exeter Courthouse Gallery, Kaweah Delta District Hospital, Central Valley Children’s Hospital and the Tulare Historical Museum.
Michael Hansen’s love for photography started in the late 70’s when he was introduced to backpacking. It was at that time he began documenting his trips into our wilderness areas. In 2003, Hansen got serious about learning the craft and attended classes in basic through advanced photography at Porterville College. The foundations laid in the traditional darkroom with film have helped him immensely with processing his digital images. Michael deeply enjoys the wild places he visits.
“I can spend hours and days exploring the secret corners just off the beaten path. I love to wander with my camera, with no real plan or agenda, in my Jeep or on foot in the wilderness,” Hansen said. “I’m always amazed at the opportunities that present themselves: grand open vistas, moody fog, magical light, little details of the forest floor or the creatures that dwell there. Nature moves me and it is my hope that somehow my photos convey this passion.”
Michael has shown in many venues around the valley and has many pieces on permanent display at the California 5th District Court of Appeal, Suncrest Bank, Kaweah Delta Hospital, Sierra View Hospital, as well as many private collections.
Michael’s work is represented by Getty Images and Acclaim Images Stock Photography.
The show will run from Feb. 2-19. Gallery hours are Monday through Thursday from 12 to 2 p.m. and 4 to 6 p.m. The reception for the artists is Thursday evening, Feb. 12, from 5-7 pm. Parking is
nrestricted during the time of the reception. For other times, contact the front desk when you arrive to see the show for a free temporary parking permit.
The Porterville College Art Gallery is located on campus at 100 East College Avenue in Porterville. Please contact Jim Entz at 791-2257 for more information.