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Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Please Visit The Bedford Gallery website for information about their many community art programs and to find out how to support your Walnut Creek Library's Community Art Gallery.


A community art gallery

Downtown Walnut Creek Library
1644 North Broadway, Walnut Creek

The City of Walnut Creek, in conjunction with the Walnut Creek Downtown Library presents annual exhibitions in the Library Community Art Gallery. The gallery was created to present artwork for the encouragement and development of artistic expression, and to foster greater appreciation for art in our community.

This program is part of the Arts, Recreation and Community Services Department, administered by Bedford Gallery under the direction of the Walnut Creek Arts Commission. 

- written by the Bedford Art Gallery

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Thank you Knox Bronson for your beautiful iPhone photographs using Apps.
Silent Color 1

 Silent Color 2
 Silent Color 3

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

photo by Jeff Brooks-Manas
Q & A Interview
with Jeff Brooks-Manas
by ginny mangrum
Jeff is one of our local art photographers working in Contra Costa County who is exhibiting pieces in the Walnut Creek Library exhibition in July.  Let me take this time to thank you Jeff for taking the time to talk to me about your beautiful landscape work. I know everyone will enjoy it who visits the library this summer. 

Q: So Jeff, how long have you lived in Contra Costa County?

A:  I’ve lived in Contra Costa for 17 years, mostly in Walnut Creek. I love being able to go to San Francisco, but I need the open space.

Q: Can you tell us a little bit about yourself such as; your interest in art photography?

A:  I love shooting landscapes. There are so many beautiful subjects, and they’re so accessible. We are fortunate to have so much park land – City, Regional and State – so close to us. I enjoy sharing my corner of the world, through social media. I have also had some of my work printed on local agency calendars, and in print ads.

Q:  What did you like the most about shooting in Contra Costa County?

A:  I have come to know the seasons and the light, so I know when to go to my favorite spots, and capture my favorite scenes – sunrises, sunsets, waterfalls, wildflowers, wildlife, green hills, etc. I enjoy looking outside at the clouds, or seeing where the sun may go down, and finding a spot to go capture the scene. I know how long it takes me to get to my favorite spots. I know how to walk back in the dark, and I feel safe doing it.

Q:  How long have you been doing it?  Discoveries? What you like best about it?

A:   I’ve been shooting for 3 ½ years, in earnest. That’s when I got a DSLR – a Nikon D40. I guess that my only discovery is how much I enjoy photography. Not just the shooting, but the post-processing. I work in IT, and I’ve met a lot of photographers who are IT people. I’m not sure if there’s a connection. My favorite part of photography is that it gets me outside.

Q:   Anything else personal you think you would like to share that might connect to your art and art making process.

A:  I have had a life long love of nature. Photography has been a great way to save some of the beauty, and share it.

Q: Please give me your artist statement for this series of work.

A:  All of the photos I have in the show are of places that are within 15 minutes of home, and I visit them frequently. Beauty is everywhere, as long as you are open to see it. You can also see something unique in a scene that you have been by several times. It’s all about slowing down, and being present.

Q: Can you please expand upon your statement by saying more about your process meaning the experience while shooting and printing considerations.  

A:  When I’m out hiking, I try to be aware of the sights and sounds. A great piece of advice I received from a photo instructor, is that you should always look around 360 degrees, no matter what your intended subject. While looking at a sunset, you might miss the alpenglow behind you. I try to remember to do that, and often catch things that I would have missed. Awareness of sounds has helped me capture wildlife.

Q:  How does this series relate or did it influence your current work?

A:  The photos that were selected for this show, remind me that I need to remember to look for beauty wherever I am. I love to go to Yosemite, but I can’t get there more than 3 or 4 times a year. As many times as I go someplace, whether it’s once a week, or once a year, I try to keep my eyes open.

Q:  Would you like to continue to make and exhibit art in Contra Costa County if there are opportunities?

A:  I would like that very much.

Thank you Jeff for sharing your time with us! 



Tuesday, May 14, 2013



Thursday, May 9, 2013

Another great shot from Paddy Poupeney, Rheem Theater in Moraga, CA
Thank you Anna Berry for your submission.  Alamo Plaza, CA



Tuesday, April 30, 2013

ARTIST Q AND A INTERVIEW: Tim Taylor 4/30/13

 Hi Tim,  thank you for taking the time to talk about your art making process with us.  I appreciate it and look forward to hearing all about it.  

Q: I guess since your work is being featured in a community setting at the Walnut Creek Library this summer, it might be nice to know about your life and bio in Contra Costa County.  Can you tell us how long you have lived in Contra Costa County?

A: Born in Oakland, the family moved to CC County in 1956, I have lived here ever since, in a few different cities and towns, currently in Pleasant Hill.

Q: Can you tell us a little bit about your educational background please?

A: I had always taken a variety of art classes throughout my life, my first photo class was during a summer school session when I was in second grade I believe. I studied architecture in high school, and during my first year of college at Diablo Valley College. I decided to take a semester off from path and by coincidence, enrolled in a photography class. For a variety of reasons, I never looked back. However, to this day, my architecture studies are a huge part of how I use the frame of a camera, and many other elements of my artwork and design. I continued on to San Francisco State University for both my BA and MA. I had the incredible opportunity to study with some luminaries in the photographic community, as well as with some other students that have become forces in their own right.

2)    Your work at Diablo Valley College, what did you like most about it?
There are many things to list, but perhaps the top of that list was being a witness to so many lives learning to see and interpret the world through a camera lens, translating those ideas into photographs that somehow changed their lives, or at least on how they saw various aspects of their own lives.

3)    How would you describe yourself as an artists, all the mediums you enjoy using (this includes your music)?   

I look at the world that is about me and am fascinated by the visual and physical relationships that surround us all daily. I use a camera as a tool to record relationships that may only exist by virtue of being in a frame that I use, forcing the coexistence to be actual, at least for a fraction of a second. That brief period of time is unique, and it will not be seen ever again. That specificity of light and action and I share that brief interlude, and through the photograph, it gets shared.

I have had the parallel experience of having a performing musician since 1966. In that time, I have been able to find a connection between making photographs and playing drums. That constant is the element of time, inasmuch as both are dependent on the fraction of a second prior to, and subsequently, any given moment that happens either in performance or in camera.

4) Is there anything else personal you would like to share about your art making process?

All of us find a way to document our own experiences and share them with the world. I am blessed to have been able to find a fascination with the photograph, and the printed image. It takes trust, and faith in the belief in the validity of a personal way of seeing. There are no images any better than any other; they are just different for everyone. The importance is their source…

Q: I enjoyed reading your artist's statement last week.  Can you please expand upon it by saying more about your process meaning the experience while shooting and printing considerations?

A: This body of work spanned several years and several thousand rolls of film. I located several locations in the greater Bay Area that still had horses in an open environment, and proceeded to study each creature for the sense of space and body language. Since I was using a very wide field lens, I had to be very close to these animals that could very seriously harm humans instantly, and it was important to respect them and learn their communicative mannerisms. I read about “Horse Body Language” and managed to get within a few feet of these magnificent creatures. Of course, there were incidents that brought questions about my mortality, but generally I found that trust became the issue and respecting the sense of territory becoming minimal as a result. Humans could learn from this behavior.

The actual process involved using a hand held medium format camera in conjunction with a daylight flash exposure. The actual exposure would vary from ½ to 5 second shutter speeds, having the flash fire at the onset of the exposure, resulting in a combination of light sources. These exposures were made in very radical light conditions generally, requiring very special and precise processing of the film to adjust for those conditions. The printing was done originally on AGFA Portiga Rapid paper, but the manufacturer changed the surface appearance and that meant using a new paper, and reprinting some of the originals, once a replacement was determined. The paper chosen was Kodak Polycontast. The printing was done in editions of 5, all then archivally processed and toned in a 1:9 selenium toner. All is printed at 14x17 on 16x20 paper; matted 20x24 with white 4 ply rag board.
Q: How does this series relate or did it influence your current work?

A: I have most currently worked shooting in more urban locales, and less with artificial light, but the sense of movement and direction are still a major concept and are part of that work. The smells have changed too…

Thanks so much Tim for this interview.  I appreciate you taking the time.  Best to you and your new endeavors. 

-  ginny mangrum