Exhibitions

Two photographs selected for City Panorama 2016

I’m honored and pleased that two of my panoramic photographs have been selected for the City Panorama 2016 public arts program. One of the images is a panorama of a sunset that includes The Needles and Haystack Rock in Cannon Beach, Oregon; and the other is of Dusty Lake in eastern Washington state.

City Panorama is an annual project that displays inspirational panoramic format art on Metro bus shelters throughout Seattle and King County. The art will appear on 8-foot-wide wood panels, and may be displayed for up to ten years. The process of printing, mounting, and siting all of the selected works takes several months.

I shot the Dusty Lake photo from a high point on a ridge above the lake. Dusty Lake sits in a depression gouged out by Ice Age floods, about 200 feet below the top of the ridge. To get a sense of the field of view for this image, the lake is over half a mile long, and the far end of the ridge in the distance on the right is about a mile and a half away.

Both of my images are multiple-frame panoramas photographed in camera raw format, then merged and processed in Adobe Lightroom, with some additional edits in Adobe Photoshop as needed.

Thank you to Photographic Center Northwest, King County Metro, and Youth in Focus as well as the panel of jurors from those organizations who selected the images. Thanks also to 4Culture who fund the program through a grant.

For more information and to see the complete list of photographers and artists whose work was selected, visit City Panorama 2016 (Photo Center Northwest).

Update: Haystack Rock panorama installed

I received word that the Haystack Rock sunset panorama was installed at Stop #9560, a northbound bus stop at Eastlake Avenue East and Harvard Avenue East in Seattle. You can see the work installed on site in the photos below, as well as a map of the location.

Haystack Rock panorama by Conrad Chavez installed on site

A roughly 150-degree panorama of the Cannon Beach photograph shown in the context of the site. The photograph is installed inside the shelter. The right side of this image looks south along Eastlake Avenue East, which is how buses coming from downtown Seattle approach the stop.

A closer look at the Haystack Rock panorama by Conrad Chavez installed on site

A closer look at the panorama installed inside the bus shelter.

Detail of photo credits

Detail of photo credit and sponsor logos. There’s evidence of graffiti, which is to be expected. A maintenance crew has apparently done a partial job of removing the graffiti.

Here‘s a map of the location, it’s under the Interstate 5 bridge:

The artists have no input as to where the photographs are installed, so I was pleased that Metro installed my work at a bus stop that I actually used back in high school to get home.

I’m still waiting to find out where Metro installs the Dusty Lake photo. Installation of the long list of City Panorama works may take until late spring 2017.

Prints on display from Il Palio di Siena at Art Walk

Promotional image for Conrad Chavez photos at November 2015 Greenwood-Phinney Art Walk

Event: November 13, 2015 in Seattle

I’m showing a set of photographs from my from my series about Il Palio di Siena, including two large images I haven’t printed before. Il Palio is the centuries-old traditional horse race held twice each summer in Siena, Italy. Attending Il Palio was fascinating to me not because of horse racing specifically, but because of the colorful cultural and historical traditions that drive it.

The event is on November 13, 2015 from 6 to 9 p.m. as part of the monthly Greenwood-Phinney Art Walk. Join me at Nutty Squirrel Gelato, 7212 Greenwood Ave N in Seattle. (See location on Google Maps).

I ate a lot of gelato while attending Il Palio, so I am grateful to Nutty Squirrel Gelato for hosting my Italian photographs in an appropriate venue. In addition to the delicious treats available at Nutty Squirrel, there will be Art Walk-only art discounts and affordable gifts. I will also have additional prints and images that are not already on the walls. Hope to see you there!

More info: List of all participating venues and artists / Map of venues (PDF, 2-up)

If you can’t make it to the event, the photographs are on display throughout November 2015. You can also visit my Palio di Siena project website to see an extended photo essay and video of the works that I continue to create from this ongoing project.

Also, by a complete coincidence, SIFF (Seattle International Film Festival) is screening a documentary about Il Palio on November 14, 2015, the day after this event, as part of their Cinema Italian Style series. I haven’t seen it, but the trailer looks promising. For more information and a preview, see: Palio

Prints on display: “Capture the Moment” group photo exhibition

Reception: March 13, 2015 at University House Issaquah

You can see some of my recent photographs in a group show at University House in Issaquah, WA. The show is up from March 13 to June 6, 2015.

The gala reception is on Friday, March 13, 2015 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m, with wine and hors d’oeuvres. If you plan to come, please RSVP to 425-557-4200 by March 11. See you on the 13th!

University House is at 22975 SE Black Nugget Road in Issaquah, Washington, USA. (See location on Google Maps)

I am also honored that one of my submissions, “Dancing Sunset at Golden Gardens Park,” was selected to be the promotional image for the exhibition.

Flyer for Capture the Moment photo exhibitionClick to download the “Capture the Moment” flyer and reception details (PDF file, 1.5MB)

The show also includes photographs by Kristine Anderson, Alex Brikoff, Debbie Cahn, Monique Catino, Sarah Dalton, Ron Hammond, Jack Johnston, Jerry Kaufman, Dave Ko, Cathy Loftus, Paul Mongillo, Catherine Simpson, and Betty Spann.

Thanks to June Sekiguchi and ERA Living for presenting this exhibition.

Prints on display: “Structures in Light”

Architecture, light, and color

I’m showing dramatic, colorful architectural photography, including images from two countries and three American states. These images come out of my recent experiments with expressive color processing and lens corrections, which I’ve had lots of fun exploring.

The photographs are on display for all of March and April 2011 at Herkimer Coffee in north Seattle. The cafe doesn’t host art receptions, but you can meet and talk with me there on Friday, March 11, from 4:30-6 p.m. leading into the March Greenwood Art Walk, or the same time Saturday April 9 if you can’t get away on weekdays (they always close at 6). Herkimer Coffee is on the corner of N 74th St and Greenwood Ave N in Seattle. Click for a map.

The Walled Sky

The Walled Sky

Prints on display: “Sacred, Spiritual Spaces and Icons” group show

Sacred, Spiritual Places and Icons

Artistic interpretations of inspiring, peaceful, reflective places and objects

View several of my photographs from Spain and India as part of a large group show at the University House retirement community in Issaquah, WA. You can see the show from March 12 to July 4, 2011.

The gala reception is on Saturday, March 12, 2011 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m, with live music and appetizers. If you go, please RSVP to 425-557-4200 by March 9. See you on the 12th!

Click to download the “Sacred, Spiritual Places and Icons” postcard and reception details (PDF document)

Sacred Spiritual Places and Icons exhibition flyer

(Photograph in group show flyer is by Michael Rainwater)