December 2017

Art Hop Reception: Thursday, Dec 7, 2017 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Artists' Reception: Saturday December 9, 2017 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM


Juergen Vespermann

Even though the term "Fahrvergnügen" (used by VW commercially in the 1990s) lost its fun connotation recently through the emission test scandals of the auto industry, I decided to use it anyway because it does describe my background (after all, I am German) and the pleasure I experience while photographing and the enjoyment of sometimes seeing the results.

Fahrvergnügen - The pleasure (vergnügen) of driving

Photovergnügen - The pleasure of photographing

Pink Panther

My original idea for this show was to display photos of my two homes, Fresno, and Muenster, Germany, since I have been in both towns about an equal amount of time. I might come back to that for some later show but decided instead to present my most recent shots in larger sizes on canvas and to dedicate one of two smaller "areas" to my dad and the other to the Pink Panther.

Dale Bros Coffee Can Sign

My dad (Hermann) passed away two years ago. He loved to take pictures and stuck, until the end, to his 35mm Canon camera. He gave me his old camera (Braun Paxette, Super III, Automatic) some forty years ago, which was the perfect opportunity for me to explore the world in my home town on my own. I included in the show some photographs of our family home in Muenster before, during and after World War II because it always has been the focal point of our family. The place we grew up and I continued to stay when I came back "home" from Fresno. The photos show a little bit of the history of our house. Built in 1908, it was partially destroyed during WWII but restored by my grandfather after the war and is considered a historic building today.

Denver Art Museum

The second area, as in previous shows, is dedicated to my faithful travel companion (in addition to Kristen.), the Pink Panther. Since I first came to Fresno with a giant inflatable Pink Panther who joint me on the passenger seat of my first car (he did not have his own seat on the plane though), a Chevy Nova, on my travels, he has been on nearly every trip and added to the joy (Vergnügen) of travelling and taking pictures.

The majority of the large prints on canvas focus on my favorite subject, black and white architecture. I like bringing details of architecture and man-made objects to the surface, emphasizing visual lines and forms. Most of my photos are very abstract, usually too detailed to recognize the actual building. It keeps the viewer guessing. Which way is up and which way is down? Have I seen this building before? The images capture a perspective that transcends the building itself, focusing in on the most intriguing details. It is exciting to discover the accidental combination of individual elements created, when viewing these structures and trying to further reduce these objects to details, playing with the lines, geometrical figures, shades and contrast. An advantage of photographing architecture is that the subject hardly ever moves or complaints and you can take your time, rarely disturbing anybody, not having to ask for permission.

In addition, I printed a couple of landscape shots to large canvas since that's part of the southwest travelling experience, vast landscapes.

One last comment about my show: Going through old photographs was just a great "Vergnügen" in itself. Great memories, great places, great adventures, great travel companions, great people, great friends.more to come. I hope you enjoy the show, I do.

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Richard Mann

Mission San Jose

The Spanish Missions in California comprise a series of religious and military outposts established by Spanish Catholics of the Franciscan order between 1769 and 1833 to spread the Christian faith among the local natives. Beginning in 1492 with the voyages of Christopher Columbus, the Kingdom of Spain sought to establish missions to convert the natives in Nueva España (New Spain). Visitador General Jose de Galvez engaged the Franciscans, under the leadership of Friar Junipero Serra, to take charge of founding new missions in Alta California by order of King Charles III.

Mission San Antonio de Padua

On July 14, 1769 Galvez sent the expedition of Junipero Serra and Gaspar de Portola to find a mission at San Diego and presidio at Monterey, respectively. The founding Franciscan missionaries' idea was to find fertile soil, good water sources and natives with the objective to convert, educate, and civilize the indigenous population and to transform the natives into Spanish colonial citizens. Today, the California Missions are among the state's oldest structures and the most visited historic monuments. There are 21 missions in California. As a visitor to the missions, I have encountered amazing things while photographing the historic Spanish establishments.

Mission San Antonio de Padua

The frescoes at Mission San Miguel Arcangel are some of the most beautiful and best preserved in any California Mission. The original paintings were done in 1820. They were painted by the mission's native residents under the guidance of Spanish diplomat and artist Esteban Carlos Munras of Monterey. Mission Santa Barbara is known as the Queen of Missions and is the only mission in the California chain remaining under control of the Franciscans without interruption from the day of its founding until the present time. Mission San Jose was renowned for its orchestra and choir developed led by Fr. Narciso Duran. The first Peruvian Pepper Tree planted in California in 1830 can be seen at the San Luis Rey de Francia Mission. Mission La Purisima Concepcion is the only mission complex not built in a quadrangle style. Mission San Juan Capistrano is known as the most magnificent stone church of all the California Missions with a cathedral-like style. The swallows of Capistrano (Las Golondrinas) are the best known feature. Santa Clara de Asis Mission is the site of the first college and the oldest university in California; founded in 1851 by the Jesuit order. Mission San Juan Bautista is the place where you can see part of the original El Camino Real (Royal Road) just beyond the walls of the mission's cemetery.

Let me present to you this photo odyssey through the 21 California Missions which I hope you enjoy as much as I have since the day I started photographing these remarkable and enduring Spanish-Franciscan establishments.

Take a moment to think of all that nature gives to you every single day so that you may live, yet nature never asks for anything in return. This is true giving. I, mARTin, am a landscape and nature photographer. I find great pleasure and satisfaction in my photography. I love what I do and I do it with PASSION! There is always something in nature to share; if my images move you emotionally then I am happy. I am inspired by nature, fascinated with art, and passionate for photography, which makes possible the creations I offer you. I am a Gavilan College student in Morgan Hill, CA pursuing my major in arts.