The Sausalito Art Festival Photography Gallery
The World Through the Festival's Lens
Each year, the Sausalito Art Festival features a fresh exhibition in its showcase Festival Photography Gallery curated by SAF Foundation trustee Tony Cook and produced by a volunteer staff of photo aficionados.
Sierra Highs: California Landscapes by Photographer Galen Rowell
This year’s Festival’s Photography Gallery will showcase the work of legendary mountaineer and photojournalist Galen Rowell, whose “dynamic landscapes” document both his climbing adventures and his ability to capture the exquisite beauty of the earth’s wild places.
Recipient of the Ansel Adams Award in 1984 for his contribution to wilderness photography, Rowell (1940 – 2002) made numerous trips to many high-altitude destinations, so the Festival Gallery is showcasing his images of the Sierras and other California terrain bathed in mountain light.
Bay Area born and bred, Rowell pioneered a special brand of participatory wilderness photography in which the photographer transcends being an observer with a camera to become an active participant in the image being photographed. Often made in the course of his climbing adventures, Rowell’s landscapes have a visual power derived from what he described as “a continuing pursuit in which the art becomes the adventure and the adventure becomes the art.”
During his lifetime, Rowell photographed and wrote major features for Life, National Geographic, Sports Illustrated, Outside and Time, and published a popular illustrated monthly column in Outdoor Photographer. He authored a total of 18 photo books including a number published in partnership with Sierra Club Books.
This is the seventh year that the Art Festival’s Photography Gallery has offered exceptional work by fine photographers in a variety of genres. The Gallery will be open during the Festival from 10AM to 7PM on Saturday and Sunday August 30th and 31st and 10AM to 5PM Monday, September 1st.
The curated color prints will be available for purchase, and the proceeds will go to support the ongoing non-profit work of the Art Festival Foundation.
2013: Wind, Fog & Sail – A Retrospective of Famed Bay Area Marine Photographer Diane Beeston
Photographer Diane Beeston captured images of sailboats and sailors on the San Francisco Bay for more than 30 years. An avid sailor as well as a skilled artist, she recorded the romance of an earlier nautical era with her photographs of the Bay’s racing fleets and vintage yachts. During the sixties, seventies and eighties she became a legendary figure afloat, navigating her chase boat to get the best shots and creating memorable images of the beauty and excitement of boating on the Bay’s foggy, turbulent waters.
Ms. Beeston shot with both 35mm and 2 ¼ x 2 ¼ cameras using both black & white and color film. Thirty of her iconic images are on display at the Sausalito Art Festival Photography Gallery for the enjoyment of sailors and landlubbers alike. The dramatic quality of light in her photographs and her sense of composition, have inspired comparisons with fellow maritime photographers, Morris Rosenfeld and Bekins of Cowes.
In 1972, Chronicle Books published a volume of her images, “Of Wind,Fog & Sail”, which is now out of print. Tiburon resident Hank Easom, a highly-regarded, veteran yachtsman, and Diane Beeston’s life-long friend and colleague, is credited with re-introducing her work and accessing the 10,000 negatives from her photographic collection, which was donated to the St. Francis Yacht Club.
Now in her 80’s and living in Astoria, Oregon, Ms. Beeston has resumed her painting career, and can be reached via her website: BeestonArt.com.
SAF Trustee Tony Cook and Photographer /Gallerist Ed Carey curated this remarkable show, which is both a tribute to Diane Beeston and the maritime history of Sausalito and the San Francisco Bay. All of the images in the Festival’s Beeston exhibit were available for sale.
Previous exhibitions have ranged from one-man shows to thematic collections, with a focus on either landscape, portraiture, scientific imagery, or documentary subjects. They have included the following:
|2013||Wind, Fog & Sail – A Retrospective of Famed Bay Area Marine Photographer Diane Beeston|
|2012||Milestone Moments – 1952 to 2012: Sixty Photographs that Changed Our World|
|2011||The Beautiful Brain: Neuroscience Images as Art|
|2010||San Francisco Then: Vintage Photographs by Fred Lyon|
|2009||Rock Icons: Portraits from the Woodstock Era by Elliott Landy|
|2008||The Big Beyond: Celestial Images from the Hubble Telescope|
|2007||The Summer of Love: San Francisco 1969 by John Gavrilis|