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(.2 o:o The Arlington Times/The Marysville Globe The Weekender Arts Wednesday, January 5, II t~/~.$arah Arney I ~e Weekender the past few years Bruce Barnbaum has become known in north Sno- homish County as an environmental- and political activist against the ('SR gravel pit in Granite Falls. Barnbaum is also one of the top three black and white photographers in the nation, claims David Pearce, co-owner of a t~ew photography gallery in LaConner that wdl be showing Barnbaum's work begin- nmg January 23. "He is regarded among his peers as one of the finest landscape photographers and darkroom printers on the planet," said Pearce. The new gallery, Photomontage, opened in April 1999 and features many Northwest photographers in a permanent exhibit with a special show of one or two photographers every two months. A recep- tion for the Bruce Barnbaum exhibit will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 23. Photomontage is located at 109 N. First St. on the Lime Dock in LaConner. Barnbaum, who has lived in Granite Falls for about ten years, pioneered the concept of "canyon photography," which has garnered him world-wide acclaim. His black and white images of southwest canyons depict undulating patterns of sandstone in Paria Canyon, Buckskin Gulch, Antelope Canyon, Waterholes ('anyon, Peach Canyon and others. Barn- baum first explored the Paria Canyon and IJ)wer Buckskin Gulch on a Sierra Club outing in 1976. His intensely graphic photographs por- tray a world so remote to the common eye, they seem like abstract paintings. Indeed, Barnbamn thinks like a painter and a poet, as well as a scientist, when selecting and capturing his images. Of the photograph, "Sculptured Wall, Buckskin Gulch," he writes in one of his books, "I was interested only in the shapes of the highlights, not in the shad- ows. It was visual haiku: only the super- structure is there; the viewer has to fill in the rest. The negative itself contains no detail in the deep hollows." Now, more than 20 years later, Barn- baum says his canyon work remains his Courtesy Pnotorrlontage "Approaching Storm" by Bruce Barnbaum depicts Basin Mountain. Barnbaum, of Granite Falls, has been called one of the top three black and white photographers in the nation and maybe even on the planet. His photographs that will be dis- played at a new photography gallery in LaConner, Photomontage, at 109 N. First St. The show opens with an artists' reception from I to 5 p.m. January 23. favorite body of work. also working toward two other exhibits, ious themes that I started decades ago," The intricate layers of curves and one in Palo Alto and the other in Thou- said Barnbaum. geometry in his canyon photographs sand Oaks, in California. "It depends on where I've been." Most reflect Barnbaum's background in mathe- The show at Palo Alto will feature man- recently Barnbaum has been shooting pic- matics, which he studied at University of made subject matter including phi)- tures in Paris, Georgia, in the Southwest California in Los Angeles in the mid tographs of European cathedrals and con- and around his home near Granite Falls. 1960s. temporary architecture while the Thou- For Barnbaum, photography is not a "1 was totally focused on the geological sand Oaks show will include shots of the matter of being at the right place at the and physical effects of cosmological Southwest and some of a new series onright time. He uses his extensive knowl- forces there," said Barnbaum. the forest, a project he has developed edge of filters and lens and works hard in The photographer took little time off while living in Granite Falls. the darkroom to accomplish his desired during the holidays He's hard at work in The subject matter of his photographsimages. For his photograph, "Sandstone the dark room printing old and new vary, but most fit in one of several main and Sage," he used a 150 mm lens and a images. As Barnbaum prepares a "sort of themes, green filter "to brighten the gray-green of montage" of prints from his past for the "I never work on one project at a time. I the sage in relation to the reddish brown Photomontage show in LaConner, he is am always working simultaneously on var- of the sandstone." Barnbaum is a writer as well as a tographer. His collection of "Visual Symphony, A Photographic in Four Movements," published in Alfred van der Marck, includes behind creating the pictures. of English cathedrals, tecture and natural scenes of the complement his this beautifully presented oversizeff It is now out of print, after including one European edition in man. "Visual Symphony" was third collection of photographs after "Aftermath," a portfolio of by-14 inch images produced Stephen White Gallery in Los 1979, and "Cathedrals of Man" a graph of 24 images extensive photographic study cathedrals during 1980 and 1981. In 1994 another book b "Art of Photography," was Kendall-Hunt Publishing Company. Besides creating pictures, also teaches his art. In 1975 he the Owens Valley shops, teaching both the in the field and 1991 he introduced Photographic Workshops and continues to photography workshops at his home and around the country and q seas. In the next year and a half, teach in Norway and Italy as well the U.S. He has taught locally at Coupeville Arts Center Barnbaum also publishes his tographs and personal essays shooting the pictures in including Photo Techniques Magazine, Digest, Wilderness Magazine, zine and others. His work has leered by many institutions: the American Collection, Microsoft Art tion, Detroit Institute of Art, the States National Park Service, Los County Museum of Art and Orleans Museum of Art, to name few. ~O Wrap Them in V QUILTING With a recent move to a new location just down the street on Olympic Avenue to the former Kraski's Furniture store, Arlington Fabrics scored a largedownstairs room which is used for quilting and sewing classes, a craft mall, and the Wrap Them in Love pro- jeer. Quilts are piled high on shelves along the wall with stacks of fabrics donated to Wrap Them in Love. Ellen Sime loves 1o share her passion for quilting with otherg, and strives to make it easy for'her fellow quilters to quilt, especially if they are willing to work for the abandoned children in the world. People are welcome to stop by the store to quilt anytime they like. "People who love to quilt but have too many quilts already are encouraged to come in and work at the store, using donated fabrics LIQUOR STORE & SMOKI Reg. $30.95 1.750 L ~ ' quilting takes place in cyberspace January 22 and. | to make quilts for Wrap Them in Finished quilts are good, but she Ellen needs physical help as ing to do, she quilts. A qu~ Love,' said EUem Even,when class'- also accepts quilted blocks that , well as quilts and money.-Helpers . sized quilt made of applI~EA]TLf ega'f 'gotW 'Un; m fe'g ttb ig'h ....... ~'6'be ~',%'~/nbled,'f~i'l~' ....... will be put to work finishing unfin- " bloe'~:~by~/~a~'~hem iri~O~.n of th space for other quilters to work, scraps in any size, backing fabrics, ished quilts, keeping the workporters waits dla a~quilting I~ical, =C ~or i~mount "1 she said. batting, cash and time. space organized, doing paper in the back of the store i~r d]~n ' moments. When the qUltt l~:~~ bp until December, a group of One Wrap Them in Love sup- work, or ,just sweeping the floor of " "'t is.~eek run --. ~msased quilters was quilting at the store porter in Indiana recruited a dona- thread and pins and needles. 2shed, Sime will sell ratfie t~ - tl/~e by Jo every Thursday evening, but that tion of candy from a candy manu-Help is also needed in deliver- as another fundraiser for u~s ~mrys" " _,~ance wi may change, facturer in her community. The ing the quilts to orphanages for-profit project . . That group took a break dur- candy was delivered to Arlington around the world. So far, most Ellen is doing more macl~nst the ing the holidays and I don't know Fabrics in a huge semi-truck one quilts have been delivered by quilting than hand quilting~-~ny at whether they will return on Thurs- day during the holidays. The friends of' Ellen's who traveled days. "l like to quilt by haIl~J-he lead days," said the avid quilter. But candy is being sold at the store by overseas to adopt a baby. Several the goal here is to make a 1 ,_,~er, mac quilts, so I do more mac~,-3l['-" they will definitely be quilting cash donation to add to the Wrap people have stuffed their bags full ~ir~al of G there during the global quilting Them in Love fund. of quilts on their way to Russia ing," she said. Since her go~lBff, r rle a -oer~V serge bee in a couple of weeks. Cash is needed for all kil~.ds of and Korea. Ellen plans to continue quantity she and her helper~~ T : icl To reach her goal of wrapping supplies. Needles and thread and delivering the quilts in this way. fmrly simple patterns, but " " f tO ~ter (206] orphaned children in the love of a batting, of course, but also for "You can't just ship them," she the same ones. I pre er ~u I hand-made quilt, Ellen needs plen- office supplies, paper and postage said. 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