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August 26, 2009 > The struggle between grass and concrete

The struggle between grass and concrete

Fremont, is there a 'there' there? This question is often asked... Come and see for yourself, the artists think there is.

Mission Coffee Roasting will host a photographic exhibition of large format high resolution panoramic photographs by Jacline Deridder and Ralph Cooksey-Talbott. Jacline Deridder has pictures of our city and its inner being that stand in counterpoint to the images of the local hills by Cooksey-Talbott.

This exhibit is a visual examination of the dichotomy between Fremont's urban infrastructure and its natural setting of hills and flatlands. The juxtaposition exists only because of the local moratorium on building on the hills. Without these restrictions on building the artists would not have been able to construct this rich lexicon of images of the suburban environs and the pristine rolling hills surrounding our city.

Cooksey-Talbott has been working as a photographer since 1972 when he moved to California from Michigan. During the 1970's he studied under Ansel Adams in Yosemite. Ansel published one of his photographs in the portfolio section of his book "Polaroid Technique Manual." Cooksey became a Certified Master Color Printer in the late 70's. During this period he made many color prints for the late Galen Rowell at Faulkner's Color Lab in San Francisco. His color printing skill is one thing that strongly sets his work apart from the many photographers who rely on color labs or service bureaus to print their work.

Jacline Deridder is from Belgium where she learned black and white traditional film photography. Deridder comes from a creative family of artists and teachers. She has worked in a variety of media including acrylics, pastels, murals, and clay. After studying (classic cut and paste) Graphic Arts at the Académie des Beaux Arts in Brussels, and interactive programming at Siemens Corporate Computer School in the 80's, she moved to the US in 1990 and to Fremont in 1997

She began exploring digital photography in 2000, thrilled by the expanded possibilities of the digital darkroom. Her photography has been on public exhibition since 2004 and has won many awards in California. Deridder enjoys the challenge of capturing the lines of light, beauty and irony in the everyday environment and she particularly enjoys capturing the essence of the human being as it is reflected in the urbanscape.

For more information on the artist, please visit,

The struggle between grass and concrete
September 1 to 30

Artist Reception
Sunday, September 13
3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Mission Coffee Roasting
151 Washington Blvd., Fremont
(510) 623-6920

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