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September 30, 2009 > PhotoCentral creates magical fall

PhotoCentral creates magical fall

By Julie Grabowski

The vacation months of summer tend to be a bit quiet at Hayward's PhotoCentral, so the fall quarter of classes and workshops are getting a big kick-off with a special exhibition "Magic in the Mix" starting October 2. The show brings together the creative energy of selected local photographers, channeled into new and diverse artwork in the spirit of experimentation and discovery. "I gravitated toward artists who I knew considered their art a very important part of their lives, regardless of whether they 'did it for a living' or as an avocation," says Guest Curator Susan Honda Eady. "Artists who are working on their art process."

The magic will be cast by 15 photographers, including Michael Belew, Eleonora Ronconi, Aphra Pia, Lafayette Foland, Larry Stueck, Robert Jankowski, and Patricia McClung, featuring works in black and white, color, digital, pinhole, infrared, and new floated pigment transfer prints. This process will be used on Kozo paper (mulberry paper or "rice paper style"), watercolor paper, and on cloth. Artists and workshop instructors working in this medium will be on hand at the exhibit's opening reception and happy to discuss their art and the process with those interested in learning more.

Some of the exhibiting artists had also begun exploring alternative digital transfer process and their collaboration in further development became part of "Magic in the Mix." Spearheaded by Fremont resident and PhotoCentral regular Dorothy Gantenbein and San Mateo resident and Modernbook represented artist Robert Kato, the two will lead a workshop on the process through PhotoCentral available in October.

Founded in 1983 by Geir and Kate Jordahl, PhotoCentral is a community program through the Hayward Area Recreation and Park District (HARD) where photographers are encouraged to grow and explore their art while enjoying and benefiting from the company of fellow artists. Classes and workshops are offered for all ages and abilities, from the basics of Camera I to Darkroom Photography and Digital Image Transfers, Cameras 4 Kids classes, and opportunities to visit Mount Diablo and sample night photography in San Francisco. Various shows and events are also held throughout the year.

"Magic in the Mix" is a personal and powerful exhibit, developed from the perspective of what is happening within the artist community. "All these individual efforts and vision, and how people gravitate together and effect each other in often imperceptible ways," explains Eady. "Included in this show is art that makes a statement of our culture or suggests an emotion; shows me something I've never seen before or contemplates philosophy. It will touch you emotionally, surprise and delight through your visual senses."

An opening reception will be held Friday, October 2 from 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. where the community is invited to view the photography, meet the artists and learn about various techniques. "The excitement is palpable," says Eady. "Magic in the Mix will be fresh, stunning and inspiring."

For more information on "Magic in the Mix" or to learn more about PhotoCentral and available classes call (510) 881-6721 or visit online at

Magic in the Mix

Opening Reception
Friday, October 2
6 p.m. - 9 p.m.

October 2 - November14
Mondays: 5 p.m.-10 p.m.
Tuesdays and Thursdays: 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Fridays: 7 p.m.-9 p.m.
Saturdays: Noon-4 p.m.

PhotoCentral Gallery
1099 E Street, Hayward
(510) 881-6721

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