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See Cotati fine photographers’ work through Saturday

Tuesday, August 21st, 2012 | Posted by | no responses

"Bordered in White," William M. Theis (Yellowstone National Park)

Cotati photographers William M. Theis and John Hanses are among the 11 Sonoma County artists featured at the 2012 Photography Show at Rohnert Park-Cotati Library on view 12-6 p.m. through Friday and 12-3 p.m. on Saturday.

Theis, 63 and a retired physicist, exhibits regularly at the Sebastopol Center of the Arts and has staged a one-man show at the Ohio Institute of Photography and Technology in Dayton. In addition, his work appeared in an American West photography show at the Shanghai Public Library and has become part of the permanent collection there.

“Though my professional studies and career took me down the road of science and mathematics, my camera was never far from my hand,” notes Theis, explaining that as a scientist he tries to show the mystical connection between “surface beauty with the underlying, unseen complexity of what the subject is and how it came to be.”

Hanses, 49, has been shooting large-format film (4”x5”) for more than 25 years. His intimate landscapes have been shown widely throughout the Bay Area, nationally and in Japan and Australia.

Hanses declares he “was seduced by nature at an early age” when his family moved in 1968 to a small ranch surrounded for miles by forest and orchards in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada.

"Poison Oak," John Hanses

In the early 1980s he began experimenting with photography: “In 1985 I shot a bit of color through the 4×5 and found what would be my passion to this day, the color landscape.”

Both artists shoot in 4” x 5” film, digitize the images and print them with fine ink on archival photographic paper.

Other photographers with work on display at the library this week are Cotati chiropractor Venus Maher, Jane Baron, Ira Gelfman, Janet Gelfman, all of Santa Rosa; Clyde D. Thomas, Petaluma; Dennis Bolt, Michael Ecton and Peter Krohn, Sebastopol; Jacki Gail, Cazadero.

Rohnert Park-Cotati Regional Library, 6250 Lynne Conde Way, Rohnert Park.

For more about Hanses’ and Theis’ work and inspiration, visit johnhansesphotography.com and ImageWorkx.us.

The annual photo show is sponsored by Friends of the Library, the Library Art Association and the Rohnert Park Association for the Arts.

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Nick Walden is our Cotati and Penngrove correspondent.
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