Timeless: The White Mountains
September 5 - October 12, 2013

Opening Reception: Saturday, September 7, 2:00 to 4:00.

Open Late for Art on 25th Street’s Third Thursday, September 19, 6:00 to 8:00.

Open Late First Fridays, September 6 and October 4, until 8:00.

Featuring work by:

Margaretta Mitchell, Mark Citret, Erin Malone, Douglas Vincent, Harold Davis, Harvey Abernathey, Jackson Nichols, Irene Imfeld, Dan McLean, Cindy Stokes, Sam Hipkins, Karl French, Patrick Moran, Don Landwirth, Denise Fuson.

 

The White Mountains of California are little known to those who haven’t been there and unforgettable to those who have. The photographers whose work you see here do not forget.
Those who return a number of times, and begin to appreciate the ancient Bristlecone pines and the more ancient geology, are inspired to remember.

The timeline of natural processes that formed this place is a rich and fascinating story. Precambrian geology lies exposed with a multitude of mineral layers forced upward by continental subduction. Remains of 19th-century mines dot the landscape. Long slopes covered in sage dominate the lower elevations. A crown of higher mountains of glows with white dolomite, giving the range its name.

As the vegetation climbs in altitude the sage and other pine forests give way to the ancient Bristlecones pines. They alone reach to the tree line, scattered sparsely across the openness of this high desert. The Sierras, immediately to the west, cast a rain shadow on the Whites, capturing storms from that direction. Bristlecones handle this with perseverance, allowing some branches to die to save the tree. In this way many have lived over 4000 years.

Let scientists trace this passage of time. As visual artists the photographers in this exhibit are more interested in the unique clarity in the air, the subtle tones of rock and wood, the brilliant stars, the palpable blue of the sky, the contrast to the Sierra spikes. From this viewpoint the ethereal beauty of the White Mountains is timeless.

The Dancer