"Night News" - an occasional missive from the darkness
Vol.2 No.4

"I see skies of blue
and clouds of white.
The bright blessed day,
the dark sacred night.
And I think to myself,
what a wonderful world."

-"What a Wonderful World"
  as performed by Louis Armstrong

Well, the year 2000 is now behind us. It was quite a year, stretching, as it did, from the Y2k 'menace' at the beginning of the year, down to the recent dot-com meltdown; not to mention the bitter partisan warfare in the southernmost provinces of Floridastan. Add to that, on a local level, the astronomical rent increases, evictions, etc., that forced many artist groups and non-profits out in San Francisco - RayKo, our former workshop site was a victim - and, well, we're glad to see '2000' go, to be honest. We made it, tho' - we're growing to love the new sites for the workshops, etc at Fort Mason - http://www.fortmason.org - and the Presidio - http://www.nps.gov/prsf/ - we kind of figured we would!
So anyway, from the Nocturnal front, here's the latest:

The recent AlumNight, held at the Presidio, went well. We had twenty people RSVP to attend, although final attendance was a hardy, dedicated group of 11. That's not bad at all, considering it was just a few days before the Christmas weekend. Some distinguished guests who were expected to show were unable to do so - maybe next time! There were Nocturnes present into the wee hours of the night, as alumni Wayne Vucenic, Faye Heath and her friend, and the Park Police will attest! The next scheduled AlumNight, on the Solstice in June, will of course, be a better 'draw' - plan ahead for it!

The Workshop schedule for the upcoming year should be posted the first week of January at http://www.thenocturnes.com/workshop.htm - In addition, also in January, check out the work of alumni from the workshops at http://www.thenocturnes.com/workplace.htm - New additions include Jimmy Patrick, Michael Quinn, Steve Hanks, and Faye Heath.

See the Exhibits section below for more news of efforts of our illustrious alumni.

We have an 8-page brochure/itinerary for the October 2001 Ireland Workshop available to those interested - just email me - nichols@thenocturnes.com - to request one, and we will send via USPS immediately. Additionally, information will be available on the Web site by mid-January. BTW, the dates for the Ireland Workshop are October 10-24, 2001. Mark your calendar - it's a lovely country, with friendly people, and a great trip - you might think of attending!

Just a brief note here: check out the January 2001 issue of Vanity Fair. In an article entitled "Shooting Past 80," the magazine features bios (and photos) of famous photographers Henri Cartier-Bresson (92), Arnold Newman (82), Gordon Parks (88), Helmut Newton (80), and others, all still "doing it," well into their 8th or 9th decade! Notable for visitors to this space was O. Winston Link! The mag did a couple of paragraphs on him with his most notorious image: "Drive-in, Iaeger, West Virginia, 1956" and included a new image of Link (the O. stands for Ogle) by Michael O'Neill, done in beautiful night color, no less - himself sitting on an A-class steam engine locomotive! Pick one up at your local newstand. BTW, did you know that the Night Photography Links section of The Nocturnes Web site is called "O Winston Links" - you guessed it, in homage to this pioneer of Night Photography. Incidentally, the newest addition to the Links page will be Michael Kenna's site - http://www.michaelkenna.net - and it should be linked in the next few days. Credit goes to Rolfe Horn (of The Nocturnes Gallery) for the work on Michael's site. Good job, Rolfe.

Honorary Nocturnist Ron Rosenstock was featured in an article on self publishing in the November/December issue of ViewCamera, in which he discussed his experiences publishing his beautiful book, "The Light of Ireland," available at www.ronrosenstock.com or http://www.amazon.com

The Call for Entries for our next online exhibit, "2001, a nocturne" has been posted and entries have started coming in - visit http://www.thenocturnes.com/entries for more info.

Fort Mason Foundation presents "Nocturnes: Night Photography by Tim Baskerville" in Landmark Building 'A' of Fort Mason Center, from January 9 thru February 28, 2001 - with a reception for the artist on Wednesday, January 10, 2001, 5:30-7:30pm. The reception coincides with the Wednesday night openings, events, etc., of SFMOMA Rental Galley and other Galleries in the Center. Should be fun! See Fort Mason's online Caledar at http://www.fortmason.org/calendar/2001/0108-0114.html for more info. Work includes local scenes within the Golden Gate National Recreation Area - images of the Presidio, Fort Mason, the Marin Headlands, and Ocean Beach.

One of the orginal "Nocturnes" (The Nocturnes exhibit, Gallery Sanchez, 1991), John Chan was showing work ("85 @ 2000") in the gallery next to Tim's show at the San Mateo's Art Council's Manor House, in Belmont all thru December. John (85) should've been a candidate for the above-mentioned Vanity Fair article, no?

Alumnus Michael Quinn was showing about 20 prints at Castro Photo, a small camera store on 19th Street at Castro, thru December. Really beautiful pieces, especially the firing of the kilns series, all done at night. This was a benefit for The Aids Emergency Fund, and I'm told that sales, and therefore benefit, were good.

And Alumna Corrie McCluskey's series, "Alcatraz: Seen & Unseen," is really making the rounds in the new year. Selections from the series can be "seen" at:

UC Berkeley Extension, from January 15 - February 22, 2001
Hollis Street Project, from January 15 - March 1, 2001
Exit Gallery, University of Nevada, Reno, from January 16 - Feb 2, 2001
Katherine Nash Gallery, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, from Jan 23 - Feb 23, 2001.

As always, this and past issues of "Night News" are accessible at http://www.thenocturnes.com/nitenews.htm

Amid these cold, clear nights of winter just remember: "... lets just be careful out there."

Susan Nichols

"It's been ages since you last visited . . . "