"Night News" - an occasional missive from the darkness
"Fortunately, art is a community effort - a small but select community living in a spiritualized world, endeavoring to interpret the wars and the solitudes of the flesh."
- Allen Ginsberg
(NOTE: Fifty years ago, on Oct. 7, 1955, Ginsberg first read his poem,
"Howl," and got the ball rolling) http://www.citylights.com/
Friends of The Nocturnes,
he "high season" for Night Photography - dubbed "NoctoberFest" - in Northern California, is in full swing, now, so let's get our own ball rolling, shall we?
As always, you can read this edition of NightNews here, or online at http://www.thenocturnes.com/newsletter/newsarchive.htm where a more readable, printable version resides.
Tim Baskerville has an exhibit of his work with the Historic Streetcars, sponsored in part by the Market Street Railway (www.streetcar.org) up at South Beach Café (site of the recent "Embarcadero Nocturne" show) at 800 Embarcadero at Townsend (415-974-1115 for hours). the months of October and November. This is classical black-and-white work of the interiors of these proud, old workhorses, soon to grace the south Embarcadero, in San Francisco. "Interiors: The E-Embarcadero Line - Preview I" will be showing in October (with a reception for the Artist on Sunday, October 9th from 3-6pm); and "Interiors: The E-Embarcadero Line - Preview II" will be installed for November. You can "preview the preview(s)" at www.timbaskerville.com. In addition to being a fund raiser for the Market Street Railway (www.streetcar.org), proceeds from the sale of select photographs of Historic New Orleans Car #952 will be donated to the Red Cross, thru the end of this year.
Studio Nocturne returns for the third year to Fort Mason Center as part of San Francisco Open Studios on October 15 and 16. Thirteen intrepid Night Photographers will again participate in this year's event. Landmark Building 'A' Fort Mason, October 15-16, from 11am to 6pm. This year, The Nocturnes, thru our various satellite/preview shows and this annual Open Studios event, are donating proceeds from special Print Sales to Hurricane Relief and the Red Cross. More info at http://www.thenocturnes.com/exhibits/studionocturne05/index.html and at Fort Mason next weekend.
Artists in this year's Studio Nocturne include:
We will also be screening updated new footage of Andy Frazer's documentary film about Night Photography - screenings on-the-hour, during Open Studio hours on the 15th and 16th!
BTW, we are looking for "a few good docents" for this special event - if you are a night photograper, or just have an interest in this exciting genre of photography and want to learn more about it, why not volunteer to act as a docent for a few hours on either day? - Contact us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. While it would be great if you are well-versed in the nocturne, a general interest in art or photography is all that is required. In addition to greeting and directing visitors to the respective artists in the show, we will be conducting a brief survey of patron's impressions of our not-so-little presentation this year.
The last workshop for the season happens November 14-16, and is one of our favorites. Led by Tom Paiva and Tim Baskerville, it marks our annual, autumnal return to Death Valley - details at http://www.thenocturnes.com/workshops/deathvalley.html - if you've ever thought about taking one of our courses - this is one of the best! Note that we have reserved a block of rooms, for your convenience at a discounted rate at the Furnace Creek Ranch, an oasis in the heart of Death Valley, but you need to register by October 10th!
A reminder: Tim is teaching a new course in Night Photography at the College of Marin, Friday nights, this Fall? The class starts October 28 and runs thru December 16 - more details on the school's site - http://www.marincommunityed.org/fall2005/course/photo.htm#night
In late 2003, upon hearing of UC Berkeley's plans to close its Laguna Street Extension Campus in San Francisco, a concerned group of Nocturnes, UCBx Alumni and instructors including Tim Baskerville, Randy Gunning, Mark Citret, Mark Babsin, Lena Tsakmaki, John Vias, and others, photographed the historic campus during its last days. Some of that imagery is slated to be included in the documentary film, "Uncommon Knowledge: Closing the Books at UC Berkeley Extension" by Bay Area filmmaker, Eliza Hemenway. In the film, Hemeneway chronicles the transformation of a historic campus from a thriving center of art, education and community into a virtual ghost town, creating an intimate portrait of her coworkers in the midst of mass layoffs and uncertainty. Brutal in its honesty, the film reflects global economic forces playing out in a public institution claiming to represent culture, civility and higher learning.
There is a benefit being held, to help raise funds for the documentary, at New College Theatre, 777 Valencia Street, San Francisco, on Thursday, October 13, 2005 at 6:30 PM. There will be a screening of footage from the film, a Q&A with the filmmaker followed by a reception. Donations optional, all are welcome. Eliza looks forward to seeing you there.
CALL FOR ENTRIES
Submissions are being accepted for our newest Online exhibition of Night Photography: "Town and Country," in which we investigate the dual themes of urban and natural landscapes in Night Photography. What we would really like to see is for NPs to tackle both sides of the equation, maybe even in the same image, perhaps a diptych, with one urban and another rural image side-by-side, something like that . . . Deadline for entries will be October 20, 2005 - Prospectus for the exhibit is available at http://www.thenocturnes.com/forms/entryform_tc.html - so, put on your thinking caps for this one!
In addition to the Studio Nocturne group at Fort Mason, here is a list of alumni, who are holding Open Studios elsewhere in San Francisco this month:
Marc Babsin - www.marcbabsin.com
Rebecca Chang - www.theartexplosion.com
Ethel Jimenez - www.etheljimenez.com
Maura Kendrick - www.cstudiosf.com
Lisa Ryers - www.lisaryers.com
Ron Saunders - www.ronmsaunders.com
This concludes this edition of "Night News." As always, this and past issues of "Night News" are accessible at http://www.thenocturnes.com/newsletter/newsarchive.htm
And finally, as we attempt to "interpret the wars and the solitudes of the flesh" for our communities, remember this: ". . . let's be careful out there."
"It's been ages since you visited any of us . . . "
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