PENDLETON - More than 140 photos by 37 regional photographers ranging from beginners to professionals, and from Alexander to Zimmerman, are on display at the Pendleton Arts Center through May 29.
An opening reception Friday featured music by Irish singers Michael Duffy of Echo, Scott Sager and Paul Green of Pilot Rock, Ron Emmons, Alan Feves and Dan Emert of Pendleton.
"Open Aperture" features photos of all shapes and sizes, varied subject matter and framing. Some are black and white. Some are abstract. Some are for sale, and some are for display only. Some were photographed right here in Pendleton and some were not. Titles vary from "Ashley with Pumpkinseed" by Arnold Thiesen to "Shadows" by Greg Kellas to "New Born Fawn" by Bill Peal.
Visitors are bound to find something that speaks to them and something to vote "Viewer's Choice." Ballots can be placed in the ballot box in the East Oregonian Gallery at the Arts Center through May 29. The winner will receive a $250 cash award and a statue crafted by a local artist.
Since the award is "viewer's choice," visitors decide the winner by whatever criteria they choose to use.
Exhibitor Arond Alexander, an amateur photographer who has been carrying a camera for six years," said, "the ideal photo is one that people don't know you take." Other photographers and viewers have their own idea of a winning photo and can cast their ballot accordingly.
Many of Alexander's black and white exhibited photos are of events during the Pendleton Round-Up and others are of subjects in the Pendleton area.
He uses a camera with a small, quiet shutter that he said doesn't even look like a camera.
Yet Alexander said he is not a very good judge of his own work and is amazed that all 14 photos he entered were exhibited. This is the first display the University of Oregon graduate in psychology and sociology has had of his photos. He works as a firefighter for a private contractor for the U.S. Forest Service and travels the rest of the year.
"Thanksgiving," also known as Adrian Orange and Jason Anderson, will be in concert beginning at 7 tonight at the Pendleton Arts Center, 217 N. Main St.
The concert is free and open to the public.
Orange is a Portland musician who writes a "lyrically impressionistic, acoustically grounded hearted-up folk (rock) story," said a press release from Watch for Falling Records, the concert promoters, who describe Anderson's music as a "mix of loud, energetic power-pop and quiet, focused indie rock."