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Jack Straton at Silver Falls State P ark

by Daniel Portis-Cathers 10-10-18

 

 

Jack Straton is a photographer in Portland, Oregon, USA, whose "heritage" is the West Coast school, creating abstractions and landscapes with film and digital cameras ranging form 8x10" to 35mm in color and black and white. His creative expressions also extend to quantum scattering theory, music, and anti-racist education. He earned a BFA in Photography from the U of O in 1977, worked as a professional Jazz drummer for three years, and in the 1980s earned a doctorate in Physics. He has been a community educator since 1985 when he founded Men Against Rape in Eugene, Oregon, and since 1998 has been an interracial dialogue group facilitator. Through all of this he has continued to devote about a quarter of his waking hours to photography.

The world calls to us as we pass and we must be willing to stop to locate that voice, even in the midst of desolation. We ultimately find that we recognize some part of ourselves in this worldscape, a resonance that pulls us to truly see what surrounds us. We can then take that connection with us as we continue our journey, more aware of the world's delight in being -- indeed twirling its dance with joy.

His first piece of advice to young photographers is to pay attention to the light above all else a scene offers. A piece of flotsome with a play of light across its surface will ultimately draw viewers into a resonance with what is seen better than does a potentially beautiful or interesting scene devoid of luminosity. His second piece of advice is passed on from his teacher, Bernie Freemensser: "pay attention to the corners of the image and the photograph will take care of itself."

 

National and International Awards

First Place among 2D artists in a juried national joint show entitled October National 2019, October 4 through October 30, 2019, Gallery 510, Decatur, IL.


Third Place among 2D and 3D artists at the 311 Gallery Annual ABSTRACTS Juried show 2018, Raleigh, NC.


Honorable Mention award among all manner of art at the 2018 Overland Park Art at the Center Juried Exhibition, Overland Park, KS.

Honorable Mention award among Fine Art, Photography & Mixed Media at the 2020 Another Moment in Time Juried Exhibition, Cutchogue, NY.

Juror's Choice among 2D artists in a juried national joint show entitled October National 2020, October 2 through October 30, 2020, Decatur, IL.


National Research Council-NASA Postdoctoral Research Associateship, 1986 to 1988.


Fourth Place, Nikon/Nutshell National Photography Contest, 1977.


Artist in Residence


Brush Creek Foundation for the Arts, Saratoga, WY, October 1-12, 2018.

 

Recent Photographic Exhibitions

The Art of the Cosmos - Celebrating 30 Years of Hubble, Pasadena, CA, May through August, an international joint show of all fine art media.

Exhibizone Smart Group Exhibition - Fall 2020, December 4, 2020 through January 30, 2021, an international joint show of all fine art media. <https://www.biafarin.com/p/gallery.html?LNG=EN&CNTID=2440602000165472179&TP=artworks&PN=2>.

Modern Art National, December 15, 2020 through January 9, 2021, Anna ,TX, a national joint show of 2D and 3D art.

BOUNDLESS, Art Fluent, November 13 through December 13, 2020, Cape Cod, MA (https://www.art-fluent.com/boundless), a national joint show.

Another Moment in Time Juried Exhibition, Old Town Arts & Crafts Guild, October 30 through November 10, 2020, Cutchogue, NY, a national joint show.

Art Through The Lens 2020, Yeiser Art Center, October 23 through November 28 , 2020, Paducah, KY, an international joint show.

October National 2020, October 2 through October 30, 2020, Decatur, IL, a national joint show of all media.

Artists Who Teach 2020 Gallery Exhibition, Ellington-White Contemporary, September 19 through November 21, 2020, Fayetteville, NC, a national joint show of 2 and 3D works.

2020 National Fine Art Show,The Lincoln Gallery , September 4 through October 10, 2020, Loveland, CO, a joint show of all fine art media.

Celebration of Art National Juried Exhibit, August 18 through October 14, 2020, San Rafael, CA (https://shows14.wixsite.com/mysite), a joint show of all fine art media.

The 2nd Half: 50 and Over Show, September 3 to September 26, 2020, Laguna Beach, CA, an international joint show of all fine art media.

August Group Art Show - Jones Gallery, July 29 through August 27, 2020, Kansas City, MO, a national show of all media.

2020 Photography Show, The Spanish Peaks Arts Council (SPACe) , July 28 through August 29, 2020, La Veta, Colorado, a national show.

2020 Juried Art Show - Maria V. Howard Arts Center, May 1 through August 16, 2020, Rocky Mount, NC, a national show of all media.

2020 311 Gallery ABSTRACTS MATTER Juried Show, Raleigh, NC, March 5 through March 28, 2020, an international joint show of 2D and 3D artists.


Habitat California: Flora & Fauna, Palos Verdes Art Center, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA, February 8 through April 22, 2020 an international all-media joint show.


January Group Art Show - Jones Gallery, January 2 through January 30, 2020, Kansas City, MO, a national show of all media.


2019 311 Gallery BLACK and WHITE Juried Show, November 1 through November 29, 2019, Raleigh NC, an international joint show of 2-D or 3-D works of art.


64 ARTS Exhibition at the Buchanan Center for the Arts, October 25 through December 16, 2019, Monmouth, IL, a national joint show of all media.


October National 2019, October 4 through October 30, 2019, Decatur, IL, a national joint show of all media.


Kingston Fine Arts Festival, 60th Anniversary, July 20 through July 28, 2019, Kingston, WA, a national joint show of 2-D or 3-D works of art.
311 Gallery Annual Flowers & Gardens Juried Show, July 4 through July 27, 2019, Raleigh NC, an international joint show of 2-D or 3-D works of art.


Amuse Yeux 2019, June 7 through September 1, 2019, Foothills Art Center, Golden, CO, an international joint show of all fine art media.
The Lincoln Gallery 2019 National Fine Art Show, May 10 through June 7, 2019, Loveland, CO, a joint show of all fine art media.


[untitled] exhibit at Athens Arts Gallery in Crawfordsville, IN, April 6 through May 4, 2019, 2019, Taos, NM, a national joint show of all fine art media.


After Dark 8, March 23 through April 13, 2019, Taos, NM, a national joint show of all fine art media.


Brownsville Museum of Fine Art, 47th International Art Show, Brownsville, TX, March 27, through April 27, 2019, a joint show of all fine art media.


American Swedish Institute Traveling Show, Minneapolis, MN, February 22 Ð March 24, 2019, an international joint show of all media.


311 Gallery Annual ABSTRACTS MATTER Juried show 2019, Raleigh, NC, February 28-March 30, 2019, an international joint show of 2D and 3D artists.


24th Arts in Harmony 2019 Annual International Show, Hopkins, MN, January 10 Ð Sunday, February 17, 2019, a juried joint show of all media.


Apertures 2018, The Cultural Center of Cape Cod, an international juried joint online exhibition of photographs opening November 16 <https://www.cultural-center.org/apertures-2018/>.


October National 2018, October 5-27, a juried joint show of all media.
36th Annual Wallowa Valley Festival of Arts, September 11-16, 2018, a juried international joint show of all media.


Webster ArtsÕ ÒGreenÓ exhibition, September 13-October 31, 2018, a juried international joint show of all media.


5th Annual Abstract Catalyst Exhibition, Verum Ultimum Art Gallery, Portland, OR, August 25th through September 30th, 2018, a juried international joint show of 2D and 3D artists.


2018 311 Gallery Annual Landscapes & Seascapes Juried Show, September 6-29, 2018, Raleigh NC, an international joint show of 2-D or 3-D works of art.


Photography at the Emerald: 3rd Annual Autumn Exhibition: 2018, August 28th through September 28th, Springfield, OR, a national joint show.

Pushing Paper: Realizing the Potential of the Medium, August 11 through September 22, 2018, Poughkeepsie, NY, an international joint show of of 2D and 3D artists.

South Cobb Arts Alliance 31st Annual National Juried Art Exhibition, August 11 through September 19, 2018, Smyrna, GA, a joint show.


2018 Roslyn Art Fest Juried Art Show, August 3 through August 28, 2018, Roslyn WA, an international joint show.


Kingston Fine Arts show, July 26 through July 29, 2018, Kingston, WA, an international joint show.


After Dark 7, June 9 through June 30, 2018, Taos, NM, a national joint show of painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, sculpture, mixed media, fiber arts, glass, digital printed media, and assemblage.


311 Gallery Annual FLOWERS & GARDENS Juried Show 2018, July 5 through July 28, 2018, Raleigh NC, an international joint show of 2-D or 3-D works of art.


The 2nd Half: 50 and Over Show, June 7 through June 29, 2018, Laguna Beach, CA, an international joint show of all fine art media.

The Lincoln Gallery 2018 National Fine Art Show, May 11 through June 8, 2018, Loveland, CO, a joint show of all fine art media.


Brownsville Museum of Fine Art's 46th International Art Exhibition, Brownsville, TX, April 25 through May 26, 2018, a joint show of all fine art media.


Nefelibata, Union Street Gallery, Indiana University, Kokomo, IN, April 6 through 25, 2018, a international joint show of all fine art media.


2018 Overland Park Art at the Center Juried Exhibition, Overland Park, KS, April 6 through June 3, 2018, a international joint show of all manner of art.


31st Annual McNeese Works on Paper Exhibition , Lake Charles, LA, March 22 through May 10, 2018, a juried national joint show.


311 Gallery Annual ABSTRACTS Juried show 2018, Raleigh, NC, March 1 through 31, 2018, a joint international show of 2D and 3D artists.


5th Annual Abstract Sanctuary Exhibition, Verum Ultimum Art Gallery, Portland, OR, February, 2018, a joint international show of 2D and 3D artists.


LA Artcore 2nd Annual Photographic Competition and Exhibition ,February 2 through 27, 2018, a joint show of North American photographers.


Photowork 2018: 31st Annual National Photography Exhibition, February 10 through 2, 2018, a joint show.


4th Open Call, Providence Center for Photographic Arts international competition, October 12 through December 3, 2017, a joint show.


The City of Auburn [Washington] Arts Commission international two-dimensional media competition,June 1 throughJuly 13, 2017, a solo show.