In conjunction with the Eugene Opera’s performance of Puccini’s The Girl of the Golden West, White Lotus Gallery is proud to announce the opening of a new exhibition The Golden West featuring prints by Lynda Lanker and photographs by Gary Tepfer, David Butler, Riche Bergeman and Charles Search.
Lynda Lanker spent nearly two decades portraying in a variety of media the women ranchers and cowgirls of the American West. Several lithographs and engravings from this exceptional series of portraits will be included in this exhibition.
Gary Tepfer has been photographing the landscape of the American West for over forty years, his understanding of what is most beautiful shaped by the majestic landscapes of these states. Drawn to the light – reflected and radiant in their interaction with water, stone, and vegetation, his images convey the profound beauty and spirituality of these physically challenging landscapes.
David J. Butler is a photographer, writer, and traveler whose artistic life is inspired by the West. “While the arid West may seem to some as a region without, it reveals itself to me as one with – with mystery, with beauty, with extremes – in other words, with life.”
Rich Bergeman is attracted to the High Desert of Eastern Oregon as a photographer who‘s drawn to the places on the verge of vanishing. Ancient petroglyphs etched into the rimrock by early Americans, sun-bleached ranches abandoned by dried-out homesteaders, and ghost towns gradually fading into the dust, Bergeman explores the largely forgotten chapters in Oregon’s complex history, hoping to bring them back to life through photographs of what’s been left behind.
Charles Search’s photographs, whether they are portraits of a basket weaver or a weary laborer,or gorgeous landscapes of an alkali flat in Nevada or a majestic mountain range in Eastern Oregon, are invocations that are an amalgam of memory, longing, and imagination, unique moments of revelation transcending place and time providing an alternative perspective outside our normal experience. At any given moment, the aspects of light, space, form and content may coalesce to transform a place or subject, unveiling the extraordinary which seconds before seemed ordinary.