You want diversity? You got it. The Image Makers, an informal group of 44 local photographers, is opening "Collective Visions," an exhibit of 90 photographs at the Pacific Grove Art Center on Friday.
According to group spokesperson Susan Hovermale, the exhibit will have a little bit of just about everything from "nudes to wildlife, through nature, detail work; abstract as well as realistic," in black-and-white, and in color. In that regard, the exhibit pretty much mirrors the diversity of the group''s members who range from amateur photographers to professionals.
According to Hovermale, the group''s membership has been open to anyone who loves photography, whether they be amateur, professional, fine-art or commercial photographer.
"The only rule for the group is to love photography, share your work and support the other folks," says Hovermale. "We really have no agenda, except for sharing our work, and growing through that."
The group began holding monthly meetings in members'' living rooms just a little more than a year ago. In the beginning, it was only "three or four" photographers. Those early members found the meetings to be of such value that they called other photographers they thought might be interested, and the group has swollen to such a size that they have put a moratorium on admitting new members. (It''s difficult finding a living room that can accomodate that many members...)
A number of well-known local photographers are members of the group, including Richard Garrod, Henry Gilpin, Roger Fremier, Craig Lovell, Wei Chang and Art Haseltine. Both Richard Gadd and Dennis High, the directors of the Monterey Museum of Art and the Center for Photographic Art, respectively, are also members and will have work shown in the exhibit. cw
Paintings and monotypes by Marie-Louise Rouff. 472 Lighthouse Ave., Pacific Grove. 656-0864. Reception: 6/14, 1pm. Through: 6/30.
Pacific Grove Art Center
"Collective Visions." Photograph works by the 44-member group, The Image Makers. "In Twisted Color," photographs by Cheri Gyuro; "Naturally Stoned," sculptures by Lauren Becker; "Saturday''s Nudes," drawings by Betty Rees Heredia and class. 568 Lighthouse Ave., Pacific Grove. 375-2208. Reception: 6/12, 7pm. Through: 7/10.
Pajaro Valley Gallery
"Collective ''98." new works by members of the Pajaro Valley Arts Council. 37 Sudden St., Watsonville. 722-3062. Reception: 6/12, 5:30pm. Through: 8/15.
PG Museum of Natural History
"Wildflowers of Monterey County," landscape photos by Linda L. Smith (extended through 6/30). Opening: "Leaping Elk, Dancing Men: Prehistoric Art of the Russian Altay." Photographs by Christopher Hulse. Reception: 6/13, 7pm. Through: 8/16. 165 Forest Ave., Pacific Grove. 648-3116.
Large-scale ceramic sculptures of fruits and vegetables by Betty Spindler; "Symbols of Life," monotypes reflecting "symbology universal to all cultures and people" by Tracy Adams. 6th Street, between San Carlos and Dolores, Carmel. 624-3369. Reception: 6/13, 4pm. Through: 7/3.
Zantman Art Galleries
Premiere Carmel exhibit of still-life paintings by Robert Douglas Hunter. 6th Street and Mission Avenue, Carmel. 624-8314. Reception: 6/13, 4pm. Through: 7/10.
Back Porch Fabrics and Quilt Gallery
"Painting with Fabric." An exhibit of quilts by Margie Copsey. 157 Grand Ave., Pacific Grove. 375-4453. Through: 6/26.
Carl Cherry Center for the Arts
Mixed-media sculptures by Norman Foster and mixed-media drawings by Diana Greenleaf. Guadalupe Street and 4th Avenue, Carmel. 624-7491. Through: 6/26.
Carmel Art Association
"Orphans of the Storm." Art work in various media featuring animals. Five works will be auctioned off, as a benefit for the SPCA, during a 6/28 garden party. Plus, an exhibit of work by CAA''s seven newest members (Susan Giacometti, Robert Reynolds Hewitt, Heidi Hybl, Peggy Jelmini, Melissa Lofton, Carol Parker and Jeff Smith). Also, watercolors by Edwin Adamson, Alicia Meheen, Margaret Roberts, William F. Stone, Jr. and Edward Norton. Dolores Street, between 5th and 6th avenues, Carmel. 624-6176. Through: 7/1.
Carmel Valley Manor
"A Collection of Posters." 8545 Carmel Valley Rd., Carmel. 626-4711. Through: 6/30.
Center for Photographic Art
"Brad Cole: The Last Dream." Dreamlike images culled from Cole''s most recent works, described as "a visual sojourn moving between the land, sea and reality." At the Sunset Center, San Carlos Street and 9th Avenue, Carmel. 625-5181. Through: 6/26.
Chapman Gallery & Frame Shop
"Cat on a Top Ten Riff." "Dennis the Menace" cartoonist Hank Ketcham exhibits his fine-art paintings of jazz musicians and sports figures. 7th Avenue, between San Carlos and Mission streets, Carmel. 626-1766. Through: 6/15.
Clark Fine Arts
Impressionist works by W. Watts (early Carmel), H. Dooley (Carmel modernist), and Y.S. Lin (contemporary). Cannery Row Antique Mall, 471 Wave St., Monterey. 655-0264. Through: 7/12.
"Crossing the Mirror." The exhibit includes photographs from two bodies of work by Martha Casanave. One group features pinhole photographs of staged scenarios; the other, "Beware the Dog," includes close-up studies of peoples'' pooches. At the Highlands Inn, Highway 1, Carmel. 624-3801. Through: 7/27.
First Murphy House
Turn-of-the-century summer dresses from the Gallery of Historic Costumes. Lincoln Street and 6th Avenue, Carmel. 624-4447. Through: 7/31.
"A Sense of Place." A juried exhibit featuring works by 13 women artists. 115 3rd St., San Juan Bautista. 623-2783. Through: 6/28.
"Fragile Traditions: The Art of the Asmat." Traditional works by native people of New Guinea from the collection of Loet Vanderveen; "Armin Hansen and William Ritschel: California Paintings from the Permanent Collection," through 7/26; "Gardens as Art and Sacred Space," through 7/17. 720 Via Mirada, Monterey. 372-5477.
Monterey Peninsula Airport
"In Flight." In addition to humans, migratory birds visit Monterey each year. See the humorous avian art and photographs in the Mezzanine Gallery: Also "A Bird''s Eye View," fourth and fifth grade students from Bay View School take an artsy look at our area from above. In the Upper Level Gallery. Off Monterey-Salinas Hwy. 68, Monterey. 624-7910. Through: 6/30.
Group show by members of Monterey Bay Metal Arts Guild featuring jewelry and other small metal works. Carmel Plaza, Ocean Avenue and Junipero Street, Carmel. 624-3122. Through: 7/31.
"Paris Metro Stops," works by J. Williamson; figurative drawings by Rick Harper, Melanie Yanez, Anita Benson. 639 Lighthouse Ave., Monterey. 373-0126. Through: 7/3.
Abstract oil paintings and prints by Mira Kamada. Inside Galerie Monterey, 499 Calle Principal, Monterey. 655-0642. Through: 7/31.
"Stars of the Golden Age of Dance." An exhibit of performance paintings of dancers Anne Pavlova, Michel Fokine, Tamara Karsavina, Adolph Bolm, Vera Fokine, Isadora Duncan, Stowitts and Nijinsky. 591 Lighthouse Ave., Pacific Grove. 655-4488. Through: 6/30.
Valley Art Gallery
"Steinbeck Country." Members of VAG present works based on storylines and points of interest in Steinbeck''s writings. 218 Main St., Salinas. 422-4162. Through: 6/29.
Photographs of Central Coast wildflowers by Caroll Bernstein and Lou Bernstein. In Camera Exchange, 551 Lighthouse Ave., Pacific Grove. 373-0448. Through: 6/30.
Vest Pocket Gallery
"Pleasant Memories." Watercolors by Len Lasnik. At Forest Hill Manor, 551 Gibson Ave., Pacific Grove. 657-5200. Through: 6/30.
"Selected Artists." Photographic works by Ansel Adams, Edward Weston, Irving Penn, Yousouf Karsh, Paul Strand and Imogen Cunningham. 6th Avenue, between Dolores and Lincoln streets, Carmel. 623-4453. Through: 8/31.