Photograph selected for 2017 VOICE Collection

Havana, Cuba

Havana, Cuba

 

I’m truly honored to be one of the selected photographers included in this year’s VOICE Collection! This competition is run through Click & Company, an amazing brand which includes a monthly publication (Click Magazine), an education site with classes and workshops (Click Photo School) and even an annual photography conference (Click Away). My photograph, Street Play, was shot on the streets of Central Havana, Cuba in the late afternoon sun. It was selected from over 45,000 entries! The full collection can be seen in the online gallery.

I have visited Cuba twice. My first trip was in 2002. I led a group of high school students, and we traveled on an educational license granted by the US government. My more recent trip was in 2016, as a solo traveler, when a formal license was no longer required. The changes I saw were incredible! On my first trip, we ate beans and rice or ham sandwiches at every meal and stayed in a government owned hotel. Cubans were not allowed to own restaurants or host visitors. On my recent trip, I stayed in a family’s home (casa particular) and ate in locally owned restaurants. The laws have changed, and it is now legal for individuals to own small businesses. Can you imagine starting a restaurant aimed at a foreign clientele when there are no examples of individually owned and operated restaurants in your city? The trials and tribulations were real! The people in the highest income bracket within Havana now are those who are interacting with tourists: guides, drivers, artists, restaurant owners, tour operators, and families who can open their homes to host foreign guests. My guide in Havana had left her job as a doctor where she made $70/month to become an English speaking tour guide. Her income is now high enough to support her family.

It is with sadness that I follow the changes the Trump administration has put in place regarding Cuba. Without the increased tourists arriving from the United States, the families opening their homes to foreign guests will be thrown back into poverty. Sadly, it is families and entrepreneurs in Cuba that will suffer from the US changes in policy. I hope to have an opportunity to visit Cuba again. It is an amazing place filled with a vibrance and zest for life that is hard to put into words!

“Journey Around the World” opening Friday, January 8th 5-7pm in Danville

Please join me on for an opening on Friday, January 8th from 5-7pm at Village Theater Art Gallery, 233 Front Street, Danville California.

The exhibit features the work of four social documentary photographers: Rudi Dundas, John Rizzo, Niki Stefanelli and Mark Tuschman. This collection of images takes viewers on a visual journey visiting Butan, Bolivia, Cambodia, China, Ghana, Ethiopia, India, Indonesia, Japan, Morocco, Myanmar, Turkey and Vietnam. Viewers are invited to explore and contemplate the many ways people live around the world. While the exhibit highlights the traditions of people in very different places around the globe, the images also point to our common humanity, as well as our shared struggles and dreams.

More information about the exhibit can be found in Tri-Valley Times article here

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Work included in “Seeing Red”

 

11x17_seeing_redI’m pleased to announce that my work will be included in an upcoming juried exhibit entitled “Seeing Red” at the Village Theater Art Gallery in Danville, California. The exhibit runs June 26-August 22, 2015 with an opening on Friday, June 22, 5-7pm.

Donation to primary school in Cambodia

Students of the school hold up their new uniforms in front of their primary school.

Students of the school hold up their new uniforms in front of their primary school

 

A girl shows off her portrait.

A girl shows off her portrait.

This past summer, I was fortunate to travel back to Cambodia to visit the primary school that I had previously visited with my high school students from the Athenian School  in 2013. My students exhibited their photos from the trip at the Village Theater Art Gallery in Danville last fall, and they donated the proceeds from photography sales to the school in Cambodia. We raised over $2000, and with this money, I was able to purchase the following in local markets:

Composition notebook, pencil, eraser, pen sets for 128 students

New school uniforms for 128 students

New shoes for 128 students

40 handwriting workbooks for the youngest students

50 story books for the older students

10 chapter books for the oldest students

3 new teacher desks custom ordered from the local carpenter

60 sets mathematics equipment (compass, protractor, ruler) and one large teacher demonstration set

New school sign board commissioned by a local artist which will be hand carved and painted

A small cash donation to the Principal of the school with the remaining funds.

I made several trips to various markets and shops to purchase all these supplies with the help of my tour guide, Nak, who was also our guide during our first visit to the school. I also printed out large portraits of the Cambodian students and handed them out to the students at the school. By the time we got back to the school for the second drop off of supplies, parents had arrived to see with their own eyes the tourist who was giving their children school supplies. Children who were absent in the morning were also being rushed to school to get their supplies. I am confident that these students will not be turned away from attending school because they don’t have a complete uniform or proper school supplies. I’m also confident that they now have the resources to learn basic math and reading. It was an honor to represent my high school students as I made this donation. Below are some photos from the trip.

Our tour guide, Nak, helps distribute portraits of the children.

Our tour guide, Nak, helps distribute portraits of the children.

Children look at their portrait.

Children look at their portrait.

Children look at their portrait.

Children look at their portrait.

A girl receives her portrait taken by an Athenian student.

A girl receives her portrait taken by an Athenian student.

A girl holds up her portrait.

A girl holds up her portrait.

Children hold up their new shoes.

Children hold up their new shoes.

“On the Water: Fishing Communities in Cambodia, Myanmar, Vietnam and Ghana” opening November 5th at World Affairs Council

Tonle Sap Lake, Cambodia

Tonle Sap Lake, Cambodia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I am delighted to exhibit my photos at the World Affairs Council in San Francisco. The exhibition entitled, “On the Water: Fishing Communities in Cambodia, Myanmar, Vietnam and Ghana”, includes 43 images from 2011-2014. The exhibit runs from November 5, 2014 thru January 31, 2015 with an opening reception from 6-8pm on November 5th. I will deliver remarks at the opening at 7pm. The World Affairs Council is located at 312 Sutter Street, Suite 200 and is open M-F 9am-5pm. More information about the show can be found on the Council’s website:

Or listen to a short video about my process as an artist and planning for the exhibition

Athenian Perspectives: Life in Cambodia and Vietnam Photography Exhibit

In March 2013, I traveled to Cambodia and Vietnam with 14 high school students from The Athenian School. We were joined by my colleague, Jim Sternberg, and professional photographer, John Rizzo, while in Cambodia. Several students focused on photography during the trip. Upon return, students submitted photos to be included in our gallery exhibit, Athenian Perspectives: Life in Cambodia and Vietnam. Students helped mat and frame photos, sold note cards and shared their experiences from the trip at a presentation on opening night.

The show includes 45 pieces of artwork from 11 students, John Rizzo and myself. It is currently up at The Village Theater Art Gallery, 233 Front Street, Danville California. The show runs October 11-November 9.  Proceeds from the sale of note cards and artwork in the gallery will go to the primary school we visited outside of Siem Reap, Cambodia. To date, we have raised over $2,000 for the school which will be used to purchase school supplies and uniforms for the students.

The exhibit has been featured in the Contra Costa Times, San Jose Mercury News and Danville Express and more info is here and here.

Athenian Perspectives Exhibit Opening Night

Photo courtesy of Tom Swope

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Global Visions Photography Exhibit 2013

I am honored to be included in the Global Visions 2013 photography exhibit at The World Affairs Council in San Francisco. The show, juried by Jan Potts and Elizabeth Corden of Corden Potts Gallery, features photographs from around the world by twenty-three artists. The show runs from October 2-November 21 and can be viewed Monday-Friday 9am-5pm and during Council programs in the evening and weekends. Images from the show and more information can be seen at the following website link: worldaffairs.org/gv13.

Global Visions 2013