Auburn photographer Jan Wieser is featured in the city of Enumclaw’s Gallery 2009 March exhibit with “The Open Lens.” The show runs through April 1 at Enumclaw City Hall.
According to a city Cultural Programs Manager Gary LaTurner, “Wieser is one of the most outstanding photographers we’ve seen at Enumclaw’s City Hall Gallery. Her work inspires us all.”
In a city press release, Wieser describes her photographic evolution.
“I have lived in the Pacific Northwest for most of my adult life and have spent a great deal of that life in the outdoors,” she said. “My fascination with light and nature has provided me with my favorite subjects.
“From that first Brownie through a series of simple point and shoot cameras defining milestones in my life, I struggled to produce images that matched what I saw and felt. I was perpetually disappointed with my efforts. This gave rise to our famous family saying, ‘If only you had been there, you would have loved it!’”
Wieser said she decided to end the frustration and borrowed her husband’s old 35-millimeter camera, began taking classes and workshops and reading a lot of photography books.
“To my delight, some of my photos began to portray what I saw and felt,” she said. “These past several years have been exciting ones for me. My work has been featured in several exhibits and I have won several awards. Ultimately, the most fulfilling aspect of my photography is the ability to transmit the magic of the scene and communicate the joy of being there to others.”
Wieser’s awards include the International Conservation Photography Awards Exhibit in the fall of 2008 at Museum of History and Industry in Seattle, as well as works exhibited in juried shows in Auburn, Covington, Enumclaw, Kent and Maple Valley.
Artists have been selected by the Enumclaw Arts Commission. The year’s schedule follows: Sharman Owings, April; Mike Dilbeck, May; Helena Portvliet, June; Lea Bishop, July; Lori Twiggs, August; Peter Chafouleas, September; Guest Artist, Jean Stanley, November; Equestrian Exhibit, November; and Ken and Lydia Strange, December.
Gallery 2009 is located in the Council Chambers at Enumclaw City Hall, 1339 Griffin Ave. Hours for the exhibition space are 8 a. m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Enumclaw City Hall is closed on national holidays. The gallery is closed to the public on Tuesday of each week.
For information, please contact the Enumclaw Cultural Programs office at 360-802-0239.