El Dorado County photographer Sandy Follett, a selected exhibitor at Yosemite Renaissance
Yosemite Renaissance is celebrating its 29th year with an exhibit of 49 paintings, photographs, prints and sculptures by 45 artists. Drawn from more than 700 entries, this year’s exhibit includes a broad range of works from the representational to the abstract, all interpreting the majesty of Yosemite and the Sierra.
El Dorado County photographer Sandy Follett is one of the selected exhibitors. She is a member of the Placerville Arts Association and Viewpoint Gallery in Sacramento and volunteer at Yosemite.
The goals of Yosemite Renaissance are to bring together the works of contemporary artists that do not simply duplicate traditional representations; to establish a continuum with past generations of Yosemite artists; and to help re-establish visual art as a major interpretive medium of the landscape and a stimulus to the protection of the environment.
Historically, the arts have played a major role in the establishment of parks. It is the hope of Yosemite Renaissance that it can be just as important in future efforts to preserve, protect and expand parks.
Yosemite Renaissance XXIX will be on view at the Yosemite Museum Gallery from March 1 until May 11 from 10 a.m.-noon and 1-4 p.m.
The public is invited to the opening reception on Friday, Feb. 28 from 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Roxanne Robbin, professor of art history at California State University, Stanislaus and Ted Orland, photographer, photography workshop instructor and exhibiting artist (in many past Yosemite Renaissance exhibits) will be this year’s judges, awarding $4,000 in prizes to selected artists.
The award-winners will be announced at the opening reception on Friday, Feb. 28. This exhibit will travel to the Kings Art Center in Hanford during June and July, and the Carnegie Arts Center in Turlock during August and September.
The artists included in Yosemite Renaissance XXIX are: Rebecca Alex, Jody Sears Barbuta, Annie Barrett Cashner, Robin Black, Ann C. Buell, Jerilynn Bush, Richard Castillo, Jeffrey Clark, Marci Crestani, Stephen Curl, Starr Davis, Dean Detrick Jr., Dawna Ellis, Steve Emery, Sandy Follett, Denise Gilroy, Susan Lea Hackett, Juanita Hagberg, Tony Hertz, David Hoffman, Vaughn Hutchins, Susan J. Klein, Kathy Kleinsteiber, David Lee, Marek Matusz, G. Dan Mitchell, Jennifer Murray, William Neill, Glenn Nelson, Penny Otwell, Marc Pandone, Bonnie Peterson, Cozette Phillips, Nancy Robbins, George Robertson, Gayle Simpson, Jeff Skelly, Mike Tauber, Vicki Thomas, Keith Walklet, Sarah Watts, Victoria Weller, KathyAnne White, Melissa Woodburn and John Yerden.
Yosemite Renaissance is a non-profit organization for the arts of Yosemite, supported, in part, by funds and services from the Mariposa County Board of Supervisors, Delaware North Companies Parks and Resorts and the National Park Service.
Artist website: http://sandyfollett.com/
Via the website:
I have always wanted the ability to walk into a landscape painting, and then, become a part of that world. Paintings by Albert Bierstadt or Thomas Hill invite me into their artwork, begging me to explore their vision of our great wilderness areas. Like the famous painters from the Hudson River School, I too want my viewer to walk into my photographs and explore my world.
When I was younger, I remember being truly spellbound with a particular issue of National Geographic. On the cover, a Galen Rowell photograph of Yosemite rock climbers dangling on the side of Half Dome told a story filled with adventure. Inside, more amazing images displayed a perspective of Yosemite that most people have never seen: beautiful granite landscapes and climbers achieving new milestones in climbing history. A great photograph is truly art.
Several years later, I started exploring photography after my friend and I won $500 from a San Diego radio contest. With my split of the money, I received my first SLR - a Pentax K1000.
After focusing on my family for many years, I returned to photography four years ago after several photographic events, and later, wondering why I didn’t have my camera with me to capture the experience! One event in particular occurred during a bicycling day trip with my family in Fort Bragg. Riding near the ocean, we spied five turkey vultures sunning their bodies on staggered pier pilings. With their wings outstretched towards the sky, the giant birds hovered like avian gargoyles, soaking up the available sun. What made this scene even more intriguing was the mist swirling around their dark bodies. Although I was thrilled to witness this event, I was also disappointed that I couldn’t bring this surreal view of nature home with me. I realized that it was time to return to my photography. The following Christmas, my family gave me my first digital SLR, and I haven’t looked back since!
I live in Cameron Park, California, with my husband, son, and two cats. We enjoy hiking and camping together, especially in the High Sierra. In the early summer, I volunteer for the Yosemite Conservancy, working in Tuolumne Meadows.
My latest achievement includes the International 2011 Windland Smith Rice Award and Smithsonian Exhibit. Judges awarded Tunnel View Rainbow - Yosemite, the title of Highly Honored Photograph, ANDincluded my photograph in the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History Exhibit beginning March 30, 2012. This image is also published in the 2011 Fall issue of "Nature's Best Photography". I have exhibited my work in Yosemite Valley, Sacramento, Roseville, El Dorado County, and Washinton DC. Check my homepagefor current displays of my work.