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Photography Exhibit Honors Park and Sanctuary Anniversary

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Date: March 27, 2006
Contact: Yvonne Menard, 805-658-5725

Channel Islands National Park is displaying a special exhibit of 25 photographs taken over the past year as part of the 25th anniversary celebration of the establishment of the National Park and National Marine Sanctuary.

Photographers, Roger Conrad, William B. Dewey, Jim Knowlton and Mette Beyer Rubin are four of twenty-six artists who participated in the anniversary art project. The artists created new artworks inspired by the landscape, oceanscape, history, flora and fauna of Anacapa, Santa Barbara, Santa Rosa, Santa Cruz and San Miguel islands and their surrounding waters. Over the course of the past year, they took dozens of trips to the remote islands, often referred to as “The North American Galapagos.”

Each of the photographers focuses on a different subject matter or method of capturing and exhibiting their images.  William B. Dewey is a nature photographer who specializes in aerial photography.  Roger Conrad composes conceptual photo-montages of various aspects of landscape, plants and animals.  Jim Knowlton is an underwater photographer who captures the intricate details and colors of the marine life. Mette Beyer Rubin’s photographs of rocks, water and natural features involve evocative abstract details.

The exhibit runs through April 30th at the Channel Islands National Park Robert J. Lagomarsino Visitor Center, in the Ventura Harbor, at 1901 Spinnaker Drive, Ventura. The park visitor center is free and open daily from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. 

This exhibition of 25 photographs supplements a multi-media exhibition at the Ventura County Museum of History & Art called Island Passages: Artists Celebrate the Channel Islands. The museum exhibition, which includes paintings, sculptures and photographs, is on display through May 29, 2006. The museum is located at 100 East Main Street, across the street from Mission San Buenaventura, in downtown Ventura. The museum is open Tuesday through Sunday, 10:00 to 5:00 p.m.

Did You Know?

Bechers Bay coastline on Santa Rosal Island

Although the park is within 60 miles of 18 million people, it is home to 175 miles of pristine undeveloped coastline.