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Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Zask Gallery presents "PLACE" featuring Robert Glenn Ketchum


I have not sent you a Constant Contact email since you received the one devoted to my black&white portfolio, WINTERS: 1970-1980 earlier this year.  In 2013, I will generate another Constant Contact mailing, this time of the entire portfolio, ORDER FROM CHAOS. In the meantime I wanted to take this opportunity to thank all of you for the numerous birthday wishes I received, and in turn, wish all of you the very best for the coming Holiday Season!

One of the gifts of my Holiday Season has been to meet Peggy Zask/ZASK GALLERY in Rolling Hills (CA) and to have some of my most beautiful embroideries included in her Christmas show. This will be the first time "Graceful Branch Movement" has ever been shown on the West Coast-it is a stunning double-sided hanging panel that at 6ft+ tall is the largest single embroidered panel ever created. It also employs a unique combination of stitching never previously attempted. Kindly, Peggy has made a detail of my embroidery the lead image for the announcement of this exhibit. As the other artist's in the show do quite varied and interesting work I thought you would enjoy seeing the entire announcement, so herewith is PLACE.

Zask Gallery

Opening Reception
   December 8,  6:00 - 9:00 pm
Show runs December 8 through January 12, 2013

Robert Glenn Ketchum, Graceful Branch Movement, Embroidery, 2009

Place is an exhibition of artwork based on individual perceptions in a variety of media derived from a unique natural environment.   A Sense of Place is often enhanced by the Arts and through modes of preservation.  These places are felt to be special or unique and foster a sense of authentic human attachment and belonging.

 Featuring Paintings, Photographs, and Sculpture by:
Hilary Baker,  Rique Guzman, 
Ryan Held,  Cinthia Joyce, 
Robert Glenn Ketchum, 
Eva Matysek Mazur, Andrzej Mazur, 
Jim Murray and Tracey Weiss 

Hilary Baker, Lacdubonnet, Acrylic 

and Ceramic Art by

Phoebe Barnum, Julie Bagish, Elsa Flores, Lynn Haggard, 
Brenda Holzke, Carolyn LaLiberte, 
Neil Nagy and Heide Ulbrich

Elsa Flores, Ceramic

Join us in celebrating the artists at our festive reception for a beautiful new show featuring a spectacular array of media, style and scale.  In our holiday tradition, we bring you a gallery full of one of a kind artworks that make precious gifts.  
Wishing you a happy and healthy holiday season.

Peggy and Ben Zask
             Andrzej Mazur, 30" x 24"  Oil on Canvas

                                        Neil Nagy, Allegory XI, Ceramic

Zask Gallery
Promenade on the Peninsula
550 Deep Valley Drive, #151
Rolling Hills Estates, CA 90274

310 429 0973  cell Peggy
310 541 2112  gallery

Extended Holiday Hours;
Tuesday through Friday:  1:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Saturday:  11:00 am - 7:00 pm
Sunday:  Noon - 6:00 pm

This passing year and my auspicious birthday have led me to ponder two old axioms: the 1st - NOTHING ever stays the same; the 2nd - as a child, time passes agonizingly slowly-as an elder, it goes by in the blink of an eye.  With that in mind, how I reach the public has been transformed in the last five years. As most of you know, I use little paper anymore and do almost everything electronically. In adapting to the new electronic media, I am trying to utilize it in creative ways so it will excite you. Constant Contact is traditionally used as an email calendar and sales tool, but I see the format differently as it allows me to publish complete bodies of work with related essay, articles and reviews. Those mailings bring YOU more of my work than you have, or will EVER see in my books or gallery exhibits.

I have also decided not to wait for Harry Abrams to do a posthumous monograph of my life and images, so I am transforming my FaceBook page and I am going to use my social media as an autobiography. I have removed most of my announcements, virtually all of my reposting of news and instead, each day of the week I will post a different adventure/portfolio of work. Eventually those FB blurb-posts will be linked to more extensive details and stories in my blog. Currently, on Mondays I am featuring work from my Lila Acheson Wallace Fund commission to photograph the Hudson River; on Wednesdays, pictures are from my ongoing campaign to protect southwest Alaska and Bristol Bay and they are posted as NO PEBBLE MINE-Pictures from Ground Zero many thanks to OrvisNews for featuring my NO PEBBLE MINE-Pictures from Ground Zero Photo Essay on their website; lastly (for now), on Fridays I am offering pictures of my 30-years of travel in China.

My images are designed for dynamic web viewing and if you have an iPhone or an iPad, you will find the pictures organized into individual portfolios with text overlays. Once you tap the image for "full-screen" enlargement, you can scroll through any complete body of work with no interference from other postings. Resolution and color on retina screens is spectacular, so if you like photography, you will appreciate that I have worked to make my digital image quality the equivalent of my printed material.

Using social media networks and digital email systems allows me to show you my work in greater depth than ever before, AND to include the stories behind the story. It also allows me to dish about what really happened rather than have some curatorial researcher interpret what they think occurred based on an archive. For 45-years I have traversed amazing landscapes, met interesting people, done ridiculous things, and produced a decent photographic record of it, much like a diary. FaceBook, Twitter, and the web are now allowing me to share this journey with my friends. For me, the social network is not about telling you what I am wearing today and where I am eating tonight but rather, it is a place to relate my life's adventures with a camera. Take this visual, autobiographical journey with me and please help me grow my network - share this with your friends that love travel and photography.  And many thanks to Rochelle Bernet, president of Little Bear Productions, my Social Media producer.

Happy Holidays and best wishes for the New Year! 


Robert Glenn Ketchum

Thanks to Orvis® for helping spread the word against the Pebble Mine, by posting my Photo Essay, "No Pebble Mine: Pictures from Ground Zero" on
Be sure to read Joel Reynolds' blog, 'Robert Glenn Ketchum, Our Generation's Ansel Adams' on The Huffington Post.   

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