‘Chinese Garden’ show opens at Edmonds Center

By Pat Ratliff | Feb 07, 2013
Photo by: Briand Sanderson "The moon shines here and in my homeland"

“Visions of the Seattle Chinese Garden,” a juried show, is up and wowing visitors at the ArtsNow Gallery, Edmonds Conference Center, 201 4th Ave. N, Edmonds.

The show runs through March 15.

There are images by 16 photographers participating in workshops led by photographer Ray Pfortner, who teaches photography at Edmonds Community College.

Photographs were taken in the Chinese Garden on the campus of South Seattle CC in West Seattle during two separate workshops in 2011 and 2012.

“The show is hung for Chinese New Year's/The Lunar New Year, Feb 9,” Pfortner said. “The shots are quite remarkable, many taken at night and under the full moon.”

The jurors for the show included Ellen Banner, photographer at the Seattle Times, Ilona Berzups, nature photographer, and representatives of the Garden and South Seattle CC.

Pfortner said the photography was “from pre-dawn and the rising sun to after midnight under the full moon.”

“There are some of the best shots I have ever seen of Chinese Gardens,” he said.

More than 30,000 photographs were taken during the workshops. From those, 189 were sent to the jury and 58 are in the final show.

Pforner is offering a third workshop in the late spring/early spring, May/June/July, with a juried show at the garden in the fall.  Dates to be announced.

For more information, contact the garden - 206-616-8310 or Ray Pfortner at 206-463-3043 or pfortner@centurytel.net.

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