It's all about 'Location' in Goldenstein fine art photography exhibit

Photographer Mal Cooper wishes to create images that have a mysterious or haunting quality and evoke emotion from the viewer. Her goal is to create images that are "non traditional." One of her techniques is to use spot lights at night or dusk to illuminate her subject matter, a technique known as "light painting." Cooper believes in the power of a photograph to tell a story because of the cameras ability to translate reality.

Photographer Mal Cooper wishes to create images that have a mysterious or haunting quality and evoke emotion from the viewer. Her goal is to create images that are "non traditional." One of her techniques is to use spot lights at night or dusk to illuminate her subject matter, a technique known as "light painting." Cooper believes in the power of a photograph to tell a story because of the cameras ability to translate reality.

In July Goldenstein Gallery in Uptown Sedona kicks off its dazzling new show "Location, Location, Location."

This spectacular show features an extraordinary view of the world as seen though eye of a camera lens. Stirring, arresting, remarkable: All words to describe the work of these photographic artists who have been captivated by the world around them and masterfully share that vision.

Fine Art Photographers Judy Feldman, Chuck Rolle, Mal Cooper, Susie Reed, and Alba Elena are featured.

For two and a half decades Judy Feldman created stunning black and white images. Now, she works with color and black and white, using the digital format. Because of her love of the natural world and unfamiliar places, she has traveled extensively - photographing on four continents.

Her vibrant images draw the viewer deeply into the world around them. She has taken part in many photography shows at the Cultural Center on Staten Island and at Kingsborough Community College in Brooklyn, New York.In September of 2002, her work was included in the Life of the City Exhibition at The Museum of Modern Art in New York City.

Chuck Rolle's stunning images of Africa and his passion for the animals is clearly expressed through his photography. A native of Flagstaff, Rolle has lived in Sedona for the past five years. In 1988 he made his first venture to Africa and became enamored with the people, the animals and the land itself. Over the years he has returned to Africa six times with his latest trips being solely to South Africa.

Mal Cooper wishes to create images that have a mysterious or haunting quality and evoke emotion from the viewer. Her goal is to create images that are "non traditional." One of her techniques is to use spot lights at night or dusk to illuminate her subject matter, a technique known as 'light painting'. Cooper believes in the power of a photograph to tell a story because of the cameras ability to translate reality. She has worked as the photojournalist and won several awards from the Arizona Newspapers Association. Cooper currently works as a photography instructor at Sedona Red Rock High School. Some of her freelance clients have included the New York Times, Sports Illustrated, 944 Magazine, and Mary Fisher Productions.

Susie Reed draws upon over 30 years experience behind the camera, her keen eye, good instincts and digital technology to create her vivid images. No matter what she's photographing, her intention is always to show the beauty and essence of her subjects. Much like a painter, she works with colors and contrast until her subjects come alive. Her work has been exhibited in major museums and galleries including Camerawork Gallery, the Cooper-Hewitt Museum, the De Young Museum, Friends of Photography, the International Museum of Photography and the Library of Congress. She's taught at California College of Arts and Crafts and the San Francisco Art Institute, where she earned her degree with honors in photography. She's currently on the faculty of the Sedona Arts Center.

Alba Elena's poignant and sensitive photography will be on exhibit throughout the month. Her appreciation of the human form came from many disciplines - aesthetic, for the sheer beauty of the figure, kinesthetic from the joy of movement and dance, and spiritual for the body as the housing through which one's essence moves.  The results are a melding of photography and art in celebration of feminine grace and beauty.

The public is invited to meet these engaging artists and more local artists at the opening reception on Friday July 2, from 5-8 p.m. during the First Friday Gallery Tour. There will also be live music and a delicious wine tasting.

Goldenstein Gallery is known for its diversity of world-renowned local and regional artists in all media and styles. They consistently surpise collectors with the unexpected, mounting an entirely new show each month yet being able to show work from all of the artists they represent. Their First Friday events are highly attended by the artists they represent which creates an unparallel ambiance.

Goldenstein Gallery is located at 390 N. Hwy. 89A in uptown Sedona and open daily. Parking available behind the gallery. Visit their website www.GoldensteinArt.com to sign up for their informative monthly E-zine or call 928-204-1765 for additional information.

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