Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Learn about the fine art of photography

Sandy Follett“The clearest way into the Universe is through the forest wilderness.” — John Muir

“I have always wanted the ability to walk into a landscape painting, and then become a part of that world. Like the famous painters from the Hudson River School, I, too, want my viewers to walk into my photographs and explore my world,” said landscape photographer Sandy Follett.

Follett is Placerville Arts Association’s May guest speaker.

Come and explore Follett’s world by attending the association’s Sunday, May 18 general meeting.

The public is cordially invited to join PAA members and gain a greater appreciation for the wilderness all around through Follett’s camera-eye. The 1:30 p.m. meeting is at the El Dorado Senior Center, 935 Spring St. in Placerville.

Follett will be speaking about how and why she is enchanted with “the wilderness” while showing slides of her work — followed by a question and answer period.

A local fine art nature photographer, Follett captures the light found in the great California outdoors. She feels blessed with the state’s amazing wilderness areas ranging from ancient bristlecone pines in the White Mountains to majestic granite domes in Yosemite.

Follett shares her reverence and respect for nature through her work, photographing that special moment when light best expresses its spiritual qualities. Through her mind’s eye, she captures shapes, colors and textures, while harnessing the exquisite light that is so abundant, yet fleeting, in nature.

In early summer, Follett volunteers in Tuolumne Meadows, Yosemite, working for the Yosemite Conservancy: an organization dedicated to the protection and preservation of Yosemite National Park.

While there, she spends many hours seeking and waiting for that special moment where her images will reflect her passion and vision of the natural world. From clearing storms to early dawn, it is these times of transition (or fringes) that offer Follett the best light.

Follett’s work has been featured in numerous juried exhibitions including the California Exposition and State Fair, Sacramento’s KVIE Art Auction and Yosemite Renaissance in Yosemite Valley.

Her photograph, “Tunnel View Rainbow — Yosemite,” earned the International 2011 Windland Smith Rice Award for the Nature’s Best Photography exhibition at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in Washington DC.

For more about Follett and her work visit her Website at

The demonstration will follow a brief PAA business meeting that begins 1:30 p.m. There is a meet and greet time with refreshments around 2 p.m. The demonstration follows, concluding about 3:30 p.m. The event is free.

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Placerville Arts Association



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