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Charles Cramer: Lyrical Landscapes photography exhibition featured at San Diego Natural History Museum

(SAN DIEGO) The Ordover Gallery at the San Diego Natural History Museum is proudly presenting a new photography exhibition, January 9 – May 2, 2010. Charles Cramer: Lyrical Landscapes will feature work by renowned fine-art photographer Charles Cramer, Tom O Scott, Olof Carmel, Peter Fay and Abe Ordover.

The public is invited to attend the opening reception on Saturday, January 9, from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Ordover Gallery located on the Museum’s 4th level.

Cramer, a master printmaker with rare expertise in dye-transfer printing and an accomplished digital printmaker, has been photographing the landscape for 30 years. National Geographic Books, Sierra Club, and the Yosemite Association have all published his images.

The National Park Service selected Cramer to be artist-in-residence for Yosemite in 1987, and again for 2010. Cramer has taught digital imaging for the Ansel Adams Gallery Workshops, Anderson Ranch Workshops, the Lepp Institute of Digital Imaging, and many others. He has been profiled in PhotoTechniques, PhotoVision, and View Camera Magazine. Cramer’s work is also included in the book, Landscape: The World’s Top Photographers.

Tom O Scott creates imagery by searching for patterns in the sand, which have been left by the receding tides. His current series, Beach Wildlife, includes sand patterns that resemble renderings of wildlife. Scott has won many awards in photographic competitions throughout the U.S., including 1st place in Photojournalism from the Black & White Spider Awards. His work hangs in galleries around the country and is included in both private and corporate art collections in several states.

Olof Carmel creates sublime images of nature’s beauty. He is a master at capturing subtle light that illuminates the landscape with delicacy and grace. Based in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, Carmel focuses on creating expressive landscapes. Carmel worked and photographed for many years as a backcountry ranger with the National Park service in Yosemite, Denali, Glacier, Mt. Rainier and Rocky Mountain National Parks, including a seven-year residence in Yosemite Valley. His work is shown in galleries throughout the U.S. and can also be found in many private collections.

Peter Fay will exhibit an outstanding collection of landscape images created in the American Southwest. From dramatic, swirling red rock, to gentle colors enveloping a fawn at riverside, Fay’s imagery eloquently captures nature’s artistry. Regarding his work, Fay says, “Photography for me is an unrelenting quest to produce images that are compelling in ways that uniquely combine shapes, light, color, mood and emotion. It is almost always a visual distillation process, aimed at capturing the essence of a scene in its simplest form.”

Abe Ordover will display photographs of the multitudinous gathering of Monarch butterflies in Mexico. His images capture the vibrant and colorful glory of this phenomenal annual migration. Ordover, a Yale-educated law professor, attorney, and mediator, changed careers and become a fine-art photographer, opening The Ordover Gallery in Solana Beach in 2003. Three years later, he formed a partnership with the San Diego Natural History Museum, which led to the opening of a second gallery on the Museum’s 4th level.

All artwork in The Ordover Gallery is for sale and a substantial portion of the proceeds will benefit the museum. The Ordover Gallery’s imagery and artists’ biographies can be viewed at www.ordovergallery.com.

The San Diego Natural History Museum celebrated its 135th anniversary this year, making it the second-oldest scientific institution in California and the third-oldest west of the Mississippi. The museum specializes in the study of biodiversity and the results of active research are passed onto the community through its educational programs and exhibitions.