Elsewhere in the Art World | Road Trip Photography
April 17, 2009 · Updated 1:31 PM
RIVERS and REFLECTIONS at the CVG
Last June, Kit Sims Taylor — local photographer and a Collective Visions Gallery member — retired from his day job: nearly 30 years as an economics professor and freelance technical, financial and textbook writer.
Now, he's able to focus solely on his photography (and a little writing), he said.
As a retirement gift to himself, he took a two-month trip to the Amazon, spending part of the time re-tracing the 1800's-era route of the German naturalist and explorer Alexander von Humboldt, along the Orinoco, Casiquiare, and upper Rio Negro rivers in Venezuela.
Photography, which Taylor's been practicing for even longer than economics, has always been alluring he said, with its absence of words and numbers, replaced by lighting and imagery. It is technical without being mathematic.
His photographs seem to encompass those elements, combining a discerning emphasis on the details with natural overtones of peace.
Like in "Iguana Orinoco Lucho" — a portrait of a man and his yellow boat, swallowed in thought by the vast reflective expanse of the near perfectly still Orinoco River receding into the distance beneath a blue and white, cloud-checkered afternoon sky.
Amidst the placid emotion and the exotic location, there's math somewhere in the symmetry of the piece. Maybe an equation somewhere in the pattern of the clouds, or in their reflection, but in the end it's just another photograph. One of more than 20 in another fine show of Taylor's road trip photography.
Find more — from the Colorado Rockies to the Oregon Coast — at Taylor's space on the artists roster at www.collectivevisions.com. And hear him tell the stories behind the photos in "Rivers and Reflections" at his final slideshow at 7 p.m. April 22 at the CVG, 331 Pacific Ave. in Bremerton.
The show will hang through the end of the month.
JOAN SAIN at the SIDNEY
Gig Harbor artist Joan Sain brings a boisterously flora-inspired show of watercolors, acrylics and more to the Sidney Gallery in Port Orchard, to accompany, finally, the beginning of springtime (fingers crossed).
While she's a new face to the Sidney, Sain is not new to the art world.
She's been making art since girlhood, but came around to seriously painting decorative arts later in life. She picked up the paint brush in earnest in 1986 after a 25-year career, creatively supporting her family as a fashion designer in California. These days, she's still making art — retired, creating and exhibiting a bevy of work across mediums in and around the West Sound.
Her show at the Sidney is up through the month. The gallery hosts a reception for her and the show from 1-4 p.m. April 19, 202 Sidney in Port Orchard.
See digital samples of her work at under the "upcoming show" link in the art gallery section of www.sidneymuseumandarts.com.