Friday, July 26, 2013

Joel Gitelson - Photo Exhibit

Remember Joel?!  The guy that retired a year ago...  :-)  

For all those who have appreciated Joel's photography over the years and for those of you who would like to see some really great photos of our ocean landscape, here's your chance.

Photo by & Copyright Joel Gitelson. Used here with permission.

Michael Stearns Studio 347 Art Show Introducing Joel Gitelson

San Pedro, California. (August 1, 2013) – Michael Stearns is proud to present the gifted Joel Gitelson and his large-format photographs at the opening of the August exhibit for Michael Stearns Studio 347. The show, aptly named “Local Waters”, begins on August 1st for San Pedro’s First Thursday Artwalk, continues with an artist reception on Saturday, September 14th and will remain on view throughout the months of August and September.
“I am excited to display Joel’s work because of its connection to our community,” stated Michael Stearns, the owner of Michael Stearns Studio 347 who is also a talented artist. “The images he presents remind us all of the tie we have to our local beaches.”
The photographs in this exposition are a compelling demonstration of Joel’s passion for the ocean and the coastline along Southern California. After retiring from a career as a Los Angeles County Lifeguard and Paramedic, Joel has continued to cultivate his ardor for marine life as a prolific photographer. His renderings of the sea set against a deep line of blue sky, grainy sand and familiar landscapes incite the senses and mesmerize the observer.
“I strive to share these prints with others,” Joel commented. “It allows me to raise awareness of our incredible natural surroundings and to emphasize the beauty and life that exists within our ocean.”
Joel accomplishes this well. By capturing the magnificence of the local shoreline, he builds on the community’s appreciation of its location. The Pacific manifests into more than just an ocean; it represents a primal persuasion that instantly delivers an assortment of feelings and delicate innermost imaginings that transport the viewer to another place, another time. With a mysterious longing for a corner of harmony and silence, one can hear the waves thundering and touch the spray of watered salt. This multitude of sensations is the focal point of Joel’s photographic exploration of the sea.
“Capturing marine life and the scenery surrounding it has been very exciting for me,” Joel said. “With current news stories stressing the negative impacts on our environment, it is a joy to see that there are vibrant creatures thriving.”
The basis of these images reflects the intense, multifaceted aspects of the Southern Californian seascape. The results are spectacular. With fluid ease, Joel mingles the skill of photography with the wonder of the environment in a union that drives the audience to take a moment, breathe and relinquish.
To witness Joel’s work up close, please join us at Michaels Stearns Studio 347. Admission is free to the public and the exhibit will be open from 6:00pm to 9:00pm during the First Thursday Artwalk on August 1st with an artist’s reception on Saturday, September 14th from 2:00pm to 6:00pm. Michael Stearns Studio 347 is located at 347 W. 7th Street, San Pedro, CA 90731. For further information, please visit or call (562) 400-0544.
*** Thanks for the heads up, Joel!  Perhaps we can organize a "Lifeguard V.I.P. Event" at the Gallery?... Let us know and we will announce it.

Joel Gitelson with his Bronze Savage, on the occasion of his retirement, June 2012.  Photo by Will Maguire.
Until next time.....

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