The May exhibit at Gallery 1855 in Davis is “Beyond the Ordinary: Photographs by Huntington Witherill”
Born in Syracuse, NY, in 1949, Huntington Witherill moved with his family to California, in 1953, where he began training in classical music. With intentions of eventually becoming a concert pianist, Witherill entered college as a music major in 1968, but soon became interested in the study of two-dimensional design. This shift in creative focus eventually led to a career in fine art photography.
Witherill studied photography in the early 1970’s with such notables as Ansel Adams. Since 1975, his work has been featured in more than one-hundred individual and group exhibitions in museums and galleries throughout the world.
Witherill works in both color and black and white, and his subjects include classic landscapes, studies of pop-art, botanical still-life, urban architecture, abstracts and digital imaging. In 1999, Witherill was the recipient of the “Artist of the Year” award presented by the Center for Photographic Art, Carmel. He lives in Central California on the Monterey Peninsula.
“The photographs chosen to be included in this exhibition represent an admittedly eclectic variety of subjects and approaches,” Witherill said. “Yet in each image, it is hoped that the viewer will look beyond the mere physical descriptions (and even the perceived reality or lack thereof) normally associated with the objects portrayed, in order to find a more cohesive assemblage of visually suggested metaphors and manifestations that, collectively, will serve to tie the images together and mark them as being, if nothing else, beyond the ordinary.”
The exhibit will be up from May 1-31 at Gallery 1855, at the Davis Cemetery District office, 820 Pole Line Road. Exhibit hours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays. There will be an open house from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, May 12.