“Driftwood and Milky Way” nightscape photography by Bob Kroll

$550.

Artist’s statement:

“This beautiful piece of driftwood was found during a late-night exploration on the South end of Rockaway Beach.  The photos used to create this image were taken during the early morning of June 23, 2020, around 1:00 a.m.  This image is a blend of multiple frames taken without moving the camera; which combine different focus points, exposure settings, shutter speeds, and “light painting” the driftwood with a flashlight in order to create the final image.” 

For maximum longevity it is framed under UV filtering ArtGlass ™  and is printed at a size of 16″ x 24″ on archival paper with pigments inks using UltraChrome®   

“A Rare Visitor” nightscape photography by Bob Kroll

$750.

Artist’s statement:

“In July 2020, Comet Neowise put on a dazzling display and was visible in much of the Northern Hemisphere.  The comet was only discovered on Mar. 20, 2020 by NASA’s Near Earth Object Wide-field Survey Explorer (NEOWISE) mission and is not be seen again for another 6800 years. This signed photograph of the comet over Haystack Rock in Cannon Beach, Oregon, was taken on July 14th just after 11:00 p.m.”

For maximum longevity it is framed under UV filtering ArtGlass ™  and is printed at a size of 16″ x 24″ on archival paper with pigments inks using UltraChrome®   

“The Lion Sleeps” nightscape photography by Bob Kroll

$495.

Artist’s statement:

“The sea stack known as Lion Rock is located at the North end of Arcadia Beach State Recreation area, between Cannon Beach and Arch Cape.  This image had been in my mind for months and required the right combination of clear night skies, low tide, and alignment of The Milky Way.

The photos to create this image were taken on the early morning of July 14, 2020 between 1:00 and 1:30 a.m.  This image is a blend of multiple frames without moving the camera; with a combination of different focus points, exposure settings, shutter speeds, and painting the Lion Rock with a flashlight; in order to create the final image.”

For maximum longevity it is framed under UV filtering ArtGlass ™  and is printed at a size of 16″ x 24″ on archival paper with pigments inks using UltraChrome®   

Q: What is  astrophotography, you ask?
A:  Astrophotography is photography of astronomical bodies and celestial events including stars, the moon, the sun, planets, asteroids, and galaxies. Night photography containing large swaths of sky with stars is considered astrophotography.

Bob Kroll Photographer

“I have been passionate about photography for nearly 30 years, with much of my work focused on travel, landscape, and wildlife.  For me, photography is a means of self-expression and creativity, and it gives me joy in at least 4 different ways.  First, I find joy in being outdoors in nature, envisioning a unique composition, and working to create a photo that will display that vision.  Second, there is joy once the photo is “developed” in seeing that creative vision realized.  Third, it brings me joy to share my images with others and know that the work is appreciated.  And fourth, there is great joy in continuing to learn and improve as an artist. 

Since I retired from veterinary specialty practice (as a board-certified veterinary neurologist), my wife Nancy and I spend a majority of our time on the North Oregon coast in Cannon Beach. Recently, I have begun to explore nightscape imaging – combining landscape features with astrophotography.” 

Fairweather House and Gallery

612 Broadway St.

Through Sept. 25th 

OVER and UP September Art Exhibition featuring Northwest artists Paul Brent, Victoria Brooks, Patricia Clark-Finley, Pam Haunschild, Bob Kroll, Jan Rimerman, Emily McNeil, Neal Maine and Peg Wells.

OVER and UP focuses on contemporary art, showcasing a wide variety of art forms, mediums and expressions.

My nightscape images seem perfectly suited for this exhibit, “OVER and UP,” as the stars and other celestial bodies in our solar system rise Up in the night sky and are visible Over the landscape.  The long exposures needed to create these images allow the camera’s sensor to see very dim light that our eyes could not otherwise detect and allow us to appreciate the vastness and beauty of the universe.  Combining a view of the night sky with details of the foreground landscape seems to bring the images to life.  In order to see the details of the landscape element, I often use a technique called “light painting,” using a light source such as a flashlight to “brush” light onto the object during the exposure.  Some of these nightscape images have been blended from multiple frames to provide the desired exposure or focus through all parts of the photo.” Bob Kroll

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Fairweather Gallery has been the place for cultural art gatherings, art talks, music events, art education, artist socializing; indeed, it is a perfect event space to throw that perfect party. First and foremost,  however, it is an art gallery.

Throughout the years, many people have visited the gallery, locals and people from out of town, to enjoy the beautiful surroundings, art, music, wine tastings, listen to an inspiring artist talk, and, oftentimes, to offer a comforting ear about a good works event. 

And, so, it goes forward, while maintaining balance during a pandemic within the arts community. Fairweather continues to develop a list of best practices following approved guidelines.  Keeping everyone safe and healthy.

What remains is the art, artists, and our cultural sense of community.