Postcards from Mecca

Grace Hudson Museum; through August 22, 2021

Wednesday – Friday 10:00 to 4:30, Saturday & Sunday 12:00 to 4:00

Lula Mae Graves and Susie Keef Smith, the adventuring pals of Postcards from Mecca.

This fascinating exhibition explores the friendship of two women who explored and had adventures in the Southern California desert from the late 1910s through the early 30s. They both learned the art of photography and documented the stark and beautiful desert landscape — as well as the characters who inhabited it — long before the area’s abundance of golf courses and the Coachella Music Festival. Susie was the postmaster in the then vibrant town of Mecca, and both she and cousin Lula Mae discovered a passion for making and selling postcards. This traveling exhibition from Exhibit Envoy is augmented by a sampling of A.O. Carpenter images from the Grace Hudson Museum’s collections. A talented professional photographer, A.O. traveled throughout Mendocino County in the mid to late 1800s, documenting the landscapes, industries, and people of the region. Welcome back, physical, in-person exhibitions!


UPC July Meeting

Sunday, July 11, 2021, 11:00 AM (rescheduled from July 4)

Photo by Tom Raymondson

A member has graciously offered their home for an outdoor meeting for vaccinated Club members. For location and directions contact ukiahphotoclub@comcast.net.

Our theme this month is “time of day / sign of the times”. Send in photos in advance or bring them on a USB thumb drive.

We will talk about our September show, location for future meetings, another Mystery Photo, and whatever else comes to mind.

The meeting will also be a potluck brunch.


Help Launch a Community Art Gallery in Ukiah

Make a donation

The Deep Valley Arts Collective is a Mendocino County-based 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that believes in the transformative power of making and experiencing art. Our mission is to create a culture that nurtures artists’ development and success while contributing to the well-being of our community.

During COVID-19, the Deep Valley Arts Collective successfully launched two online exhibitions of works by local artists. This brought artists and art appreciators together in a time when togetherness was problematic at best. In a stroke of fortune and generosity and just as business restrictions began to lift, DVAC was offered a physical location at the beginning of April. Work is already underway to transform this space into a long-planned gallery and workshop venue, called ‘MEDIUM,’ that will serve to showcase and support the community of artists that we hold so very dearly.
Your generosity will allow us to finish the interior space and equip it with a few key features to support the display and sales of artworks such as gallery lighting, mounting hardware and free-standing walls. Our goal of $5,000 will allow us to open our doors and pay the bills for a while as we formulate our next steps in tandem with Mendocino County’s safe reopening guidelines. Any funds raised beyond our goal will be humbly saved to be put toward establishing a workshop and public event schedule, and toward equipping the space with installation tools as well as lighting and a backdrop for professional art photography. Names of donors (with your permission) will be displayed at the gallery.

Resources and outlets for artists in rural communities can be few and far between, or mired in steep representation/gallery commission fees. MEDIUM Gallery will support artists by holding juried monthly exhibitions without submission fees and hosting First Friday opening events where artists and art lovers can connect, as well as by paying the artist the entire list value of an artwork upon sale. Additionally, artists will be represented on our website and featured via social media.

As we grow, we will add workshops, film screenings and artist talks. Support for professionally photographing artworks will be provided free of charge to artists and dreams for the future include a matting/framing station, community darkroom and figure drawing sessions.

Our long term goal is to secure a permanent location in which we can expand to provide artists with individual and shared work spaces equipped with tools and supplies to support a wide variety of mediums. We envision a place for all artists to network and learn from one another, and most importantly to be held up by an organization committed to artists’ personal and career enrichment and success.
The Deep Valley Arts Collective was formed by three local artists; Lillian Rubie, Chris Pugh and Meredith Hudson, who have poured their hearts and spare time into making MEDIUM a reality. At this point, we need a little help to cross the finish line and open MEDIUM with a complete exhibition on July 2nd. Our first show will be titled “Prologue” and will be a juried exhibition of works following a call for entries.
We are very grateful for your support of this project, whether it be in the form of a donation or of well-wishes. We hope you will also consider spreading the word about this fundraiser and about the opening of the gallery with your friends, family and local artists. Our hope is that MEDIUM is the first step toward a reinvigoration of art in the community, and that artists will find success and fulfillment while being supported via accessible representation and enrichment for all. Thank you from the bottoms of our hearts, we can’t wait to show you how talented this community is!

Make a donation

Copyright (C) 2021 Deep Valley Arts Collective. All rights reserved.

Our mailing address is:
Deep Valley Arts Collective
522 E Perkins St
Ukiah, California  95482

UPC June Meeting

Sunday, June 6, 2021; 11:00 AM; in person

Photo provided by Park Steiner

For the first time in over a year the Ukiah Photography Club will be meeting in person! A member has graciously offered an outdoor setting at their home. For directions, contact ukiahphotoclub@comcast.net.

We will discuss our September show and establish a tentative list of participants. It would be a good time to start outlining the various responsibilities, including publicity, labels, and installation. If you are not familiar with the Corner Gallery, go in and check it out. We will have the entire front section, with four main walls (one with various protuberances), plus nooks and crannies and windowsills.

We will also discuss future meetings, both in person (eventually indoors) and online.

The theme for photo share is “liquid, translucence, patina”. Send images, ideas for a Mystery Photo, and additional agenda items to ukiahphotoclub@comcast.net. (Alternately, bring your photos on a USB thumb drive.)

The meeting will also be a potluck brunch. Please bring only individual items, like muffins or apples, as opposed to dips or casseroles that would be handled by numerous people. We’re trying to ease into this. Members can use the comment section below to indicate what they will bring (so we don’t have ten dozen donuts).

And, please, only come if you are completely vaccinated, and respect others’ preferences for social distancing and masks.


SoCo Clicks

Did you attend high school or college in Sonoma County? This is for you.

Santa Rosa Junior College Photography Club will host the First Annual Juried Student Photography Exhibition.

This is a hybrid event, with the winner’s work displayed at the Museum of Sonoma County July 3 to October 31 and a virtual exhibition of selected entries online. The event will showcase photography taken by Sonoma County students, high school and up. Photographs will be reviewed by a panel of professional photographers and there will be a cash prize of $1,000 for “Best of Show,” as well as other prizes.

The “SoCo Clicks” exhibition is open to current or previously enrolled students from Sonoma County schools. The show welcomes work in color, black and white, analog (film), digital, collage, drone, and alternative processes, as long as the work has been produced within the last two years and it is free to enter.

Click here for more information.


2021 UPC Themes / Sparks

Jan Weather (clouds, ice, precipitation, wind)

Feb Indoors (indoor scenes, food, photo booth set-ups)

Mar Orientation (vertical, square, fish eye)

Apr Distance (macro, telephoto)

May Painterly Effects (abstract, kaleidoscope, brush strokes)

Jun Liquid, translucence, patina

Jul Time of Day / “Sign of the Times”

Aug Textural details (in nature or man-made)

Sep Lighting (backlighting, night photography, flash)

Oct Imperfection (unsymmetrical compositions, insect eaten leaves, jam smeared face)

Nov Domestic animals (dogs, cats, chickens)

Dec Best / favorite (year & ever)


The Photographer in Your Town

Henry Wonacott was a tenacious and adaptable commercial photographer working in Mendocino County between the years of 1908-1947. Equipped with the capacity to cater his skills to a changing market, his photography chronicles an evolving economic landscape.