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

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.

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)