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16B Wednesday, July 28, 2010 Bulletin, Progressive, Record, Reporter Artist documents people, places makes the ordinary extraordinary Erik Weber is in the process of photographing the elders of Indian Valley, such as Chuck Wilson. Some of these portraits will be on display at the Main Street Artists Gallery in Quincy for the next two weeks. The photographic art of Erik Weber spans 50 years and his subject matter is equally broad, varying from rock stars to rodeos. Some are shot at locations that are stark, black, white, gray and lonesome. Some are filled with visually vibrant colors. One of Erik's photos of a barn in Indian Valley, "Fog Barn," shows a red barn in a bright green field. There is a dusting of snow on the moun- taintops and the morning sun has touched them, along with the tallest trees on the valley floor. The fog lies low over the field and the barn seems to be floating. The sun is creeping down into the valley and has captured the peaceful dream- like state just before waking. One can almost smell the cold crispness of the new day, feel the fresh wet grass and hear the new morning sounds as the valhy's blanket of fog begins to lift. There is another photo of the same barn taken eight years later. It is called "Smoke Barn" and an overall haze of smoke mutes the col- ors. The air is dry, thick and dusty; the grass a brittle gold- en stubble. Unlike the photo of awakening, this one is the tired end to a day in a season readying itself for a long sleep. No matter what the subject matter, the common thread running throughout Weber's photographs is that they will find a place in your heart and move you. Throughout his career, he has taken advantage of many After moving to Indian Valley in 1996, Erik Weber began documenting the lifestyle of the Old West still practiced today. Weber's photos of sweeping scenes of roundups in the valley or the dust-filled action of bucking broncos recall the work of Frederic Remington. an opportune moment. In the late '60s and '70s, Weber doc- umented the socie~ty's revolu- tion as seen on the city streets, clubs and parks of San Francisco. He was in the midst of that historical time with some of the people of the time. Weber photographed Allen Ginsberg, Sonny Barger of the HeU's Angels and Ken Kesey. One of his well-known photographs is of Carlos Santana, used as the album cover for "Blues for Salvador" in 198"/. He was the house photogra- pher for Slim's, one of the country's most popular music venues, and his work is still on permanent display. Other musicians he has photographed include Warren Zevon, Buddy Miles, Sonny Rollins, Marianne Faithful, Bonnie Raitt, Charles Brown Jimmy Buffet and Chuck Berry. He photographed and was good friends with author Richard Brautigan, "doing" the cover for Brautigan's book, "Trout Fishing in America." Weber has always been a traveler; when he was 26, he spent three years in Asia where he documented his journey in a personal and at times poignant way. He com- pletely immersed himself in the culture. His photos are of the peo- ple. They include a family liv- ing in the Himalayas, a lone fisherman in Japan, street life in Afghanistan and rare scenes of solitude found in an otherwise crowded India. The black and white pho- tographs were well received and shown at the San Fran- cisco Museum of Modern Art. Some remain among its per- manent collection. Weber has had exhibits from San Fran- cisco to Poughkeepsie, N.Y., and in Canada. Some of the titles of his exhibits relate the vast and varied subject matter in his repertoire: "Traveling Mind," "Musicians," "Cowboy-Rodeo Art Show," "Barns, Birds and Barbecue" and "Images of Indian Valley. Weber spent his early years in San Francisco but always sought adventure, beginning at 17 when he took a fishing job in Alaska. In doing so, he passed up a job offer on a cattle ranch in Nevada. Now, several decades later he has returned to a long-lost dream of being around cattle and cowboys in wide-open spaces.. In 1996, Weber and his wife moved to remote Indian Val- ley and he immersed himself in a long-sought-after culture. He missed the opportunity to be on horseback practicing the time-honored ways of rop- ing, branding and rodeoing, but he is living it through his camera, documenting the lifestyle of the Old West still practiced today. Weber's photos of sweeping scenes of roundups in the Valley or dust-filled action of bucking broncos and bulls are akin to a modern-day Frederic Remington: One can feel the power of the animal, the determination of the rid- er and the dance they share. Weber's photographs will be on display for three weeks beginning July 30 at the Main Street Artists Gallery, located at 436 Main St. in Quincy. There will be an opening reception Friday, July 30, 5 - 7 p.m. For more information, contact Lara Eichenberger at eichen88@hotmail.com or Carla de Boer at the Eagle's Nest next door to the gallery. "Smoke Barn," featuring an old barn in Indian Valley, is a good example of Erik Weber's land- scapes. His subject matter has ranged from rock stars to rodeos over his 50-year career. The barn was the subject of another photograph "Fog Barn," taken eight years earlier. Sudoku Puzzle #1875-D Difficult 9 . ACROSS 1. Sierra Nevada resort lake 6. S6ance sounds 10. One who raised Cain 14. Fields of expertise 15. Soothing lotion 16. Stubborn sort 17. Jenny Craig headquarters topper? 19. Wall St. debuts 20. "Rumor _ ..." 21. Ryder of "Beetlejuice" 23. "Silent " (presidential nickname) 26. __. XING 27. South Pacific wraps 28. Brought a smile to 30. 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