June 19 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
John Wimberley, Lone Grave Butte
January 4th – January 31st, 2020
Artist Talk: Saturday, January 4th, 4PM – 5PM
Open Reception: Saturday, January 4th, 5PM – 6PM
301 N. Graham Street, Portland, OR 97227
Located in Lorenzen Conference Center – Legacy Emanuel Medical Center Campus.
9am – 6pm, Monday-Saturday, Sunday, 10am-4pm
Free off street parking available, Stair and elevator access, TriMet Routes 4, 24 and 44, ADA accessible
Event is free and open to the public
Ashland, Oregon photographer, John Wimberley notes, “The northwestern edge of the Great Basin extends into southeastern Oregon. The very beautiful and remote region that I call Lone Grave Butte is perhaps unique in that it had a much higher population density when the abundant rock art was made than at present. At the time of first Euro-American contact it was populated by Northern Paiute people. But a wide diversity of rock art styles supports ethnographic and other evidence that the
place was a summer plant and root gathering resource for various peoples from the surrounding region.
“The rock art depicted in this exhibition is situated along east-facing, lichen covered basalt rims. During the afternoons the rims are in shade. Shiny surfaces reflect the blue northeast sky, and matte surfaces are often tinted by golden, smoky light from forest fires. They are situated in an exquisite, minimalist high-desert landscape that once was forested. The land misses those people who were present for more than 13,000 years. This exhibition is a tribute to them.”
John Wimberley was born in Bermuda during 1945. In 1966, he began photographing while working on the flight deck of a US Navy aircraft carrier. Since then, his photographs have appeared in nearly one hundred exhibitions, multiple international publications, and are found in many hundreds of public and private collections around the world. He has taught many workshops, primarily his “Sight & Insight” program which was extremely popular.
In 2010, Wimberley received the Oliver Award from the American Rock Art Research Association for his self-published book of American Indian petroglyphs titled Evidence of Magic. During 2011, Wimberley was one of eight photographers invited to participate in the first-ever exhibition of American landscape photography in
Moscow, Russia. At present, Wimberley has given up teaching and continues to devote his time to photography.