Bert Ihlenfeld is honored

Bert sent this along to me:


I am proud to have received a Silver Award for Photography at ArtForwardContests,
the Premier Online Contests for Contemporary Artists created by Henry Rasmussen,
founder emeritus of Black & White Magazine.

Total awards: one Gold, three Silver, and 12 Bronze.

For complete information, please click on

Bert’s winning photo:


ImageMakers new discussion group

Hi Folks

For some time now, the ImageMakers Steering Committee has considered ways to reach out to the community, and to help continue the traditions of fine art photography.

To this end, we have encouraged young and/or beginning photographers to join our group. Some of us have individually tutored, or volunteered our time at various events.

Our monthly group is full now, and many of us have little spare time, much as we might wish otherwise.

But, there may be a solution.

A couple of days ago, I founded an online discussion group for fine art photographers, designed to allow free-flowing conversations between old-hands and new-comers, across and among those two.

It took me about an hour for the light to come one, and to realize that this could be under the banner of ImageMakers, and provide us a painless way to achieve our social-outreach goals.

And there it is: the ImageMakers Fine Art Photography Discussion Group. (With the blessing of your Steering Committee, of course.)

With this site, those of us who have been doing this a while can converse on topics we enjoy, and also provide whatever help the budding photographers might want. The youngsters can chat themselves, or tell us what old fuddy-duddy’s we are.

In short – it’s a place to chat, learn, and share ideas in a free-form fashion. Unlike “a forum”, there are no pre-defined categories and no membership requirements (although one does need to sign up, with a name and password of their own choosing.)

Moderation will be only necessary to keep out the viagra sales pitches, and anyone who begins behaving badly.

It’s open to anyone, and it’s free. There is no commitment of time or cash, nor are you asked to show up except by your own choice and schedule.

What I’m hoping to do is first “stock it” with ImageMakers members before publicizing it to the public. Please join whether you want to help newcomers, or are only there to chat with fellow ImageMakers.

I’d like to suggest that your “sig” include the word “ImageMaker” so that newbies can distinguish you as an “oldie” – a more experienced member. (Note to new photographer/members of ImageMakers: please be careful not to overstate your experience.)

Particularly, I’d like more experienced ImageMakers who are willing to drop by now and then, and provide advice and help to the less experienced.

I’d appreciate one or two who are committed enough to act as moderators, so that this doesn’t all fall on me. (Moderators do almost nothing except kick off the spammers and remind folks to “be gentle.”)

Members can get a daily or weekly email summary of the posts made during that period. If you’re a glutton for punishment, you can get them emailed to you as each post happens, or if you fall on the other end of the spectrum, you can get no emails at all, and only see what’s happening when you visit the site.

It’s been my experience with such groups that they are interesting and fun. You will make friends, learn new stuff, and help others who have questions… and all without leaving the house.

Please visit the site, and sign up, and join ImageMakers on this new venture.

The site is at:

Thanks for your time and interest. Email me with questions.


Mundos schedule a/o 3/27/16


Sun, Mar 27th – Sat, May 7th   (ImageMakers Group Show)
 – Chester Ng
 – Robbie Parkman
 – Steve Zmak
 – Jeanne Marino
 – Tracy Valleau
 – Dixie Dixon
 – Gerry Ginsburg
 – Heidi McGurrin
 – Jacqui Turner
 – Matt Connors
 – Richard Cannon
 – Tom Schleich
 – Mary Aiu
Sun, May 8th – Sat, Jun 18th
 – Steve Zmak
 – Jim Messer
 – Gerry Ginsburg
Sun, Jun 19th – Sat, Jul 30th
 – Dawnelle Ward
 – Linda Fitch
 – Heidi McGurrin
Sun, Jul 31st – Sat, Sep 10th
 – Jacqui Turner
 – Brett Thomas
 – Matt Connors
Sun, Sep 11th – Sat, Oct 22nd
 – Greg Weeks
 – Chester Ng
 – Jeanne Marino

There’s still time…

Sun, Oct 23rd – Sat, Dec 3rd (ImageMakers Group Show)
 – Chester Ng

 – Art Haseltine
 – Robbie Parkman
 – Mary Aiu
 – Linda Fitch
 – Matt Conners
 – Steve Zmak
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Sun, Dec 4th – Sat, Feb 14th, 2017
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Susan Hillyard Exhibition at Santa Cruz County Bank

Susan Hillyard and 5 other artists will have their horse images on display in several locations north of Monterey.

“Unbridled” is on display through June 17, 2016 at all five Santa Cruz County Bank locations:

APTOS 7775 Soquel Drive
CAPITOLA 819 Bay Avenue
SANTA CRUZ 720 Front Street
SCOTTS VALLEY 4606 Scotts Valley Drive
WATSONVILLE 595 Auto Center Drive

The Artists’ Reception is Wednesday, March  5:30-7 p at Santa Cruz County Bank — 720 Front St. Santa Cruz


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Image copyright by Susan Hillyard.


More information is here:

Jane Olin’s upcoming show at the CPA

ImageMakers member Jane Olin, along with  Elizabeth Opalenik have a show entitled “On the Edge of Chance” from Jan 16 through Feb 27.

Center for Photographic Art
Sunset Center

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Artists’ Lecture 4:00 pm, Carpenter Hall
Opening Reception with raffle ticket and catalog sales: 5 to 7 pm

Curator: Helaine Glick

Exhibition January 16 through February 27, 2016
Center for Photographic Art

Brett Thomas and Linda Fitch PGAC show

Brett Thomas and Linda Fitch are have a show of silver gelatin prints at the Pacific Grove Art Center


Title: Night and Day

Photographs by Linda Fitch and Brett Thomas


Opening is Friday, January 8th, 7:00PM to 9:00PM

Show  runs from January 8, 2016 to February 25,2016.


40 or so Silver Gelatin prints.

News for April and the meeting of the 19th.

We had our Steering Committee meeting tonight (4/13) and here are the things you should know.

First, April 19th is the 20th anniversary of the founding of ImageMakers !  Brett Thomas is our most senior member, having been here, along with Dick Garrod, from day one.

In other news:

1) The next meeting, Tuesday, the 19th of April, is our annual print swap. If you want to participate, please bring a matted image for a random exchange with another ImageMaker.

2) We are pleased to welcome Cara Weston, Dida Kutz, Edit Franco, Roger Lundblad, and Tom Jacobs to our ranks. These are the last new members for a while, since our ranks are full now. As attrition or circumstances allow, others will be accepted in the future. When Tracy has them all added to the roster, he’ll send out a copy of it to each of you. Additionally, Wei Chang, one of ImageMakers first members has returned to active participation. Welcome back!

3) June 10th (a Friday) is our annual multiple birthday party at Point Lobos. As usual, the day belongs to Jack Wasserbach and Dick Garrod (who likely will not attend this year), but we are also celebrating the 20th anniversary of ImageMakers, and the nearby birthdays of Brian Taylor, Fernando Batista and Steve Mortensen

4) We now accept PayPal (credit cards) for ImageMakers dues and events. There is a button for those of you who would like to contribute additional support, either on a monthly basis ($5, $10 or whatever you feel is right, each month, automatically) or to make a one-time contribution, if you prefer. We’re pretty much out of money at the end of each year, until dues are paid again, so this would certainly help. Thanks to those who have used it already !  🙂

5) Field trip. San Juan Bautista, Casa de Fruta and San Luis Reservoir. Jack will pass around a sign-up sheet for the first Saturday in June. (June 4th).

To keep up with the latest ImageMakers  news, please return to this page every now and then.  Thank you.