Exhibits & Events
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Photography by local artist RICK BLISS
is now on display at The Brick Coffee House Cafe, 316 D Street, in Marysville. Bliss has been involved in photography for over fifty years. His photos include images of architecture, landscapes, portraits, abstracts, and wildlife. His work is on view and for sale at The Brick in April and May, as part of the “Art Everywhere” program sponsored by Yuba Sutter Arts.
I was born to an artist and a scientist during World War ll in Southern California. My family moved to Bakersfield after my dad (the scientist) got out of the Navy. I grew up in Bakersfield, which was a great place for active boys in those days. I graduated from Bakersfield High School and Bakersfield College, then went off to UC Davis to earn a degree in electronics engineering, following, more or less, in the footsteps of my scientist dad. Later, I declared myself a bioengineer (before that discipline existed) and started a medical electronics company. It quickly became apparent that I knew little about the bio- part of bioengineering, so I went back to college and eventually earned degrees in Biology. Some years and many adventures later, I accepted a position at Yuba College as Professor of Biology, the part of my career that I enjoyed the most.
My first experience with photography began when my grandpa, the special pal in my six-year-old life, gave me a Kodak Box Brownie and two rolls of 620 film. He showed me how to use the viewfinders (there were two), how to take the picture and how to change the film. At first, I was excited, but my enthusiasm gradually declined and I stopped using the Box Brownie after a few years. I still have that camera, still working fine after 65 years, and I may take up making pictures with it again someday.
While I was a senior in high school, I returned to photography, thanks to encouragement from my uncle and my dad. Two years later, I had the opportunity to spend an evening with Ansel Adams, whom I had not heard of until then. Like so many others, I was completely taken by this charming and extraordinarily talented artist. For the first time, I thought of photography as an art. I’ve thought about it that way ever since. Like Ansel Adams, I’m especially moved to make photographs of nature and landscapes, but, also like my hero, I like to make photographs of other things as well. Over the years, I’ve photographed many weddings and other events, lots of architecture, countless portraits and made numerous photo abstracts. All very rewarding, and all great fun.