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That Must be One Shiny Door: John Vias Wins Another Award for His Night Photography

For the second year in a row, a night photograph by John Vias earned a Juror Award in the Joyce Gordon Gallery's "Glimpses in Time: International Juried Photography Exhibition." The exhibition of 82 photos runs August 1-30, 2008.

Oakland, CA, August 07, 2008 --( "Shiny Door," a night photograph by John Vias, earned a Juror Award in the Joyce Gordon Gallery's "Glimpses in Time" exhibition. This is the second year in a row Vias has won a Juror Award in the "Glimpses in Time" exhibition. This year's show drew almost 400 entries from 29 states and nine countries. Only 82 images were chosen by juror Stephen Wirtz, founder of San Francisco's prestigious Stephen Wirtz Gallery.

The Joyce Gordon Gallery is located at 406 14th St, Oakland, CA 94612, convenient to BART. Gallery hours are Wednesday through Friday, noon to 7:00 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. A reception was held August 1.

"Glimpses in Time: An International Juried Photography Exhibition in Honor of James Van Der Zee" recognizes the late artist for his significant accomplishments as a photographer. For decades, he helped document the Harlem Renaissance, including such notable figures as Marcus Garvey and Bill "Bojangles" Robinson. Multiple exposures and retouched negatives helped him create his idealized images.

"Shiny Door" was captured in West Berkeley, California. In this photograph, a large, textured, metallic silver door appears in the blue, corrugated metal wall of a public building. A green door, blue mailbox, shadows, and light add interest to this intriguing night-time image. Prints are available in various sizes and in limited editions.

On his website, Vias quotes Confucius: "Everything has its beauty but not everyone sees it." Vias explains, "a central focus of my work is to reveal the beauty in ordinary things." His photographs often feature common objects: a drinking fountain, a highway overpass, park benches. But in his photos, these mundane objects take on a surreal beauty.

Vias's home and studio are located in Ocean View, a West Berkeley neighborhood. He describes the area as "a wide variety of potential subjects, including a marina, foundry, factories, stores, restaurants, apartments, and houses." The locale supplies much of the subject matter for his work. "Strong lines and unusual shapes draw my eye," Vias said. "The ambiguity of purpose, content, and history of these structures intrigues me."

He captures his night photographs on film with the aid of exposures as long as twenty minutes. Of the surreal colors in some of his images, Vias explains, "they occur through the intersection of film, long exposures, and available light."

About John Vias:
John Vias wanders around in the dark taking pictures. He's an award-winning fine art photographer whose work has been recognized in competitions, and reprinted in the press. It hangs in private collections in the US and abroad. Vias (it rhymes with "bias") was born in Evanston, Illinois, in 1965 and earned a Certificate in Photography from University of California Berkeley Extension and a B.A. from the University of Florida. He lives and works in Berkeley, California. His work can be previewed at his website,

About Joyce Gordon Gallery:
The Joyce Gordon Gallery, located in one of the most culturally diverse cities in the United States, is dedicated to representing and exhibiting inspirational and gifted artists who challenge us all to grow, think, and be free. The gallery provides a forum for creative and cultural exchanges that support the creative pursuit of the individual and that seek to make work accessible to a broad audience. More information is available at

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