Ansel Adams and Jeff Crandell exhibition at G2 Gallery.

Dawn, Autumn Forest, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee, 1948 Photograph by Ansel Adams
Oak Tree, Snowstorm, Yosemite National Park, 1948 Photograph by Ansel Adams
Collection Center for Creative Photography, University of Arizona
©2011 The Ansel Adams Publishing Rights Trust
Aimless copyright by Jeff Crandell
Cycle copyright by Jeff Crandell

Venice, CA—On Tuesday, February 21, 2012, The G2 Gallery will present Ansel Adams: Open to the Public, an exhibition that explores Ansel Adams’s desire to have his work accessible to the public at large vis-à-vis his work to promote the National Parks lands as common ground for Americans.  Proceeds from art sales during Open to the Public will be donated to the Sierra Club. 

A press preview will be held on February 21 from 8:00–11:00 AM.  Contact to attend.

This will be The G2 Gallery’s first full-scale exhibition of work by Ansel Adams since acquisition of work by the artist began in 2010.  According to The G2 Gallery Director and Curator Jolene Hanson, “Ansel Adams’s work as an artist-activist laid the groundwork for so many of the photographers that we show at The G2 Gallery.  His legacy truly shows the power of photographic art to make positive change.”

The exhibit includes works from The G2 Gallery collection, including Adams’s Portfolio Two: The National Parks & Monuments which he began while working on an assignment for the National Parks Service and completed with assistance from two Guggenheim grants at the close of the 1940s.  This rich period in Adams’s career is considered by many to be the pinnacle of his creative output.  The contents of the portfolio provide examples of the sweeping vistas that made Adams’s famous and the less well known but equally engrossing close-up shots of foliage and tightly cropped scenes.

Classic images included in the exhibit include: Mount Williamson (1945); Oak Tree, Snowstorm, Yosemite National Park (1948); Dawn, Autumn, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee (1948); Dunes, Hazy Sun, White Sands National Monument, New Mexico (1941); Zabriski Point, Death Valley National Monument, California (1942); and Clearing Storm, Sonoma County Hills, California (1951.) 

The exhibit also pays homage to the work of the Sierra Club, of which Ansel was a member, serving on the Board of Directors for over 30 years.  The G2 Gallery will donate proceeds from art sales during Open to the Public to the Sierra Club.

Exhibit related events include an opening reception coinciding with The G2 Gallery’s 4 Year Anniversary on March 10, 6:30–9:00 PM, and “Alan Ross on Ansel Adams” a talk given by Adams’s longtime photo assistant on March 31 at 3:30 PM.  RSVP for the opening reception by contacting  Register for the lecture at  Admission to both events is $5 at the door and all proceeds benefit the Sierra Club.

In keeping with the theme of Open to the Public, gallery hours will be expanded to include Mondays.  Admission to The G2 Gallery is free.

In addition to the Ansel Adams exhibit G2 Gallery is also showing Nature LA: Jeff Crandell featuring a collection of work entitled “Seascapes.” 

Seascapes is a part of a larger group of work, Elements, in which Jeff explores the use of his camera as a palate for his impressionistic landscape photography.  In a project that began in the crawl of a daily commute on the 405 freeway in Los Angeles, Jeff began experimenting with movement, slower shutter speeds, and the low light of evening rush hour.  These combined factors reduced the natural forms to their basic elements, blurring the details to foreground shape.  As he does in his work as a film and television location scout, Jeff sees in these images a scene broken down into its basic iconic images.  He states, “when you look at something, what element defines the scene right off the bat?”  Reduced to their basic elements, the resulting images are more emotion driven than subject driven.

Before coming to Los Angeles, Jeff’s photographic style drew from his background in photojournalism, the vibrant street life of his home base in New York, and influential artists like Garry Winograd and Diane Arbus.  Frustrated with the lack of street life in Los Angeles, Jeff transposed life on the street to life in the woods.  “I found characters in trees and waves in the same way that I found characters in the street.”  For 5 years Jeff has been forging his new painterly style, with its flat, two-dimensional scenes of nature sketching out the elements most crucial to the scene.

With his images, Jeff hopes that his images will raise awareness among Angelenos about the diversity of the Southern California landscape.  “Before we can really protect nature properly, we have to know it,” he says.  The G2 Gallery will donate 100% of the proceeds from art sales during Nature LA: Jeff Crandell to the Sierra Club.

An opening reception for both shows will be held March 10, 2012, from 6:30–9:00 pm. 

The reception will be part of an evening celebrating The G2 Gallery’s 4 year anniversary as well as the opening of Ansel Adams: Open to the Public, G2’s first full-scale exhibition of work by Adams.  RSVP is required to and a $5 admission at the door will benefit the Sierra Club.

Location: The G2 Gallery (

1503 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA 90291-3742


For Images or Additional Information Contact:

Diane Shader Smith 310.386.6803 or Gia LaRussa 310.428.7752

emails:  or

About Ansel Adams

Born 1902, in San Francisco, California, photographer and environmentalist Ansel Easton Adams is considered one of the foremost figures in the history of American photography, and a leader in the field of conservation photography.  His legacy is profound.  A tireless promoter of his medium, Ansel helped usher photography unquestionably into the art world.  Aware of the power and potential of his art, he used his images to instigate positive change on behalf of the environment.  Ansel passed away in 1984 at the age of 88.

About The G2 Gallery

Established in March 2008, The G2 Gallery in Venice, California, is a green art space with a dedicated focus on nature and wildlife photography. In keeping with G2’s commitment to supporting arts and the environment, the gallery presents exhibitions with eco-conscious themes, donates the proceeds from all art sales to environmental charities and hosts events that bring awareness of critical issues to our community.

By Jim McKinniss

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