Chandler Photographer
Featured in September

      One image has light spiralling downward, descending in undulating ripples that progress from golden hues to deep orange-umber tones. You could easily mistake this photo for the familiar, always dramatic, vertical scenes taken within the famed slot canyons surrounding Lake Powell.

      Look again -- you'll see its actually a closeup of a flower.

      During September, 2006, visitors to Boyce Thompson Arboretum viewed the work of Chandler photographer Bob Rice, an Arizona resident since 1974 who honed his craft at Yosemite workshops in 1975 and again in 1976 with legendary Western landscape photographer Ansel Adams.

      "My past work has explored landscapes," said Rice, 55, "but for the past year I have concentrated on flowers. My work explores the boundary between reality and the abstract: using close up photography to study the sensuous form of flowers from unique perspectives. I'm drawn to the intimate, hidden places and the soft skin-like textures of these subjects and their inner light."

      Painterly use of color distinguishes Bob's photography, balancing and complementing each flower's form. During nearly four decades as a photographer Rice has moved from traditional film formats of 35mm and medium format cameras to digital, which has been his preferred medium since 1999. Nearly all of the photographs being exhibited at the Arboretum use natural light and only occasional, modest manipulation to the original image prior to printing.
Works by Rice can also be seen at at Chandler's Vision Gallery, and he also has a series of images on display at the Chandler Public Library. In 2001 he won the "Photograph of the Year" award from AFECA Tour Consultants. Rice is active in the community: an elected member of the Chandler Unified School District board and also chair of the Chandler-Gilbert YMCA board. Works exhibited at the Arboretum are available for purchase ranging from $95 to $395.

      For other details visit the website www.robertricefinephoto.com or call the artist at 480. 235. 2005.

      Works on exhibit included a few Boyce Thompson Arboretum landscapes, such as the scene at right of a Chinese pistachio tree in full Autumnal glory at the center of our Demonstration Garden (visit during the final three weeks of November to photograph Fall color here). The Arboretum is at highway 60 milepost #223 near the historic copper mining town of Superior, a drive of about 45 minutes due East of Mesa and Chandler. During September admission is taken (and visitors admitted) from 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m., and the Arboretum closes at 5:00 p.m. New exhibits begin each month in the gallery and may be seen daily during business hours; the Arboretum is an Arizona State Park and daily admission must be paid to enter the Visitor Center where the gallery is found. Admission is $7.50 for adults and $3 for ages 5-12. Annual memberships at the Arboretum begin at $45, and include a year's access, guest passes for your friends and family, along with many other benefits. A membership may be purchased in the gift shop on the day of your visit. To review other recent gallery shows from...

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