MARCH 21, 2000

CONTACT: Pat Wright, 661/664-2138; pwright@csub.edu


Standing Grain

Exhibit documents scenes along highway

"California 166," an exhibit of photographs by Frederick Kuretski and James Sefton, opens Friday, March 31, at the Todd Madigan Gallery at California State University, Bakersfield.

The pictures document scenes along state Highway 166 from the Central Coast at Santa Maria through the Cuyama Valley and the San Andreas Rift Zone into Kern County and on to Maricopa. According to gallery director Margaret Nowling, the black and white images capture the stark and haunting beauty of this often overlooked landscape.

Kuretski has been an ardent photographer since the 1960's. He is a filmmaker and was a founding faculty member at the California Institute of the Arts. He currently teaches film at CSU Northridge. Sefton teaches history at CSU Northridge, where he teaches a course in photography as historical resource. He has been avid photographer since the late 1950's.

A reception for the artists will be held during the opening, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The exhibit is sponsored with Allan Hancock College in Santa Maria, where it was shown earlier.

Prior to the Friday, March 31, reception, Sefton and Kuretski will present a lecture titled, "History and Photography: a Journey Along California Highway 166," at 4 p.m. in Music Building Room 114 on the CSUB campus.

The gallery is open to the public, free of charge, from Tuesday to Friday, 12:30 to 4:30 p.m., and Saturday, 1 to 4 p.m. For more information, call 661/664-3093.