Announcing Our New Location

Thank you to everyone who joined us at the open house for the Men’s Exhibit on the 16th. As we announced at that event, the Richard Dischler Photography Workshop is going strong, and, starting next month, our new home will be the Pacific Art League (PAL) at 668 Ramona Street, Palo Alto.

Starting in November, 2016, all of our Pre-visualation Workshop sessions, the Six Month, One Year, and Plus sessions will continue at PAL, and we’ll provide the schedule as soon as we can.

We are also excited to announce that starting in January we will begin offering our classes again. We are planning to expand our schedule beyond just weekends, and we’ll now have opportunities to hold more classes than ever before. The schedule and registration will be available on the PAL’s website as soon as their new catalog is released, and we’ll send another update once that is available.

Quite coincidentally, Pacific Art League’s exhibition in November is of Photography, and a few of our members’s work has been accepted in the show. The reception will be held on Friday, November 4, from 5:30-8PM. This event is open to everyone so this will be a great opportunity to explore our new home, and, as we always do, support our members and friends in a new exhibition.

Thank you for your continued support of the Workshop, and we look forward to seeing you soon. If you have any questions,  please reach out to Richard at

Call For Artists – A New View A Photography Exhibition

This November Pacific Art League will be presenting a collection of works dedicated solely to the exploration of photographic arts. Welcoming photographers of all levels, we want to see how you create alluring images reflecting the fragments of life. Whether it be abstract or representational, nature or urban, timeworn or new, personal or ordinary. The gallery invites all photographic processes in color or BW.

Open to all media. Limits on video and installation-contact below

November 4th-23rd, 2016

Submit your artwork electronically at:

Members: $40 for first entry, $10 for each additional entry.
Non-members: $50 for first entry, $10 for each additional entry.

Thursday, October 20th, 2016 by email.
Award winners are announced at the Friday, November 4th opening reception.

First Friday, November 4th, 5:30 PM – 8:00 PM

Thursday, October 13th, 2016


  • All work must be original and not previously exhibited at Pacific Art League.
  • All 2D work must be ready to hang on a wire.All 2D work must be framed or on gallery-wrapped canvas with finished edges.
  • Size of work limited to 40” wide by 50” tall, including frame. (contact below for inquiry)
  • All work must be for sale. Members receive 70% of sale price. Non-members receive 60% of sale price.
  • All work must be labeled on the front and back with title and artist’s name.

1st: $250
2nd: $125
3rd: $75
3 Honorable Mentions

Kelsey Issel, Art Director of The Midway Creative Complex in San Francisco, California.

Friday & Saturday, October 28th & 29th, 10AM – 4PM.
All work must be hand-delivered to PAL. No shipped work will be accepted.

Friday & Saturday, November 26th ONLY, 10AM – 4PM.

Kelsey Issel is an artist and curator living and working in the San Francisco Bay Area. Issel first sunk her teeth into the greater art scene, producing one of the first independent and affordable art fairs, based out of Brooklyn, called Fountain Art Fair. Living in the Bay Area, Issel worked for a private collection manager for many years until meeting Jeff Whitmore, founder of The Midway Project. Together, in 2014, they founded and directed, Artbeats, a 3-day art happening at SF’s historic Pier 70 building, honoring the roots of Fountain as an accessible art fair for the public to engage with independent artists and galleries alike. In 2015, Kelsey took on the role as Art Director at The Midway Creative Complex to develop their two gallery spaces and artist in residency program with a focus on interdisciplinary art.

Men Only Exhibit – Open House Sunday, October 16, 1-4pm

This exhibit is currently on display at Keeble & Shuchat Photography, 290 South California Avenue, Palo Alto, CA 94306.  The exhibit will be open until October 28.

This exhibit will be the last exhibit at Keeble & Shuchat Photography.  This is an honor the workshop appreciates and we wish to thank Terry Shuchat for allowing us to be the official send-off to our home for the past 7+ years as well as the place where many of us spent numerous hours, learned about photography and camera equipment and made many photography-related purchases.


As an artist, you tend to view the world through a lens that reflects your inner self, regardless of the media you choose. Maybe you paint, and you like colors. Maybe you draw and like the monochromatic expression of pencil or charcoal. Sculpt? Write? Oh, your mode of creativity is photography? Whatever your media, your creative vision will mirror your inner self. It is inescapable. We cannot create what is not in our heart.

My figures underwent the same simplification as my colors. Simplified as they are, they are more human and more alive than they would be if represented in all their detail. Represented in detail, they would lose their imaginary quality, which enhances everything.

Joan Miro, Philosophers have written tomes on the source of creativity or the meaning of art. Where does it come from? Why does it matter? How is it defined?

But we artists/photographers don’t care. We are simply compelled to create. It is a drive, a need. It is food for the soul.

We artists live to create, and we create so we can live. And we live not just to exist, but to be alive.

Having our first series on Women Only just recently begs the question: do men and women see the world differently? We will let you be the judge.

Please enjoy these images that were created by the male members of the RDPWS. Embrace and be embraced. Be alive.

Richard Dischler