JCC Open House Reception on October 13

Jewish Community Center (JCC)

Hosts Open House Reception for

Richard Dischler Photo Workshops (RDPW)

3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto, CA 94303

Saturday, October 13, 2018

6:00 pm to 7:30 pm


Master’s Exhibit

Over the last nine years, members of the RDPW have received public recognition for their works in local, regional, national, and international juried and non-juried art and photography competitions, exhibits, and publications.

This exhibit represents a small sample from within this growing community of talented and visionary photographers who have received public recognition from 2010 through 2018.

The Masters:

Fred Carter, David Craven, Bruce Fram, Karen Friedmann, Olya Gary, Tomás Garza, Alan Hart, George Herman, Dan McLean, Shubhie Panicker, Lynne Farris Schafer, Daniel Vaquero.


Community Exhibit

This exhibit celebrates the concept of community, defined as a group of people who share a common geography, interests, background ethnicity, religion, or work.  Diving into the particulars, a genuine community generates relationships that in turn create friendships, loyalty, families, the foundation of home, and security.  People in community celebrate the joys of births, communions, marriages, proms, graduations.  They also provide emotional, physical, and even financial support during periods of heartaches and losses.  People in community are rightfully proud of their creation.  Each of these award-winning photographers focus on a different community.

The Community Exhibit Photographers:

Michael Palma – Dia de los Muertos “Day of the Dead”

Roger Spinti – Tindog Tacloban “Rise Again”

Tomás Garza – Los Piscaderos “The Harvesters”

Paul Italiano – Alive in the Streets of San Francisco


For more information and how to enroll in the Workshop, please visit our website at www.richarddischler.com.

Salon at the Triton 2D Art Competition & Exhibition – deadline on September 21

Submissions are open for the Salon at the Triton 2D Art Competition & Exhibition. The submission deadline is September 21, 2018. For dates and more details, see the Triton Museum website.

Here’s a note from Richard on the exhibit:

“I recommend members gear up for this event.  The Workshop has a great track record of achievement in this event.
I encourage all to gather images into a submit file and come see me for a “review” chat if they want.
Member’s content certainly merits their attention to this.

Artist’s Reception at the Triton

On Sunday, November 19, the Triton Museum of Art in Santa Clara hosted an Artist’s Reception in the afternoon to kick off their Winter Exhibitions. One of the exhibitions on display is the Salon at the Triton: 2D Art Competition and Exhibition, which received more than 1,000 entries this time.

The jurors selected approximately 125 works for inclusion in the exhibition, and, among these, 37 were photographs. The Richard Dischler Photo Workshop had a strong presence at the event, with 11 of the 37 selected photographs belonging to ten current workshop members. If we also consider the works from former workshop members, then 14 out of the 37 photos were created by twelve current and former RDPW members. Congratulations!

Richard and the current workshop members with photos on display at the Triton: Fred Carter, Thomas Laye, Golnaz Abdoli, Daniel Vaquero, René Sterenthal, Craig Colvin, George Herman, Kim Lien Dang, Paul Italiano, and Bernard Lint (not in the picture)

Salon at the Triton: 2D Art Competition & Exhibition

Please join your fellow Richard Dischler Photography Workshop members this Sunday, November 19, from 2pm to 4pm for an artist’s reception at the Triton Museum of Art in Santa Clara. The Triton is hosting a statewide competition, the Salon at the Triton: 2D Art Competition & Exhibition, that received over 1,000 entries and several of your classmates were honored to have been selected.

The Triton Museum of Art is located at 1505 Warburton Ave in Santa Clara. The exhibition goes from November 11, 2017 to February 04, 2018. Please visit the Triton’s webpage for more information.

We look forward to seeing you!

Sanchez Art Center Calls for Entries


THE PROJECT: Twelve artists will be selected to create an original archival print on the theme of “Reverie” in an edition of eighteen (18). Accepted artists will have an opportunity to create community through an art exchange with the group of 12 artists, to have increased visibility to collectors, and to raise money for Sanchez Art Center. Each artist will receive a boxed set of all 12 prints, and the remaining 6 sets will be sold to benefit Sanchez Art Center.
ELIGIBILITY: Entrants must be 18 or older, and must be members of the Art Guild of Pacifica, or become a member when entering the competition.
JUROR: Matt Pipes, studio manager at Trillium Graphics and adjunct instructor of printmaking at City College of San Francisco.
ENTRY DEADLINE: Tuesday, Nov 28, 2017, 11:00 pm PST.
Click here for more information and to enter.


THE CALL: Calling all California, Oregon, Washington, and Alaska fine art visual artists! Sanchez Art Center invites you to enter the 2018 Left Coast Annual. Enter up to 20 images at $15 per image.
JUROR: Claudia Schmuckli, Curator in Charge for Contemporary Art and Programming at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.
AWARDS: 2 Exhibition Awards ($250 plus an exhibition in 2019); and 2 Merit Awards ($250).
ENTRY DEADLINE: Tuesday, Jan 30, 2018, 11:00 pm PST.
Click here for more information and to enter.

Salon at the Triton 2017: 2D Art Competition & Exhibition

The Triton Museum of Art in Santa Clara is accepting submissions to the Salon at the Triton 2017 Competition and Exhibition. RDPW members are encouraged to meet with Richard for image review. The submission deadline is on September 29, and more information can be found at the Triton’s webpage.

ART on the Square Call for Artists

Application deadline: August 31, 2017
2017 Holiday Show IN the San Mateo County History Museum
2200 Broadway on Courthouse Square in Downtown Redwood City
10am – 4pm, Saturday November 18, 2017

Call for Artists: ART on the Square’s 2nd Annual Holiday Show IN the San Mateo County History Museum is happening on Saturday, November 18, 2017. The Museum is on Courthouse Square in downtown Redwood City. ART on the Square will provide artists with spaces located on two floors under the museum’s spectacular stained glass rotunda for selling their original work. Thanks to the generosity of Holiday Show Sponsors and a portion of artist fees, the Museum will be free to the public the day of the show. Download the artist application at http://www.redwoodcity.org/residents/redwood-city-events/art.

Application packets must be received no later than August 31, 2017. Space is limited and interest in this show is high. Applications will be juried all at once and acceptance emails will follow soon after.

Email: artonthesquarerwc@gmail.com
Web: http://www.redwoodcity.org/residents/redwood-city-events/art

“Community” – until July 28 at PAL

The exhibit is currently on display at PAL (Palo Alto Art League) until July 28.
Opening reception:  Friday July 7, 6-8pm at PAL

News coverage (Palo Alto Daily Post)


This exhibit celebrates the community, defined as a group that shares common norms, religion, values, interests, identity, work, geography, or a sense of place.  Some communities are deeply established and intimate, while others are more transitory.  Boundaries always define a community, and photographers who successfully capture the essence and character of these communities honestly represent themselves and intentions to create a bridge across the divide.

Each of these award-winning photographers successfully gained acceptance and trust from four different communities they captured through the lens.   Each photographer is a long-standing member of the Richard Dischler Photo Workshop, which is hosting this exhibit.


Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) in Southern Mexico

By Michael J. Palma

Michael has been photographing in the southern Mexican State of Oaxaca for nearly a decade.  More recently, he has documented the celebrations around the Dia de los Muertos.  Despite modernization, this strong tradition reaches back through the millennia of the Zapotec and Mixtec cultures.  Through his photography, Michael has established enduring relationships, visiting their homes, sharing intense and intimate moments of this special time.  

An IT professional working in Silicon Valley, Michael has won awards in a range of local and international photography competitions.


Los Piscaderos (The Harvesters)

By Tomás Garza

Tomás Garza embedded himself into the daily life of strawberry farmers in Watsonville, California.  With his camera, he captures their backbreaking work, in the heat and dust, as they migrate from one strawberry field to another with Driscoll Farms, one of the largest growers in California.  Through a series of stunning black-and-white images, he captures their hard work, commitment, perseverance, and reverence for the land that yields their livelihood.  This exhibit represents only a small portion of a multi-year project Tomás has undertaken, and, through this process, he has developed numerous and meaningful relationships with those whom he has photographed.  

With a background in horticulture and agriculture, and bilingual in Spanish and English, Tomás crosses the ethnic boundaries easily to tell their story.


Alive in the Streets of San Francisco

By Paul Italiano

Union Square is alive with action.  Street scenes, filled with people eating and drinking in outside cafes, window shopping, spending money and carrying bags of goodies, enjoying conversations, walking their dogs—big and small—and generally enjoying the immense diversity of a global melting pot in one of the most beautiful, artistic, and lively city in the world.  Paul chose various locations where he could be among those in the community, blending into their environment, becoming an inconspicuous observer.

Paul Italiano is a professional, multi-talented photographer and videographer in the Bay Area.  


Rise Again (“Tindog Tacloban”)

By Roger Spinti

These thought-provoking and emotional images were taken in the Philippines following Haiyan, the most destructive typhoon in that country’s history.  What you see reflects the obliteration of homes and buildings; the physical injuries and medical team in action and resting;  the hospitality, friendliness, resilience, and indefatigable spirit of the Filipinos. Regardless of political, religious, or cultural divides, various teams coalesced to assist in the recovery efforts.  

In the future, Roger intends to return to these areas to bear witness to the recovery and visit those whom he befriended.

Tomás Garza, Michael Palma, Roger Spinti, and Paul Italiano at the Open House Event

Call for Artists – Summer Exposure

This June Pacific Art League will be exhibiting works celebrating the excitements of summer. PAL hopes to bring a sense of adventure to the exhibition. The sights of summer extend to gardens, mountain tops, sunshine, beach days, and the joys of spending time in the warm weather. Pacific Art League invites submissions that demonstrate development and mature stylistic approaches to their work.

  • Exhibition date: June 2-29
  • Opening reception:  June 2 from 5:30-8pm
  • Submissions deadline: May 4
  • Awards judge: Rachel Lazo
  • Notification: May 11
  • Artwork delivery: May 26 & 27
  • Artwork pick-up: June 30 & July 1
  • For more details, see the submission website