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.

Photographing the Human Form – July 16, 2016 10am – 4pm

Learn how to photograph the human body in a natural way using clothed models.

This workshop will teach you through live demonstration how to pose and photograph the human body with focus on creation of fine art portraits. Students will learn basic lighting techniques which can be used to accentuate the lines and form of the human body, as well as how to interact and instruct models to get the results you are looking to achieve.

You will have the opportunity to photograph these models, and a model release will be provided so you can use these images for your portfolio. Images will be reviewed/lightly critiqued during the class.

Class size is limited to 14 students.

Bring with you:

  1. Camera & Lens appropriate for portraits
  2. Laptop with whatever imaging software you use.  Our preference is Adobe Lightroom
  3. Dress comfortably
  4. A sense of humor. It goes a long way

Fee: $269.99 ($199.99 RDPW Members)

July 16, 2016
Class meets 10am – 4pm (with break)

Sign Up Now!
Register at or call 650-327-8996
Class fees must be paid at time of registration
Course SKU: 21563

Reception at the Triton Museum – Friday, April 22, 6 – 8pm

The Richard Dischler Photography Workshops is pleased to announce it is continuing its tradition of award winning photography as five (5) members of the workshop classes had entries accepted in the Triton Museum of Art’s Statewide Photo competition, the 2016 Salon at Triton exhibit.  Over 1,450 entries were received and 124 works by 114 artists were selected for the exhibit.   The exhibit reception and announcement of the winners takes place on Friday, April 22, from 6 until 8pm.

Currently in its eighth year at Keeble & Shuchat Photography in Palo Alto, the Richard Dischler Photography Workshops, has seen several of its members selected to the Triton competitions over the years, starting with the very first year of the competitions.    One of the premier venues in the Bay Area for over 50 years, the Triton Museum serves as a venue where local artists exhibit their work alongside regional and national artists.

The Triton Museum of Art is located at 1505 Warburton Ave in Santa Clara.  Please visit the Triton’s webpage for more information:

At Close Range Exhibit


Some images ruminate and gestate for years before being photographed.   Others inspire a more spontaneous response.  Concrete residue.  Urban graffiti.  Monterey Bay Aquarium.  Fertility gods at a Japanese temple.  San Bruno BART station. Washington Mall.  Point Lobos.  Pistol River Beach.  Cracks and rust.  Sidewalks and walkways.  Alleyways and parking lots.  Most were taken from within walking distance from home or work or hotel or train.

Unafraid of his subject matter, Dischler observes life at close range, at different times of day or night, combining a mesmerizing mixture of texture, lines, light, and movement to capture a series a images that reflect a point of view that moves from contemplative to humorous, dreary to lighthearted.

Demonstrating that one need not carry the big-guns expensive camera and heavy lens, Dischler used one camera, one lens.  Small and compact, easy to carry and conceal, this camera welcomes daily use.

Dischler currently conducts the Richard Dischler Photo Workshops, now going into its eight year.

These images will be on exhibit at the Peking Duck at 151 S. California Avenue, Palo Alto, CA, from January 13, 2016 to April 12, 2016.

Form Exhibit Reception – Sunday, October 25, 2015

Photo by Craig Colvin. © Craig Colvin.

Photo by Craig Colvin. © Craig Colvin.

Photo by Charles Mujie. © 2013 Charles Mujie.

Photo by Charles Mujie. © 2013 Charles Mujie.

Since homo sapiens developed the ability to fashion something from nothing, the human body shape has served as a muse, an inspiration, an obsession for creating cave man drawings, Renaissance paintings, fine art and erotica, grotesque nudity, digital selfies, and other less acceptable forms of expression. In this exhibit, Craig Colvin and Charles Mujie choose to portray and express the human form as fine art.

Should we use “abstract” in describing a photograph? Better “elemental form” or “simplified form”. Edward Weston.

Using the human body as the subject, these two award-winning photographers tease our minds’ innate ability to recognize patterns and invite us to explore light, shadows, shapes, lines and textures to slowly discover and reveal the human body in a new and different perspective.

Craig’s work has been exhibited in over 20 galleries and juried shows throughout the USA, and appeared in various publications such as Rangefinder, LensWork Extended, Luel, iFeng Fashion Magazines and multiple book anthologies. Charles’ work was juried in for display at the Center for Photographic Art International Juried Exhibition  A Portfolio Competition in 2015 and published in the August issue of B&W Magazine.

Please join Craig and Charles on Sunday, October 25 from 1 to 4pm at Keeble & Shuchat Photography, Select Gallery, 290 S. California Ave, Palo Alto, CA for an open house/reception. Everyone is invited. Come enjoy the food, have a drink, savor the images, and meet the photographers.

This exhibit is on display from October 16 to December 1, 2015.

Download invitation card (PDF)

HumanScapes Exhibit Reception – Saturday, August 15, 2015

Photo by Lynne Farris Schafer. © 2014 by Lynne Farris Schafer.

Photo by Lynne Farris Schafer. © 2014 Lynne Farris Schafer.

It all began with a conversation among three of us: my best and closest friend Gary Watson, Steve Kaiser, and I—spurred along by a certain volume of beer and scotch–conspired to inspire the creation of the Richard Dischler Photo Workshops (RDPW).

Sadly, Gary passed away from a sudden heart attack, and Steve suffered a severe stroke.

During his life, Gary had initiated a project of abstracting shapes. Particularly human shapes. Specifically female shapes. He allowed mere suggestions of the female human form to saturate his photographic vision. He could see a woman’s shape in a sidewalk curb, on the edge of a building, or a glass of scotch—reminiscent of Edward Weston’s series of green peppers as human metaphors.

All workshop members were invited to enter the first juried RDPW contest with their interpretations of human metaphors inspired by seascapes, landscapes, urbanscapes, cityscapes, or whateverscapes. No actual human images are permitted.

This HumanScapes exhibit is the result of this friendship, memory, journey. Enjoy!

The exhibit is on display at Keeble & Shuchat Photography Select Gallery from August 6 to October 14, 2015. An open house/reception will be held on August 15 from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm. Everyone is invited to attend.

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Photographers on Exhibit

Alan Hart
Bill Graham
Carson Little
Charles Mujie
Christy Warren
Craig Colvin
Dan McLean
David Weitz
Elizabeth DeBruin
Emmanuelle Treil
George Herman
Golnaz Abdoli
Henry McNair
John Hampton
Kim Dang
Larry Sacks
Lori Washington
Lynne Farris Schafer
Martha Anne Kuntz
Natacha Hardy
Paul Italiano
Suresh Subramaniam
Thomas Laye
Tomas Garza
Victoria Lao

How to Clinic: Photograph Artwork & Art Pieces — August 12, 2015 10am to 2pm

Photo by Charles Mujie. ©2013 by  Charles Mujie.

Photo by Charles Mujie. ©2013 Charles Mujie.

The Los Altos History Museum in partnership with the Richard Dischler Photo Workshops and Keeble & Shuchat Photography will be conducting a How to Clinic to photograph artwork and art pieces. Richard Dischler and his staff will conduct the clinic. You will learn how to setup and properly light the object to be photographed without the need for professional equipment. Bring along an artwork or art piece that you’d like to photograph. Please limit the dimension of the object to 12” in length, 12” in width, 4” in height and around 3 pounds in weight. Limited to 20 participants. Fee $29.00. To register please contact Grace Perry at 650-948-9427 x14.