My eye is the viewfinder and it sees pictures everywhere. The colors, lines and shapes of things are gathered into my constantly morphing view and instinctively become images in my mind – and if a camera is around, I shoot the image for keeping. I cannot remember a time when this has not been happening.
But it has only been in the last few years, with the great encouragement of friends, that I actually took steps to put these pictures into a form that could be enjoyed by others.
What you see in this show is what I saw when I was looking through the viewfinder of my camera. There are small amounts of color adjustment and cropping off edges, but for the most part, what I saw is what you get. New Mexico is a place that provokes art. The clarity of the air, the enormity of the ever-changing sky and the colors of the earth have been motivating artists to capture the beauty that is New Mexico for hundreds, if not thousands of years. I am happy to have had the opportunity to be inspired by this lovely land and to be able to share the fruit of that inspiration with you.
Although she has been taking pictures all her life, it was not until 2008 that Ginnie Chabre began showing her artwork to the public when she participated in the juried Alameda on Camera show which is a yearly event hosted by the non-profit art foundation, Frank Bette Center for the Arts.
In addition to participation in every Alameda on Camera since 2008, and participation in various other shows held at the Frank Bette Center for the Arts, she has had 3 solo shows at the Blue Dot Café and 2 shows at Frank Bette Center for the Arts Satellite Galleries. She currently has most of her work from her show entitled “Gifts From the Sun” hanging in a San Francisco law office.
She has won two awards: She was awarded an Honorable Mention in the 2009 Alameda on Camera and Best in Show in the 2012 Alameda on Camera.
After being a long-time resident of San Francisco, she reluctantly moved to Alameda in 1989. It took her a long while to adjust to her new surroundings, but she is now very happy be living in the lovely City of Alameda.
Ginnie Chabre November, 2013