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New art exhibition brings 'Meaning in the Landscape' at Tempe Public Library

Post Date:08/11/2014 1:30 PM

CONTACT: Michelle Nichols-Dock, Gallery Coordinator
TELEPHONE: 480 350-2867

TEMPE, Ariz - Two phenomenal landscape photographers share their vision and art at Tempe Public Library in a new exhibition in the Connections Café. 

Meaning in the Landscape runs through Dec. 3 at the Tempe Public Library, 3500 S. Rural Road, Tempe. The exhibition features photographers Bob Estrin and Dick George. Though the two artists work in distinctly different styles they nevertheless share some commonalities, such as their love for unusual landscapes throughout the Southwest. Each photograph in the exhibition tells a unique story as seen through an artist’s eye.

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Bob Estrin, Gilbert 
Shown left: 
It Came from Below

 Estrin grew up in a northwest suburb of Chicago and became fascinated with photography at an early age. He first purchased a camera in 1971 for a high school photography class and eventually he went on to receive his Bachelor of Arts degree in professional photography from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Ill. Estrin displays his art around Arizona at venues including solo exhibitions at the Tucson Jewish Community Center gallery, ASU Gammage Auditorium, Boyce Thompson Arboretum and public library spaces in both Peoria and Gilbert.

“The images in this show are from a new series in which I've combined two images: a landscape and an out of place object that makes you wonder if I found it that way. While my photographic subjects vary widely, I am repeatedly drawn to landscapes and objects from the past, and man’s influence on these,” Estrin said. 


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Dick George, Tempe
Shown left: Territorial House, Lochiel, AZ

George is a local Renaissance man of sorts. Today, he is an active art photographer, but over his lifetime he also worked in a variety of roles including farm laborer, short order cook, jazz drummer, writer, teacher and historian. He earned graduate degrees in both English literature and photography. For more than 24 years, George worked at the Phoenix Zoo as a writer, photographer and public relations manager.

“I am pleased to discover that Bob Estrin and I share at least two passions: photography and the soul-nourishing adventure of bouncing down dirt roads in the Southwest looking for magical places,” he said.

About Tempe Community Galleries

The two galleries at the Tempe Public Library - one in Youth Library and one in Connections Café - provide art encounters that broaden the mind, relate to multiple age groups and create interest in a variety of fields and subjects. Exhibitions are meant to inspire thought, enjoyment and discussion. The City of Tempe utilizes unique public spaces to showcase professional and student artists. Find out more at

Connections Cafe is operated by the Friends of the Tempe Public Library. Sales of snacks and beverages in the cafe support library programs and services. Find out more about Tempe Public Library on Facebook or find library hours 


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