Upcoming Events

Artist Talk at the Abrams Claghorn Gallery

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This Friday evening, I will give an artist talk at the Abrams Claghorn gallery in Albany. I will explain how to take nature photographs that look like paintings without the use of photoshop, and why it is worth our while to while away our precious time admiring the natural world. You are warmly invited to join me for an evening of art, biophilia, and hobnobbing. I hope to see you there!

From the gallery:

Robert Abrams, gallery owner and curator, is delighted to present the next in a series of artist talks. This event is free of charge.

This month features ceramic sculptor Natasha Dikareva and nature photographer and naturalist Becky Jaffe. Both artists tap into the natural world for inspiration, but otherwise couldn’t be more different.

Becky Jaffe’s fine art photography explores the art of “Biophilia”, the innate sense of kinship we recognize with other living beings. Using in-camera techniques that stretch the photographic medium to create painterly effects, she fuses an artist’s sensibility with a biologist’s curiosity in order to communicate reverence for the natural world. She enjoys photographing birds and tropical insects in particular, and relishes those moments when the insects appear to be studying her.

Natasha Dikareva is known for her surreal, exquisitely formed human figures which often morph into other biological forms such as birds, fish and trees. Dikareva’s latest work, developed during an intense introspective period, confronts the idea of physical security in relation to current events in the world.

You’re invited to the reception of Levity & Gravity

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Please join me for the reception of Levity & Gravity this Friday, June 12th from 6-8 pm at Collector Art in Berkeley. I am pleased to present new work, a collection of nature photographs printed on slate. My portraits of wild birds in flight are set into rock, an interplay of levity and gravity.
  “Levity is often less foolish and gravity less wise than each of them appears.” 
– Charles Caleb Colton

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snowy egret in flightPhoto by Becky Jaffe

Glenview Cottage Industry Show this Saturday, November 16th

If you’re looking to buy unique holiday presents while supporting local artists and craftspeople, come visit the Glenview Cottage Industries Show tomorrow, Novemember 16th from 10 am to 4 pm. I will be womanning a table all day, hawking my photos of birds and insects and reading poetry to unsuspecting passersby. I’d love to see you! The address is 4101 Park Blvd, on the corner of Park and Hampel in Oakland. http://www.glenviewcottageindustry.com/photos/

Reflections

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Avocet Duet by Becky Jaffe

Two of my bird photographs swooped into the 1650 Gallery’s exhibit on the theme of Reflections: the Visual Echo. Please join me for the opening reception on Saturday night, November 16th from 7:30 to 10:30 pm at 1650 Echo Park Ave in Los Angeles. For the full exhibit, see: http://www.1650gallery.com/reflections2013_exhibition.php

A wonderful poem on the theme of Reflections is John Holland’s 1969 poem Swan and Shadow. Enjoy!

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Small Wonders: The Art & Science of Insect Photography – Saturday, Nov. 2 at 2 pm

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In this free and family-friendly slideshow presentation, I will teach you how — and why — to wile away endless hours of otherwise productive time admiring our insect kin. I’ll finally answer the question posed in 1871 in Lewis Carroll’s Through the Looking Glass: ‘What sort of insects do you rejoice in, where you come from?’

WHEN:
Saturday, November 2, 2013 at 2 pm

WHERE:
San Ramon Public Library
100 Montgomery Street
San Ramon, CA 94583

Public Lecture at the Alameda Photographic Society – Oct. 22 at 7:30 pm

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Would you like to learn how to translate your love for nature into better photographs? In this presentation, Seeing Nature and the Nature of Seeing, I will offer specific tools for improving both your visual thinking skills and your fieldwork to create beautiful nature images.

WHEN:
Tuesday, October 22nd at 7:30 pm

WHERE:
Alameda Photographic Society
2441 San Jose Ave.
Alameda, California

The Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art, Maryland – Now till October 18th

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I am honored to have had one of my photographs selected as Grand Champion at this year’s Art in Nature Festival in Maryland. My photographic ode to the Great Egret, Evidence: Gesture III, will be on view from now through October 18th at the Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art and in the upcoming issue of Wildfowl Art Journal.

WHEN: 
Now through October 18th

WHERE:
The Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art
909 S. Schumaker Drive
Salisbury, MD 21804

Click here for more info

Linus Gallery’s Nature Speaks exhibit

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One of my bird photographs swooped into the Linus Gallery’s Nature Speaks exhibit, which is currently on view here. I am particularly tickled to have my work in the same exhibit as friend and fellow artist Doug Lawler, whose lush oil pastels can be viewed here.

Water is Life at Art on the Balcony in Piedmont, until Sept. 28th

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For a local gallery with the feel of old Santa Cruz, check out Art on the Balcony in Piedmont. I am displaying several photographs as part of a multi-media display on the theme of water from now through September 28th. I am particularly gratified to be in the same exhibit as fellow photographer and nature contemplative Celie Placzek.

WHEN:   
Now through September 28th

WHERE:  Art on the Balcony
4125 Piedmont Ave.
Piedmont, CA 94611

Click here for more info

Meet the Artist Weekend at Filoli Gardens in Woodside – September 14th & 15th

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Please join me this Saturday and Sunday, September 14th & 15th for Meet the Artist Weekend at Filoli Gardens in Woodside. I will be in attendance all weekend exhibiting prints of my photography alongside dozens of nature-inspired artists of all media.

Filoli is a historic site including 16 acres of English Renaissance gardens with a trail system that crosses five different ecosystems. Wandering the estate grounds feels like time traveling in Victorian England — a great spot for a family picnic or a weekend getaway.  Come for the art, stay for the meandering.

WHEN:
Nature’s Many Splendors exhibit runs from August 27th through October 27th.     
Meet the Artist days are Saturday, September 14th from 10 am – 3:30 pm
& Sunday, September 15th from 11 am – 3:00 pm.
 
WHERE: 
Filoli Garden
 86 Canada Road
Woodside, CA 94062

You’re Invited ~ Estan Invitados

You’re invited to Reflections of the Latin American Natural Environment, an art exhibit celebrating Latin America’s stunning biodiversity. The reception will be held this Friday April 26th from 4 to 6 pm at the University of Georgia at Athens’ Ethnobotanical Garden. I am one of 7 artists participating in this national juried exhibit organized by the Latin American and Caribbean Studies Institute and sponsored by the Brazilian Consulate and the Instituto de Mexico.

WHERE: LACSI Ethnobotanical Garden (behind Baldwin Hall on UGA’s north campus), 290 South Hull Street, Athens, Georgia

WHEN: The opening reception is April, 26, 2013 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. The exhibit will remain on display at the Latin American and Caribbean Studies Institute from April 22nd through May 17th, 2013.

WHO:​​ Selected Artists: Becky Jaffe, Charles Winstead, Kathy Parker, Lois Correa-Diaz, Waheeda Mumtaz Persaud, William Hudson Temples, and ​​​Neca Dantas.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: http://lacsi.uga.edu

This event is free and open to the public.

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Two daddy long legs balance on the underside of a banana leaf in Costa Rica’s Monteverde rainforest. Photo by Becky Jaffe

Art is for the Birds in Berkeley on May 10 from 6 to 8 pm

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Why put just one bird on it? I will be exhibiting an entire flock of bird photographs at Collector Art in Berkeley from May 2nd to June 10th. Birds of a feather are invited to come together for the opening reception on May 10th.

SAVE THE DATE!

Opening Reception: Friday, May 10th, 6-8 pm
at Collector Art
2950 College Ave.
Berkeley, CA 94705

Genital Plugs, Projectile Penises, & Gay Butterflies: A Naturalist Explains the Birds and the Bees this Wednesday, March 20th from 8 to 10 pm

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Please join me on March 20th for Nerd Nite SF. If you haven’t heard of Nerd Nite, imagine Ted Talks on tequila. Nerd Nite offers a casual and occasionally drunken venue to geek out over the entertaining side of science. This Wednesday I am delighted to be one of three guest nerds presenting. I will lead you on a romp through Mother Nature’s freaky side, surveying some of the more outlandish ways animals do the wild thing. Audience members will form teams to compete in a pub quiz-style trivia game with prizes of the salacious biological variety. Just in time for Spring, this talk is guaranteed to cause a bioorgasm.

Where: the Rickshaw Stop, 155 Fell St, San Francisco
When: Wednesday, March 20th, 2013
Doors at 7 pm, show at 8
Cost $8

 

Bugpeople are my people: Insect Sciences Museum March 9th from 1-3 pm

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Greetings from my new roommate, Ms. Eurycantha calcarata!  This impressive stick insect, about the size of a quarter, is the best honorarium I ever received. Thank you to Eddie Dunbar and the members of the Insect Sciences Museum for hosting me as guest presenter last Saturday, March 9th. The event was held at the Rotary Nature Center at Lake Merritt, the nation’s first wildlife refuge, established in 1870. It was a special pleasure to talk with other insect enthusiasts who are working right here in Oakland cataloging endemic species, organizing educational outreach programs for children and adults, and generally spreading the Arthropod appreciation.

Seeing Nature & the Nature of Seeing: A Photography Workshop on Saturday, March 30 from 1 to 4 p.m.

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Would you like to learn how to translate your love for nature into better photographs?

You are invited to a free workshop on nature photography. In the first half of the 3-hour session, I will present tips for improving both your fieldwork and visual thinking skills to create beautiful nature images. In the second half, we will practice our photographic skills at the Lake Merritt bird sanctuary, where we will honor the herons, ogle the insects, and praise the pelicans in pictures. Please RSVP if you would like to participate. All ages and skill levels welcome.

WHEN: Saturday, March 30th, 1-4 pm
WHERE: Yay! Art! hosted by Lanell Dike
484 Merritt Ave. #1
Oakland, CA  94610

Cost: Free!

Creatures at the Kiernan Gallery from Feb. 27 to March 23, 2013

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The human relationship to the rest of the animal world is complex, and is the theme of an upcoming exhibit from February 27th – March 23rd at the Kiernan Gallery in Lexington, Virginia called Creatures.

I am delighted to be included in this exhibit, the online version of which can be viewed here.

How to be a poet

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Photo: No Child Left Inside by Becky Jaffe

How To Be a Poet

By Wendell Berry

(to remind myself)

i
Make a place to sit down.
Sit down. Be quiet.
You must depend upon
affection, reading, knowledge,
skill—more of each
than you have—inspiration,
work, growing older, patience,
for patience joins time
to eternity. Any readers
who like your poems,
doubt their judgment.
ii
Breathe with unconditional breath
the unconditioned air.
Shun electric wire.
Communicate slowly. Live
a three-dimensioned life;
stay away from screens.
Stay away from anything
that obscures the place it is in.
There are no unsacred places;
there are only sacred places
and desecrated places.
iii
Accept what comes from silence.
Make the best you can of it.
Of the little words that come
out of the silence, like prayers
prayed back to the one who prays,
make a poem that does not disturb
the silence from which it came.

 

If you are a poetry teacher, Nature in Vision & Verse is a great resource for lesson planning. I am available for guest presentations in schools on nature photography and nature poetry. Please contact me if you would like me to present in your classroom.

Have you Heard? February 24 through April 4th, 2013

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From February 24th through April 4th,  the Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary in Texas is hosting a nature photography exhibit that will inspire you to get outside for a slow amble along the sanctuary trails.  One of my grasshopper photos happily hopped into the exhibit’s menagerie.

A Peacock among Egrets January 25th to May 5th, 2013

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Photo: Evidence: Gesture III by Becky Jaffe

This Great Egret, whom I dubbed Peacock for his flamboyant ways, is proudly displaying to his rookery mates the choice nesting material he plucked from a nearby tree. The green patch in front of his eye, called a lore, is normally yellow; the temporary green coloration indicates that he is ready to breed. Despite Peacock’s obvious suitability as a mate, he never managed to garner any interest among the ladies during the last breeding season. If I were an egret, I’d snatch up this fetching fellow in a wingbeat.

Peacock flew his way into the The West Coast Biennial Juried Art Exhibit, which is currently on display from January 25th through May 5th at the Turtle Bay Exploration Park in Redding, California. This image is one of four in the series entitled Evidence: Gestures I-IV.  The set of four, matted in a single frame, shows the various display positions Peacock used to woo the chicks and can be purchased for $425.

Bay Area Wetlands to Ridgetop Exhibit, Feb. 8 from 5 to 8 pm

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Photo: Calligraphy of Geese by Becky Jaffe

We Bay Area residents have the good fortune to live along the Pacific Flyway, an aerial highway traveled by more than a million migratory birds this month alone.

Please join me this Friday night (Feb. 8, 2013) for the opening reception of a photography exhibit that celebrates our winged wayfarers and kicks off this weekend’s 17th annual San Francisco Bay Flyway Festival.

This 3-day event includes a photo exhibit, birding workshops, art activities, guided nature walks, and rumored cameo appearances by the Great Blue Heron.

 

Bay Area Wetlands to Ridgetop Exhibit 

WHEN:   Friday, February 8th, 5 – 8 pm
WHERE:  Expo Building 223, 500 Connolly St.,
Mare Island, Vallejo, CA

Bay Area Life Cycles at the Randall Museum

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Please join me this
Thursday, Sept 20th at 7:30 pm
for a presentation on
Bay Area Life Cycles 
at the Randall Museum
199 Museum Way in San Francisco

How well do we know the place we live, our home, the Bay Area?  One way to feel rooted in a sense of place is to observe our natural environment with exquisite attention.  This Thursday night I will present my photographs of local flora and fauna to guide you through one year in the life cycle of the Bay Area, highlighting the natural history of the spectacular wildlife who migrate through our home each month and offering tips on the best local wildlife viewing spots.

We’ll play Name That Migratory Animal! with pubQuiz-style field recordings and compete for prizes of the esoteric biological variety.  This event is graciously hosted by the SF Natural History Series.

I look forward to seeing you there!

Becky

 

Thank you, National Geographic readers!

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Photo: Shadow Theater by Becky Jaffe

A friend emailed me today to tell me she had seen my photograph of a pair of grasshoppers on Yahoo News!  I googled these grasshoppers and was gobsmacked to find that National Geographic had slapped their logo on my photo. Yeah, baby!  I danced my Happy Jig for a good long time, and take this as further evidence that the masses just can’t get enough grasshoppers.

2012 Michael H. Kellicutt International Photo Show

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Photo: Contact II by Becky Jaffe

The Coastal Arts League hosts an annual juried photo exhibit to showcase the natural beauty of the northern California coast. I am happy to be included in the 2012 Michael H. Kellicutt International Photo Show. The opening reception will be held on Saturday, July 7th from 5 to 8 pm.

“The Surreal World of Insects” Opening on June 23 at Terraria in Oakland, CA

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Please join me for this exhibit of my insect photographs from June 23rd – September 1, 2012 at Terraria, Oakland, CA.