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Oh Starry Night!

Oh Starry Night!

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We’ve looked to the stars
for all mankind’s salvation
...finding a mirror.


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Please contact me for prints: bernie@bernardwerner.org


Reykjavik Shadows

Reykjavik Shadows

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BLACK & WHITE Magazine Single Image Contest 2015 has awarded this a People’s Choice Award in Category 13 Cityscape / Street


On the Rocks

On the Rocks

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BLACK & WHITE Magazine Single Image Contest 2015 has awarded this a Single Image Award in Category 15 Pattern / Texture


Wedding Dance

Wedding Dance

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Wedding; a union.
Hope for future — for Mankind
Together, we’re One!

BLACK & WHITE Magazine Single Image Contest 2015 has awarded this a Single Image Award in Category 8 Music / Dance / Sport


December 7, 2014<br />
Bernard Werner<br />
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Resumé<br />
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Growing up in Syracuse, New York, Werner attended the Everson Museum of Art on Saturdays for 13 years in a variety of art classes, the most memorable being ceramics. While majoring in Anthropology at the University of New Mexico-Albuquerque, he taught himself to throw on the wheel as well as perform various finishing techniques. As a professional in Information Systems, art was on hiatus as family and fixing up houses took precedence.<br />
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The artist was reawakened in 1993 by Alvin Hart, himself an expert on the wheel and a retired GE Lighting Engineer known for his White House Christmas Trees. This was followed by classes from Robin Morris of Dunmorr Gallery, Corry, PA and Dana Groemminger of the Erie Art Museum, Erie, PA. Techniques in slab, coil, pinch, wheel, as well as sculpture were explored. Not at a loss for form, Werner went off on his own to work on glazing and textural finishes which required more time and effort than could be gained by evening classes. Some pieces were even augmented with sculptural wood bases.<br />
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By 1996 his ceramic pieces were entering juried shows. They evolved to include multiple building techniques and sculptural forms. When the march of technology finally caught up with him, a long simmering passion for photography was fueled by his wife on Christmas 2001 with the present of a digital camera. <br />
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Ceramics was left behind when the only limit became one of imagination. The continued development of the artist’s eye and Photoshop skills led to photographic entries in a number of juried shows as well.<br />
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Statement<br />
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The artist’s interpretation only begins with the camera since the image in the viewfinder is never what is seen in the mind’s eye. Images have been manipulated virtually since photography was invented in 1826 to meet the artists’ aesthetic. As early as 1857, Rejlander created a masterpiece, “Two ways of Life”, which was purchased by Queen Victoria and had been made from over 30 negatives blended together during many weeks in the darkroom. This photo, as big as an easel painting (16 x 31”) had earlier shocked the art world by being displayed on par with paintings. In my personal collection, I have “tin types” from the late 1800’s which had been hand colored to add life to faces and the sparkle of gold to jewelry.<br />
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With each leap in technology, the other arts were affected as well. For example, a running horse had never been depicted correctly on canvas until 1878 when Muybridge took advantage of the new fast emulsions and an array of 24 cameras to capture the equine movement in a stop motion sequence. He answered the often posed question as to whether all 4 hooves from a galloping horse were off the ground at the same time, which they were.<br />
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Or who can forget Duchamp’s 1912 cinema inspired, staccato “Nude Descending Staircase”? Technological arguments continue today pitting film versus digital capture. Film will never go away just as we see a resurgence of “tin types” and other honored media. But we do have at our finger tips a very powerful set of tools from the digital camera to the computer to the inkjet printer to create our art. Regardless of the means used, to paraphrase Ansel Adams, ‘A photograph is not taken, it is made’.<br />
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Exhibitions<br />
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1. Panorama at the Erie Festival of the Arts, Erie, PA 1997: 2 ceramic sculptures<br />
2. Steamboat Springs Arts Council, Steamboat Springs, CO 1997 Multimedia Show: First Place / sculptural ceramic vessel<br />
3. Panorama at the Erie Festival of the Arts, Erie, PA 1998: ceramic bowl<br />
4. Steamboat Springs Arts Council, Steamboat Springs, CO 1998 Summer Show: Honorable Mention / 3 ceramic sculptures<br />
5. Steamboat Springs Arts Council, Steamboat Springs, CO 1999 Winter Works: 3 ceramic bowls<br />
6. Erie Art Museum, Erie, PA, Art Afloat 2000 (July 4 to Labor Day): Commissioned public art / one of 6 floating sculptures on Presque Isle Bay / “Flagship City” / 20 foot multimedia sculpture with 18 fluttering flags inspired by the artist Alexander Calder<br />
7. Steamboat Springs Arts Council, Steamboat Springs, CO 2000 Winter Works: sculptural ceramic bowl<br />
8. Campbell Pottery, Cambridge Springs, PA, Stonewall Gallery Lily Festival 2001: 22” ceramic sculptural vessel<br />
9. Glass Grower’s Gallery, Erie, PA 2003: 14 photographic prints / their first exhibit of digital art<br />
10. Campbell Pottery, Cambridge Springs, PA, Stonewall Gallery Lily Festival 2004: “Lily Landscape” / 8 x 10 photographic print<br />
11. Campbell Pottery, Cambridge Springs, PA, Stonewall Gallery Lily Festival 2005: “Watchful Lily” / 10 x 8 photographic print<br />
12. Campbell Pottery, Cambridge Springs, PA, Stonewall Gallery Lily Festival 2007: “You Light Up My Life” / 20 x 25” photographic archival print on canvas<br />
13. Campbell Pottery, Cambridge Springs, PA, Stonewall Gallery Lily Festival 2010: “Peace II” / black & white / framed 26 x 18", archivally printed on Hahnemühle Fine Art Baryta <br />
14. Steamboat Springs Arts Council, Steamboat Springs, CO 2010 Members” Show: “Easter Lily ‘10” / black & white / framed, 26 x 18", archivally printed on Hahnemühle Fine Art Baryta<br />
15. Campbell Pottery, Cambridge Springs, PA, Stonewall Gallery Lily Festival 2011: “Easter Lily ‘10” / black & white / framed, 26 x 18", archivally printed on Hahnemühle Fine Art Baryta || “Star Lily” / matted and framed, 30x30", archivally printed on Hahnemühle Fine Art Baryta<br />
16. Steamboat Springs Arts Council, Steamboat Springs, CO 2011 Members” Show: 2 pieces / “Star Lily” / matted and framed, 30 x 30", archivally printed on Hahnemühle Fine Art Baryta<br />
17. Meadville Center for the Arts, Meadville, PA, 2012 Photographic Show: 3 pieces accepted / Best in Show: “Reflections at Gring’s Mill Dam” / archivally printed on metallic paper, surface enhanced with textured acrylic, framed to 28.5 x 19.5" || Juror’s Mention: “Waiting for the Train” / archivally printed on Hahnemühle Fine Art Baryta, framed to 21.5 x 29.5" || “Altered View” / archivally printed on metallic paper, framed to 19.5 x 28.5"<br />
18. B&W Magazine, 2012 Online Portfolio Gallery (bandwmag.com): 2 portfolios of 10 images each <br />
19. Panorama at the Erie Festival of the Arts, Erie, PA 2012: “Reflections at Gring’s Mill Dam” / archivally printed on metallic paper, surface enhanced with textured acrylic, framed to 28.5 x 19.5"<br />
20. Campbell Pottery, Cambridge Springs, PA, Stonewall Gallery Lily Festival 2012: 2 pieces / “Bestilly My Heart” / archivally printed on Hahnemühle Fine Art Baryta,  framed to 37.5 x 25.5" || "Sensual" / archivally printed on Hahnemühle Fine Art Baryta, framed to 25.5 x 37.5"<br />
21. Steamboat Springs Arts Council, Steamboat Springs, CO 2012 Members” Show: 2 pieces / “Waiting for the Train” / archivally printed on Hahnemühle Fine Art Baryta, framed to 21.5 x 29.5" || “Fog Afire” / Archivally printed on Hahnemühle Fine Art Baryta, framed to 25.5x 15"<br />
22. B&W Magazine, 2013 Single Image Gallery (bandwmag.com) 3 images<br />
23. Erie Art Museum, Erie, PA, 90th Annual Spring Show 2013: Purchase Patron Purchase: “Global Warming” / photograph archivally printed on Hahnemühle Fine Art Baryta, framed to 42 x 29.5”<br />
24. Campbell Pottery, Cambridge Springs, PA, Stonewall Gallery Lily Festival 2013: “Full Lily Rising” / archivally printed on Hahnemühle Fine Art Baryta,  framed to 27.5 x 35" <br />
25. B&W Magazine, 2013 Online Portfolio Gallery (bandwmag.com): portfolio of 10 images<br />
26. Erie Festival of the Arts Panorama 2013 Best Photograph, “Let the Sun Shine In” / photograph archivally printed on Hahnemühle Fine Art Baryta, framed to 39.5 x 27.5”<br />
27. Steamboat Springs Arts Council, Steamboat Springs, CO 2013 Members Show: Peoples' Choice Award: “Global Warming” / photograph archivally printed on Hahnemühle Fine Art Baryta, framed to 42 x 29.5”<br />
28. B&W Magazine, 2014 Online Portfolio Gallery (bandwmag.com): 3 portfolios of 28 images.<br />
29. Campbell Pottery, Cambridge Springs, PA, Stonewall Gallery Lily Festival 2014: Second Place: Fleur de Lis III  archivally printed on Moab Slickrock Metallic Pearl 260, framed to 19 1/2 x 27 1/2” | Lily Pad Reflections  archivally printed on Moab Slickrock Metallic Pearl 260 framed to 41 1/2 x 29 1/2”.<br />
30. B&W Magazine, 2015 Single Image Gallery (bandwmag.com): 18 images to be published January, 2015. In print, Special Issue #107, three awards were given to Werner:<br />
"Reykjavik Shadows"  selected for a People’s Choice Award in Category 13 Cityscape / Street<br />
"On the Rocks"  selected for a Single Image Award in Category 15 Pattern / Texture<br />
"Wedding Dance"  selected for a Single Image Award in Category 8 Music / Dance / Sport<br />
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Community Involvement<br />
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Werner’s artistic pursuits have been augmented by using these abilities for the betterment of the community:<br />
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Donated photographs and sculptural ceramics for fund raising at the Sarah Reed Children’s Center, Erie, PA.<br />
Donated a 36 x 24” photograph on canvas for fund raising at the Steamboat Springs Arts Council, CO.<br />
Media Producer and Photographer, George Washington 250th Anniversary Committee, The Fort LeBoeuf Historical Society, Waterford, PA and The Edinboro University of Pennsylvania.<br />
Computer Support and Photographer, Life at the French Fort LeBoeuf Curriculum Project, The Edinboro University of Pennsylvania.<br />
Project Illustrator and Final Assembly, Project Archaeology Pennsylvania Curriculum Project, The Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, also published on the web by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission.<br />
Principal photographer, Pennsylvania Archaeology Month Poster 2003, published by the Pennsylvania Archaeology Council / Pennsylvania Museum and Historical Commission / Society for Pennsylvania Archaeology.<br />
Consultant and photographer, Fort LeBoeuf Museum, Waterford, PA, managed by The Edinboro University of Pennsylvania (1974 – 2011).<br />
Published on the web by the Pennsylvania Humanities Council.<br />
Contributing Member, Fred Miranda Photographic Web Site.<br />
Still photo used on National Geographic Channel about “The Real George Washington”. Aired November 19, 2008.<br />
Photograph of young George Washington in a British uniform published in a pdf for the Seaway Trail 2009, The 250th Anniversary of the French & Indian War.<br />
Designed the poster for the Steamboat Springs Arts Council Member Show, 2012.<br />
Designed the poster for the Steamboat Springs Arts Council Member Show, 2013.<br />
Donated 2 photographs to the Edinboro University Scholarship Fund, “Star Lilly” framed to 30 x 30” and “Peace Lilly II” framed to 26 x 18”<br />
Designed the poster for the Steamboat Springs Arts Council Member Show, 2014.

Bernard Werner

    Special Issue #107 of BLACK & WHITE magazine , December, 2014 gave 3 awards:

    "Reykjavik Shadows" selected for a People’s Choice Award in Category 13 Cityscape / Street
    "On the Rocks" selected for a Single Image Award in Category 15 Pattern / Texture
    "Wedding Dance" selected for a Single Image Award in Category 8 Music / Dance / Sport

    Email: bernie@bernardwerner.org

    Statement: 


    The artist’s interpretation only begins with the camera since the image in the viewfinder is never what is seen in the mind’s eye. Images have been manipulated virtually since photography was invented in 1826 to meet the artists’ aesthetic. As early as 1857, Rejlander created a masterpiece, “Two ways of Life”, which was purchased by Queen Victoria and had been made from over 30 negatives blended together. This photo, as big as an easel painting (16 x 31”) had earlier shocked the art world by being displayed on par with paintings. In my collection, I have “tin types” from the late 1800’s which had been hand colored to add life to faces and gold to jewelry. 

    With each leap in technology, the other arts were affected as well. For example, a running horse had never been depicted correctly on canvas until 1878 when Muybridge took advantage of the new fast emulsions and an array of 24 cameras to capture the equine movement in a stop motion sequence. Or who can forget Duchamp’s 1912 cinema inspired, staccato “Nude Descending Staircase”? The argument continues today about film versus digital capture in photography. Film will never go away just as we see a resurgence of “tin types” and other honored media. But we do have at our finger tips a very powerful series of tools from the digital camera to the computer to the inkjet printer to create our art. Regardless of the means used, to paraphrase Ansel Adams, ‘A photograph is not taken, it is made’.

    ...Welcome to my gallery. I hope you find it both interesting and entertaining. For prints please contact me directly. 

    bernie@bernardwerner.org 


    My bio:
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