Cambrian: Arts & Events

Photographer straddles two worlds in new Cambria exhibit

The Cambrian

Photographer Joe Josephs includes sunsets and seascapes in his Central Coast portfolio.
Photographer Joe Josephs includes sunsets and seascapes in his Central Coast portfolio.

Joe Josephs takes visitors to the Cambria Center for the Arts Gallery “From Street to Stream” with his first West Coast photography exhibit, showing through July 24 in the Old Cambria Grammar School, 1350 Main St.

A reception for Josephs is scheduled for 5:30 to 7 p.m. Friday, July 1, at the gallery, featuring live music, refreshments and a wine bar.

The dichotomy of gritty street scenes from the Big Apple, juxtaposed against the pastoral beauty of the Central Coast, stems from Josephs’ ties to both locales. He retired after 35 years as a middle school science teacher in 2004 and now splits his time between New York and Cambria.

During his teaching career, he was known as “ ‘the teacher with the camera’ — always photographing projects and class trips.”

In retirement, he has devoted more of his time to photography. But he’s also still the teacher with the camera. Now, however, he teaches photography.

According to his website,, Josephs spends part of his time in New York escorting individuals on “Big Apple Photo Safaris” in which participants “travel to NYC’s well known (and not so well known) photo venues” and learn “how to move beyond the usual postcard ‘snapshot.’”

Josephs, who was awarded first prize in the Essex House/Central Park Photo Contest, is known for photos taken both in Central Park and on the streets of New York, where he has captured the faces of New York City pedestrian commuters, visitors and street people. Many of his photos are in black and white, adding to the stark feeling and power of the images.

As he puts it on his website, images in his photo journalism gallery, “convey the city’s all too human side — warts and all.”

To this day, I set my digital cameras to manual and use settings similar to my first 35mm camera, a Nikon F.

Joe Josephs, photographer

His black-and-white series focus on subjects such as California photos, New York City musicians, faces, and landscapes in color and black and white.

Josephs sees his portfolio as spanning the distinct genres of photojournalism, including his New York street images, and landscape/seascape photos.

“To this end, New York City and the Central Coast offer two splendidly different and challenging venues,” he said.

Josephs’ interest in photography dates to his childhood: He was 7 years old when his older brothers built a darkroom. He has since transitioned from film to digital work.

“Learning Photoshop was not too difficult because I had taught technology as well as science,” he said. “Migrating from film to digital cameras, however, was more of a pain. To this day, I set my digital cameras to manual and use settings similar to my first 35mm camera, a Nikon F.”

Josephs’ photos are on display at the Cambria Center for the Arts Gallery during its regular hours: 1 to 4 p.m. Thursday and Friday, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Details: 805-927-8190 or

Art in the Parking Lot

Cambria Center for the Arts’ monthly “Art in the Parking Lot” is scheduled for 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 2. Artists will show, sell and discuss their paintings, custom jewelry, three-dimensional pieces and other artwork.

The indoor gallery also will be open.

Only the streetside parking lot will be closed during Saturday’s art festival. Parking will be available in the center’s two other lots — at the side and rear of the building.

Admission is free for both the indoor exhibit and outdoor fair.

Patrick Dennis Art Talk

Cambria artist Patrick Dennis will give present another in the Allied Arts series of Art Talks at 1 p.m. Sunday, July 17 at the Cambria Center for the Arts.

Dennis, whose Working Artist Studio is at 815 Main St. in Cambria, believes artists can be successful if they know how to promote their art. He will offer a brief guide to the steps artists can take to sell their work.

Dennis has been a teacher, museum specialist and lobbyist. He’s also founded a number of art festivals across the country and has served as a judge, writer and speaker within the arts community. Among his contributions to Cambria since moving to the North Coast is the Art Walk, during which galleries and businesses open their doors to art lovers from 5 to 8 p.m. on the first Saturday of each month.

His presentation is titled “Debunking the Starving Artist Myth.” It’s free to Allied Arts members, with a $3 suggested donation for nonmembers.