Local photographers highlight Waterfowl Exhibit


The work of three local photographers and is the primary focus of the Colusa County Arts Council’s second annual Waterfowl Exhibit, which opened at the Arts Council building on Friday evening, and will be on display until the middle of next month.

Also on display is “Little Hunter” – a nine-foot wide painting by local artist Fallon Parker.

Organizer Michele Etchepare said she was impressed with the quality of the work that the three artists had on display last week.

“I thought it was good – we had some beautiful stuff and the presentation was really nice,” Etchepare said.

Among the featured photographers is Williams resident Eric Girard, for whom photographing waterfowl is not only a passion, but a way for him a way to unwind.

“I could go out on that refuge and sit under a tree, and just be out there all day,” Gerrard said.

Girard grew up and spent his life hunting and fishing around Colusa, where he developed an appreciation for the outdoors at a young age. His love for photography came later, and now says you will never find him without a camera in his hands.

Maxwell native Gina Whitney said that she has always been crazy about anything photography, and that perhaps her greatest passion is photographing wildlife.

“I love anything wildlife – I’m all in,” Whitney said.

Having spent most of her life in Maxwell, a good chunk of her wildlife photography has been dedicated to waterfowl. She said that she enjoys taking photos at area refuges – particularly at Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge – and also takes many of her photos on private land.

Whitney said she particularly enjoys catching shots of waterfowl with bands – which are similarly sought-after by hunters and play a vital role in waterfowl conservation.

“Sometimes I see them before I take the picture, but a lot of times I have to wait until I can pull them up on the camera to see them,” Whitney said.

Whitney, along with Girard and Colusa resident Don Bransford, will have their photos on display at the Arts Council building – located at 151 Fifth St. in Colusa – throughout the month. The featured artwork will be available for viewing and for purchase between 11 AM and 1 PM, Monday through Friday. 10 percent of all sales are donated to the Colusa County Arts Council.

Colusa County Arts Council President Sharon Reische said that there will be an encore reception for all of the participating artists later this month.

Brian Pearson is the former Managing Editor & Reporter for the Williams Pioneer Review. Brian joined the Williams Pioneer Review in June 2016 and is committed to bringing hyperlocal news to its readers. A few of his projects included reporting local government and the sports page.