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August 7, 2017

Ontario Museum of History & Art Presents: Society of Photo-Realists Exhibit

Exhibit Dates: Thursday, August 17, 2017 to Sunday, September 17, 2017

This summer the Ontario Museum of History & Art is showcasing the artwork of six members from the Society of Photo-Realists: Janet Lea Castro, Karen Clark, Nancy Brinkley, James Ellison, Tess Lee Miller, and Trudy B. Wood.  These six artists strive to create art that is more realistic than photography by executing the “impossible.”  Visitors will experience works of art in color pencil, watercolor, acrylic and oil.  Each artwork evokes emotion, storytelling, and beauty through fine detail and artistic creativity. 

Photorealism began in the 1960s as a countermovement to Abstract Expressionism. Early Photorealists were influenced by pop art and commercial art techniques.  Founding artists set out to establish a set of visual rules for the new genre.  The first cardinal rule is to use a photograph to document a moment in time.  Second, an artist must have a technical background and the ability to hide every brush stroke while reproducing the photo.  Lastly, a finished piece must emphasize precision and accuracy.  The outcome is an image that is real, yet unreal, documenting every minute detail to achieve a dream-like quality.

To learn more about Photorealism and experience visual-sensory, visit the Society of Photo-Realists Exhibit at the Ontario Museum of History & Art. The Society of Photo-Realists is an exclusive member group whose mission is to promote and educate art enthusiasts and the general public on Photorealism through exhibitions.  This exhibit will be on display beginning Thursday, August 17 to Sunday, September 17, 2017.  The Museum is open to the public and free to visitors.

In conjunction with the Society of Photo-Realists Exhibit the Museum is hosting two events:

Society of Photo-Realists Exhibit: Artist Reception

Saturday, August 19, 2017 (2 PM to 4 PM)

Meet the members of the Society of Photo-Realists featured in the exhibit. Light refreshments and hors d’oeuvres will be served. Free admission. Seating is limited. Reservations required. For more information or to make a reservation call (909) 395-2510.

Society of Photo-Realists Exhibit: Art Demonstration

Saturday, August 26, 2017 (12 PM to 4 PM)

Meet the exhibiting artists as they create in the gallery. The Society of Photo-Realists will be demonstrating their talents in person and are available for questions, discussion and knowledge sharing. Free admission. For more information call (909) 395-2510.

About the Ontario Museum of History & Art
The Ontario Museum of History & Art is located at 225 S. Euclid Avenue, Ontario, California 91762. Gallery hours are Noon to 4 PM, Thursday through Sunday. Admission is free. For more information call (909) 395 2510, email at, or visit The Ontario Museum of History & Art is a public-private museum operated by the City of Ontario with support from the non-profit Ontario Museum of History & Art, Associates.

About the City of Ontario
The City of Ontario is Building A Better Tomorrow with urban lifestyle districts that create sustainable places to live, work and play. Located just 35 miles east of downtown Los Angeles, the City of Ontario is ideally situated as Southern California’s gateway. With three major interstates, two railroads and the Ontario International Airport, Ontario offers direct access from Los Angeles to the rest of California, and to North America. With approximately 170,000 residents and residential development on the rise, Ontario looks to double its population in the next 20 years, making it one of the 100 most populated Cities in the nation. Complementing its business and residential core, Ontario dazzles with its amenities such as the Ontario Convention Center, Citizens Business Bank Arena, and the Ontario Mills Mall.  To learn more about the City of Ontario, visit or call (909) 395-2000.

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City of Ontario Press Contact: John Andrews, Economic Development Director
Phone Number: (909) 395-2242

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