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From Above: Images of a Storied Land
Cover image of the companion book.
EVENT: From Above: Images of a Storied Land
DATE/TIME: Until January 7, 2012, the show will be open on the first and third Saturdays of each month from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., and by appointment.
LOCATION: Ventana Gallery, Ventana Medical Systems, Inc., 1910 Innovation Park Drive, Oro Valley, Arizona.
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“From Above” Offers Bird’s-eye View of Southwest’s Past
Tucson, Ariz., September 16, 2011 — A photography exhibition entitled From Above: Images of a Storied Land completes its nationwide tour with a three-month exhibition at the Ventana Gallery on the Ventana Medical Systems campus in Oro Valley, Arizona. A collaboration among internationally acclaimed photographer Adriel Heisey, Tucson-based nonprofit Center for Desert Archaeology, and the Albuquerque Museum, the exhibition features sixty large-format aerial photographs of historical landscapes across the Southwest. The free exhibition runs through January 7, 2012. An opening celebration with a presentation by Adriel Heisey will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on October 6, 2011.
Each photograph in From Above commands attention. Human imprints on the landscape, past and present, create patterns best perceived from the air. Relationships among time, change, life, and landscape are revealed by subtleties such as a visitor’s footprints in freshly fallen snow at an ancestral Pueblo site. “I find great satisfaction in using technology to heighten awareness and appreciation,” affirms Heisey, who captured the images from the open seat of his experimental Kolb TwinStar airplane. “[Ancient] ruins seem delicate, passive, vulnerable, and unrecoverable…this experience can increase our apprehension of their place in the landscape.”
Viewers are invited to consider anew the wonder and fragility of some of the Southwest’s best-known archaeological sites, such as Chaco Canyon’s Pueblo Bonito and Tucson’s own Tumamoc Hill, as well as special places off the beaten path. Center for Desert Archaeology President Bill Doelle notes, “As an archaeologist, I hope that the scientific content in these images comes through…however, these photographs are not primarily about science. They elegantly reveal the diversity of the human relationship with the earth.”
The framed and matted archival-quality photographs are for sale, with proceeds to benefit the Center for Desert Archaeology. Headquartered in downtown Tucson, the Center for Desert Archaeology connects people with the deep, rich past of the Southwest’s special places. It also administers a unique archaeological site protection program. Heisey supports the Center’s approach: “In our fervor to command our world, we may do well to draw a lesson from one of archaeology’s most pragmatic strategies: leave some places untouched out of respect for our present ignorance.”
Ventana Medical Systems, Inc., with the administrative support of the Southern Arizona Art and Cultural Alliance (SAACA), is proud to share this exhibition in the Ventana Gallery, the largest free gallery in southern Arizona. The gallery is located at Ventana Medical Systems, Inc., 1910 Innovation Park Drive, in Oro Valley, Arizona.
Viewing hours are on the first and third Saturdays of each month, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., or by appointment. To arrange a visit to the Ventana Gallery, please contact Pat Deeley at SAACA, 520-797-3959 ext 9.
Ventana received the 2009 Pima County Arts Council Lumie Award for outstanding business partner in support of the arts.
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ABOUT THE CENTER FOR DESERT ARCHAEOLOGY
The Center for Desert Archaeology works to preserve the places of our shared past. We seek answers to big-picture questions about life in the past, widely share and discuss what we are learning, and actively pursue long-term protection of archaeological sites across the Southwest. The Center is a private 501(c)(3) non-profit organization based in Tucson, Arizona. Explore our website at www.archaeologysouthwest.org.
ABOUT ADRIEL HEISEY
Adriel Heisey began flying airplanes when he was fifteen years old, and his interest in photography developed in tandem. Heisey’s aerial photographs have been featured in numerous publications, including Arizona Highways, New Mexico Magazine, National Geographic, American Photo, Photo Life, Whole Earth, Journal of the Southwest, and Nature Conservancy. To learn more, visit his website at www.adrielheisey.com.
ABOUT VENTANA MEDICAL SYSTEMS, INC.
Ventana Medical Systems, Inc. (“VMSI”) (SIX: RO, ROG; OTCQX: RHHBY), a member of the Roche Group, innovates and manufactures instruments and reagents that automate tissue processing and slide staining for cancer diagnostics. VENTANA solutions are used in clinical histology and drug development research laboratories worldwide. The company’s “Smart Systems” — intuitive, integrated staining and workflow management platforms that optimize laboratory efficiencies to reduce errors — support diagnosis and inform treatment decisions for anatomic pathology professionals. Together with Roche, VMSI is driving personalized medicine through accelerated drug discovery and the development of “companion diagnostics” to identify the patients most likely to respond favorably to specific therapies. Visit www.ventana.com to learn more.
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