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Around the Clock exhibit focuses on life in Roseville

Photojournalism show opens Saturday
By: Michelle Carl Press Tribune Editor
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There's always something happening in Roseville - and a new photo exhibit proves it.

The city was the inspiration for Around the Clock: A photojournalism exhibit of one 24-hour day in Roseville.

Amateur and professional photographers, including photographers from the Press Tribune, grabbed their cameras and took photos during all hours of the day on Friday, Nov. 4.

What they came back with was a slice of life in Roseville: turkeys crossing the street, high school football games and happy hour drinks.

Those photos are viewable now online, while some also will be part of a traveling photo exhibit that opens Saturday at the Blue Line Gallery. The exhibit will close with a gala event and fundraising auction March 31.

Blue Line Gallery CEO Julie Hirota said the gallery has done photography exhibits before, but never one that invites the community to participate quite like this one did.

"That's what was so exciting - if you meet the criteria of taking a picture in Roseville, you have a chance to be in this show," she said.

Hirota said the exhibit captures the many different sides of Roseville - from intimate moments, to recreation and family life to nightlife and business, and even the quirky stuff.

"It says a lot about the diversity of our community that we may not all realize," she said.

One of the exhibiting photographers is Bev Ratzlaff. The 32-year Roseville resident is usually snapping photos at her daughter's Oakmont High School basketball games. She thought Around the Clock would be a unique way to invoke her photographic muse.

"I just thought it would be a good opportunity to get pictures of what's going on in different parts of Roseville," she said. "It was a lot of fun."

Both she and her 15-year-old daughter Emilee Gavia cruised the streets of Roseville for places to point their lenses. One location was the Roseville Amtrak Station.

"My dad works for the railroad, so I thought, you gotta get the train station," Ratzlaff said. "When you think of Roseville, you think of the railroad."

Ratzlaff also was able to capture wild turkeys wandering at Maidu Park that day.

"They're not very cooperative," she said of her feathered subjects. "They don't like to stand still."

Emilee, who also has photos in the show, took photos of skateboarders and dog walkers at Maidu Park.

The public can own a piece of original Roseville art by purchasing the canvas prints. Each is available in a silent auction starting at $30 during the exhibit. If the artwork reaches $125, bidding will close and the last bidder will purchase the artwork. Any photo that does not reach that $125 threshold will be up for live bidding during the March 31 event.

Hirota said it's a unique opportunity to hang a piece of Roseville in your home or office that was taken by a citizen of Roseville.

 "What I like to tell people, when you buy a piece of art, you know the artist or are connected to the artist," she said. "You're going to have a story, and that story is worth more than the price you put on it."

All proceeds from the auction benefit Roseville Arts and Placer ARC, which serves individuals with developmental disabilities.

The auction event will feature desserts, wine and live music by jazz trio Breez. An entertainment program begins at 7 p.m. with a sneak preview of selections from Placer ARC's performance of "Willy Wonka." The live auction begins at 7:20 p.m. run by special guest auctioneer Zach Mongston of the Press Tribune.

Once the exhibit ends at the Blue Line, the show will split into three locations (Roseville Civic Center, 311 Vernon St., Roseville Downtown Library, 225 Taylor St., and Placer ARC, 522 Vernon St.), where it will be on display April 2-May 31.

Michelle Carl can be reached at michellec@goldcountrymedia.com. Follow her @MichelleC_RsvPT.

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Around the Clock

The exhibit

What: A photojournalism exhibit of one 24-hour day in Roseville

When: Exhibit open March 3-31. Hours 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday.

Where: Blue Line Gallery, 405 Vernon St., Roseville

Cost: Free

Online: Check out the images now at http://www.rosevillearts.org/events/around_the_clock.html

The event

What: Dessert and wine bar, live entertainment and fundraiser auction for Roseville Arts and Placer ARC Studio 700

When: 6:30-8:30 p.m. Saturday, March 31

Where: Blue Line Gallery, 405 Vernon St., Roseville

Cost: $10 online through March 30, $15 at the door

Info: (916) 783-4117, www.rosevillearts.org/events