As President of the Board of Trustees, I speak for the entire Board in saying it is our privilege to help CPA continuously evolve and grow, while also staying true to the founding values that date back to the Friends of Photography. We balance the past and future so that we can continue educating and informing photographers, and our many members, about the rapidly changing medium we care so much about.
As stewards of this responsibility I am happy to report that this Board is uniquely configured to insure the success of this important mission. For the 1st time in our history we have a Board composed in equal number of photographers, artists and curators, and seasoned business executives with extensive backgrounds in leadership, development, best management practices and human resources. As you read their bios below, I am sure you will join with me in thinking that CPA is truly strengthened by their active advice and engagement. Together we all strive to make CPA the leading focus of photographic achievement and enjoyment.
Board of Trustees
Brooks McChesney: President
Rick Thau: Secretary
Philip Geiger is the Director of Education and Communication for the Hospice Giving Foundation, an independent grant-making and educational foundation focused on end-of-life care and preparedness in Monterey and San Benito Counties. Philip is responsible for increasing visibility and engagement in the community, and for promoting active preparation and meaningful discussion for end-of-life issues and care. Before joining HG Foundation in March of 2017, Philip spent five years as Development Director of Legal Services for Seniors. He has served on several nonprofit boards, and currently also sits on the board of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Monterey Bay Chapter.
Philip’s serious interest in photography began eight years ago when he accompanied his wife, free-lance writer and writing instructor Lisa Crawford Watson, on an assignment to interview an organic rancher in Hollister. His photographs of the chickens, goats, sheep and guardian dogs started a second career as a journalistic photographer. His photos have now appeared in many local publications including Carmel Pine Cone, Monterey County Herald, Edible Monterey Bay, and Guest Life Monterey Bay, and in two books, Legendary Locals of Carmel-by-the Sea, and Eating with Grace.
Helaine Glick is an independent curator and writer. She grew up in San Francisco and graduated with a BA in Art History with honors, Phi Beta Kappa, from the University of California, Santa Cruz. She worked at the Monterey Museum of Art for fifteen years as Curatorial Assistant and Assistant Curator. There she curated numerous exhibitions including the photography exhibitions, In Sharp Focus: The Legacy of Monterey Photography and Bob Kolbrener In Real Time: Celebrating Fifty Years in Photography. She is currently an Art Archivist for the Monterey Bay Aquarium and curatorial advisor for the Winfield Gallery, Carmel. Her essays have been published in Carmel Magazine and Art Ltd.magazine as well as in small art publications and catalogs, most recently for the exhibition Susan Manchester: A Contemporary Lineage. At CPA, Helaine serves as a member of the Programming Committee and curated the recent exhibition: Jane Olin + Elizabeth Opalenik: On the Edge of Chance. She continues to focus on independent curatorial projects.
David Keaton has been passionately involved with photography for more than 35 years. Growing up on the Monterey Peninsula, he was exposed to the deep weave of local photography through the work of the Westons, Adams, Baer and many others. These photography related experiences helped guide him to his own photo adventures in the high mountains, including ascents of both the continental and fifty state highpoints and first ascents of more than fifteen unclimbed summits in the High Arctic, and Asia.
David’s non-profit experience includes work as the Interim Director of Development for the Monterey Museum of Art, Director of Development for All Saints’ Episcopal Day School, and exhibition committee and curatorial work for the Monterey Museum of Art, the San Jose Museum of Art, the Fresno Art Museum, and the Sonoma Valley Museum of Art. David received his Bachelor of Arts degrees in Political Science and History from the University of California, Berkeley, and attended the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.
Logan Norton was born in Grand Rapids, MI where he lived until a 2008 move to the Monterey Peninsula on California’s Central Coast. Inspired by the grandeur of Monterey, Santa Cruz and Big Sur, Logan began exploring photography as a medium for capturing the immense beauty of his new environment.
Logan’s early photographic practice was concerned with still life and landscape work that followed closely in the footsteps of the region’s greatest practitioners; Ansel Adams, Imogen Cunningham, and Brett Weston provided much of the inspiration for this work. As Logan’s proficiency and understanding of the medium progressed, he recognized a deep desire to use photography as a tool for understanding and explaining the intricate nature of humanity. Undoubtedly this transition was a confluence of his academic background in Social Sciences and a proclivity towards social voyeurism.
Logan’s current work is focuses on explorations into various elements of the human experience; specifically, concepts relating to how our experiences of home are influenced by the people and environments around us.
He is a member of the ImageMakers of Monterey and his current work is partially supported by a LEAP Grant from the Arts Council for Monterey County.
Mary moved to the Monterey area twenty years ago from the Pacific Northwest via Fort Benning, Georgia. She began her career in public accounting in the retirement plan services area, but gradually migrated to accounting and taxes for individuals and small businesses. Over the course of her career, having worked in public accounting as well as in the private sector, Mary realized that the challenges and rewards of public accounting were her passion. After joining the staff of the Central Coast premier accounting firm, Hayashi Wayland, Mary developed an additional specialty in accounting and taxes for nonprofit organizations. In addition to her work as an accountant, Mary is actively exploring her artistic side through photography.
Cara Weston is a fine art photographer living and working in the Big Sur region of California. She is the daughter of renowned photographer Cole Weston and actress Helen Prosser-Weston, as well as the niece of Brett Weston and granddaughter of Edward Weston – recognized as the leading visionary in modern photography.
Being born and raised in the Carmel area along with raising two wonderful daughters here, Cara now looks forward to her new journey as a grandparent.
Having worked with her father Cole and Uncle Brett, as well as Rod Dresser, assistant to Ansel Adams, Cara followed the path of her heritage.
While her body of work respects the craftsmanship and tradition of the medium, it reflects a unique and eloquent voice within her family. Cara’s meditations on our natural and human world stand alongside her famous descendants as prime examples of fine art image making.
In addition to her work as a photographer, Cara is the former director of the internationally renowned Weston Gallery in Carmel. As director she curated shows that included exhibitions for luminaries such as Yousuf Karsh, Ansel Adams, Michael Kenna and of course Edward, Cole and Brett Weston. She has also curated several art shows in Los Angeles and New York that have featured the best works of today’s art photographers.
Cara looks forward to offering her talents and expertise in Photography to the Center of Photographic Art and its board.
Her work can be viewed on her website – www.carawestonphotography.com and is in several international exhibits, galleries and collections.