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Gualala Arts Lecture Series presents:

with Siegfried Matull
Thursday, April 2, 2009, 7:00 p.m.
Admission is $5

Whale photo, by Siegfried Matull

Leaving nothing to the whims of nature, the Seventh Annual Whale and Jazz Festival guarantees spectacular whale sightings even if they will occur in Gualala Arts Center's Coleman Auditorium and not in the nearby Pacific Ocean. The festival kicks off with a Thursday night photo-lecture by international award-winning nature photographer Siegfried Matull, who also presented a collection of photographs of Northern California in 2007.

This time Siegfried will select the best photos from his annual trips to Hawaii and two trips to Alaska for unusual and exciting pictures of Humpback and Beluga whales, porpoises and dolphins. He will also include photos from his January 2009 trip to Antarctica.

Siegfried is constantly looking for the unusual, the whimsical, and/or the revealing image. To find an acceptable picture he may take 3,000 digital pictures in two or three hours and then reject all but a hundred before making a final selection of one to five worthwhile images.

He has been a frequent lecturer at photography conferences and has judged many national and international photo salons including the prestigious Austrian Supercircuit in Linz, Austria. He has received 102 gold medals and has achieved first place awards in the Photographic Society of America's annual contests in both Nature and Photojournalism categories.

Whale photo, by Siegfried Matull Whale photo, by Siegfried Matull

At this presentation you will see the world's largest mammals in creative, new settings. It is an exciting experience for the entire family. There is no advanced sale for tickets, but a $5 admission will be accepted at the door.

The Gualala Arts Center, located at 46501 Old State Highway in Gualala, CA,
is open weekdays 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and weekends from noon to 4:00 p.m.
Please call (707) 884-1138 for more information, or email

Serving the coastal communities of northern Sonoma & southern Mendocino Counties.