Nov. 27, 2017 — A quiet cloister at Santa Barbara. The pattern of terra cotta roof tiles at La Purisima Concepcion. The smooth adobe belltower at Santa Ines. A contemplative worshiper at San Luis Obispo. These are the kind of scenes featured in the next exhibition at the Gallery at Rhodes Arts Center.
William Dixon’s photos on the theme "Missions of California, 1769–1840: Discipline, Dominance, and the Saving of Souls," are on display Oct. 27–Nov. 26.
Dixon is based in Brattleboro, VT, but has photographed extensively in Western Europe as well as the U.S. His images capture everything from orchards in Putney to sheep grazing in the Alps, from arches in Berlin to an almshouse in Marseille.
The NMH exhibition is drawn from his visits to the Pacific-Coast missions between present-day San Diego and Sonoma. Read more about the history of these missions and see a slideshow of Dixon's images taken there.
Dixon's NMH exhibit is largely Kallitype prints, but he works works almost exclusively in 19th- and early 20th-century printing processes such as salt, carbon, cyanotype, Van Dyke, Palladium, photogravure, and ziatype.
The Gallery at Rhodes Arts Center is open Monday to Friday, 10 am–7 pm, and weekends 1–5 pm. —By Emily Weir
Image: Mission Santa Inés, Solvang, CA (detail) by William Dixon