Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Janine Gates Photography at Artwalk - Procession this weekend

Above: Sunrise from Mt. Sinai, Egypt

For Olympia’s Artswalk, Janine Gates Photography will be at the Governor Hotel, 621 Capitol Way, Friday, April 24, from 5:00 p.m. - about 8:00 p.m. and Saturday, April 25 from noon to about 2:00 p.m. Gates will be featuring pictures from her recent trips to Turkey, Jordan and Egypt.

In April/May 2007, Gates took her son to Turkey and Jordan. In the summer of 2008, she took both her children, son Tristan, then 13 and daughter Jiana, then 18, to Egypt and Jordan for six weeks.

“Both trips were just incredible. We are still mentally processing the experiences, and I’m always discovering something new in my images, depending on my mood. We have lots of stories to share. We hiked three hours in the middle of the night with only the night sky lighting our way, to the top of Mt. Sinai in Egypt to watch the sun rise. It was a very surreal, spiritual, mentally and physically challenging, exhilarating experience. It was just the three of us and a Bedouin. At various points, my daughter threw up, I was carried, at one point, because I was completely falling apart, but Tristan did quite well, fueled by several Snickers bars,” says Gates.

Above: Jiana and Tristan head down Mt. Sinai after the sunrise.

Gates makes her photos into greeting cards and prints of all sizes, framed and unframed, which will be available for sale. Go to www.janinegatesphotography.com for usual greeting card locations and a sneak peek at some of her images.

Artswalk is a free, city sponsored event held twice a year. Over 15,000 people are expected downtown, which runs from 5 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. on Friday, April 24 and from noon - 7:00 p.m on Saturday, April 25.

Above: Procession of the Species 2008

The Procession of the Species takes over the streets about 4:30 p.m. and thousands more will enjoy the festivities. It’s not too late to make something and be in the Procession of the Species! The Procession art studio is located downtown off the alley near Olympia St. and Capitol Way, near the Olympia Center. For more information, go to www.procession.org or call (360) 705-1087.

It is best to walk downtown or take public transit for Artswalk. Programs with detailed information are available all over the downtown area, featuring hundreds of artists and performers throughout local businesses. For more information, contact the City of Olympia at (360) 570-5858. For bus route and schedule information, contact Intercity Transit at (360) 786-1881.

Above: Hundreds of flamingos in the streets - Procession 2008


  1. Please attend the Procession's special Element of Spirit this year-the Luminary Procession!
    Friday evening, April 24th, 9:30 pm

    In celebration of the Procession’s 15th year, Earthbound Productions is introducing an annual Luminary Procession Friday night. Commencing at 9:30 pm in front of the Capital Theater at 5th and Washington, the Luminary Procession will proceed to Capitol Lake for a magical luminary display. Weather dependent!

  2. Excellent photography! Great design, composition, subject matter, emotion. This is an interesting blog as well. Would have liked to have seen Vandana Shiva yesterday, but I had to work at that time. Anyway keep up your fine endeavors.