Willamette Valley PhotoArts Guild exhibit
PhotoArts Guild photographer and former Corvallis resident Bill Laing shares some of the desert flora around his new home in the foothills of the Santa Catalina mountains of Arizona. (Photo by Benton County Historical Society)

Seventeen members of the Willamette Valley PhotoArts Guild are exhibiting portfolios of their work in an exhibit called “Quartets” this summer in the Moreland Gallery at the Philomath Museum.

The exhibit stems from a project undertaken during the pandemic shutdown in 2020, when the photographers were asked to create portfolios of four related images to share on the group’s website.

“It was a way to keep the creative juices flowing during a time of restricted travel,” said Rich Bergeman, who helped organize the show.

Quartets will run through Sept. 4.

The creative exercise caught the eye of Philomath Museum Curator Mark Tolonen, who led a juried review of the 88 portfolios submitted online, selecting 17 for the brick-and-mortar show.

The work on view reflects a wide range of subject matter — from colorful cactus closeups to a black-and-white documentary of Portland’s social protests — and demonstrates a variety of photographic techniques, including infrared, intentional camera movement and abstraction.

Philomath Museum is open Wednesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Admission is free.