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Gallery Hours

Monday - Saturday
10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

1:00 - 5:00 p.m.


Please call the Art Office (616) 395-7500 for more information












La Vida Brinca
An exhibition of pinhole photgraphs by Bill Wittliff

October 19 - November 17, 2006

Opening Reception:
Thursday, October 19, 2006 5:00 - 7:00

Bill Wittliff
Grave Robber, Profanador
Mexico, 2001
pinhole photograph

La Vida Brinca is an exhibit of the pinhole photographs of Bill Wittliff. This collection of works, spanning ten years, is the work of a native Texan who is a self taught photographer as well as an "A List" screenplay writer for Hollywood whose credits include, The Black Stallion, The Perfect Storm, Legends of the Fall and Lonesome Dove.

Reading an old book on photography, one rainy day on South Padre Island, Mr. Wittliff made a pin hole camera out of a pie tin. A piece of tape over a pin hole in the tin acted as a shutter. The results he found to be quite magical in the dreamlike quality of the images that emerged from this primitive camera. He refers to the cameras he makes as tragaluz or "light swallowers." Truly, the inherent nature of this early form of photographic equipement seems to render these beautiful and sometimes haunting images as if they have come from some other time or a land that we barely recognize.

The De Pree Gallery is the first venue outside of Texas for La Vida Brinca. We are pleased to host this exhibition and wish to thank Ms. Carla Ellard of the Wittliff Gallery of Southwestern & Mexican Photography at Texas State Univeristy, San Marcos, and of course, Mr. Bill Wittliff for assisting us in bringing this exhibition to Hope College.

For more information, please contact the De Pree Gallery Office at (616) 395-7500. Regular Gallery hours for the Academic Year are Monday - Saturday 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.; and Sunday 1:00 until 5:00 p.m.. The De Pree Art Center and Gallery is located at the corner of 12th Street and Columbia Avenue. The gallery is handicapped accessible. Admission is free.