Richard Gilles – California Valley

April 9 –  April 24
Opening Reception April 9, 6-9pm

Photographer Richard Gilles presents a series of unforgettable photographs that explore the heart and soul of the promises of the California Valley.


“Beautiful California Valley in the bountiful heart of California, for only $10 down and $10 a month you can own a full 2 1/2 acre Rancho midway between San Francisco and Los Angeles.” This is just part of the pitch made in a 1961 full-page LIFE magazine ad, when a developer carved up a dusty alkaline desert into a grid of over 7200 parcels with nothing more than scraping out “roads” and adding some signs. Located 50 miles east of the California pacific coast, in the Carrizo Plain, California Valley is comprised of over 24,000 acres that were unsuitable for farming or ranching. This series of photographs picks up some 50 years later on that California dream.

Born in Brunswick, Georgia, Gilles has displayed his work in across California and the US. His photographs have been widely published and he has won numerous awards. His art is in a variety of collections including The Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach, Florida, Southeast Museum of Photography, Daytona Beach, Florida and the University of California Davis, Richard L. Nelson Gallery & Fine Arts Collection, Davis, California

He resides and works in Sacramento, California