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A Phototgraphy Exhibit by Michael Schaer 

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My journey into the photographic world began in a rather unplanned, unorthodox manner, having no prior formal education or training as a photographer. My original career plan was to become an Architect, but the Vietnam War intervened and I was developed into a U.S. Navy photographer, thus altering my life’s course. My minds eye was turned from creating architecture on velum, to capturing and creating images on film in a highly successful career in commercial photography, with a portfolio spanning over three decades, encompassing all professional and college sports, and dozens of company - corporate clientele and as a freelance cinematographer with NFL Films. My passion for the arts also inspired an additional career of designing and owning successful art galleries in La Jolla, San Francisco and Napa Valley, California.

Upon retiring from the art gallery world, the lure of the camera, combined with my love & passion for the outdoors drew me back to my roots of Photography.

My pursuits now consist of photographic challenges, capturing familiar and not so familiar subjects through an insightful eye, seeking out that captivating photographic image.

“I categorize my photography as the “Art-of-Freeze”©, referencing to the cinematography term, “Freeze Frame”, a single frame depicting a motionless image. I am driven by a desire to visualize, capture and finalize that one-of-a-kind image, an instant in time that otherwise would never be seen again”

“The most important element of a camera lens is the eye behind it”


Learn more about Schaer by visiting his website at:




1919 Where The Wild Zin Grows

 Stallings has always explored the relationship between music and pure color. This has led to his painting live on stage with symphony orchestras, including Maui, Long Beach, San Diego and Honolulu. He painted with the Russian National Orchestra during their visit to Yountville in 2011.

He seeks harmony of music and color and their positive effects on the human spirit. In essence, he collaborates with scientists, conductors and musicians. The musical sweep extends to his painting to live jazz at Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Palm Springs, Napa and New York. Stallings has long been associated with the Napa Valley, including a tenure as guest artist at Clos Pegase Winery.

Please join us in welcoming Jim back to Yountville at a reception on Thursday, April 25th at 5:30 PM. The "Art of Jim Stallings" exhibit will extend through Friday, July 26, 2019.

    1990 Russian National Orchestra VII


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