Carmel Valley, California, February 20, 2020 – Friends of the Carmel Valley Library welcome Daniel Bianchetta, fine art photographer, presenting “Ancients of the Sea – the Whales” at the First Saturday Program on March 7, Carmel Valley branch library, beginning at 10:15 am.
Mr. Bianchetta has been photographically documenting the Humpback, Blue, and Orca or killer whales in Monterey Bay, on board Monterey Bay Whale Watch vessels, most days of the week, for years. He has been a photographer for nearly four decades, primarily using the color photographic process. Daniel has been historian and archivist at Esalen Institute in Big Sur for many years, has published widely nationally and internationally, and is represented locally by Coast Gallery, Big Sur, and the Carmel Valley Art Association. His photographic work is in galleries and collections throughout the world. His last local show, including over fifty fine art prints, was held at the Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History, with a large and enthusiastic attendance.
Daniel Bianchetta’s life seems to have centered around the ocean. His boyhood in Massachusetts found him each summer at Nantasket Beach; he lived for a long period of time in an underwater Naval submarine; he worked with John Lilly at the Human Dolphin Foundation as an inter-species communicator. Mr. Bianchetta has created deeply moving and emotional images of the Big Sur coastline, of wildlife, and of Native American Rock Art sites throughout the American Southwest, Canada and Hawaii. Photography sparked another passion, leading him to an in-depth study of the way of life and history of the Big Sur California coastal tribe, the Esselen.
He now makes his home/studio in Big Sur and in Carmel Valley with his soul-full artist wife Cynthia Johnson Bianchetta.
This program is hosted by Friends of the Carmel Valley Library as part of the long-standing and popular 1st Saturday Series. This event is free, open to the public, and held at the Carmel Valley branch, 65 West Carmel Valley Road. Library doors open at 10 am; the program begins promptly at 10:15. Refreshments will be available; seating is limited. For further information, please call the library at 659-2377.