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"Happenstance" Solo Show by Natalie Strand


The Main Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of "Happenstance," a solo exhibition of fine art photographer Nathalie Strand's composite series which blends figurative pictures with textures and details. Happenstance is on view from from January 10 - February 11, 2018 with a reception for the artist, open to the public, on Saturday, January 13 from 5pm-8pm. The Main Gallery, located at 1018 Main Street in Redwood City, is open Wednesdays through Sundays from 9:00am to 3:00pm.

Planned happenstance is described by career theorist John Krumboltz as "a particular viewpoint that allows you to create opportunities by taking action on your curiosity." This element of chance is present in Strand's process as the pictures are taken separately, with no specific end goal in mind. Strand notes that while most people walk by, heads in their thoughts, eyes on their phones, she pays attention to the mundane, the details, the corners, the shadows, the stains, the puddles. What usually gets the least attention gets all of hers. Strand seeks to discover the extraordinary in the ordinary, the boring, the ugly and the dismissed. When merged, the results are always unexpected, exciting and enigmatic and the pictures surprise Strand in the telling of stories she didn’t even know existed with endless possibilities. Strand takes pictures with a variety of cameras --Minolta reflex, Olympus Stylus 1s, 1967 Rolleiflex Honeywell--and of course, the infamous iPhone.

Nathalie Strand, a French born artist, moved to California in 1999. Since her arrival, she has worked as a graphic designer and an illustrator. Strand is an “Apple wife” and the mother of turbulent 8-year-old twin girls. Strand’s work can be viewed at

The Main Gallery is an artists’ cooperative with 20 members, showcasing the work of some of the best talent in the Bay Area. Please visit
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