The Wildling Museum of Art and Nature will present Santa Barbara County & Beyond: Recent Photographic Landscapes by George Rose, opening Saturday, Nov. 16, in the museum’s Valley Oak Gallery, 1511-B Mission Drive, Solvang.
Featuring some 20 majestic landscape photographs, printed via color dye sublimation on aluminum and inkjet printing, the exhibit showcases Rose’s images of the the Santa Ynez Valley’s golden rolling hills, landscapes of Morro Bay, Carrizo Plain, Sonoma County, and several local Santa Barbara County vineyards.
Rose, a professional photojournalist, recently published “WINE COUNTRY Santa Barbara County,” a large format photography book. The 188-page, 11-by-14-inch limited edition book documents every corner of California’s unique coastal wine landscape.
“My latest book is a celebration of Santa Barbara County, highlighting every wine appellation and ‘trail’ in colorful fashion,” said Rose.
An opening reception and book signing with Rose will take place 3-5 p.m.; light refreshments will be served. Admission is free but guests are asked to RSVP in advance by emailing Julie Mock at firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 805-686-8315.
Rose began his career as a photographer more than 45 years ago. Throughout the years, he has traveled a long and winding road through the elite world of popular music, film, news, politics and sports, eventually leading him to California’s Wine Country.
During his prolific years as a Los Angeles-based photojournalist, Rose developed a remarkable and historic body of photographic work focused on popular culture. In the 1970s and ’80s, he served six years as a staff photographer for the Los Angeles Times.
His independent assignments, focused primarily on the entertainment industry, have been published in USA Today, Time, Newsweek, and Rolling Stone. The Los Angeles Times twice-nominated Rose (in 1979 and 1980) for a Pulitzer Prize.
From 1982-96, he worked from the sidelines of the San Francisco 49ers and Oakland/Los Angeles Raiders games as a photographer for the National Football League. Thousands of Rose’s images have been published in NFL books, calendars, trading cards and game programs.
Rose co-owned and co-published the Mendocino Grapevine, an award-winning Northern California weekly newspaper based in Ukiah. It was during this period that he became friendly with the Fetzer family (owners of Fetzer Vineyards), planting the seeds of a future career in wine.
For the past 25 years, Rose worked as a wine industry executive communications director at four wine companies: Fetzer Vineyards, Allied Domecq Wines USA, Kendall-Jackson, and J Vineyards & Winery. During this time, he continued to take photos, and in 2017 received the Louis Roederer International Wine Writer Award for best artistry. He was a first place winner in the Errazuriz Wine Photographer of the Year in 2018.
Rose’s vineyard photos have been featured in numerous publications and calendars throughout the world of wine; in 2007, Chronicle Books published a collection of those images in a book “The Art of Terroir.” In 2014, the Wine Institute (California Wines) published his book, “Down To Earth: A Seasonal Tour of Wine Sustainability in California,” with author Janet Fletcher.
“VINEYARD Sonoma County,” his first large format, coffee table-style book, was released in fall 2017. He released “WINE COUNTRY Santa Barbara County” in August.
A board member at the Wildling Museum of Art & Nature, Rose lives in the Santa Ynez Valley.
The Wildling Museum is open 11 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. weekends; closed on Tuesdays. For more information, visit www.wildlingmuseum.org.
— Lauren Sharp for Wildling Museum.