On April 2, 2015, The G2 Gallery and its partners: Western National Parks Association (WNPA); the City of Los Angeles El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument; U.S. Forest Service; National Park Service; and California State Parks will premiere Earth Month Los Angeles 2015, a collaborative photography exhibit focused on U.S. national parks and other public lands.

The exhibit, coinciding with Earth Month and on disThurs-April2-Joshua-Tree-National-Park Beverly Houwing Red Joshua Tree2play at El Pueblo’s Pico House, is aimed at raising awareness for the many accessible public lands near the urban center of downtown Los Angeles.

Joshua Tree National, Park Beverly Houwing Red Joshua Tree

Earth Month Los Angeles 2015 is a collective exhibit featuring images from award-winning photographers, including Jack Dykinga, Robert Glenn Ketchum, Ian Shive, Michael Miner and Louie Schwartzberg. Their subjects include Mojave National Preserve, Death Valley, the Channel Islands and many more parks across the United States.

The Pico House, a California Historical Landmark located next to Olvera Street, was built in 1870 and was once Southern California’s most exclusive and lavish hotel. Now belonging to El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historic Monument, the Pico House is the scene of numerous film and television shoots, as well as exhibits and events. Earth Month Los Angeles 2015 promises to be one of its most ambitious.

“By bringing the amazing work of these world class photographers to the Pico House we hope to connect the citizens of LA to their America – the lands they own,” says WNPA Executive Director Jim Cook. “Our public lands truly reflect our shared American values.”

See image: Scott Tansey, Griffith Park Aerial 24.5 x 9.16 with 2″ borders, Archival Ink Print.

TThurs-April2-ScottTanseyGriffith Park Aerial 1he photography of Scott Tansey will be featured. The photographer has been attending exhibitions at the G2 gallery since the gallery first opened. “It has the BEST nature photography in the Los Angeles area, bar none, ” said Tansey. “They show the masters along with up and coming nature photographers.”

Tansey has had the chance to study under Robert Glenn Ketchum and has consistently stated that the photography workshop that he took with Ketchum had changed his life. “I am honored to be in a show with such famous photographers, such as Jack Dykinga and Robert Glenn Ketchum along with the other photographers.”

Tansey has been busy chasing his dream and fulling his “bucket list.” He was able to cross off one item from his “list” when he took a zeppelin ride over California from Long Beach to Moffet Field. His photograph set to be featured in the group exhibition is titled “Griffith Park Aerial.” He explained, “This image not only shows the iconic Griffith Park Observatory, it also shows the vast wilderness of Griffith Park.”

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The exhibit will also celebrate the Earth Month activities put on by a dedicated group of organizations: WNPA, El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument, National Parks Service, U.S. Forest Service, and California State Parks. This includes a photography, art and essay contest currently open for Los Angeles high school students. Student submissions will address the theme, “Our Parks, Our Stories” and focus on their personal relationships with green space and public park land.

“We invite everyone to enjoy this great exhibit put together by The G2 Gallery, and also to spend time in our great outdoors in your special place – your special park– during Earth Month,” says Cook.

Thurs-April2-Don-Whitebread-Joshua-Tree-NationalPark-True-NorthSee image: Don Whitebread, Joshua Tree National Park, True North

The opening reception for Earth Month Los Angeles 2015 will be held on April 2 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. Admission is free and includes wine and hors d’oeuvres. The exhibit itself is free and open to the public throughout its run.

On View April 2 – April 26

What: Artist Reception
Where: Pico House, 424 North Main St., LA 90012
When: Thursday April 2 – 6:00pm – 9:00pm
Phone: 213.628.1274
Website: http://www.elpueblo.lacity.org