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Courthouse Docket

Robert Buelteman Speaks for the Land

On Thursday, September 1 at 7 p.m., join us for an evening of history, photographic art and nature with Peninsula photographer Robert Buelteman as he shares his art and his passion for land conservation. Sharing anecdotes of his 40 years exploration of the Peninsula, the presentation will be a visual tour of the natural and scenic wonders of San Mateo County.
Left: Rancho Corte Madera, 1995.
Photograph by Robert Buelteman.

The presentation will take place in historic Courtroom A, on the second floor of the History Museum. Downstairs, 19 of Buelteman's favorite black and white works of environmental scenes from San Mateo County are on display. These images are derived from projects he completed for five organizations - - Peninsula Open Space Trust, Sempervirens Fund, Djerassi Residents Artists Program, San Mateo County Parks Foundation and Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve.

His works strive to connect audiences to subjects in an emotionally transcendent manner, especially as they celebrate the local natural environment. His love of the land began when he was growing up in Woodside. The family home looked out to the Santa Cruz Mountains, whose deep canyons, redwood groves and daily tides of ocean-borne fog inspired the veneration of life and light that appear in his works today.

Over his forty years in photography, Buelteman has published fifteen photographic portfolios, and three of these, The Unseen Peninsula (1994), Eighteen Days in June (2000), and Signs of Life (2009) were published as award-winning monographs. In 2007, the photographer was diagnosed with advanced Lyme Disease, bringing an end to the most productive period of his career. Buelteman has received accolades from institutions as diverse as the United States Congress, the Commonwealth Club of California, Committee for Green Foothills, and the Natural Resources Defense Council. Since 2010 his art has been the subject of dozens of essays in 28 languages on six continents around the globe and can be found in public and private collections worldwide.

Next on the Docket

Sunday, August 21: Victorian Days at the Old Courthouse
Thursday, September 1: Who Speaks for the Land? with Robert Buelteman

The Courthouse Docket is a monthly series of presentations held in the History Museum's Historic Courthroom A. The Courthouse Docket Series is sponsored by Cypress Lawn Heritage Foundation.
Thursday, September 1, 2016
7 p.m.
Museum opens at 6 p.m.
History Museum, Courtroom A
Free with museum admission
$6 for adults, $4 for seniors
Coming soon.
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