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Zak photo exhibit opens at SCC May 2

THIS IS ONE OF THE mixed-media works by photographer Ron Zak that will be on exhibit at the Sonoma Community Center starting May 2. Ron Zak/Special to the Index-Tribune

THIS IS ONE OF THE mixed-media works by photographer Ron Zak that will be on exhibit at the Sonoma Community Center starting May 2. Ron Zak/Special to the Index-Tribune

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The Sonoma Community Center will present “Ironic Notions of Existence,” an exhibition of photography and mixed media works by Ron Zak, professor of photography at Solano Community College.

In the exhibit, Zak juxtaposes scenes from his early foreign travels with recent life experiences, revealing ironies that have emerged more than 30 years of personal experience. The exhibit will be on view in SCC’s Gallery 212 from May 2 to 30.

The public is invited to the opening reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, May 2.

According to Zak, the work exhibited is an attempt to grasp the joy and torment of existence. “As we live our lives, experiences take us to realms unimagined in their gravity,” Zak said. “Through these photographs and schemas, are traces of my googled mind, mired in the attempt to make sense of the tragic comedy of life.”

Zak is known for the annual photography tours he has offered through Napa Valley College since 1989 in locales such as Burma, Cuba, Laos, India, Cambodia, Europe and South America. Much of his students’ work focuses on foreign cultures and the momentary connections shared between people. This exhibit turns the lens on Zak’s own life and travels.

Zak holds a master’s degree in art with a focus on printmaking and photography. In 1989, he was awarded a Fulbright scholarship to teach at the University of Belgrade in the former Yugoslavia.

The exhibit features visual vignettes of Zak’s travels including encounters with the Roma culture and reflections on his experiences in Vietnam, early and late in life. Notable also are the artist’s reflections on habit, routine and the moments that inflect our lives with intrigue.

For more information about the exhibition, call Sonoma Community Center at 938-4626, ext. 1. The Sonoma Community Center is located at 276 E. Napa St., Sonoma.

The Sonoma Community Center enriches the lives of the people of Sonoma Valley by fostering a broad range of cultural, educational and community services, and by ensuring the preservation and restoration of its historic building.