As we head into April, we welcome Julie Chase Baldocchi to the walls of the Mill Valley Chamber’s space at 85 Throckmorton Ave., including a reception on Tuesday, April 2nd, as part of the Mill Valley Arts Commission’s First Tuesday Artwalk (5:30-7:30pm).

Julie Chase Baldocchi resides in Mill Valley and works as a photographer in the SF Bay Area.

“For me, both horsemanship and photography share a profound connection: resonance with the subject,” she says. “As a graduate of the Brooks Institute of Photography in 1982, I pursued a robust career in commercial photography in San Francisco. However, it was through my involvement with my family’s working cattle ranch and the relationships I built with neighboring ranchers and their families over the past 40 years that ignited my passion for capturing the essence of western life.”

“Raised with a horse named Missy, I always felt a connection to the western lifestyle,” Baldocchi says. “As an adult I found myself drawn back to it, documenting the timeless essence of cowboys, ranchers, and their families.”

Using various cameras from 35mm to 4”x 5” and available lighting, Baldocchi’s approach emphasizes building trust and understanding with her subjects.

“Through my images, I aim to honor their dignity and the rich heritage they preserve,” she says. 

This collection, “Contemporary Western Images,” reflects not only my artistic legacy but also a profound respect for the lives and work of those depicted. Join her in experiencing their world through her lens.

Aside from the First Tuesday Artwalk, the Chamber’s office is open Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 12-4pm.