Judy Bottler Photography
Exhibited in May, 2008

       Trained as a circus aerialist back in the 70s, landscape photographer Judy Bottler still enjoys a touch of "working without a net" through her art. While most photographers have moved from film to digital format, Bottler proudly hauls along the heavier weight of her medium format camera, and prefers its solid, reliable inner mechanics. The Mesa artist was our featured guest in the gallery during May, 2008.

        "I carry 26-pounds of gear everywhere I go, and it's worth it! My camera has no electronics -- just gears and cogs -- so when other photographers are protecting their batteries from the cold, I'm out there getting the pictures they're missing! Most of my work now is scenic landscapes and Western-themed. And I really prefer my medium format film camera over digital because of the higher quality images."
       "It became so boring doing the same show 600 times a year, I had to do something to stay interested, so I got into photography. After a few years, if anyone on the show wanted pictures, they came to me."

       "I moved to Arizona in 1975 and freelanced, working for the Mesa Tribune and also Mesa Magazine, and I was the gymnastics team photographer at Arizona State University for 17 years," says Bottler.

       Galleries which have represented her photography include Picture Perfect Gallery in Scottsdale and the DeGrazia Museum; Bottler has sold her photography in 12 countries, and been published in a variety of magazines including GQ, Bicycling, PSA, International Gymnast. One personal favorite came with her photo on the cover of the Annual Circus and Carnival Booking Guide. Bottler has won fine art competition best-of-show awards twice at the Lost Dutchman Days event in Apache Junction, and exhibits her work there and at the Gold Canyon Arts Festival.        

        Bottler belongs to the Mesa Art League and is a juried member of the Arizona Art Alliance, a statewide organization uniting approximately 20 art leagues.

        And she remains an adventurer.

        "My nine-to-five job is housecleaning, and every year or two I take a couple weeks off to go on my "C" trip: Car, Camera, Camping gear, Cash, Credit Cards, Classical CDs, Clothes, Canned Food, etc.... but my Cat stays home. I just wander and go wherever the road takes me. I seldom have a fixed schedule or destination in mind... that way I'm never lost, just exploring. In 2008 I guess I'm kind of a cultural anachronism: definitely not a computer person! No website, no cellphone, no pager, no watch. But I do have an answering machine if anyone would like to see more of my work or contact me about a shoot or commissioned photography.

        Contact the artist by phone at 480-380-2805, or by writing to Judy Bottler, 524 South 89th Place, Mesa, AZ, 85208-2314.

         Boyce Thompson Arboretum is located at Highway 60 milepost #223, just three miles west of the town of Superior - a drive of about one hour east of Phoenix or two hours from Tucson (take Oracle Road North to Highway 79 past Florence to Highway 60, then East for another 12 miles). Monthly exhibits may be seen in our Visitor Center gallery daily from 6:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. during May, June, July and August. Fall/winter hours 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The Arboretum is an Arizona State Park and daily admission must be paid to enter the Visitor Center where the gallery is found. Admission is $7.50 for adults and $3 for ages 5-12. Annual memberships at the Arboretum begin at $45, and include a year's access, guest passes for your friends and family, along with many other benefits. A membership may be purchased in the gift shop on the day of your visit. Review other recent gallery shows by ...

Bob Estrin Photography April 2008
Mary Isham Watercolors March 2008
Susan Strom and Cathy Franklin Lightning Photography February, 2008
Arizona State Parks Plein Air Paintings January, 2008
Carolyn Gray & Connie Thomas December, 2007
Jean Sullivan November, 2007
Sue Cullumber October, 2007
Adriane Grimaldi September, 2007
Pima College print-making students July-August, 2007
Mesa Arts League June-July, 2007
Fred Charlton May, 2007
Paul Mudersbach March-April, 2007
Linda Kaiser February, 2007
Edith Kreueger-Nye December, 2006 - January, 2007
Cindy Carrillo October-November, 2006
Bob Rice September, 2006
Bud Heiss July-August, 2006
Mesa Arts League June-July, 2006
Sandy Tracey April-May, 2006
CJ Rider March, 2006
Jessica Green February, 2006
Steve Davidson January, 2006
Don & Carole Schupp December, 2005
Carolyn Gray November, 2005
Martha Burgess October, 2005
Boeing Photographers September, 2005
Lightning Lady Susan Strom July/August, 2005
Mesa Arts League June/July, 2005
Jeanette Bronson May, 2005
Tom Stanley April, 2005
Kathy McClure February-March, 2005
Pam Smyth January, 2005
Tina Faust December, 2004

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