Jul 15, 2014
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Richmond firefighters are the stars of an upcoming photo exhibit at the NIAD Art Center.

Over the last four years, photographer Christian Wimmer snapped amazing shots of the men and women of the Richmond Fire Department (RFD). His works will be featured in one of three exhibits starting in September at the NIAD Art Center at 551 23rd St.

Wimmer’s exhibit is called Hometown Heroes and will be on display from Sept. 12 through Oct. 24. Wimmer has worked for the city of Richmond since 2003 and for RFD since 2007.

“He has shot hundreds of photographs of the Richmond Fire Department in action,” says Timothy Buckwalter of the NIAD Art Center.  “These photos include structure fires, vehicle accidents, rescue operations and everyday life in the firehouse.  The photographs are used for post-incident review as well as archived to preserve the history of the fire department.”

Two other exhibits will start at the NIAD Art Center at the same time as Hometown Heroes. They include “I have always been a storm,” a group exhibition in the main gallery that was organized by Northern California artists and married couple James Aarons and Mark Taylor. Also, the art center will feature “Essay: Works from James Aarons,” a selection of recent porcelain works.

Opening reception for all three exhibits will be Saturday, Sept. 14 from 12:30 p.m. to 3 pm.

Check back on the Richmond Standard for updates. We will offer more information on the fall exhibits closer to the opening reception.

For more information, please call (510) 620-0290 or visit www.niadart.org.


About the Author

Mike Aldax is the editor of the Richmond Standard. He has 13 years of journalism experience, most recently as a reporter for the San Francisco Examiner. He previously held roles as reporter and editor at Bay City News, Napa Valley Register, Garden Island Newspaper in Kaua’i, and the Queens Courier in New York City.