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Marine Life Photographs by Steve Munch

by Stephanie Hogue

“Black Honu”

I have been a photographer for a long time…25 years to be exact. I have also seen a lot of photos. When I saw the work of Steve Munch, my breath was taken away. His work has a simplicity and elegance I have never seen before when it comes to wildlife. It almost looks as though it were photographed in a controlled environment like a studio. If I had not been by his side for some of these shots, I may have been suspicious. His work celebrates the beauty of these ocean dwellers that many of us will never get to see so up close and intimate.

“Gray Heart”

The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever.

– Jacques Cousteau

“Dolphin Breath”
“Mother and Baby”
“Pelicans in Flight”

“Ocean Blues” Exhibit

Ventura ArtWalk October 6 & 7th

Join us in Downtown Ventura for a complete weekend of festivities celebrating the art community in Ventura, California. Our art exhibit features the ocean inspired photography of Steve Munch and Stephanie Hogue. From dreamy seascapes to crashing waves and everything in between, the collection captures the many moods and captivating beauty of the ocean.

10% of Sales during ArtWalk will be donated to Mission Blue, a global coalition to inspire an upwelling of public awareness, access and support for a worldwide network of marine protected areas – Hope Spots.

Ventura ArtWalk at Latitudes Fine Art Gallery
401 E. Main St
Ventura, CA 93001
Saturday, October 6th, 11am-6pm
Sunday, October 7th, noon to 5pm

Breathtaking Moments in the Camargue

“Moments that take your breath away”… As a photographer, this is what I live for. I recently was so fortunate to get to travel to the south of France and join a small group of photographers on a weekend filled with awe inspiring and breathtaking beauty.
I was immediately enamored with their powerful beauty and playful curiosity. This ancient breed of horses are semi wild but cared for by the guardians (cowboys) who dedicate their lives to these amazing creatures. It was so special to observe the relationships between the horses and also the bonds with the guardians.

After galloping through the water they would take breaks by playfully rolling in the sand, or soaking up the sunshine as the salt water dried on their glistening coats. Other more curious horses would come up close, nudging for a scratch or give us a little nibble. They are known for their intelligence, agility and stamina.

There were lots of foals… ready and eager to get in on the fun. The babies are born a darker color and lighten as they get older.

Being marshland, it was best to dress for deep water so we could get in close. One misstep and that would be the end of my camera gear.

       

This guy had a sense of humor and enjoyed sneaking up and tugging on my scarf when I wasn’t watching!

Images are available now in the Ventura, California, gallery and on the website.

Join us for an opening reception for this new collection:

July 21, 2018
6-8pm
Light Refreshments
Latitudes Fine Art Gallery
401 E. Main St.
Ventura, CA 93001
805-642-5257

 

Introducing Metal!

The Latitudes family is thrilled to announce the introduction of our newest medium, metal. It is visually comparable to acrylic, is long lasting under various conditions, durable, and looks great with water and wave shots.

Koloa Landing, a beautiful resort and spa located in Poipu, Kauai chose to enhance the walls of their high end resort with local photographic art from Steve and Stephanie. Steve Munch and Stephanie Hogue, owners of Latitudes Fine Art Gallery, have a secondary gallery located in the Kukui’ula Village.

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Kauai Corner Celebration with Steve & Stephanie!

Aloha! We are excited to announce the newest addition to our gallery;

The Kauai Corner

A Latitudes party would not be complete without Steve Munch and as a special treat he’s flying in from Kauai!

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Join us for light refreshments and snacks

Saturday, December 10th from 6-9pm

Looking forward to seeing our Latitudes family,

Mahalo

What will you find at Latitudes this season?

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Now that the hustle of  the Thanksgiving holiday weekend has passed, it’s time to settle in and enjoy time with family and friends. We are looking forward to “finding our” bliss this year by balancing passion and fun.

We are so excited to share our newest item with you!tote-bag23Due to the success of our last photo tote bag, we set out to blow our Latitudes Family away with our newest version.  So far it has rave reviews- we hope you love it too!

Find your cheer!

Ventura’s annual Holiday Street Fair and Winter Wine Walk is this Saturday, December 3rd. It is Ventura’s “can’t miss” event of the year!  Each year we are in awe of the crowds that fill our little gallery and the excitement is electric.twinkle-panoThe Holiday Street Fair begins at noon and is free to the public through 8pm. Enjoy handcrafted products, live entertainment, and there’s even a rumor of snowfall from 6:45pm-8pm.latitudes-party-2015-hr-112Winter Wine Walk starts at 4pm and we are overjoyed to host Casa Barranca Organic Winery for the second year in a row. Don’t forget to stop by Latitudes, to sample their fantastic sulfite-free wines and say hello to our team. The Wine Walk features world class wines and craft beer. Purchase your tickets here now- they sell out before the event.

Looking forward to sharing the season with all of you.

Holiday Fun and Gift Ideas!!

partyIt was fun meeting fresh faces and welcoming back loyal Latitudes customers at the new Arts & Eats event held in downtown Ventura this past Saturday, November 19th. We hope you will join us next time! To stay updated on future events, follow us on Instagram and like us on Facebook.
We will be closed Thursday, November 24th for Thanksgiving! Wishing you a Happy Holiday from the Latitudes Family!

Black Friday special! This weekend only!

Receive a FREE poster of your choice
with any purchase over $75 dollars!

We will be open Friday & Saturday from 10am-9pm and Sunday from 10am-6pm.

If you’re out shopping Black Friday and Small Business Saturday, here are some great gift ideas you can pick up at Latitudes!

Latitudes Posters: Two Trees and Ventura

Latitudes Posters: Your choice of Two Trees or Ventura….FREE with any purchase of $75 or more.

NEW!!! Ventura tote bags....perfect for your groceries!! $14.95 each

NEW!!! Ventura tote bags….perfect for your groceries!! $14.95 each

Latitudes Coffee Table Book $49.95 "Gallery Only Special"!

Latitudes Coffee Table Book $49.95 Gallery Only Special!

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Tile Coaster – “Sand Stars” $14.95

Artistic Adventures – Hawaii Volcano

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Your inside scoop on the stories behind the images.  Tag along with Stephanie Hogue and Steve Munch as they capture the moments that take our breath away.

As I was flying into The Kona, my excitement grew at the chance to see flowing lava from the Kilauea Volcano. It didn’t take long until I was on the foot trail to the point of entry, where the lava was rumored to be flowing heavy.
As I passed visitors making their way back up the trail, I could gather by their body language that I was about to see something very special. After rounding the final corner of a long 2 mile hike, I could see the steam plumes rising high into the blue Hawaiian sky. Walking through the lava field the heat is the first thing I encountered.
Within minutes  I was in the presence of actively flowing lava and standing on the edge marveling at the power and beauty of what is the ongoing creation of an Island. I spent the next few hours observing, enjoying, and appreciating the opportunity to be this close to nature’s most powerful force.
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~ Steve Munch 2016

Arts & Eats – November 19th, 2016

Enjoy a brisk autumn evening with the entire family in historic downtown Ventura! This Saturday, November 19th from 6-9pm, stroll through a handful of galleries while grabbing tasty little bites along the way. Specialty treats will be offered from Jimmy’s Slice, Saloon BBQ Co., SpiceTopia, and Vom Fass with visually stimulating art displayed by Buenaventura Gallery, Fox Fine Jewelry, Latitudes Fine Art Gallery, and Very Ventura. Don’t miss out on this special event!

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ArtWalk Ventura- Social Media Swag!

This weekend during ArtWalk Ventura, share your love for Latitudes and snag some swag!

 

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Stroll down Main Street on Saturday October 1st & Sunday October 2nd from noon-7pm, and enjoy one of Ventura’s signature events with dozens of galleries, studios, and pop up venues in historic Downtown.

 

Stop by and get some Latitudes Love! We are giving away a variety of prizes to our Latitudes Family including, our new logo tees and super secret- limited edition tiles.


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Simply log into your favorite social media account, check in, review, tag yourself, or snap a selfie with Stephanie.  She will also be available for book signing from noon-4pm!

See our ArtWalk Collection- Metal & Monochrome.  On display now!

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